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Eau Claire County Wisconsin...was first known as the town of "Clearwater" and was the southern-most township in Chippewa County in 1855.  It was during this same year that R. F. Wilson and W. H. Gleason came to the Clearwater settlement, at the junction of the Chippewa and Clearwater rivers. They recognized its possibilities and soon made a deal with Gage & Reed whereby a considerable part of what is now the east side was platted as the village of Eau Claire. Of course the platting of this village under the name Eau Claire could have no legal effect on the name of the town, but it seems to have confused the town officials, as the records show both the names Clearwater and Eau Claire for a short period, after which, without any recorded official action, the name Clearwater was dropped and the name Eau Claire only was used. The town remained under town government only one year, when by act of legislature approved October 6, 1856, it was set off as Eau Claire county.

Welcome to the new and improved Eau Claire County WIGenWeb site. The new look is to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  It is hoped the new layout of the website will be much easier to use.  You will find a navigation bar at the top of every page.  This bar includes the basic themes of this website.  These themes include:  
  • Databases - the raw material and indexes that let you know when and where your ancester lived within this county.
  • Histories - transcriptions of many of the best historical accounts written about Eau Claire County.
  • Photos - the Eau Claire County photo album still contains great examples of the people, places and tombstones of the area.
  • Research tools - this area of the website includes interactive tools for you to find and communicate with others who may also be researching your ancestors.
  • What's New - this area tells where to find the new items on the website and will be updated with each new addition.
  • The Home link will always bring you back to this page, if you wish start from scratch.
  • Or use our Site Map to see our pages.
Along with the navigation bar, you will find a search engine form at the left side or at the bottom of every page within the site.  This search engine will be updated with each new addition of data to the website, as well.  New items will be added often, so be sure to come back and see what's been happening.  You will be pleasantly surprised, no doubt!

It is hoped that you have much success using the whole Eau Claire Co. WIGenWeb site as a tool in your personal genealogical research.  Best wishes to all our visitors.

Be sure to also visit our neighbors, including:

The WIGenWeb Project
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.

DISCLAIMER:  No claim is made to the copyrights of the individual submitters. The contents of this entire website may be used for personal use only by individuals researching their ancestry. Commercial use of this information for profit is strictly prohibited without prior permission of the owners. Other genealogical websites may link to this website; however, permission is not granted to duplicate any of the contents. Anyone contributing material for posting does so in recognition of its free, non-commercial distribution, as well as the responsibility to assure that no copyright is violated by the submission.  This website and its coordinator are not responsible for donations of copyrighted material where explicit written permission has not been granted for use.

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