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Welcome to Dunn County Genealogy!

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.  If 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 coordinator. We can also use volunteers who are willing to look up information in Dunn County or Dunn County resources. Thanks!  

County Coordinator since 1997: Linda K. Schwartz      

"Dunn County Genealogy" is part of the WIGenWeb and USGenWeb Projects

Area Genealogy News . . .  

Dunn 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 local perspective.
  • Experts in genealogy teach you how to best use the Society's nationally recognized collections of published and unpublished materials for researching family histories.
  • Programs are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to veterans.

These workshops are sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Society members and members of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive discounts on registration fees.

Wisconsin Genealogy Websites:

Available online from the UW Stout-Research Center Archives or State of Wisconsin:

New web site for genealogists: - 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 address).


Post your queries, obituaries, biographies, birth, death, immigration information, etc. to the Dunn County Message board 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. 

Neighboring Counties

Barron | Chippewa | Eau Claire | Pepin | Pierce | Polk | St. Croix  |  All Wis. Counties

If you are interested in hosting a Wisconsin County website, please contact Tina Vickery, the WIGenWeb Project State Coordinator, for the list of counties currently available for adoption.  

Copyright Notice: 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.

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