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Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
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Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded information needed
County Seat Milwaukee
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414.278.4987

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, and death records,
land records from 1835;
Register in Probate has probate records from 1838[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1834--Milwaukee County was created 6 September 1834 from Brown and Iowa Counties.
County seat: Milwaukee [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Wisconsin Counties see: Wisconsin Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Ozaukee  • Racine  • Washington  • Waukesha

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Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries

Census

Wisconsin State Censuis
  • 1855 Wisconsin State Census This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
  • 1865 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
  • 1875 Wisconsin State Census Identifies head of household by name.
  • 1885 Wisconsin State Census Search indexed census.  Identifies by name of head of household.  Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
  • 1895 Wisconsin State Census Index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
  • 1905 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.
Federal Census

Church History and Records

Lutheran

Ascension Lutheran Church

  • Records of Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Milwaukee County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

  • Records of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Fold3.com has Milwaukee City Directories 1861-1892 (3 yrs. missing) available online. The collection is part of Fold3.com's "premium content" which requires a subscription to view, or can be viewed for free at a Family History Center.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Biographies
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records
Histories
Immigration/emigration/migration
Maps
Newspapers
Societies

Volga Germans had many settlements in nearby Racine county. To find out more about Volga Germans click here. This site gives resources to help you with your Volga German research. including several links, two of which do not work, and two of which are in Russian. Family Search has a another collection - United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012.

The Milwaukee Historical Society has many useful records that may help you in your German or other nationality research.

The record types available here are:

  • Civil War Rosters
  • Jail records
  • Marriage record index
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Naturalization
  • School census record
  • Territorial census records
  • Ordination records of church clergy
  • Published histories

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Milwaukee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Milwaukee County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies H and I
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies D, H, K and M
- 5th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia Cavalry (Union), Company G
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B and C
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company A
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B and C
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies A, C, E, G, H, I and K
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies A, B, C, and D
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies E and K


Spanish American War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

The following obituary indices are available through the Milwaukee Public Library.  See Genealogy Obituary Resources to learn more.

  • Milwaukee Journal Newspaper Index, 1915-1917
  • Milwaukee's German Newspapers: an Index of Death Notices and Related Items
  • Wisconsin Necrology, 1846-1944
  • Index to Deaths Reported in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, 1921-1996
  • Death Notices/Obits, 1930s (?) - June, 30, 1992: Surname Index
  • Obituaries, Milwaukee Journal/Milwaukee Sentinel, 1958-1988
  • Milwaukee Area Necrology, 1992-1998
  • Milwaukee Sentinel Card Index, 1837 - 1879
  • Milwaukee Sentinel Card Index, 1880-1890
  • Italian Times
  • The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records

Repositories

See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 286-3000
Genealogy page

County Courthouse
Family History Centers
  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Societies

Milwaukee County Historical Society
910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee WI 53203
414–273–8288
website

Milwaukee Metropolitan Historians Assn
2588 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-964-8361

Milwaukee County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 27326
Milwaukee 53227-0326
Website

Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society
6100 W. Mequon Road
Mequon, WI 53092-1951
website

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records

Indices available through Milwaukee County Library:

  • Marriage Certificates for Milwaukee County for the years 1822-1876
  • Marriage Records for Milwaukee County for the years 1836-1911

Visit the library's site linked above to see a complete list of marriage records.

Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 758 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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