Wisconsin County Histories

Flag_of_WisconsinThe land that eventually became Wisconsin was transferred from British to American control with the 1783 signing of the Treaty of Paris. It was an unorganized part of the Northwest Territory until 1802 when all of the land from St. Louis north to the Canadian border was organized as St. Clair County.

When Illinois was admitted to the union in 1818, Wisconsin became part of the Territory of Michigan and was divided into two counties: Brown County in the northeast along Lake Michigan and Crawford County in the southwest along the Mississippi River.

Iowa County was formed in 1829 from the Crawford County land south of the Wisconsin River. Brown County’s southern portion was used to form Milwaukee County in 1834.

The state of Wisconsin was created from Wisconsin Territory on May 29, 1848, with 28 counties.

Collection Details

  1. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF CLARK & JACKSON COUNTIES, CONTAINING …ENGRAVINGS OF PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE COUNTIES, WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS & LEADING FAMILIES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1891
  2. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF LACROSSE, MONROE & JUNEAU COUNTIES, CONTAINING …ENGRAVINGS OF PROMINENT CITIZENS WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS & LEADING FAMILIES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1892
  3. COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF RACINE & KENOSHA COUNTIES, CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL MEN & MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES., J.H. BEERS, 1906
  4. COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE COUNTIES OF ROCK, GREEN, GRANT, IOWA & LAFAYETTE, CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS & MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES., J.H. BEERS, 1901
  5. HOMER B. HUBBELL, DODGE COUNTY, WIS., PAST & PRESENT., 1913
  6. EDGAR E. LADU, EARLY & LATE MOSINEE, 1907
  7. PROSPER CRAVATH & SPENCER STEELE, EARLY ANNALS OF WHITEWATER, 1837-1867., 1906
  8. HISTORICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY, INCLUDING A GENERAL HISTORICAL SKETCH; ANCESTRAL RECORDS OF LEADING FAMILIES; BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS, PAST & PRESENT; & PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN., A. WARNER, PUB., 1892
  9. FRANKLYN CURTISS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF BUFFALO AND PEPIN COUNTIES., H. C. COOPER, JR. & CO., 1919
  10. HISTORY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCT. OF ITS SETTLEMENT, GROWTH & RESOURCES…& BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1880
  11. HISTORY OF CRAWFORD & RICHLAND COUNTIES, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF THEIR TOWNS & VILLAGES…AND BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS, WITH A HISTORY OF WISCONSIN. WITH 1981 INDEX TO RICHLAND CO. SECTION., UNION PUB. CO., 1884
  12. HISTORY OF DANE COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT ITS SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, ETC…& BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1880
  13. HISTORY OF FOND DU LAC COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1880
  14. HISTORY OF GRANT COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT; ITS CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN & EARLY SETTLERS., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1881
  15. HISTORY OF GREEN COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ITS TOWNS & VILLAGES…AND BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., UNION PUB. CO., 1884
  16. HISTORY OF IOWA COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT; …ITS CITIES, TOWN & VILLAGES; …BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN & EARLY SETTLERS; ETC., RICHMOND-ARNOLD PUB. CO., 1881
  17. HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, … ETC.; AN EXTENSIVE & MINUTE SKETCH OF ITS CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES…; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN & EARLY SETTLERS, WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1879
  18. DR LOUIS FALGE, HISTORY OF MANITOWOC COUNTY, 1912
  19. LOUIS MARCHETTI, HISTORY OF MARATHON & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., RICHMOND-ARNOLD PUB. CO., 1913
  20. HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE FROM PRE-HISTORIC TIMES TO [1881], EMBRACING A SUMMARY SKETCH OF THE NATIVE TRIBES & AN EXHAUSTIVE RECORD OF MEN & EVENTS FOR THE PAST CENTURY… INCLUDING NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PIONEERS & CITIZENS., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1881
  21. HISTORY OF MILWAUKEE, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1895., AMERICAN BIOGR. PUB. CO., 1895
  22. RANDOLPH A. RICHARDS, HISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY: PAST & PRESENT, INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES OF THE COUNTY., C. F. COOPER & CO., 1912
  23. G. A. CUNNINGHAM, HISTORY OF NEENAH, BEING A COMPLETE HISTORICAL SKETCH FROM THE “EARLY DAYS” TO [1878], WITH INTERESTING INCIDENTS & PERSONAL REMINISCENCES., 1878
  24. HISTORY OF SAUK COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF EACH COUNTY, ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, ETC…& BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1880
  25. FRANKLYN CURTIS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF TREMPELEAU COUNTY., 1917
  26. HISTORY OF VERNON COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ITS TOWNS VILLAGES & TOWNSHIPS; …CIVIL, MILITARY & POLITICAL HISTORY; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT PERSONS & BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., UNION PUB. CO., 1884
  27. HISTORY OF WALWORTH COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SETTLEMENT…ITS CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES…AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1882
  28. HISTORY OF WAUKESHA COUNTY, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SETTLEMENT, GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT…; SKETCH OF ITS CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES & PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN & EARLY SETTLERS., WESTERN HIST. PUB. CO., 1880
  29. J. WAKEFIELD, HISTORY OF WAUPACA COUNTY., D. L. STINCHFIELD, 1890
  30. C.F. COOPER, HISTORY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, RESOURCES, PEOPLE., 1908
  31. MADISON, DANE COUNTY, & SURROUNDING TOWNS, BEING A HISTORY & GUIDE., WM. J. PARK CO., 1877
  32. ELIHU SPENCER, PIONEERS OF OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, CONTAINING THE RECORDS OF THE OUTAGAMIE COUNTY PIONEER ASSOCIATION; A BIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL SKETCH OF SOME OF THE EARLIEST SETTLERS OF THE COUNTY & THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR CHILDREN & GRAND-CHILDREN, 1895
  33. PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF GREEN LAKE, MARQUETTE & WAUSHARA COUNTIES., ACME PUB. CO., 1890


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