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Online Wisconsin indexes and images
|Online Federal and State Population Schedules for Wisconsin|
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|1830 Territory||indexes||Link||-|| MI
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Federal population schedules
Two manuscripts exist for the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses. One set of manuscripts exists at the National Archives and another at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The information on each set is supposed to be the same, but it can be beneficial to check both. Transcription errors might exist. The two might differ in the legibility of the handwriting, the condition of the manuscript, and the quality of the microfilm. The Family History Library has microfilms of the set in the possession of the National Archives.
|1940 N/A||1910 and Soundex||1870||1840|
|1930||1900 and Soundex||1860||1830 index|
|1920 and Soundex||1890 fragments||1850||1820 index|
|1880 and Soundex|
|1940 N/A||1910 T624||1880 T9 & Soundex T779|| 1850 M432|
|1930 T 626||1900 T623 & Soundex T1079||1870 M593|| 1840 M704|
|1920 T625 & Soundex M1595||1890 fragments M123||1860 M653|| |
Indexes: fiche, film, or book
For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Wisconsin, click here
Federal non-population schedules
Online indexes and images
|Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Wisconsin|
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|1850 Mortality||1850 - 1870 Mortality||1880 Mortality||1890 Veterans Census|
Indexes: fiche, film, or book
For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Wisconsin, click here.
State, territorial, and colonial censuses
Newberry Library. Territorial, State, and Federal Censuses in Michigan. List of dates and census description including counties involved, and repository.
|Wisconsin state, territorial, and colonial censuses|
|1905||State Census |
|1895||State Census |
|1885||State Census |
|1875||State Census |
|1865||Lost, except for the counties of Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan. |
|1855||State Census, except for Kewaunee County, which was not enumerated.|
|1847||Exist, except for the counties of Rock, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Chippewa. |
|1846||Exist, except for the counties of Crawford, Fond du Lac, Grand Rapids in Portage, Sheboygan, Chippewa, LaPointe, and Richland. |
|1838||Lost, except for the counties of Brown, Calumet, Crawford, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Portage, Sheboygan, and Washington. |
|1834||Exist for Crawford County (In 1834 far western part of Michigan Territory).|
- 1855 Wisconsin State Census Index - Family History Library book 977.5 X22w 1855
- 1842 Wisconsin Territorial Census Index - Family History Library book 977.5 X22j 1842
- 1838 Wisconsin Territorial Census Index - Family History Library book 977.5 X22j 1838
- 1836 Wisconsin Territorial Census Collections of the Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume XIII. A transcription of the census.
- Index - Family History Library book 977.5 X2 1836a
The existing records of Wisconsin Territorial and state censuses are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and microfilm copies of most of them are at the Family History Library.
Existing and lost censuses
For a list of available and missing Wisconsin censuses, click here.
Why use a census?
A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.
More about censuses
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Sources and footnotes
- ↑ FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
- ↑ Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
- ↑ HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
- ↑ Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
- ↑ Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
- ↑ FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
- ↑ In 1820 the people living in present-day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory federal census. Green Bay was in Brown County, Michigan Territory. Prarie du Chien was in Crawford County, Michigan Territory. The southwest tip of Lake Superior was in Michilimackinac County, Michigan Territory but was sparsley settled.
- ↑ In 1830 the people living in present-day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory federal census. Green Bay was in Brown County, Michigan Territory. Prarie du Chien was in Crawford County, Michigan Territory. The southwest tip of Lake Superior was in Chippewa County, Michigan Territory but was sparsely settled. The southwest corner of Wisconsin was called Iowa County, Michigan Territory.
- ↑ In 1834 the people living in present day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory. The 1834 Michigan early census included what was known as Brown county, Iowa county and Prairie Du Chien in Crawford county, all located in the current state of Wisconsin
- ↑ The 1840 federal census of Wisconsin Territory included land that is now in northeastern Minnesota.
- ↑ "Local Genealogy," McMillan Memorial Library (http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/mcm/local/local_genealogy.html : accessed 2 October 2009).
- ↑ Henry J. Dubester, State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948)[FHL Book 973 X23s; Fiche 6018062], 62-65, 72-73.
- ↑ 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 113-15.
- ↑ Wisconsin, Secretary of State, Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1905, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1905 (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1906) A published document based on information from the census schedules.
- ↑ Wisconsin Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1905 (Wisconsin, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1952. Microfilm of original records in Wisconsin)[FHL Films 1020439-990]
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Ancestry.com. Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Wisconsin State Census, 1895 Microfilm, 10 reels and 1905 Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin
- ↑ Wisconsin, Secretary of State, Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1895, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1895 (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1896.) A published document based on information from the census schedules.
- ↑ Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1895 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979)[[FHL Films 1032705-16]]
- ↑ Wisconsin, Secretary of State Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War Residing in Wisconsin June 20, 1885 (S.l.:sn,1885)
- ↑ Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1885 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records at the Wisconsin State Historical Society)[FHL Films 1032695-704]
- ↑ Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1875 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [FHL Films 1032689-94]
- ↑ Wisconsin Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1855 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [FHL Films 1032686-89]
- ↑ Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Wisconsin Census, 1820-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes
- ↑ LeRoy Barnett, "State Censuses of Michigan: A Tragedy of Lost Treasurers" and Appendices in Family Trails [FHL Book 977.4 D25f] 6 no. 1 (Summer-Fall 1978): 3, 21. Original census at Michigan State Archives, Lancing. In 1834 Crawford County was part of Michigan Territory. Lists heads of house by name, and age categories for others.
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