Door County Genealogy

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Location of Door County Part 1
Location of Door County Part 2 Kewaunee County Genealogy
Seventy miles long, and 18 miles wide at the southern edge, the Door County Peninsula has more miles of coastline, more state parks, and more lighthouses than any other county in the United States. The water of Lake Michigan borders its eastern shore while on the westward side Green Bay separates it from the mainland. Kewaunee County lies to the south. The county emcompasses 477.7 sq. miles with some 250 miles of shoreline.

Washington Island lies off the tip of the peninsula and was once home to the Potawatomi, who moved into the area after most of the Winnebago there died from contact with the French and their diseases. The Potawatomi farmed land near the ancient effigy mounds built by earlier indian tribes. The treacherous currents between the top of the peninsula and Washington Island were described by the French as Porte des Morts, Death’s Door, where many ships have sunk trying to cross the straights, and from which Door County got its name.

Rootsweb Message Boards for Door County

Door County Libraries
The Door County Library system has eight branches, from Forestville in the south to Washington Island in the north. The main branch is in Sturgeon Bay.  Locations and Hours are here.   Library resources are here.

  • Baileys Harbor Branch - 2392 Highway F, Baileys Harbor, 54202, (920) 839-2210
  • Egg Harbor Branch - 7860 Highway 42, Egg Harbor, 54209, (920) 868-2664
  • Ephraim Branch - 9996 Water Street, Ephraim, 54211, (920) 854-2014
  • Fish Creek Branch - 4097 Main Street, Fish Creek, 54212, (920) 868-3471
  • Forestville Branch - 123 Highway 42, Forestville, 54213, (920) 856-6886
  • Sister Bay Branch - Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, 54234, (920) 854-2721
  • Sturgeon Bay Library - 107 South 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, 54235, (920) 743-6578
  • Washington Island Branch - Main and Lakeview Roads, Washington Island, 54246, (920) 847-2323

Online Door County
Door County Advocate - First published in 1862.
Door County Vacations
Wisconsin Photo Gallery
The Political Graveyard
AAA Wisconsin
Door County Maritime Museum
Travel-Finder: Wisconsin
Historic places to explore in Wisconsin
Official Door County Website
Egg Harbor
The Earthen Dove Effigy Mound
Books of Wisconsin
The August 23, 1998 Door County Tornado
National Weather Service Green Bay

Door County Lookups

IdaKay Orsted:

  • 1977 tombstone index for Door County cemeteries
  • 1910 censux index
  • 1881 History of Door County together with biographies of nearly 700 families & mention of 4,000 persons, by Chas I Martin - INDEX
  • History of Door County, WI the County Beautiful, by Hjalmar R Holand, Volumes 1 & 2 - INDEX
  • Early Door County Marriage Index

Door County Resources

Door County Cemetery Resources

Door County Census Resources

Door County Family Web Pages


Door County Maps

Door County Vital Records

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