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Guide to '''Vilas County Wisconsin ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin Genealogy|Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Vilas County'''
 
  
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Guide to '''Vilas County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
| founded year = 1893
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|organized= April 12, 1893
| founded date = April 12
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|county seat= Eagle River
| seat = [[Eagle River, Wisconsin|Eagle River]]
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|parent county= [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida ]]County<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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| building address = Vilas County Courthouse<br>330 Court Street<br>Eagle River, WI 54521<br>Phone: 715.479.3600 <br>[http://www.co.vilas.wi.us/dept/countyclerk.html VilasCounty Website] }}  
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|county1= [[Forest County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Forest]]
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|county2= [[Gogebic County, Michigan Genealogy|Gogebic (MI)]]
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|county3= [[Iron County, Michigan Genealogy|Iron (MI)]]
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|county4= [[Iron County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Iron]]
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|county5= [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida]]
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|county6= [[Price County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Price]]</br><center>[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
[[Image:WI Vilas.png|thumb|right|275px]]
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=== Description ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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The County was named for William Freeman Vilas. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Vilas County, Wisconsin " in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilas_County,_Wisconsin."</ref>
  
Vilas County Courthouse<br>330 Court Street<br>Eagle River, WI 54521<br>Phone: 715.479.3600&nbsp;<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land&nbsp;<br>records; Register in probate has&nbsp;probate&nbsp;records <ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 760 Vilas, Wisconsin</ref><br>  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WI Courthouse Intro|Vilas}}
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'''Vilas County Courthouse'''<br>330 Court Street<br>Eagle River, WI 54521<br>Phone: 715-479-3600 <br>[https://www.vilaswi.com/ Vilas County Website] <br><br>
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[https://www.countyoffice.org/wi-vilas-county-recorder-of-deeds/ Register of Deeds] has birth, marriage, death and land records.<br>
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[https://www.legalconsumer.com/inheritancelaw/probate.php?FIPS=55125 Register in Probate] has probate records. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== Historical Facts ==
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=== Vilas County, Wisconsin Record Dates ===
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{{WI Record Dates Intro|Vilas}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vilas County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1889
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1889
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1900
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1900
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.</center>
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==== Parent County  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
1893--Vilas County was created 12 April 1893&nbsp;from [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida ]]County.&nbsp; County seat: Oneida <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WI Boundary Changes Intro|Vilas}}
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*'''1893'''--Vilas County was created 15 April 1893 from [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida]] County.
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*'''1897'''--Vilas County gained land from [[Forest County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Forest]] and [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida]] Counties on 29 April 1897.
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*'''1905'''--Vilas lost land to [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida Count]] on 31 March 1905.
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*'''1905'''--Vilas gained land from [[Forest County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Forest County]] on 16 May 1905.
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*'''1909'''--Vilas kept control of disputed area between Vilas County and Upper Peninsula of Michigan on 1 Jan 1909.
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*'''County seat:''' Eagle River<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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=== Populated Places ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://wisconsin.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,125,c,vilas.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Vilas County, Wisconsin," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilas_County,_Wisconsin, accessed 12 Dec 2018.</ref>
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{{WI Populated Places Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_River,_Wisconsin Eagle River (county seat)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbor_Vitae,_Wisconsin Arbor Vitae]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder_Junction,_Wisconsin Boulder Junction]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverland,_Vilas_County,_Wisconsin Cloverland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conover,_Wisconsin Conover]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac_du_Flambeau,_Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_O%27_Lakes,_Wisconsin Land O' Lakes]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Vilas_County,_Wisconsin Lincoln]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitowish_Waters,_Wisconsin Manitowish Waters]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phelps,_Wisconsin Phelps]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum_Lake,_Wisconsin Plum Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presque_Isle,_Wisconsin Presque Isle]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Germain,_Wisconsin St. Germain]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_Vilas_County,_Wisconsin Washington]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester,_Vilas_County,_Wisconsin Winchester]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbor_Vitae_(community),_Wisconsin Arbor Vitae (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conover_(community),_Wisconsin Conover (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katinka_Village,_Wisconsin Katinka Village]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_O%27_Lakes_(community),_Wisconsin Land O' Lakes (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitowish_Waters_(community),_Wisconsin Manitowish Waters (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlands,_Wisconsin Marlands]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phelps_(community),_Wisconsin Phelps (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presque_Isle_(community),_Wisconsin Presque Isle (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Germain_(community),_Wisconsin St. Germain (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Lake,_Wisconsin Star Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_(community),_Vilas_County,_Wisconsin Winchester (community)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder_Junction_(CDP),_Wisconsin Boulder Junction (CDP)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac_du_Flambeau_(CDP),_Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau (CDP)]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayner,_Wisconsin Sayner (CDP)]
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For a list of record loss in Wisconsin Counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/wi-counties/#courthouse Wisconsin Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WI Historical Timeline Intro|Vilas}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{WI Resources Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WI Bible Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{WI Biographies Intro|Vilas}}
  
[[Forest County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Forest]] {{•}} [[Gogebic County, Michigan Genealogy|Gogebic County, Michigan]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Michigan Genealogy|Iron County, Michigan]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Iron]] {{•}} [[Oneida County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Oneida]] {{•}} [[Price County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Price]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WI Business Records Intro|Vilas}}
  
<center>[[Image:{{WI Vilas County, Wisconsin Clickable Neighbors}}]]</center>
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WI Cemeteries Intro|Vilas}}
  
== Resources  ==
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:70%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Vilas County, Wisconsin''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://wigenweb.org/vilas/cem.htm WIGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wi/cemetery/ WIGenWeb Archives]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Vilas%20County%2C%20Wisconsin%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|792075|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Vilas+Wisconsin&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Wisconsin/Vilas-County?id=county_3055 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Wisconsin Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilas_County,_Wisconsin "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1900 |4929
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|1910 |6019
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|1920 |5649
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|1930 |7294
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|1940 |8894
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|1950 |9363
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|1960 |9332
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|1970 |10958
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|1980 |16535
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|1990 |17707
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|2000 |21033
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|2010 |21430
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==== Biography  ====
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{{WI Census Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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*'''1855''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443825?collectionNameFilter=false 1855 Wisconsin State Census] This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
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*'''1865''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2058670?collectionNameFilter=false 1865 Wisconsin State Census] Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
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*'''1875''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443778?collectionNameFilter=false 1875 Wisconsin State Census] Identifies head of household by name.
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1443713|Wisconsin State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images. Search indexed census.Identifies by name of head of household. Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1443712|Wisconsin State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1443899|Wisconsin State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WI Church Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Church History and Records  ====
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*[http://wigenweb.org/vilas/church.htm Vilas County Churches] WIGenWeb project
  
==== Court Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WI Court Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{WI Directories Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Directories ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{WI Emigration Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WI Ethnic Groups Intro|Vilas}}
  
===== Germans =====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{WI Funeral Homes Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{WI Genealogies Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Genealogy  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WI Guardianship Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== History  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WI Land Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WI Histories Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WI Maps Intro|Vilas}}
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{{WI Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WI Vilas County}}}}
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Wisconsin]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Wisconsin]
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Vilas County, Wisconsin] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Family Maps of Vilas County, Wisconsin] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
==== Migration ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{WI Migration Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Military History and Records ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WI Military Intro|Vilas}}
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{WI Civil War Intro|Vilas}}
  
Civil War service men from Vilas County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Vilas County. <br>
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{{WI Civil War Regiments|Vilas}}
  
 
:- [[11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company K
 
:- [[11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company K
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WI Naturalization Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WI Newspapers Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://wigenweb.org/vilas/news.htm Vilas County Newspapers] WIGenWeb project
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WI Obituaries Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Probate Records ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WI Other Records Intro|Vilas}}
  
'''Online Records'''
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WI Periodicals Intro|Vilas}}
  
*'''1800 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9088 Wisconsin Wills and Probate Records 1800-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — images and index $
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=== Probate Records ===
*'''1848 – 1948''' {{RecordSearch|1874190|Wisconsin Probate Estate Files 1848-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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{{WI Probate Intro|Vilas}}
  
==== Repositories  ====
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'''Online Records'''
 
 
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/wi-society-archive/ Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
 
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
 
 
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
 
 
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*'''1800–1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9088 Wisconsin Wills and Probate Records 1800-1987] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — images and index $
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*'''1848–1948''' {{RecordSearch|1874190|Wisconsin Probate Estate Files 1848-1948}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
  
==== Societies  ====
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=== School Records ===
Vilas County Historical Society<br>Main Street<br> Sayner 54560<br>Phone:715-542-3388<br><br>
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{{WI Schools Intro|Vilas}}
  
Eagle River Genealogy Society<br>PO Box 693<br> Eagle River, WI 54521<br> Phone: 715-479-8899<br>[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/localhistory/directory/viewsociety.asp?id=133 website]<br><br>
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WI Tax Intro|Vilas}}
  
Eagle River Historical Society<br> PO Box 2011<br> Eagle River, WI 54521<br> Phone: 715-479-4845<br><br>
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WI Vital Intro|Vilas}}
  
Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Society<br>PO Box 729<br> Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538<br>Phone: 715-588-7626<br>[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/localhistory/directory/viewsociety.asp?id=232 website]<br><br>
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==== Birth ====
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{{WI Birth Intro|Vilas}}
  
Land O' Lakes Historical Society<br> PO Box 541<br> Land O' Lakes, WI 54540<br> Phone:715-547-3638<br>[http://www.landolakeshistory.org/ Land O'Lakes Historical Society]<br><br>
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*'''1820-1907''' {{RecordSearch|1946789|Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1826-1908''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2544 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index $
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*'''1826-1926''' {{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WI Marriage Intro|Vilas}}
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*'''1836-1911''' {{RecordSearch|1803973|Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1836-1930''' {{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1973-1997''' {{RecordSearch|1946794|Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1973-1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8744 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index/images $
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{WI Death Intro|Vilas}}
  
===== Birth Records =====
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*'''1820-1907''' {{RecordSearch|1940759|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1835-1968''' {{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1867-1907''' {{RecordSearch|1803975|Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1959-1997''' {{RecordSearch|1947978|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
  
*1826 - 1926 {{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Divorce ====
*1820 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1946789|Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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{{WI Divorce Intro|Vilas}}
*1826 - 1908 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2544 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
  
===== Marriage Records  =====
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*'''1965-1984''' {{RecordSearch|1967741|Wisconsin, Divorce Index, 1965-1984}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
  
*1836 - 1930 {{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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== Research Facilities ==
*1973 - 1997 {{RecordSearch|1946794|Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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{{WI Research Facilities Intro|Vilas}}
*1973 - 1997 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2094 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
 
  
===== Divorce Records  =====
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=== Archives ===
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{{WI Archives Intro|Vilas}}
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*'''History Center and Archives, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center'''<br>Wisconsin Historical Society<br>29270 County Highway G<br> Ashland, WI 54806-9339<br>Phone: 715-685-2647<br>Email: [mailto:whsnorthwoods@whs.wisc.edu whsnorthwoods@whs.wisc.edu]<br>[https://www.nglvc.org/history-center---archives.html Website]<br>
  
*1965 - 1984 {{RecordSearch|1967741|Wisconsin, Divorce Index, 1965-1984}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
===== Death Records  =====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WI Libraries Intro|Vilas}}
  
*1867 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1803975|Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index<br>
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=== Museums ===
*1835 - 1968 {{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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{{WI Museums Intro|Vilas}}
*1820 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1940759|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*1959 - 1997 {{RecordSearch|1947978|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
  
==== Voting Registers  ====
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== Societies ==
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{{WI Societies Intro|Vilas}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*'''Vilas County Historical Society'''<br>Main Street<br> Sayner, WI 54560<br>Phone: 715-542-3388<br>[http://www.vilasmuseum.com/ Website]
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*'''Eagle River Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 693<br> Eagle River, WI 54521<br>Phone: 715-479-8899
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*'''Eagle River Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 2011<br> Eagle River, WI 54521<br>Phone: 715-479-4845<br>[http://eagleriverhistoricalsociety.com/ Website]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/eagleriverhistoricalsociety/ Facebook]
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*'''Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Society'''<br>PO Box 729<br> Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538<br>Phone: 715-588-7626<br>[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/localhistory/directory/viewsociety.asp?id=232 Website]<br>
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*'''Land O' Lakes Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 541<br> Land O' Lakes, WI 54540<br>Phone: 715-547-3638<br>[http://www.landolakeshistory.org/ Website]
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/vilas-county/ Vilas County, WI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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== Websites ==
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101958042548356916194 Wisconsin Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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{{WI Websites Intro|Vilas}}
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/166325933433955/ Wisconsin Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*{{FHL|Wisconsin%2C+Vilas|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
  
== References  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/vilas-county/ Vilas County, WI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101958042548356916194 Wisconsin Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/166325933433955/ Wisconsin Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://wigenweb.org/vilas/ Vilas County] WIGenWeb project
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wi/vilas.htm Vilas County Archives] USGenWeb Archives
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|201044|Wisconsin|Vilas}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{WI Research Guides Intro|Vilas}}
  
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Revision as of 17:46, 19 March 2020


Guide to Vilas County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Eagle River
Organized: April 12, 1893
Parent County(s): Oneida County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Forest  • Gogebic (MI)  • Iron (MI)  • Iron  • Oneida  • Price
See County Maps
Courthouse
Vilas County Courthouse WI.jpg
Location Map
WI Vilas.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Freeman Vilas. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vilas County Courthouse
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 715-479-3600
Vilas County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records.
Register in Probate has probate records. [3]

Vilas County, Wisconsin Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1889 1893 1889 1900 1893 1900 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1893--Vilas County was created 15 April 1893 from Oneida County.
  • 1897--Vilas County gained land from Forest and Oneida Counties on 29 April 1897.
  • 1905--Vilas lost land to Oneida Count on 31 March 1905.
  • 1905--Vilas gained land from Forest County on 16 May 1905.
  • 1909--Vilas kept control of disputed area between Vilas County and Upper Peninsula of Michigan on 1 Jan 1909.
  • County seat: Eagle River[5]

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]


Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Vilas County, Wisconsin online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 4,929
1910 6,019 22.1%
1920 5,649 −6.1%
1930 7,294 29.1%
1940 8,894 21.9%
1950 9,363 5.3%
1960 9,332 −0.3%
1970 10,958 17.4%
1980 16,535 50.9%
1990 17,707 7.1%
2000 21,033 18.8%
2010 21,430 1.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Vilas census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

  • 1855 - 1855 Wisconsin State Census This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
  • 1865 - 1865 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
  • 1875 - 1875 Wisconsin State Census Identifies head of household by name.
  • 1885 - Wisconsin State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images. Search indexed census.Identifies by name of head of household. Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
  • 1895 - Wisconsin State Census, 1895 at FamilySearch — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
  • 1905 - Wisconsin State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wisconsin denominations, view the Wisconsin Church Records wiki page.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Wisconsin Land and Property for additional information about early Wisconsin land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Price CountyIron CountyGogebic CountyIron CountyOneida CountyForest CountyWI VILAS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Vilas served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Vilas:

- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Vilas Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Vilas Courthouse. See the wiki page Wisconsin Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned property or other items that could be taxed were listed, some residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records. For more information see the Wiki page, Wisconsin Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Most counties started keeping records in the 1870s. In 1907, the counties began sending copies to the state.

For pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages, search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.

For additional information, see Wisconsin Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

  • History Center and Archives, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
    Wisconsin Historical Society
    29270 County Highway G
    Ashland, WI 54806-9339
    Phone: 715-685-2647
    Email: whsnorthwoods@whs.wisc.edu
    Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Vilas County Historical Society
    Main Street
    Sayner, WI 54560
    Phone: 715-542-3388
    Website
  • Eagle River Genealogy Society
    PO Box 693
    Eagle River, WI 54521
    Phone: 715-479-8899
  • Eagle River Historical Society
    PO Box 2011
    Eagle River, WI 54521
    Phone: 715-479-4845
    Website
    Facebook
  • Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Society
    PO Box 729
    Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
    Phone: 715-588-7626
    Website
  • Land O' Lakes Historical Society
    PO Box 541
    Land O' Lakes, WI 54540
    Phone: 715-547-3638
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Vilas County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilas_County,_Wisconsin."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vilas County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Vilas County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilas_County,_Wisconsin, accessed 12 Dec 2018.