Wisconsin Church Records

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
m (lds church records)
Line 1: Line 1:
''[[United States]][[Image:St James Episcopal Church Manitowoc.png|thumb|right]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Wisconsin]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Pennsylvania Church Records|Church Records]]''  
+
''[[United States]][[Image:St James Episcopal Church Manitowoc.png|thumb|right|St James Episcopal Church Manitowoc.png]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Wisconsin]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Pennsylvania Church Records|Church Records]]''  
  
During the 1800s, two major denominations—the Catholics and the Lutherans—were widely represented in [[Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]. This was largely due to the tremendous number of German, Polish, and Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the state. Methodists and Baptists were also represented but in much smaller numbers.  
+
<br>During the 1800s, two major denominations—the Catholics and the Lutherans—were widely represented in [[Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]. This was largely due to the tremendous number of German, Polish, and Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the state. Methodists and Baptists were also represented but in much smaller numbers.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>
  
 
The records of many denominations have been preserved. They are especially valuable because often they cover time periods before the state began registration of vital statistics. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many church records from Wisconsin. Church records have also been deposited with the state historical society. Although some records of congregations have been gathered to major denominational repositories, the majority still remain with the local congregation.  
 
The records of many denominations have been preserved. They are especially valuable because often they cover time periods before the state began registration of vital statistics. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many church records from Wisconsin. Church records have also been deposited with the state historical society. Although some records of congregations have been gathered to major denominational repositories, the majority still remain with the local congregation.  
Line 24: Line 24:
 
The Family History Library has histories of several denominations. An example is Stephen Peet, ''{{FHL|182400|title-id|disp=History of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches and Ministers in Wisconsin}}'' (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: S. Chapman, 1851; (digitized)&nbsp;; {{FHL|182400|title-id|disp=film 982027 item 5}}).  
 
The Family History Library has histories of several denominations. An example is Stephen Peet, ''{{FHL|182400|title-id|disp=History of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches and Ministers in Wisconsin}}'' (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: S. Chapman, 1851; (digitized)&nbsp;; {{FHL|182400|title-id|disp=film 982027 item 5}}).  
  
=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) ===
+
=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) ===
  
Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Wisconsin Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
+
Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Wisconsin Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.  
  
 
=== Lutheran  ===
 
=== Lutheran  ===
Line 56: Line 56:
 
[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3314 German Immigrants in NW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3326 German Immigrants in NE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3333 German Immigrants in SW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3349 German Immigrants in SE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]  
 
[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3314 German Immigrants in NW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3326 German Immigrants in NE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3333 German Immigrants in SW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]<br>[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3349 German Immigrants in SE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records]  
  
<br>
+
<br>  
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
Line 64: Line 64:
 
The Archdiocese consists of the following counties: [[Dodge County, Wisconsin|Dodge]], [[Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin|Fond du Lac]], [[Kenosha County, Wisconsin|Kenosha]], [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]], [[Ozaukee County, Wisconsin|Ozaukee]], [[Racine County, Wisconsin|Racine]], [[Sheboygan County, Wisconsin|Sheboygan]], [[Walworth County, Wisconsin|Walworth]], [[Washington County, Wisconsin|Washington]] and [[Waukesha County, Wisconsin|Waukesha]]<ref name="rc" />  
 
The Archdiocese consists of the following counties: [[Dodge County, Wisconsin|Dodge]], [[Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin|Fond du Lac]], [[Kenosha County, Wisconsin|Kenosha]], [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]], [[Ozaukee County, Wisconsin|Ozaukee]], [[Racine County, Wisconsin|Racine]], [[Sheboygan County, Wisconsin|Sheboygan]], [[Walworth County, Wisconsin|Walworth]], [[Washington County, Wisconsin|Washington]] and [[Waukesha County, Wisconsin|Waukesha]]<ref name="rc" />  
  
[http://www.gbdioc.org/ Diocese of Green Bay<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1288999755897_765" />] <br>1910 South Webster Avenue<br>P.O. Box 66 <br>Green Bay, WI 54301 <br>Phone: (414) 435-4406 <br>
+
[http://www.gbdioc.org/ Diocese of Green Bay<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1288999755897_765" />] <br>1910 South Webster Avenue<br>P.O. Box 66 <br>Green Bay, WI 54301 <br>Phone: (414) 435-4406 <br>  
  
 
The diocese consists of&nbsp;the following counties: [[Brown County, Wisconsin|Brown]], [[Calumet County, Wisconsin|Calumet]], [[Door County, Wisconsin|Door]], [[Florence County, Wisconsin|Florence]], [[Forest County, Wisconsin|Forest]], [[Kewaunee County, Wisconsin|Kewaunee]], [[Langlade County, Wisconsin|Langlade]], [[Manitowoc County, Wisconsin|Manitowoc]], [[Marinette County, Wisconsin|Marinette]], [[Menominee County, Wisconsin|Menominee]], [[Oconto County, Wisconsin|Oconto]], [[Outagamie County, Wisconsin|Outagamie]], [[Shawano County, Wisconsin|Shawano]], [[Waupaca County, Wisconsin|Waupaca]], [[Waushara County, Wisconsin|Waushara]], and [[Winnebago County, Wisconsin|Winnebago]]<ref name="rc" />  
 
The diocese consists of&nbsp;the following counties: [[Brown County, Wisconsin|Brown]], [[Calumet County, Wisconsin|Calumet]], [[Door County, Wisconsin|Door]], [[Florence County, Wisconsin|Florence]], [[Forest County, Wisconsin|Forest]], [[Kewaunee County, Wisconsin|Kewaunee]], [[Langlade County, Wisconsin|Langlade]], [[Manitowoc County, Wisconsin|Manitowoc]], [[Marinette County, Wisconsin|Marinette]], [[Menominee County, Wisconsin|Menominee]], [[Oconto County, Wisconsin|Oconto]], [[Outagamie County, Wisconsin|Outagamie]], [[Shawano County, Wisconsin|Shawano]], [[Waupaca County, Wisconsin|Waupaca]], [[Waushara County, Wisconsin|Waushara]], and [[Winnebago County, Wisconsin|Winnebago]]<ref name="rc" />  
Line 70: Line 70:
 
[http://www.dioceseoflacrosse.com/ Diocese of La Crosse ]<br>421 Main Street <br>P.O. Box 982 <br>La Crosse, WI 54601<br>Phone: (608) 788-7700<br>The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Adams County, Wisconsin|Adams]], [[Buffalo County, Wisconsin|Buffalo]], [[Chippewa County, Wisconsin|Chippewa]], [[Clark County, Wisconsin|Clark]], [[Crawford County, Wisconsin|Crawford]], [[Dunn County, Wisconsin|Dunn]], [[Eau Claire County, Wisconsin|Eau Claire]], [[Jackson County, Wisconsin|Jackson]], [[Juneau County, Wisconsin|Juneau]], [[La Crosse County, Wisconsin|La Crosse]], [[Marathon County, Wisconsin|Marathon]], [[Monroe County, Wisconsin|Monroe]], [[Pepin County, Wisconsin|Pepin]], [[Pierce County, Wisconsin|Pierce]], [[Portage County, Wisconsin|Portage]], [[Richland County, Wisconsin|Richland]], [[Trempealeau County, Wisconsin|Trempealeau]], [[Vernon County, Wisconsin|Vernon]], [[Wood County, Wisconsin|Wood]]<ref name="rc" />  
 
[http://www.dioceseoflacrosse.com/ Diocese of La Crosse ]<br>421 Main Street <br>P.O. Box 982 <br>La Crosse, WI 54601<br>Phone: (608) 788-7700<br>The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Adams County, Wisconsin|Adams]], [[Buffalo County, Wisconsin|Buffalo]], [[Chippewa County, Wisconsin|Chippewa]], [[Clark County, Wisconsin|Clark]], [[Crawford County, Wisconsin|Crawford]], [[Dunn County, Wisconsin|Dunn]], [[Eau Claire County, Wisconsin|Eau Claire]], [[Jackson County, Wisconsin|Jackson]], [[Juneau County, Wisconsin|Juneau]], [[La Crosse County, Wisconsin|La Crosse]], [[Marathon County, Wisconsin|Marathon]], [[Monroe County, Wisconsin|Monroe]], [[Pepin County, Wisconsin|Pepin]], [[Pierce County, Wisconsin|Pierce]], [[Portage County, Wisconsin|Portage]], [[Richland County, Wisconsin|Richland]], [[Trempealeau County, Wisconsin|Trempealeau]], [[Vernon County, Wisconsin|Vernon]], [[Wood County, Wisconsin|Wood]]<ref name="rc" />  
  
[http://www.madisondiocese.org/ Diocese of Madison ]<br>15 East Wilson Street, Box 111 <br>Madison, WI 53701 <br>Phone: (608) 256-2677<br>
+
[http://www.madisondiocese.org/ Diocese of Madison ]<br>15 East Wilson Street, Box 111 <br>Madison, WI 53701 <br>Phone: (608) 256-2677<br>  
  
 
The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Columbia County, Wisconsin|Columbia]], [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane]], [[Grant County, Wisconsin|Grant]], [[Green County, Wisconsin|Green]], [[Green Lake County, Wisconsin|Green Lake]], [[Iowa County, Wisconsin|Iowa]], [[Jefferson County, Wisconsin|Jefferson]], [[Lafayette County, Wisconsin|Lafayette]], [[Marquette County, Wisconsin|Marquette]], [[Rock County, Wisconsin|Rock]], and [[Sauk County, Wisconsin|Sauk]]<ref name="rc" />  
 
The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Columbia County, Wisconsin|Columbia]], [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane]], [[Grant County, Wisconsin|Grant]], [[Green County, Wisconsin|Green]], [[Green Lake County, Wisconsin|Green Lake]], [[Iowa County, Wisconsin|Iowa]], [[Jefferson County, Wisconsin|Jefferson]], [[Lafayette County, Wisconsin|Lafayette]], [[Marquette County, Wisconsin|Marquette]], [[Rock County, Wisconsin|Rock]], and [[Sauk County, Wisconsin|Sauk]]<ref name="rc" />  
  
[http://www.catholicdos.org/ Diocese of Superior]<br>1201 Hughitt Avenue, Box 969<br>Superior, WI 54880 <br>Phone: (715) 392-2937<br>
+
[http://www.catholicdos.org/ Diocese of Superior]<br>1201 Hughitt Avenue, Box 969<br>Superior, WI 54880 <br>Phone: (715) 392-2937<br>  
  
 
The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Ashland County, Wisconsin|Ashland]], [[Barron County, Wisconsin|Barron]], [[Bayfield County, Wisconsin|Bayfield]], [[Burnett County, Wisconsin|Burnett]], [[Douglas County, Wisconsin|Douglas]], [[Iron County, Wisconsin|Iron]], [[Lincoln County, Wisconsin|Lincoln]], [[Oneida County, Wisconsin|Oneida]], [[Polk County, Wisconsin|Polk]], [[Price County, Wisconsin|Price]], [[Rusk County, Wisconsin|Rusk]], [[Sawyer County, Wisconsin|Sawyer]], [[St. Croix County, Wisconsin|St. Croix]], [[Taylor County, Wisconsin|Taylor]], [[Vilas County, Wisconsin|Vilas]] and [[Washburn County, Wisconsin|Washburn]].<ref name="rc">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>  
 
The diocese consists of the following counties: [[Ashland County, Wisconsin|Ashland]], [[Barron County, Wisconsin|Barron]], [[Bayfield County, Wisconsin|Bayfield]], [[Burnett County, Wisconsin|Burnett]], [[Douglas County, Wisconsin|Douglas]], [[Iron County, Wisconsin|Iron]], [[Lincoln County, Wisconsin|Lincoln]], [[Oneida County, Wisconsin|Oneida]], [[Polk County, Wisconsin|Polk]], [[Price County, Wisconsin|Price]], [[Rusk County, Wisconsin|Rusk]], [[Sawyer County, Wisconsin|Sawyer]], [[St. Croix County, Wisconsin|St. Croix]], [[Taylor County, Wisconsin|Taylor]], [[Vilas County, Wisconsin|Vilas]] and [[Washburn County, Wisconsin|Washburn]].<ref name="rc">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>  
Line 84: Line 84:
 
<br>'''Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 (Drouin Collection)''': This database contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States for the following&nbsp;states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York,&nbsp;Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
 
<br>'''Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 (Drouin Collection)''': This database contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States for the following&nbsp;states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York,&nbsp;Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
  
<br>
+
<br>  
  
 
The early Roman Catholic mission records, 1695–1821, for the mission of St. Ignace of Michilimackinac contain information about many of the early traders in what is now Wisconsin and are published in:  
 
The early Roman Catholic mission records, 1695–1821, for the mission of St. Ignace of Michilimackinac contain information about many of the early traders in what is now Wisconsin and are published in:  
Line 90: Line 90:
 
*Draper, Lyman Copeland, ed. ''Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.'' Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1855–. (Family History Library {{FHL|629105|title-id|disp=book 977.5 B4wc; on film beginning with&nbsp;924580}}.) This series has the register of baptisms of the parish of St. Ignace de Michilimakinak, 1695–1821 (vol. 19), marriages 1725–1821 (vol. 18), and burials 1743–1806 (vol. 19).<!--{12085459943642} -->
 
*Draper, Lyman Copeland, ed. ''Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.'' Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1855–. (Family History Library {{FHL|629105|title-id|disp=book 977.5 B4wc; on film beginning with&nbsp;924580}}.) This series has the register of baptisms of the parish of St. Ignace de Michilimakinak, 1695–1821 (vol. 19), marriages 1725–1821 (vol. 18), and burials 1743–1806 (vol. 19).<!--{12085459943642} -->
  
<references />
+
<references />  
  
 
{{Wisconsin|Wisconsin}}  
 
{{Wisconsin|Wisconsin}}  
  
 
[[Category:Wisconsin|Church]]
 
[[Category:Wisconsin|Church]]

Revision as of 17:32, 5 April 2012

United States
St James Episcopal Church Manitowoc.png
  Gotoarrow.png  Wisconsin  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records


During the 1800s, two major denominations—the Catholics and the Lutherans—were widely represented in Wisconsin. This was largely due to the tremendous number of German, Polish, and Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the state. Methodists and Baptists were also represented but in much smaller numbers.[1]

The records of many denominations have been preserved. They are especially valuable because often they cover time periods before the state began registration of vital statistics. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many church records from Wisconsin. Church records have also been deposited with the state historical society. Although some records of congregations have been gathered to major denominational repositories, the majority still remain with the local congregation.

The Family History Library has several Historical Records Survey inventories, completed in the 1940s, of the church archives in the state. These inventories may help you identify what records are available and where they may be located:

  • Historical Records Survey (Wisconsin). Guide to Church Vital Statistics Records in Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Records Survey, 1942. (Family History Library book 977.5 K23h; film 1036234 item 5.) This gives the exact years of the church registers.

The Family History Library has inventories that list the records available in the individual churches. The inventories were prepared by the Historical Records Survey between 1938 and 1942:

  • Assembly of God, Family History Library film 982044item 7
  • Disciples of Christ, Family History Library film 982044 item 6
  • Moravian Church, Family History Library book 977.5 K2hi; film 2055227 item 6
  • Church of the Nazarene, Family History Library film 982044 item 8
  • Protestant Episcopal, Family History Library film 1036232 item 4
  • United Brethren in Christ, Family History Library film 982044 item 5

To learn which towns or cities had churches in 1940, see:

  • Historical Records Survey (Wisconsin). Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Historical Records Survey, 1941. (Family History Library book 977.5 K24h; film 1036193 item 12; fiche 6051165.) This directory lists churches by denomination, and at the end the churches are listed by county. Though it lists towns or cities which had churches, it does not give the year the registers began.

The Family History Library has histories of several denominations. An example is Stephen Peet, History of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches and Ministers in Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: S. Chapman, 1851; (digitized) ; film 982027 item 5).

Contents

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Wisconsin Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Lutheran

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA Archives)
8765 West Higgins
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (773) 380-2818
Fax: (312) 380-2977

The above archives has microfilms of Evangelical Lutheran congregations for region nine, which includes Iowa, Illinois, upper Michigan, and Wisconsin. Many of their records can be borrowed for a small fee. (For a list of the church records for approximately 200 Wisconsin congregations in the collection, see Family History Library fiche 6330690-93.)

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Department of Archives and History
2929 North Mayfair Road
Milwaukee WI 53222
Phone: (414) 256-3888

The following yearbook contains the names of congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and includes name, telephone number, and address of the minister:

  • Yearbook of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Northwestern Publishing House, 1989–. (Family History Library book 977.5 K24w 1990.)

Concordia Historical Institute
801 DeMun Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 505-7900

They have some records of existing Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations and records of some that have closed.

Methodist

Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Church
750 Windsor Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 837-7328

For a history of the Methodist church in Wisconsin, see Pansey S. F. Bennett, History of Methodism in Wisconsin (Cincinnati, Ohio: Cranston & Stowe, 1980; Family History Library book 977.5 K2b; film 1036198 item 6.)

Protestant

Some church records have been gathered into central repositories or archives. The major denominational repositories are:

German Immigrants in NW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records
German Immigrants in NE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records
German Immigrants in SW Wisconsin Protestant Church Records
German Immigrants in SE Wisconsin Protestant Church Records


Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Milwaukee
2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53403
Phone: (414) 769-3300 
The church records of the parishes in the above diocese have been microfilmed to about 1920 and are available through the Family History Library. These records include parishes in about eleven counties in southeastern Wisconsin. The records are cataloged by the town where the parish is located.

The Archdiocese consists of the following counties: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha[2]

Diocese of Green Bay
1910 South Webster Avenue
P.O. Box 66
Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: (414) 435-4406

The diocese consists of the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago[2]

Diocese of La Crosse
421 Main Street
P.O. Box 982
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 788-7700
The diocese consists of the following counties: Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wood[2]

Diocese of Madison
15 East Wilson Street, Box 111
Madison, WI 53701
Phone: (608) 256-2677

The diocese consists of the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, and Sauk[2]

Diocese of Superior
1201 Hughitt Avenue, Box 969
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: (715) 392-2937

The diocese consists of the following counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas and Washburn.[2]

There is a current directory of congregations:

  • The Official Catholic Directory. New Providence, New Jersey: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, in association with R. R. Bowker, annual. (Family History Library book 282.025 Of2.) This directory is available at many public libraries and has addresses and telephone numbers of Roman Catholic churches. The 1936 edition is on Family History Library fiche 6104166.


Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 (Drouin Collection): This database contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.


The early Roman Catholic mission records, 1695–1821, for the mission of St. Ignace of Michilimackinac contain information about many of the early traders in what is now Wisconsin and are published in:

  • Draper, Lyman Copeland, ed. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1855–. (Family History Library book 977.5 B4wc; on film beginning with 924580.) This series has the register of baptisms of the parish of St. Ignace de Michilimakinak, 1695–1821 (vol. 19), marriages 1725–1821 (vol. 18), and burials 1743–1806 (vol. 19).
  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.