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Waupaca County, Wisconsin Genealogy and History

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Established: 1851
County Seat: Waupaca
Parent: Brown & Winnebago Counties

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

Neighboring Counties

From: Handbook of Wisconsin by S. Silas, 1855


pg. 108-109

Is a new County, lying north of the Fox River, which, four or five years since, was almost entirely uninhabited. The land along the Fox is of superior quality. The whole County is said to be excellent, and the combination of water, timber and prairie in almost every part, render it attractive to the immigrant. In some parts the soil is inclined to be sandy, but productive. Some of the best pine is cut in Waupacca. Good government land is yet to be had in abundance.

Weyauwega, on the Waupacca River, a few miles above its mouth, has grown rapidly within the past year, and is very neatly and compactly built. Its business arises from its manufacture of lumber. It seems to have before it the prospect of a large growth, being situated on the west bend of the Wolf River, and commanding the trade of a large region of country. Gills Landing, two and a half miles below the village is the landing for boats.

Waupacca the County Seat, 11 miles above Weyauwega, on the Waupacca River, is quite a village, has its flouring and saw mills, mechanic shops, &c. Roads are opening in every direction, and but a few years will pass before a Rail Road will be passing through the County, and it will then take its place among the older brethren. Several other villages are springing up in various favorable locations.

The Wolf River, through this County, is navigated by steam boats, which run from Oshkosh to New London. A plank road is building from Appleton to the Wolf River.

The western range of towns is in the Stevens Point land district, the rest in the Green Bay.

General Genealogy and History Links

This section contains links to websites that have multiple databases or webpages with genealogical information.

Vital Records

Birth, Death, & Marriage Records:
Earliest Registration Dates*:
Births 1858
Deaths 1848
Marriages 1852

Waupaca Register of Deeds:
109 South Main, P.O. Box 307
Waupaca, WI 54981-0307
Telephone: (715) 258-6250

Cemetery and Obituary Links

  • Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index - Index to Obituaries, Census, Naturalization for Portage and Waupaca Counties. uaries from 1881- to date are included in the Stevens Point Area Obituary Index, which covers issues of the Stevens Point Journal from 1872 to date. -
  • Tombstone Photograph Pages Waupaca County - Waupaca County Wisconsin Cemetery pages with photos of select tombstones. -

Court Records - Probate and Naturalization

Census Links

Censuses contain valuable information about families. This section contains links to transcribed censuses, census indexes or census images for the county.

Residents of the County

This section contains links to family tree websites, biographies and information about individuals that lived in the county.

Area History

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.

Maps and Atlases


Societies, Libraries and Offline Resources

  • Newspapers in Waupaca County - List of county newspaper publications listed at the Library of Congress -
  • Waupaca Area Genealogical Society - The purposes of the society is to generate an interest in genealogy, provide a meeting place for the exchange of genealogical ideas, to inform people of the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for posterity, -