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Farnsworth Public Library
City of Oconto

Gillett Area Public Library

Lake Country Public Library

Lena Area Public Library

Oconto Falls Area Public Library

Suring Area Public Library

Oconto County Genealogical Society



Lena Museum & Log Cabin

Maple Street, Lena
Oconto County, Wisconsin
The historic Lena schoolhouse museum features a variety of local history and artifacts including tools and displays of the trapping and logging industry that once dominated the area. The log home was moved to the museum site from a rural farm and gives a realistic look at the rustic living of people in the past. Open every Thursday, 1pm-4pm, during the summer and by appointment.

Official 1871 Peshtigo Fire Museum Website
Margaret Wood
Secretary of the Peshtigo Historical Society
Museum Volunteer

Mountain Historical Society
Oconto County, WI
information and newsletter with direct
e-mail link to the Prez.


Gillett Historical Society & Museum

Suring Area Historical Society 
Society Information
P.O. Box 85
Suring, WI, 54174
Phone: 920- 419-2521

Suring Community Center
604 E Main Street, Suring, 54174
Phone: 920 842 4085
M-F 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


Oconto County WI  Roots
Charles Werrenbroeck House Museum
Belgium Mapsite

   Belgian Emigrants Abroad and Their Descendants Researching Their Roots in Belgium with the 
Support of Belgian Residents. 

Oconto County Web Page

Oconto County 
Economic Development Corporation 

The Oconto County WIGenWeb Project
This is a totally volunteer site dedicated to providing free access for Genealogical information. The site will always be under construction, with updates and additions  made often, as new queries and information are collected or sent in.
The goals of this site are to;
*Make it as accurate as possible;
*Make it useful and informative;
*Make it pleasant and welcoming;
*Make it easy to use;
*Bring family researchers together.

Feel free to contact, RITA
if you have questions, comments, or information to add about Oconto County. 
I will display anything we come across, pertaining to Oconto County genealogy, that the owner gives permission to post, or that is not copyrighted. If you have any information to share please let me know. Help me to help you with  your search!

Oconto County WIGenWeb Project

Project and Web Site Coordinator

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or have state related questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the WIGenWeb State Coordinator
Tina Vickery

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. This led to the US GENWEB, of which Wisconsin is a part. Volunteers are needed who are willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page.

Special thanks to Marsha Ashley Wilcox For her excellent work in originating, creating, gathering and posting initial information to this Oconto County WIGenWeb Site until October 1, 1998.

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Halbach & Noonan Foundry and Machine Shop - Oconto Wisconsin

Engraving - 1881 Marinette, Oconto, Green Bay Atlas

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.Query Board
Oconto County WIGenWeb
-Read, Answer and Post messages. Ask for help.
.Forgotten People, Places and Times
- Mystery photos posted by family researchers.
.Naturalization  for U.S. Citizenship
.Register of Deeds Office Page -Oconto County  with printable Vital Records application forms.
.Vital Records Information
State of Wisconsin - Dept of Health
.Obituaries - Oconto County and related. an ongoing project - send your ancestor's in to RITA

.Cemeteries- locations and addresses for records
.Cemetery Location Maps- North and South County maps with cemetery sites located and labeled below each map.
.Cemetery Gravestone Transcriptions - research Oconto County Cemeteries with gravestone inscriptions and photographs on line. on-going project


.Early Families of the Upper Great Lakes
   an on-going project
. 1848Treaty Settlement Report& 1849 List of Mixed Blood of the Menominee Indian Nation Main Page
.Bibliographies for Early Family Research
of the Upper Great Lakes
- an on-going project
. 1885 Federal Menominee Indian Census Roll Main Page - Actual Page Images for you to research have been posted.


.Family History and Biography Pages an on-going project
.Women of Early Oconto County an on-going project
.Men of Early Oconto County an on-going project
.Cathe's Corner -Help With Old Records

.Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page with links to available school history/photo pages - an ongoing project
.Township Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page with links to available school history/photo pages - an ongoing projec
.Oconto Falls High School Graduates
 an ongoing project
.Oconto High School Main Page - Pages of History, photos and graduates
.1937 Oconto Falls Pantherette Yearbook  - Yearbook Pages with Photos, Names and Student Written Comments
.1947 Mountaineer Yearbook  -  This Yearbook contains ALL school classes from schools in Mountain, Wisconsin. Pages with Photos, Names and Student Written Comments

.Mountain - Union High School Graduate Photos1934 - 1948
.1950 Suring High School Annual -  This Yearbook contains Classes, Sports, Photos, Names and Local Ads

.1855 State Census Index- Oconto County
.1860 Federal Census Index - Oconto County
.1870 Federal Census Page Images - Oconto County- Please be patient while images of the original pages load, an on-going project.
.1880 Federal Census -Oconto County - an on-going project
.1885 Federal Menominee Indian Census Roll -Actual Page Images and transcription - an on-going project
.1890 Federal Veterans and Survivors Census- Oconto County
.1917 Census - City of Oconto
.1930 Census Index - Oconto County an ongoing project - incomplete


.Historic Church Photographs and Histories,
                    an on-going project
.Church locations and addresses for records ( Historic & Present)

.Immigrations- Pages tracing immigrations of ethnic groups and nationalities to Oconto County.  (on-going)
.A Flash From The Past - Newspaper articles of families and events compiled by the year.  (on-going)
.A Logging History - Oconto County logging in photos and stories (on-going)
.A Town of How Scrap Book - Compiled by  Bruce K. Paulson (and posted with his kind permission)
.Looking Backward - 125 years of Oconto County Reporter 
.The Great Peshtigo Fire- 1871 - In terms of
  lives lost,  the worst natural disaster in US history.
.History of Northern Wisconsin 1881 - Oconto County
.History of The Civilian Conservation Corps Camps - Oconto County and WI
.History Of Gillett- 1856 to 1976
.History of Oconto Electric Cooperative
Oconto County
.Listing of Post Offices of Oconto County- 1886 and 1939
.The Centennial History of Oconto County-
Written by RICHARD HALL & Published in 1876
by the Oconto County Reporter
.Mountain Centennial 1889 - 1989
.Early Oconto County Photographers
.Mountain Memories

.Memoirs- A collection of writings about Oconto County by those who remember it's past.
Early History and Legend of the Village of Suring- written by Russell M. Wicke in 1950 for the Suring Womens Club.
.Towns and Villages -
History and names of past and present settlements.
.Oconto County Pioneers - 1895 Biographic Sketches
.Copper Culture Mound State Park and Museum - Oconto County's oldest secret!
.Oconto County Centennial Souvenir Program 1848 - 1948 - An Oconto County celebration of the 100th birthday of Wisconsin Statehood. 

.Victorian Valentines from Oconto County
.Oconto County Farms 1924 - 1925 Owner's names with Photos and descriptions of farms up for sale.
.Suring School District Local History - Researched and written  in 1979 by the students and faculty with public grant.
. Scenes From Oconto County Past  - Photographs, description and history of the old days. 

1867 Oconto County Atlas Map  - With detail maps
1878 Oconto County and City Atlas Maps- Main Page Oconto County at it's largest!
1887 Oconto County Atlas Map  -
.1898 Plat Maps - Oconto County
.1905 Plat Book - Oconto County 
Posted by Farnsworth Public Library
.1912 Plat Book - Oconto County
.1913 Geological And Natural 
          History Survey Map Main Page
. 1946 Plat Book - Oconto County - This is a government released,  non copyrighted, tax department issue. 
. 1955 Plat Book - Oconto County - This is a government released,  non copyrighted, tax department issue.
.1960 Plat Book - Oconto County - This is a government released,  non copyrighted, tax department issue. 

.1871 City of Oconto Plat Drawing- Highly detailed "birds eye" view
.1871City of PeshtigoPlat Drawing- Highly detailed "birds eye" view just before the Great Peshtigo Fire
.1871 Illustrated City of Oconto Map -BIG, please be patient while it loads
.1895 Atlas Map - Oconto County - an off site link
.Township Maps - Township Maps Main Page
.Property Descriptions- Real Estate

. Military Profiles - Main PageHistories of The Ancestors Who Served - Oconto County, WI
.Civil War Veterans - Oconto County
.Civil War Resident Veteran Stories - Civil War Veterans who lived in Oconto County sometime in their lives.
.Wisconsin Losses In The Civil War - All listed deaths by Disease, Wounds, during Battle, Missing In Action and Accident. Published in 1911 & 1915 by the State Press to mark the 50th Anniversary of the war's beginning and end. (1861 - 1865)
.1883 Revolutionary and Civil War Pensioners - Oconto County  Pensioners 1812 - 1865
List of Pensioners on the roll January 1, 1883 Volume 4 by the Government Printing Office
.Military Service -  Oconto County
.Military Service WWI-  Oconto County
FINDING RECORDS & Research Tools
.What You Seek - types of documents for family research
.GLORIA'S Oconto County Research Trip Suggestions


.Glossary of Genealogy Terms
.Glossary of Old Medical and Illness Terms
.List of Occupations from Yesteryear

RESOURCES for Oconto County Genealogy

Oconto County Register of Deeds Office Page -
Vital Records application forms.
County birth, death or marriage certificates here. 

The Register in Probate is the primary filing place for probate records 
Patricia Pawlak - Department Head 
Phone: 920-834-6839 
Fax: 920-834-6867 
Click here to email 
Address:  301 Washington Street 
Oconto, WI 54153 
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. 

The Clerk of Courts is the place to look for court records. 
Contact:  Michael C. Hodkiewicz - Department Head
Phone: 920-834-6857
Fax: 920-834-6867
Click here to email
Address:  301 Washington Street 
Oconto, WI 54153
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. 

Oconto County Web Page

Vital Records Information - State of Wisconsin Dept of Health

Diocese of Green Bay Archives
This includes the Oconto County mission churches and parishes still functioning and that no longer exist. Records include all presently used and older, closed Catholic cemeteries.
 Assistant Archivist Kris Beisser Matthies:
Kris Matthies

Library of Congress

Huge On-Line Books and Collections
Started With the Personal Collection of Thomas Jefferson

National Archives and Records Administration

Our Mission

. . . to ensure ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience . .

Local and County History
Oconto County Censuses
Family Histories
Civil War
French in Oconto
Native Americans in Oconto
Lots more!
Now with e-mail access

No birth, death or marriage certificates here. Try Oconto County Register of Deeds or WI State Vital Records.

State of Wisconsin Municiple Records Search Engine

Municipal records are submitted to the Office of the Secretary of State by Wisconsin’s towns, villages, cities and counties. Records examples include incorporation papers, annexations, corporate boundaries, maps, and litigation correspondence. Some records are more than 100 years old. If a record cannot be located in the Secretary of State’s database, a search of the Archives at the Wisconsin State Historical Society is suggested.

Area Research Center and Archives - Cofrin Library

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay hosts the primary source for Oconto County genealogical information in the area.
 This site will explain the holdings and has a direct link form for requesting them!

Pre 1907 WI State birth, death or marriage certificates are here in the extensive Oconto County history holdings. More recent ones try Oconto County Register of Deeds or WI State Vital Records.

The  Wisconsin State Historical Society

A Tremendous Source for Genealogy Research!

 The Wisconsin Historical Society has several genealogical services now available online, including a vital record research serviceand a database containing obituaries, biographical sketches and newspaper articles called the Wisconsin Name Index.  The web addresses are:

WSHS Genealogy Index

WSHS Surname Search

WSHS Civil War Roster


Oconto County
Economic Development Corporation 

Latter Day Saints Family Search Page

(Mormon Church)
The largest genealogical collection in the world. It contains centuries of global civil and religious records, books, maps, family research, etc., much of it on microfilm. 
1. Some information is free of charge.
2. There is a fee for some information.
Not all submitted family information is well researched.
It is important to independently verify what is gathered from any second hand sources for assured accuracy.
The microfilmed civil and religious records are a tremendous source for genealogical researchers.


"The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN Digital Collection provides quality pdigital resources from its academic libraries to faculty, staff and students, citizens of the state and scholars at large"

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society's Home Page!
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, WSGS for short, is the oldest and largest state-wide genealogical organization in Wisconsin.
Founded in 1939, the basic purpose is to encourage, facilitate and improve the quality of genealogical study in Wisconsin and about Wisconsin families.

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