Dunn County, Wisconsin was created out of a portion of Chippewa County in 1854, with the first county seat at Dunnville (earlier called Colburn's Landing). The county was named for Charles Dunn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Territory. Dunn had been appointed by Pres. Andrew Jackson in 1835.

Lumbering was an important industry in the development of Dunn County. The earliest lumbering operations were started in 1822 by fur traders Lockwood and Rollette who erected a mill at the confluence of Wilson Creek and the Red Cedar River, at what is the present site of Menomonie. A second mill was built in Menomonie in 1830 and another at Gilbert Creek in 1831. A settlement was established on the river near Dunnville about 1829-30.

According to H.C. Cooper, Jr., "Most of the pioneer settlers in Dunn County were attracted to this region by the opportunities for steady employment in the lumber industry, though there were a few, even in the early (18)60's, who took homesteads and began to build up farms."

This web site is here to assist you in researching your Dunn County ancestors. If you would like to contribute your information to this web site, or have books, cemetery surveys, vital records, census records or any other genealogical information for Dunn County, WI, please e-mail the coordinator. We can also use volunteers who are willing to look up information in Dunn County or Dunn County resources.

Census Census Resources
Cemeteries Cemetery Resources
Family Family Resources
Interactive Interactive Resources for Dunn County
Resources Archives, Libraries, and Newspapers of Dunn County
Vital Records Vital Records
USGenWeb Resources USGenWeb Project and WIGenWeb Project Special Project Resources

USGenWeb Project.

About the USGenWeb Project

In the spring of 1996, a group of genealogists with mutual interests in Kentucky genealogy got together and discussed ways and means of using the internet for comprehensive geenalogical resources. This resulted in a project to build web sites for every county in Kentucky. This idea quickly spread to other states and by the end of the summer of 1996, the USGenweb Project was born.

About the WIGenWeb Project. In June, as the Kentucky Project was coming to completion, it was decided to create this page for all states, establishing the USGenWeb Project. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of county pages for a state page. If you would like to contribute your data or create a county page within a given state, please contact the person responsible for maintaining that state's page. If you would like to volunteer in any way to help with this site contact Tina Vickery.