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Census Information & Links

State Censuses were taken by the state of Wisconsin from 1836, when it was a territory, until 1905. The 1836, 1838, 1842, 1846, 1847, 1855, 1875, 1885, 1895 and the surviving fragments of the 1865 censuses resemble the early federal censuses, listing only the head of a household by name and summarizing the number of others. The 1905 census was the only state census in Wisconsin to list all the members of a household by name.

U.S. Federal Census for 1900, 1910 and 1920 content included the name of every person in a household and included the name and age of each person; relationship to the head of house; name of street and number of house; sex; color; birthplace; occupation; marital status; number of years in the U.S.; birthplace of father and mother; whether parents were of foreign birth; whether able to read or write, speak English, or attended school within the previous year; month of birth for individual; number of years married; number children born to mother and number of living children.

U.S. Federal Census for 1930 included all of the above except number of children born to mother and number of living children. In addition to the above items this census included whether a veteran of U.S. military or naval force and what war or expedition.

**You should be able to request WI State and Federal censuses on microfilm through any Family History Center, by interlibrary loan from your local library or access online through paid sites such as Ancestry.com or Genealogy.com

1840 M704 Reel 580 For this census, the entire state of Wisconsin fits all on one reel. You will find residents of what would later be Vilas County in the Portage County listings as that area was then still part of Portage County.
1850 M432 Reel 1002 This reel contains La Pointe, Manitowoc, Marathon, and Marquette Counties with residents of what would eventually become Vilas County being listed in Marathon County.
1855 State CensusIn 1855, what was to become Vilas County was still part of Marathon County, Town of Jenny. . A transcript of the 1855 State Census of Marathon is at on the WIGenWeb Marathon County site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~wimarath/1855Census.htm.

Or a transcript of just the Town of Jenny is on WIGenWeb Lincoln County site http://www.rootsweb.com/~wilincol/1855Census.htm"
1860 M653 Reel 1418This reel contains Manitowoc and Marathon Counties, Vilas County still being part of Marathon. The 1860 Marathon County census has been transcribed and can be found in the USGenWeb Census Project at:

1870 M593 Reel 1724 This reel contains Marathon and Marquette Counties, with Vilas area residents being in Marathon County. There are transcripts of the 1870 Marathon County census on the WIGenWeb Marathon County site and at the USGenWeb Census Project:
1880 T9 Reel 1433 This reel contains Lafayette, Langlade, Lincoln, and Marathon Counties with Vilas people being in Lincoln County. The Soundex is state wide on T779 - 51 reels. Details of the soundex reels are at: 1880 Soundex
1885 V226-19 This reel includes Taylor (part), Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, and Waupaca Counties
1890 M123 Reel 115 Most of the 1890 population schedules were badly damaged by fire in January 1921. None of the extant population schedules are for Wisconsin. The Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War for Ashland, Clark, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Taylor, Waupaca, and Wood Counties are all on one reel.

1895 V226-19 This reel contains Taylor (part), Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, and Waupaca Counties
1900 T623 Reel 1820 This reel contains Vernon, Vilas, and part of Walworth Counties.  
1905 V226-52 This reel contains Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Vilas Counties
1910T624 Reel 1737 This reel contains Sauk (EDs 125-131), Taylor, Vilas, and Shawano (EDs 139-159) Counties .
1920T625 Reel 2018 This reel contains Taylor, Vilas, and Trempealeau Counties
1930T626 Reel 2614 This reel contains Taylor, Vilas, Trempealeau and Vernon (part) Counties

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