Washburn Co. WIGenWeb


This website was last updated on 24 February 2012


Welcome to the Washburn County WIGenWeb Project!  Within these pages you will find many of the old items that have been shared here since the beginning of this website way back in August 1997. There are plans to add new items as well.  All pages have been revamped to our new look...one that we hope will be pleasing to the eye, yet provide the easy reading that is necessary after long hours of internet research.  So come back often and peruse the pages within this site.  It is hoped you will find many useful items to aid in your personal family research.

Washburn County was named for former Wisconsin Governor Cadwallader Colden Washburn, who was born 22 April 1818 in Livermore, ME and died 14 May 1882 in Eureka Springs, AR.  He was a pre-war professional lawyer, a U.S. Congressman and a member of the Washington Peace Conference.  Cadwallader Washburn began his war service in January 1862 and was a Civil War colonel of  the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry.  In July 1862 he was appointed Brigadeer General of Volunteers, and in November 1862 promoted to Major General of Volunteers.  He commanded the Department of West Tennessee and the Yazoo Pass expedition.  He also directed a detachment of three divisions of XVI Corps during the siege and capture of Vicksburg and commanded in the Department of the Gulf. After the Civil War, he again was a U. S. Congressman and served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1872 through 1874.  He was also a newspaperman, and organized Washburn, Crosby, and Company (now General Mills) flour mill in Minneapolis, MN.   He had been involved with the railroads and was president of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at the time of his death.  He also gave the university its observatory.  C. C. Washburn is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery at La Crosse, WI.

This website is based on volunteerism and is not affiliated with any local club, organization or society, except the USGenWeb and the WIGenWeb.  The intent in coordinating this website is to put as many resources online as possible for you to discover for yourself.  Therefore, it is hoped that this website will become a tool that will be helpful to your Washburn Co. research.

Be sure to visit our neighbors too!  Barron County  |  Bayfield County  Burnett County  |  Douglas County  | 
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The WIGenWeb Project

In March and April 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored.  In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.  This led to the USGenWeb Project of which Wisconsin is a part.

Volunteers are needed who are willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web pages.  Are you interested in hosting a county in Wisconsin?  If so, contact Tina Vickery, State Coordinator, or MAK, Assistant State Coordinator, for available counties and details on how to become a coordinator.

The WIGenWeb Project logo was designed and provided by Debbie Barrett.

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