Marathon County Genealogical Resources

I am now the proud (?) owner of a mailing list - discussion lists where people who are interested in Marathon County in Wisconsin can communicate -requesting and sharing information, sources and techniques - not only about our own family research, but also about broader matters that possibly affect genealogical research in general. We help each other out and we celebrate when one of us has a victory. The membership of this community is not limited only to individuals within these two counties. Everyone is welcome!

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Marathon County Web Page - for facts and figures about Marathon County

Wausau Wi web page  - facts and figures about Wausau, Marathon County's county seat

Marathon County Public Library

300 N. 1st St.,       Wausau, WI 54403-5473  

Main Desk - 715-261-7200                                                                                                                                              Reference Desk - 715-261-7230

How-To Guides and Bibliographies --Census Records --Newspapers and Periodicals,  Atlases, Platbooks, & Directories--Immigration Experience --Wisconsin History & Bibliography Biography & History --Heraldry --Pamphlet Files -- Services

The Library is building their web page, and will be adding a genealogy section.  Click here to  Access their page.  They will be updating their page regularly.

Marathon County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1512                                                                                                                 Wausau, WI 54402-1512

Membership: $10.00/year single, and $15.00/family - 2 people at same address. They have a list of genealogical publications for sale.

Click here to access their web page.

Marathon County Historical Library       

410 McIndoe St.          Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday      9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.      Wausau, WI 54403

Ph. 715-848-0378 for an appointment

Mary Forer - Director

Gary Gisselman - Librarian, Historian

e-mail address: [email protected]

Resources: Many business records, 1905 census for Marathon County, City directories for Wausau, 1883 to present, Marriage License Book from 1899-1960, Normal School Records, Probate records to 1918, School census records by townships, 1925-1960, Teacher Personnel Records, Telephone directories from 1895 to present, yearbooks from Wausau High School from 1918 to 1969 and Wausau East High School from 1970 to 1987, Marathon County Plat Books: 1882, 1895, 1909, 1913,1920,1923,1956,1961,1965,1971,1973,1981,1986--

Township Centennial Books for Athens, Berlin, Brokaw, Cassel, Colby, Day, Easton, Eau Pleine, Elderon, Emmet, Hamburg, Harrison, Hewitt, Holton, Hull, McMillan, Maine, Marathon City, Mosinee, Plover, Rib Mountain, Rietbrock, Rothschilds, Schofield, Spencer, Stettin, Texas, Unity and Weston.

War Records for Civil War and WWI - Personal Scrapbooks, diaries, journals - scrapbooks from Chamber of Commerce, Clubs, City of Wausau and Winter Frolic.


Marathon County Courthouse  Courthouse information - 715-261-1000

Register of Deeds                                                                                                                  

500 Forest Street                                                                                                          

Wausau, WI 54403-5554


They have all the birth, death and marriage records for Marathon County. They will make copies if you can give them the location of the files needed.  The cost is $20.00 for a non-certified record.  You will need to give them your reasons for wanting the records, and also full information - they need exact dates for example, and don't do look-ups for the date.  They don't take personal checks, only money orders or certified checks if you are sending for the info.  Hours - Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please call first and they will tell you exactly what you need to know.  You will have to send them the following information.

1. The name, date, and place of birth of the subject person.

2. The reason for the request.

3. Father's name.

4. Mother's maiden name.

5. Photo copy of your drivers' license or other valid ID.

6. Certified check or money order for $12.

Send it to the above address.

Register in Probate                                                                                                              

500 Forest St.,                                                                                                                  

Wausau, Wi 54403

This office ususally requires a few days to look for probate records.

Phone 1-715-261-1260

Family History Center

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints                                                                        

5405 Rib Mountain Drive Wausau Wi 54401

ph 715-355-4856                                                                                                            

Hours: Thurs 1:30-8:00 p.m.  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

State Historical Society Area Research Center                    Learning Resource Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481      Ph 715-346-2586 - Hours may vary - please call before traveling a distance to verify hours.

 e-mail [email protected]

 They will send an invoice if they are able to fulfill your request.

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