Wisconsin Genealogy & History Resources
Originally LaPointe County
Renamed Bayfield in 1866
County Seat: Washburn
Parent: Ashland County
From: Handbook of Wisconsin by S. Silas, 1855
Lies on Lake Superior, and embraces a territory about 54 miles square, and the group of islands in the Lake known as the Twelve Aportles [sic Apostles]. The land is not yet surveyed, and of course not in market. But little is known of the country. The County Seat is on the south-west extremity of Madeline Island, which gives its name to the village and county-"The Point.". La Pointe village is the oldest settlement of the State, not excepting Green Bay. It is the best fishing ground on the whole Lake for trout, siscoette, and white fish, more than a thousand barrels of which are annually packed at this place.
This section contains links to websites that have multiple databases or webpages with genealogical information.
Birth, Death, & Marriage Records:
Earliest Registration Dates*:
Bayfield County Register of Deeds:
P. O. Box 813
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Telephone: (715) 373-6119
Censuses contain valuable information about families. This section contains links to transcribed censuses, census indexes or census images for the county.
This section contains links to family tree websites, biographies and information about individuals that lived in the county.
This section contains links of published histories and historical information about the county, its villages, cities or towns. Sometimes within these histories is information about founders, or other people that settled in the area. It may also include ethnic or religious histories of the communities.