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Dunn County, Wisconsin was
created out of a portion of Chippewa County in 1854, with the first
county seat at Dunnville (earlier called Colburn's Landing). The county was named for
Charles Dunn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Territory.
Dunn had been appointed by Pres. Andrew Jackson in 1835.
Lumbering was an important
industry in the development of Dunn County. The earliest lumbering
operations were started in 1822 by fur traders Lockwood and Rollette who
erected a mill at the confluence of Wilson Creek and the Red Cedar River,
at what is the present site of Menomonie. A second mill was built in
Menomonie in 1830 and another at Gilbert Creek in 1831. A settlement
was established on the river near Dunnville about 1829-30.
According to H.C. Cooper, Jr.,
"Most of the pioneer settlers in Dunn County were attracted to this region
by the opportunities for steady employment in the lumber industry, though
there were a few, even in the early (18)60's, who took homesteads and
began to build up farms."
This web site is here
to assist you in researching your Dunn County ancestors.
you would like to contribute your information to this web site, or
have books, cemetery surveys, vital records, census records or any
other genealogical information for Dunn County, WI, please e-mail the
We can also use volunteers who are willing to look up information in
Dunn County or Dunn County resources. Thanks!
since 1997: Linda K. Schwartz
"Dunn County Genealogy"
. . .
County Genealogical Society Meetings:
Meets the third Saturday of the month, usually
at the Dunn County Historical Museum in Wakanda Park, Menomonie.
Please contact the
organization for specific details
about their meeting topics.
Genealogy at the Wisconsin Historical Society . . .
Descendants of Wisconsin residents now have the
power to look up their ancestors online: The state historical society has
launched a free online index of pre-1907 births, deaths and marriages at
The database, built with a 1970s-era microfiche index and tens of
thousands of delayed birth, death and marriage records, catalogs more than a million Wisconsin
births from the 1840s through 1907.
Search the index by just a last name, or add a first name, county,
birth date or birth year. If you know the birth date, you can search on it
plus a first name. Or, when information is really sparse, browse by a
county and a birth year. Once you find your ancestor, a quick click lets
you order a $15 copy of the record.
Wisconsin Historical Society Genealogy Classes,
Workshops, Conferences and Webinars . . .
Check out the genealogy programs offered
each spring and fall!
- Our workshops always feature hands-on
learning opportunities led by Wisconsin specialists to provide a
- Experts in genealogy teach you how to
best use the Society's nationally recognized collections of
published and unpublished materials for researching family
- Programs are geared to all levels of
experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to
These workshops are sponsored by the
Wisconsin Historical Society. Society members and members of the
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive discounts on registration
Wisconsin Genealogy Websites:
online from the UW Stout-Research Center Archives or State of Wisconsin:
site for genealogists:
FamilySearch.org - Free family history, family
tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world. Includes
online birth, marriage, death, census, church and other indexes. From the
LDS Family History Library.
Do you have a family history website?
Let us know and we'll add it to our "Family
Pages". Who knows ... you might even find a new cousin by posting
your site there. Email the
County Coordinator (Remove the words NOSPAM from the end of the
QUERIES, BIOS, OLD OBITS, Etc.
obituaries, biographies, birth, death, immigration information, etc.
Choose an appropriate Classification as part of your message.
Note: All messages posted to the board are also automatically posted to
the Dunn County Mail List.
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All Wis. Counties
you are interested in hosting a Wisconsin County website, please
Tina Vickery, the
WIGenWeb Project State Coordinator, for the list of counties currently
available for adoption.
All files on this site are copyrighted by their creator and/or
contributor. They may be linked to but may not be reproduced on another
site without specific permission from Linda Schwartz and/or
their contributor. Although public information is not in and of itself
copyrightable, the format in which they are presented, the notes and
comments, etc., are. It is however, quite permissible to print or save
the files to a personal computer for personal use ONLY.
Project logo was created by Debbie Barrett
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Copyright © 1997-2013 Linda K.
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