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Burnett County Collections

Dr. Aker homestead, Burnett County, n.d.
Dr. Aker homestead, Burnett County, n.d.

Burnett County Church & Cemetery Records

Church and cemetery records vary significantly by collection but can include items such as burial permits, tombstone inscriptions, sacramental registers, membership lists, anniversary materials, church histories, and financial records. The UW-River Falls ARC holds Burnett County church and cemetery records for:

  • Barshaw (Sacramental records), River Falls Micro 25
  • Grantsburg-Riverside Cemetery
  • Rusk-Greendale Cemetery, River Falls Micro 27
  • Scott-Sacred Heart Cemetery, River Falls SC 384

Additional records can be found at USGenWeb.


Burnett County Manuscripts & Special Collections
These collections are comprised of original, one of a kind materials created by individuals or organizations with historical significance to Burnett County. Collection Inventories for manuscripts housed at the UW-River Falls ARC are currently being automated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Inventories will be linked here as they are made available. Click here to see a list of all collection inventories already available for UW-River Falls ARC manuscripts.

  • Ahlstrom, Mabel. County superintendent's history of Burnett County schools, 1908. River Falls SC 214
  • Dahlberg, Aaron. Biographical information on Dahlberg and the Northwest WI Electric Co., undated. River Falls SC 148
  • History of Siren, 1968. Dodson, John S. River Falls SC 97
  • Peet, Edward L. Journalist and land developer. Papers, 1859-1929. River Falls Mss BV
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery tombstone inscriptions, 1850-1993. River Falls SC 384
  • Trade Lake Town Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Records, 1874-1930. River Falls SC 112
  • Wood River Baptist Church. Records, 1869-1912. River Falls SC 355



Burnett County Maps
  • Highway Road Maps: 1953; 1959
  • County Map: 1912
  • Plat Maps: 1915; 1930; 1931; 1948; 1962; 1965; 1974;1976; 1981; 1983; 1991; 1997
  • Sanborn Maps: 1800's-1900's
Original Wisconsin plat maps and survery records can be found at the State of Wisconsin's Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

Burnett County Newspapers
  • Burnett County Enterprise; Webster: 1917-1929; 1946-1951.
  • Burnett County Leader; Siren: 1944-1955.
  • Burnett County Sentinel; Grantsburg: 1875-1910;1962-1985; Current year and 1 year previous.  [Indexed: June 10, 1892– Jan. 27, 1910]
  • Journal of Burnett County; Grantsburg: 1895-1962. [Indexed: 1895 – 1901]

Burnett County Public Records


Burnett County Census Records: Statewide unless specified: 1836; 1838; 1840; 1842; 1846; 1847; 1850; 1855; 1860; 1870; 1875; 1880; 1885; 1890 (Civil War veterans only); 1900; 1905; 1910; 1920 (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties only); 1930 (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties only)

1836; 1840; 1850; 1860; 1870; 1880 Soundex; 1900 Soundex; 1905 (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, and Washburn Counties only); 1910


Burnett County Local Government Records:



Burnett County Naturalizations:
Declarations of intent: 1888-1950. Certificates, oaths and petitions: 1888-1953.
ca. 1870-1945. Burnett Series 23-28, 35; RF Micro 35


Burnett County School Records:











Burnett County Tax and Assessment Rolls:


Burnett County Vital Statistics:
Burnett County birth certificates, 1852-1907; death certificates, 1862-1907; marriage certificates, 1868-1907.
Pre-1907, statewide.

The pre-1907 WI Vital Statistics Index for births, deaths, and marriages is searchable online through the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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