MANITOWOC COUNTY, WISCONSIN GENEALOGY

LINKING THE PRESENT WITH THE PAST

People who Lived in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Primarily before 1922

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LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS

If you find who you are looking for, and still have a question, please ask.
Check back often as new information is added to the site daily.
Shari Milks Webmaster and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer for the site.
Beverly is now co-webmaster with me. Beverly will maintain the first half of the cemeteries, and M-Z of the other pages. Kent is busy with Evergreen tombstone photos on Findagrave.com. I can't believe my good fortune!
These volunteers will do lookups:
When requesting information, please be as specific as you can in your inquiry.
I can always use more volunteers for lookups or helping with the files if anyone wants to offer.
NOTE: Please do not ask for an obit giving only a year. this is asking the volunteer to look
through hundreds of newspapers to find an obit.
Lisa
She will do obit lookups in news
archives that are online. They only go to 1977.
Mary Lou
For Civil war queries
Stacy
She will do lookups at courthouse and library



Need a volunteer for this space.
Someone want to fill this blank space?
Kent
For Civil war queries

These volunteers and past volunteers have added tons of information to this site,
and I'm very grateful to them for their generosity.

The Two Rivers Lester Library is paying for the server space for this site.
If anyone would like to donate to help defray the cost, you can send it to:
Two Rivers Lester Library
1001 Adams St.
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Phone: (920) 793-8888

Let them know it's for the 2manitowoc.com site.
They will continue to keep it online when I am no longer able to work on it.

Notice:
For people who use information from this site for their family trees and want to put a source
down, please use 2manitowoc.com for the source because from time to time I have to split files
and that may change the address you put with the information. You could put 2manitowoc.com
and then name the general section you found what you needed..such as marriages, cemetery
number/name, glass negatives, etc.

 

DEATHS

Newspaper articles can be ordered through the Interlibrary Loan program.

CEMETERY TRANSCRIPTIONS/OBITUARIES

Total of obituaries as of July 29, 2014: 46,661
Most cems. have tombstone photos now. Take what you need.
Any that are linked to findagrave.com will show the person who took the photo under the photo,
therefore they will be getting credit for the photo.

List of Cemeteries by Township, with transcriptions.
Obituaries are linked to the person's name and tombstone photos have a
separate link as do photos of a person.
Note: Until cemeteries were established, many early settlers buried their dead
in the forests and just anywhere in the fields.

MASTER LIST OF SURNAMES IN CEMETERIES
I have numbered the cemeteries, and beside each surname you will find a series
of numbers that correspond with the cemeteries. This should save you having
to look through every one to find the name you're looking for, as the surname will be
only be found in the cemetery or cemeteries with those numbers.

[ A ][ B ][ C ][ D ][ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ][ I ][ J ][ K ][ L ][ M ]
[ N ][ O ][ P ][ Q ][ R ][ S ][ T ][ U ][ V ][ W ][ X-Y ][ Z ]

OBITUARIES
There are enough obituaries linked in the cems, that this section isn't needed any more.
So we decided to remove it as it is redundant and a huge waste of server space.

CEMETERY X
Burials Not found in Township Cemetery listing

[ A-B ] [ C ] [ D-F ]  [ G ]   [ H-I ]   [ J ]  [ K ]   [ L ]  [ M ]   [ N-Q ]  [ R ]  [ S ]   [ T-Z ]

CREMATIONS - NO CEMETERY NAMED
No way to determine final disposition of ashes

PRE-1907 DEATH INDEX by DATE
According to Date: (Note: 1851-1859 includes unknown dates)
(Important note: The notations in the remarks portion of the pages are suggestions
only. They are put there to help researchers but please do the research to verify
the suggestions.)

  [1851-1859]   [1860-1869]   [1870-1873]   [1874-1876]   [1877-1878]   [1879]   [1880-1881]
  [1882]   [1883-1884]   [1885-1886]   [1887]   [1888]   [1889]   [1890]   [1891]   [1892]   [1893]
  [1894]   [1895]   [1896]   [1897]   [1898]   [1899]   [1900]   [1901]   [1902]   [1903]   [1904]
  [1905]   [1906]   [1907]

PRE-1907 DEATH INDEX by SURNAME
Combined Courthouse and Microfiche:
(Important note: The notations in the remarks portion of the pages are suggestions
only. They are put there to help researchers but please do the research to verify
the suggestions.)

[ A ]   [ B ]   [ BEC ]   [ BJ ]   [ BRE ]   [ C ]   [ D ]   [ DI ]   [ E ]   [ F ]   [ G ]   [ GO ]   [ H ]   [ HE ]   [ HI ]   [ I ]
[ J ]   [ K ]   [ KI ]   [ KO ]   [ KR ]   [ L ]   [ LI ]   [ M ]   [ MC ]   [ MI ]   [ N ]   [ O ]   [ P ]   [ PF ]   [ Q ]
[ R ]   [ RH ]   [ S ]   [ SCHI ]   [ SCHN ]   [ SCO ]   [ SO ]   [ STE ]   [ T ]   [ U ]   [ V ]   [ W ]   [ WH ]   [ Y ]   [ Z ]

1850 and 1870 Census Mortality List

Death and Burials from First German Evangelical Lutheran Church 1856-1874

Death and Burials from St. John's Lutheran Church Newton 1851-1991

Deaths from St. Peter St. Paul Church, Kiel

People Who Died in Manitowoc County and are Buried Elsewhere

People Who Died Elsewhere and Were Buried There and Had Relatives in Manitowoc County

Centenarians - Cems. 1-43aa
Centenarians - Cems. 44-90
(People who lived to be 100 years or older)


What the county and state charge for copies of records

A researcher just sent this information in about where you can get copies of records:
Pre-1907 births, marriages, and deaths for Manitowoc County can also be ordered
through the Green Bay Area Research Center at the Cofrin Library, UWGB, for $5 --
as opposed to the $20 you'd have to pay at the courthouse or through the vital
records bureau. The link to the request forms is: Cofrin Library request forms


Translations of Common Foreign Words found on Tombstones

MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS

Newspaper articles can be ordered through the Interlibrary Loan program.
Divorce/court records are kept at the Cofrin Library in Green Bay. The link is on the Special Links page

MARRIAGES/FAMILIES IN MANITOWOC COUNTY
Includes Newspaper Articles and Links to Biographies

[ A ] [ AN ] [ B ] [ BE ] [ Bem ] [ BI ] [ BO ] [ BR ] [ BU ] [ C ] [ CI ] [ D ] [ DO ] [ E ] [ EL ] [ F ] [ FL ]
[ G ] [ GI ] [ GR ] [ GROL ] [ H ] [ HAM ] [ HE ] [ HI ] [ HOM ] [ I ] [ J ] [ K ] [ KE ] [ KJ ]
[ KO ] [ KR ] [ KU ] [ L ] [ LE ] [ LI ] [ LO ] [ M ] [ MAR ] [ MC ] [ MI ] [ MR ] [ N ] [ NEU ] [ O ]
[ P ] [ PE ] [ PI ] [ Q ] [ R ] [ RE ] [ RH ] [ ROH ] [ S ] [ SCHM ] [ SCHR ] [SCHU ] [ SCHW ]
[ SH ] [ SN ] [ SQ ] [ STI ] [ T ] [ TI ] [ U ] [ V ] [ W ] [ WE ] [ WI ] [ WIN ] [ Y ] [ Z ]

BIOGRAPHIES
[ A ][ B ][ Be ][ Bo ][ Bu ] [ C ][ D ][ E ] [ F ][ G ][ Gr ] [ H ][ He ][ Hi ] [ I ][ J ][ K ] [ Ke ][ Kj ][ Kr ]

[ L ][ Li ][ M ] [ Mc ][ Mi ][ N ] [ O ][ P ][ Pi ] [ R ][ Rh ][ S ] [ Schm ][ Schr ] [ Schu ][ Se ][ Sh ]

[ Smi ][ Sn ][ St ] [ T ][ U ][ V ] [ W ][ Wi ][ Y ] [ Z ]

Cross Index for Wives in the Marriages

What the county and state charge for copies of records

The True marriage bill was passed by the assembly yesterday and with
the Governor's signature, the bill will become a law. It requires that
a license must be obtained five days before the marriage ceremony is
performed. Boys, get a move on yourself if you desire to "fool" the
legislators and escape the fee.
Manitowoc Daily Herald, Manitowoc, Wis. Saturday, April 1, 1899 P.4

Parents should remember the duty which the law imposes on them in
regard to the registering of births that occur in their families. The
law limits the time in which to perform this duty to thirty days.
Frequent notices of this requirement have been given through the city
press, and it is hoped that in the future it will be universally observed.
Manitowoc Daily Herald, Manitowoc, Wis. Thursday, May 25, 1899 P.2

Pre-1907 Birth Index from microfiche

Births Announced in newspapers
The dates are the dates of the newspaper. Some have the birth date also.

Pre-1907 Delayed Births (births registered 365 days or more after birth)

Pre-1907 Marriage Index from microfiche

Pre-1907 Marriage Index Volume A Sorted by Sequence Numbers

Pre-1907 Marriage Index Volume B sorted by year

NEWS ITEMS FROM THE OLD NEWSPAPERS
NEWS (People)
[ A ] [ B ] [ BO ] [ C ] [ D ] [ E ] [ F ] [ G ] [ H ] [ I - J ] [ K ] [ L ]
[ M ] [ N - O ] [ P - Q ] [ R ] [ S ] [ SI ] [ T ] [ U - V ] [ W ] [ Y - Z ]
The funny, the sad,
the good, the bad....and the downright ugly.
I decided to combine news about people into alphabetical order here
except the births from the newspapers and the military pensions which
will be linked to in the military section, and most anniversaries
which will be in the marriage pages.

ARTICLES WITH MANY SURNAMES

BRIDGES, PIERS AND LIGHTHOUSES

BUSINESS GROWTH

CHURCH NEWS

CITY AND COUNTY BUILDINGS

CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT DECISIONS

COUNTY ROADS AND STREET DEVELOPMENT

FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

LIFE IN THE 1800s

LIFE IN THE EARLY 1900s
These accounts will be newspaper accounts that I can't categorize,
but will give you the feel of life in Manitowoc county in the 1800s and the early 1900s.

ORGANIZATIONS NEWS

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

POST OFFICE NEWS

LISTS OF LETTERS AT POST OFFICE
Letters at the Post Office for people to pick up were listed in the newspaper.

RAILROAD IN MANITOWOC CO. NEWS

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS - from newspapers
[A - C] [D - F] [ G ] [ H ] [I - J] [ K ] [ L ] [ M ] [N - Q] [ R ] [ S ] [ T ] [W - Z]

Jan. 18, 1838 – The territory approves an act entitled
“An Act for Applying and Collecting County Revenue”. It seems, by this act,
a person could obtain ownership of a piece of property if that person paid
the unpaid property tax for that property. There then seemed to be a long
succession of people who obtained Lot 1 of Section 14 by the means of paying
the unpaid tax. (from Bob Domagalski)

SCHOOL NEWS

SHIPPING

DISASTERS IN MANITOWOC COUNTY

List of Newspapers

Today's Herald Times Reporter online -Great Place to watch for current obits.

CALENDARS 1847 - 1910

RESIDENTS

FEDERAL AND STATE CENSUSES

Women will be obliged to give their correct age in the coming census. The new law says:
"Women who refuse to tell their ages or indulge in inaccurate statements thereof, as
well as all other persons refusing to reply to questions or making false statements,
shall, on conviction be fined one hundred dollars."
Manitowoc Daily Herald, Manitowoc, Wis. Saturday, May 27, 1899 P.2

1821 Voters List
1822 State Census
1829 Petition List
done (Brown County)

1836 State done (Brown County)

1837 State done

1840 Federal done

1842 State done

1850 Federal done

1855 State census page images

1860 Federal done

1870 Federal done

1875 State census page images

1880 Federal done

1885 State

1890 Veterans Schedule done

What happened to the 1890 Census?

1891 Reedsville Census

1892 Kiel Census

1895 Veterans Census done

1895 State Census

Census

1900 Federal Census

1905 State census

1906 St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Kiel WI census

1910 Federal Census
Now going online

1920 Federal Census

INDEX TO MANITOWOC COURT RECORDS 1849-1905
Also added Newspaper published court notices of Wills, Foreclosures, Bankruptcies, Etc.
Probate records dating back to 1850 are at the Manitowoc County Courthouse.
It costs $4 per name for them to search for someone. $1 per page for copies. No cost to
search in person, copies still $1 per page. Some records are on microfilm. If you need those
printed they have to be sent over to the Manitowoc library so you will not get the copies that
day (if you're doing this in person).
Cofrin library in Green Bay (area research center) also has Manty probate records. They will also
pull them for a fee. Here is what they told me in an email:
We do have Manitowoc probate records that date from 1869. We do not have the actual index, it is
still at the Manitowoc Probate Office. You may either contact them directly or send us the request
via our website. Cofrin Library Information can be obtained at the website. This is a new web address.
Numbers are included in this index.
[ A ] [ B ] [ BE ] [ BL ] [ BR ] [ BRI ] [ C ] [ CL ] [ D ] [ Do ] [ E ] [ F ] [ G ] [ H ] [ I ] [ J ] [ K ]
[ KO ] [ L ] [ M ] [ N ] [ O ] [ P ] [ Q ] [ R ] [ S ] [ SI ][ T ] [ U ] [ V ] [ W ] [ X-Y-Z ]

DECLARATION OF INTENT (Immigration Records)
[A-B][C] [D] [E-G] [H-J] [K] [L-N] [O-R] [S] [T-U] [W-Z]

SETTLERS TO MANITOWOC, COUNTY IN 1800'S (partial list)
[ A ][ B ][ C ][ D ] [ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ] [ I ][ J ][ K ][ L ] [ M ]
[ N ][ O ][ P ] [ Q ][ R ][ S ][ T ] [ U ][ V ][ W ][ Y ] [ Z ]

DIRECTORIES AND INDICES

Businesses in Manitowoc County before 1868

Manitowoc City/County Directories online 1868-1920

Edwards' Manitowoc Directory for 1868-1869

1870 Tax Roll of the Village Of Two Rivers

1875-76 Manitowoc City Directory

1901-1902 Residents of Manitowoc County     [ A-I ][ J-L ][ M-R ][ S-Z ]

1901-1902 Residents of the City of Two Rivers

Early Settlers, People and Family Farms in Shoto, Town of Two Rivers

1901-1902 Residents of Kiel

Members of Oschwald Colony at St. Nazianz 1855-1856

1905 Zorn's (mail) Rural Routes Directory

Zorn's Directory of the City and County of Manitowoc 1915-1916

1921 Manitowoc County Patron Directory Advertisers

St. Casimir School Class 1879-1880 Newton, WI

Prisoners at State Prison 1870

First German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Jubilee Book 1855-1905

There are many names all the way through this book.    

Photos from the Jubilee Book Teachers, Leaders all with names.    

Photos from the Jubilee Book Bands and Choirs all with names.

Ancestors
Some Early Wisconsin Pioneers From the District of Saarburg, Prussia
Transcribed by Eugene P. Schmitt 28 Jan 2000 from the German book
published at Freudenburg, Germany in 1996, the piece is in German, and
thanks to Peter Bruns a translation has been put with it.

Defunct Manitowoc County Corporations 1848 - 1945

People Sent to Asylums

Persons in the Orphanage

 

MILITARY RECORDS-Those Who Served Our Country

CIVIL WAR
Dennis Moore's Civil War Roster
Manitowoc County Civil War Round Table A great site for Civil War veterans history
Civil War Company Rosters From "History of Manitowoc County"
Wisconsin Civil War Regiment Index (Includes link to list of battles fought)
Wisconsin Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients
List of Pensioners on the Roll 1883
Also now includes announcements of pensions awarded from the old newspapers.
Manitowoc Soldiers & Sailors Regimental Reunion Roster, 1880
Includes some Manitowoc Musket accounts of battles from Lakeshore Times, 1881
1890 Veterans Schedule

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR [ A - L ]
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR [ M - Z ]

VETERANS OF WORLD WAR I
[Army [A - L] ] [Army [M - Z] ]

[Marine Corps]
[Navy and Coast Guard A-L] [Navy and Coast Guard M-Z]
[Nurses]
WORLD WAR I DRAFT REGISTRATION CARDS
[ A ] [ B ] [ BO ] [ C-D ]

VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II
World War II [A - G] [H - L]
World War II [M - Z]

Purple Heart Recipients from WW II
a site dedicated to WWII Veterans

KOREAN WAR [ A - L ]
KOREAN WAR [ M - Z ]

VIETNAM [ A - L ]
VIETNAM [ M - Z ]
Vietnam virtual wall
Find anyone who is on the Vietnam memorial

LAND OWNERSHIP/AREA HISTORY
Photos of Early Manitowoc County Businesses

Land Patents for Manitowoc County

Land Records for Eaton Township

Current Manitowoc County Map

1878 County Map

Plat Maps For 1872, 1878 and 1893

Index for plat maps:

[Cato][Centerville][Cooperstown][Eaton] [Franklin][Gibson][Kossuth]
[Liberty][Manitowoc][Manitowoc Rapids][Maple Grove][Meeme]
[Mishicot][Newton][Rockland][Schleswig][Two Creeks][Two Rivers]

Town and Village Histories and Maps

Manitowoc County Chronology 1674-1911

Town(ship) Histories

Church Histories

Catholic Churches: Record Start Dates

School Histories

Asylums and County Homes For The Less Fortunate

Century Farms

List of Wisconsin towns and the county they are in from an 1895 map.

Wisconsin Pre-1908 Homestead & Cash Entry
Patents from the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office

Demolition of the Washington High School in Two Rivers
Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo  Photo Poem

Two Creeks Ledgers

GROUP PHOTOS WITH NAMES
The photos in this section are from the Wentorf collection at the Lester Library
in Two Rivers, unless otherwise noted.

Sports Teams

Music Bands and Orchestras

Lake House 1911

Turning Classes 1883 - girls and ladies

Ladies Aid Society

St. Wenceslaus Society 1890-1900

Members of Zion Lutheran church ca.1915  Louis Corners, Schleswig twp.

Mishicot Businessmen 1891

Liquor Dealers Association

Kiel graduating class 1891

St. Peter and Paul Choir 1894

Freier Sangerbund Singing Society, 1895

Saengerbund picnic July 1902 - Sons of Herman

Children: Klingholz, Maier, Schuette, Gray, Rahr, Fechter, Buerstatte

Groups of people from Kiel area

Manitowoc 8th grade graduation

Two Rivers Seniors 1936 [A - L] [M - Z]

Lincoln High, Manitowoc Seniors 1927 [A - L] [M - Z]

Lincoln High, Manitowoc Seniors 1929 [A - L] [M - Z]

ORGANIZATIONS

Masons 1856-1956

MARITIME

Shipwrecks off Manitowoc County

Ships built in Manitowoc and Two Rivers

Ship Captains of the Great Lakes

Captain's Certificates
-The originals are in the Carus Collection at the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

MISCELLANEOUS
Family Histories on the Web


The Following Four Sets of Pictures Belong with the Hacker Family History in
the Family Histories Pages. These Families Are All Related. The Links to the Photos
Have Been Put On The Main Page For Ease of Use.

Hacker Family Pictures
Keune Family Pictures
Kruger/Krueger Family Pictures
Strothoff Family Pictures


Family Histories in the Manitowoc Public Library

Index to "Early Manitowoc History" by John Harmon
A compilation of articles written by John Harmon for the Herald Times Reporter

Unidentified Pictures

Interview with Nelson LeClair
Surnames: Allie, Bunker, Dahm, Gagnon, Gates, Gauthier, Geimer, Glesner Harrington,
Johannes, Kahlenberg, Kochoroski, Kummerow, LaFond, Lonzo, Mann, Monka, Niquette,
Pilon, Schroeder, Simonis, Smith Vaudreuil, Zander.

"Early Days in Two Rivers Wisconsin" by Arthur Lohman 1909

Surnames: Albee, Albers, Aldrich, Allee, Allen, Allie, Alonzo, Arndt, Arnolds, Baetz,
Barry, Beal, Berger, Boldus, Bolls, Boutin, Bovrardy, Brazil, Bunker, Burdicke, Burns,
Canfield, Cayo, Chase, Cheney, Clark, Cooper, Crane, Decker, Dusold, Eberts, Edwards,
Eggers, Eigeldinger, Fay, Fisher, Franks, Gagnon, Gasgo, Glass, Hall, Hallauer, Hamilton,
Hamlet, Harvey, Hempke, Henry, Honey, House, Hurst, Hyat, Jackson, Jennison, Johannes,
Johnson, Jones, Katoose, Kaufman, Kessman, Kingsland, Knapp, Kuehn, Lawe, Leabinger,
Leard, Lemere, Levenhagen, Lindstedt, Lohman, Longrine, Lord, Lynn, Mann, Martin,
Mattoon, McMellen, Meade, Medbury, Metcalf, Mexico(Chief), Millis, Newcomb, Niquette,
Ollendorf, Page, Pendleton, Phillips, Pierpont, Pilon, Pratt, Quatoose, Rankin, Richardson,
Rife, Roberts, Russell, Saubert, Schrade, Schroeder, Scott, Seaman, Shepard, Shram, Siegel,
Simonds, "Sixty", Smith, Smoke, Suettinger, Sutherland, Sym, Taylor, Thwaites, Van Valkenburg,
Vansaw, Vieau, Waggoner, Wells, Wheeler, Whitcomb, Wilson, Winkelmiller, Woods, Young

RALPH G. PLUMB - "A History of Manitowoc County - 1904  (Transcribed by Jan)

GHOST PARISHES AND CEMETERIES OF MANITOWOC COUNTY
Index to the surnames of lay-people and clergy
By Sister Terasita Kittel, O.S.F. and Marcie Baer, 1982
With permission of the Man. Co. Hist. Soc.

GLASS NEGATIVE PHOTOS
Also links to Calumet co. cemeteries of New Holstein and St. Anna

More of the Glass Negative collection

JUST PLAIN FUN STUFF for your amusement and enjoyment.

BORDERING COUNTY WEBSITES
SHEBOYGAN

CALUMET

KEWAUNEE

BROWN

ELLEN'S SITES, MILWAUKEE, WAUKESHA, WASHINGTON COUNTIES:
THEY CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THIS ADDRESS
She used to help me with my site..that Ellen.
Ellen's counties

LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES
"Manitowoc-skogen"/Robert Bjerke
Important research on Norwegians in Manitowoc county.

Manitowoc County Historical Society

Manitowoc Library
This link will take you to the directories, photos, newspaper indices and much more online.

Special Links to help with your research

[NOTE: There are errors in this ad..the author of the books is Bob Domagalski;
the streets book is only 800 pages long; the phone number given is 920 area code;
the books combined have over 1,000 photos.]
The proceeds from these books are to help establish a St. Nazianz Area Historical
Museum in St. Nazianz.

This many people have enjoyed this site since Dec. 23, 1997.