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Lafayette County, Wisconsin Genealogy and History

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Established: 1846
County Seat: Darlington
Parent: Iowa County

* Records before the establishment of the county may be in the parent records.

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From: Handbook of Wisconsin by S. Silas, 1855

LAFAYETTE.--Population 16,060 (1855).

pg. 80-81

Lafayette is in the mineral region of Wisconsin and its products are those of the mines. A very large proportion of the lead sent from this State is raised in Lafayette. Though the lands are rich, yet attention has so far been attracted to its minerals, that its agricultural products have been but a small part of its riches. Under the past system of prospecting for lead and copper, the uncertainty attending this branch of industry has turned the attention of the miners to agriculture, and Lafayette will undoubtedly soon show a more rapid increase of wealth and of stable prosperity than has ever attended mineral research. The land is good and mostly occupied. It lies in the Mineral Point land district.

The Mineral Point and the Southern Wisconsin Rail Roads pass through this County.-Shullsburg is the County Seat.

General Genealogy and History Links

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Vital Records

Birth, Death, & Marriage Records:
Earliest Registration Dates*:
Births 1854
Deaths 1877
Marriages 1847

Lafayette County Register-deeds
626 Main St
P.O. Box 170
Darlington, WI 53530-1397
Telephone: (608) 776-4838

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Census Links

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Residents of the County

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Area History

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