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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin Vital Records|Vital Records]]''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin|Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin Vital Records|Vital Records]]''
  
== <br>'''Introduction to Vital Records''' ==
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== Introduction to Vital Records  ==
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records.  
  
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Vital records in Wisconsin are maintained at both the state and the county level. The Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison maintains a centralized registry of vital records. County registrars also maintain copies of vital records. Copies may be obtained from either the Wisconsin Vital Records Office or the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred. {{clear}}  
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== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
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Wisconsin's vital records start the following years:
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| align="center" width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Birth_and_Death_Records_Before_1907|Births]]
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== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1295391516154_610" />Wisconsin Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Wisconsin Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Wisconsin Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''
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'''Birth Indexes:'''
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Pre-1907 Birth Index'']- Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4750 ''Wisconsin Births, 1820-1907''] - $; Incomplete
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'''Marriage Indexes:'''
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Pre-1907 Marriage Index''] - Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5230 ''Wisconsin Marriages, 1835-1900'']- $; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8744 ''Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997'']- $; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4997 ''Wisconsin Marriages, Pre-1907'']- $; Incomplete
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'''Death Indexes:'''
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Wisconsin Pre-1907 Death Index''] - Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8790 ''Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997''] - $; Incomplete (does not include 1968)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4984 ''Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907''] - $; Incomplete
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Order a copy of the Certificate:
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Certificates] online.
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[[Wisconsin Vital Records#More_Online_Wisconsin_Vital_Records_Links|More Online&nbsp;Wisconsin Vital Records Links]]
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== Birth Records  ==
 
== Birth Records  ==
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=== Birth Records Before 1907  ===
 
=== Birth Records Before 1907  ===
  
A few counties began keeping birth records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later.&nbsp; Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 birth marriage.  
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A few counties began keeping birth records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later. Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages.  
  
 
Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the "[[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" page.  
 
Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the "[[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" page.  
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*Births, 1854–1911 and index, 1854–1932. 194 films beginning with film {{FHL|388957|item}} 1011972.
 
*Births, 1854–1911 and index, 1854–1932. 194 films beginning with film {{FHL|388957|item}} 1011972.
  
=== Records of Births Since 1907  ===
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=== Birth Records Since 1907  ===
  
Statewide registration of births began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. You can obtain copies by writing to:  
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Statewide registration of births began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. Copies can be obtained by writing to:  
  
Vital Records<br>1 West Wilson St. <br>P. O. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: &nbsp;608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]  
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Wisconsin Vital Records Office<br>1 West Wilson St. <br>P. O. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: 608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]  
  
State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information<br>
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed on the web page of the Wisconsin Vital Records Office.
 
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Birth records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.<br>
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed in ''Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces''. <ref>Hyattsville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March, 1993; {{FHL|822713|item}}. This booklet can be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9328. Copies of this booklet are at the Family History Library and many Family History Centers fckLRfckLR=== Local Copies of Vital Records ===fckLRfckLRCounty registrars also maintain copies of vital records. Copies may be obtained from either a local registrar or the state Department of Health Services.fckLRfckLR=== Adoption Records ===fckLRfckLRopen / closed / state statues fckLRfckLR== Marriage Records ==fckLRfckLRBefore statewide registration, individual counties recorded marriages. You can obtain copies by writing to the register of deeds or the Bureau of Health Statistics (see address above). Some records, particularly those from Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as early as the 1820's. fckLRfckLRSearch the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre 1907 birth marriage and death references. fckLRfckLRThe Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the existing pre-1907 marriage records. Some counties have early marriage records which are not on microfilm. For example, Crawford County has marriage records that begin in 1816. The marriage records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the area research centers. Beginning about 1852, the marriage records generally give the names of the parents of the bride and groom. By 1881 the form asked for the parents' places of birth. fckLRfckLRThe index to these records is the ''Index to Registrations of Marriages, 1852–1907'', which list one million names that are alphabetically arranged for counties Adams through Racine. Counties Richland through Wood are not included in the index. 77 microfiche, {{FHL|80352|item}}. Search for variations of the surname when using the index. The Wisconsin Historical Society in Wisconsin also has this index. Also available is ''Indexes for Wisconsin Marriage Records, 1973–1984''.fckLRfckLRThe Family History Library has three sets of marriage records for Milwaukee County: *''Register of Deeds marriages 1838-1911 and index 1838-1918''. Family History Library films beginning with film [[1013949|1013949]]. </ref>&nbsp;Record come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.  
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=== Delayed Birth Records  ===
 
=== Delayed Birth Records  ===
  
*Delayed registrations of births began in 1937. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog as Delayed Births, ca. 1937–1941; Affidavit Delayed Births, ca. 1940–1942. {{FHL|88741|item}| 1305612 item 2. The records to 1942 are located at the Bureau for Health Statistics (see address below). Later records are at the county courthouses.
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Delayed registrations of births began in 1937. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog as Delayed Births, ca. 1937–1941; Affidavit Delayed Births, ca. 1940–1942. {{FHL|88741|item}| 1305612 item 2. The records to 1942 are located at the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above). Later records are at the county courthouses.  
  
 
Many of the delayed registrations have been included in the Unedited Pre-1907 birth index because the births occurred before statewide registration began.  
 
Many of the delayed registrations have been included in the Unedited Pre-1907 birth index because the births occurred before statewide registration began.  
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== Marriage Records  ==
 
== Marriage Records  ==
  
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=== Marriage Records Before 1907 ===
  
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Before statewide registration, individual counties recorded marriages. Copies can be obtained by writing to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above) or to the Register of Deeds in the appropriate county . Some records, particularly those from Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as early as the 1820s. Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 birth, marriage, and death indexes. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the pre-1907 marriage records. Some counties have early marriage records that are not on microfilm. For example, Crawford County has marriage records that begin in 1816. The marriage records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society and its area research centers. Beginning about 1852, marriage records generally give the names of the parents of the bride and groom. By 1881 the form asked for the parents' places of birth. The index to these records is the ''Index to Registrations of Marriages, 1852–1907'', which lists one million names that are alphabetically arranged for counties Adams through Racine. Counties Richland through Wood are not included in the index. 77 microfiche, {{FHL|80352|item}}. Search for variations of the surname when using the index. The Wisconsin Historical Society in Wisconsin also has this index. Also available is ''Indexes for Wisconsin Marriage Records, 1973–1984''. The Family History Library has three sets of marriage records for Milwaukee County:
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*''Register of Deeds marriages 1838-1911 and index 1838-1918''. Family History Library films beginning with film [[1013949|1013949]]. Records come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.
 
*''Register of Deeds marriage certificates 1836-1876''. {{FHL|12235|item}}. Records also come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.  
 
*''Register of Deeds marriage certificates 1836-1876''. {{FHL|12235|item}}. Records also come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.  
*''Marriages 1837-1907 and index 1852-1907''. {{FHL|148425|item}}. Records come from the Bureau for Health Statistics (see address above).
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*''Marriages 1837-1907 and index 1852-1907''. {{FHL|148425|item}}. Records come from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above).
 
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After 1907, marriage records from all counties can be obtained from the Bureau for Health Statistics (address above) or from the register of deeds of the appropriate county.
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=== Marriage Records Since 1907  ===
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Marriage records created since 1907 in all counties can be obtained from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (address above) or from the Register of Deeds of the appropriate county.
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
  
A few counties began keeping death records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later. These documents often give excellent genealogical information. Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907&nbsp;death references.  
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=== Death Records Before 1907  ===
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A few counties began keeping death records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later. These documents often give excellent genealogical information. Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 death references.  
  
Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the "[[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" page.  
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Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the [[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries]] page.  
  
 
Consult the county pages for the records, and the Registration of Deaths, ca. 1862–1907 {{FHL|147746|item}}. Most counties begin in the 1870s. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:  
 
Consult the county pages for the records, and the Registration of Deaths, ca. 1862–1907 {{FHL|147746|item}}. Most counties begin in the 1870s. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:  
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Death certificates usually give birth date and place, death date and place, name of spouse, names of the person's parents, burial place, and residence. After mid-July, 1897, they also give the birth place of the person's father and mother.  
 
Death certificates usually give birth date and place, death date and place, name of spouse, names of the person's parents, burial place, and residence. After mid-July, 1897, they also give the birth place of the person's father and mother.  
  
There are three indexes to these records. Copies of these indexes are at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the area research centers, and the Family History Library. These are:  
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There are three indexes to these records. Copies of these indexes are at the Wisconsin Historical Society, its area research centers, and the Family History Library. These are:  
  
 
*''The Pre-1907 Death Index by Name,'' alphabetically arranged for the entire state. 29 fiche, Family History Library fiche {{FHL|234154|item}} 6331472. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the surname. Also available is the ''Death Records Index, 1959–1984''. {{FHL|516562|item}} 6334350–51.
 
*''The Pre-1907 Death Index by Name,'' alphabetically arranged for the entire state. 29 fiche, Family History Library fiche {{FHL|234154|item}} 6331472. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the surname. Also available is the ''Death Records Index, 1959–1984''. {{FHL|516562|item}} 6334350–51.
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The Family History Library also has a large set of death records from the Register of Deeds in Milwaukee County. In the Family History Library Catalog these are listed under:  
 
The Family History Library also has a large set of death records from the Register of Deeds in Milwaukee County. In the Family History Library Catalog these are listed under:  
  
:WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:&nbsp;&nbsp;
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:WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:
  
 
*Deaths, 1852–1912, and index, 1872–1916. 109 films {{FHL|384199|item}.
 
*Deaths, 1852–1912, and index, 1872–1916. 109 films {{FHL|384199|item}.
  
=== Records of Deaths Since 1907  ===
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=== Death Records Since 1907  ===
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Statewide registration of;deaths began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. You can obtain copies by writing to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office at the address above.
  
Statewide registration of&nbsp;deaths began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. You can obtain copies by writing to:
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State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information. Death records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.  
  
Vital Records<br>1 West Wilson St. <br>P. O. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: &nbsp;608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]
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== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
  
State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information<br>
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The registration of vital records began at different dates in each of Wisconsin's counties. Registration of vital records after statehood (1848):
  
Death records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.<br>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | Earliest
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== Divorce Records ==
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Information about the earliest vital records registration in each county can be found at the [http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/vitalrecords/genereq.htm#G5 Wisconsin Vital Records Office] website.
  
Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the county clerks and circuit judges. &nbsp;You should contact the county courthouse for information. &nbsp;The Family History Library does not have copies of these records. &nbsp;it does have Wisconsin Center for Health Statistics.&nbsp;
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== Online Wisconsin Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
  
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Wisconsin Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Wisconsin Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.
  
== Adoption Records ==
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=== Birth Indexes ===
  
== Additional Helps  ==
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp Pre-1907 Birth Index]- Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4750 Wisconsin Births, 1820-1907] - $; Incomplete
  
=== Tips  ===
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Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
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*[[Wisconsin Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. [[Minnesota Vital Records#Substitute_Records|Other substitute records.]]  
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*[[Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.<br>
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=== [[Image:Fire.png|thumb|right|110px]]Burned, Lost, or Missing Records ===
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=== Marriage Indexes ===
  
For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:  
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp Pre-1907 Marriage Index] - Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5230 Wisconsin Marriages, 1835-1900]- $; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8744 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997]- $; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4997 Wisconsin Marriages, Pre-1907]- $; Incomplete
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
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=== Substitute Records ===
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*[[Wisconsin, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wisconsin Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.
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=== Death Indexes  ===
  
*[[Wisconsin Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records&nbsp;may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp Wisconsin Pre-1907 Death Index] - Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8790 Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997] - $; Incomplete (does not include 1968)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4984 Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907] - $; Incomplete
  
*[[Wisconsin Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.&nbsp; These records may also reveal family relationships.
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Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
  
*[[Wisconsin Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
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*[[Wisconsin Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997 (RecordSearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
*[[Wisconsin Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.&nbsp; Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.&nbsp;
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=== More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links  ===
  
*[[Wisconsin Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
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*USGenWeb.org [http://www.wigenweb.org/ Wisconsin Site] - Free
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html# Wisconsin Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]- Free
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*German roots Links Links for Wisconsin [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Wisconsin Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.  
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*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press Ctrl + F on the keyboard to search for '''Wisconsin''' or - Free/$
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*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Wisconsin/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info]
  
*[[Wisconsin Military Records|Military Records]]: &nbsp;Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,&nbsp; In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
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A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: [[Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
*[[Wisconsin Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records&nbsp;may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century&nbsp;often contain the exact death date.
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== Divorce Records ==
  
*[[Wisconsin History|History]]: &nbsp;Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
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Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the circuit court judges or local or regional archives. Contact the clerk of circuit court for information. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.  
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== Adoption Records  ==
  
== More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links  ==
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In early years, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. In later years, adoptions involved court proceedings whose records are closed to the public.
  
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.wigenweb.org/ Wisconsin Site] - Free
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For more information, see [[Adoption Research|Adoption Research]] for additional resources and strategies
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html# Wisconsin Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free
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== Additional Help  ==
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Wisconsin''' or&nbsp;'''WI''' -&nbsp;Free/$
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*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Wisconsin/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. [[Minnesota Vital Records#Substitute_Records|Other substitute records.]]
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
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=== Alternative Records  ===
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*[[Wisconsin Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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*[[Wisconsin Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
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*[[Wisconsin Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
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*[[Wisconsin Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.
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*[[Wisconsin Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
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*[[Wisconsin Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  
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*[[Wisconsin Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  
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*[[Wisconsin History|History]]: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
  
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Contents

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records.

Vital records in Wisconsin are maintained at both the state and the county level. The Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison maintains a centralized registry of vital records. County registrars also maintain copies of vital records. Copies may be obtained from either the Wisconsin Vital Records Office or the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred.

Birth Records

Birth Records Before 1907

A few counties began keeping birth records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later. Search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index for pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages.

Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at Wisconsin Historical Society and the area research centers listed on the "Archives and Libraries" page.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of the Registrations of Births, ca. 1852 to 1907. Consult the county pages for the records FHL Collection. Most counties begin in the 1870s. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:

WISCONSIN - VITAL RECORDS

Birth certificates generally give both parents' names and their places of birth.

There are three indexes to these records. Copies of these indexes are at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the area research centers, and the Family History Library. These are:

  • Unedited Index to Registrations of Births, 1852–1907, arranged alphabetically by surname FHL Collection 6331478. This gives the date of birth, the county, and the volume and page number of the original record.
  • Index to Registrations of Births, 1852–1907, arranged chronologically by the date of birth. 41 fiche, Family History Library fiche FHL Collection 6331476. Use this if you know the approximate date of birth or if the name is not found in the alphabetical index mentioned above.

The Family History Library also has a large set of birth and death records from the Register of Deeds in Milwaukee County. In the Family History Library Catalog these are listed under:

WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:
  • Births, 1854–1911 and index, 1854–1932. 194 films beginning with film FHL Collection 1011972.

Birth Records Since 1907

Statewide registration of births began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. Copies can be obtained by writing to:

Wisconsin Vital Records Office
1 West Wilson St.
P. O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Telephone: 608-266-1372
Internet: Wisconsin Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed on the web page of the Wisconsin Vital Records Office.

Delayed Birth Records

Delayed registrations of births began in 1937. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog as Delayed Births, ca. 1937–1941; Affidavit Delayed Births, ca. 1940–1942. {{FHL|88741|item}| 1305612 item 2. The records to 1942 are located at the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above). Later records are at the county courthouses.

Many of the delayed registrations have been included in the Unedited Pre-1907 birth index because the births occurred before statewide registration began.

Marriage Records

Marriage Records Before 1907

Before statewide registration, individual counties recorded marriages. Copies can be obtained by writing to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above) or to the Register of Deeds in the appropriate county . Some records, particularly those from Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as early as the 1820s. Search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index for pre-1907 birth, marriage, and death indexes. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the pre-1907 marriage records. Some counties have early marriage records that are not on microfilm. For example, Crawford County has marriage records that begin in 1816. The marriage records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society and its area research centers. Beginning about 1852, marriage records generally give the names of the parents of the bride and groom. By 1881 the form asked for the parents' places of birth. The index to these records is the Index to Registrations of Marriages, 1852–1907, which lists one million names that are alphabetically arranged for counties Adams through Racine. Counties Richland through Wood are not included in the index. 77 microfiche, FHL Collection. Search for variations of the surname when using the index. The Wisconsin Historical Society in Wisconsin also has this index. Also available is Indexes for Wisconsin Marriage Records, 1973–1984. The Family History Library has three sets of marriage records for Milwaukee County:

  • Register of Deeds marriages 1838-1911 and index 1838-1918. Family History Library films beginning with film 1013949. Records come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.
  • Register of Deeds marriage certificates 1836-1876. FHL Collection. Records also come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.
  • Marriages 1837-1907 and index 1852-1907. FHL Collection. Records come from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above).

Marriage Records Since 1907

Marriage records created since 1907 in all counties can be obtained from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (address above) or from the Register of Deeds of the appropriate county.

Death Records

Death Records Before 1907

A few counties began keeping death records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later. These documents often give excellent genealogical information. Search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index for pre-1907 death references.

Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the area research centers listed on the Wisconsin Archives and Libraries page.

Consult the county pages for the records, and the Registration of Deaths, ca. 1862–1907 FHL Collection. Most counties begin in the 1870s. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:

WISCONSIN - VITAL RECORDS

Death certificates usually give birth date and place, death date and place, name of spouse, names of the person's parents, burial place, and residence. After mid-July, 1897, they also give the birth place of the person's father and mother.

There are three indexes to these records. Copies of these indexes are at the Wisconsin Historical Society, its area research centers, and the Family History Library. These are:

  • The Pre-1907 Death Index by Name, alphabetically arranged for the entire state. 29 fiche, Family History Library fiche FHL Collection 6331472. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the surname. Also available is the Death Records Index, 1959–1984. FHL Collection 6334350–51.

The Family History Library also has a large set of death records from the Register of Deeds in Milwaukee County. In the Family History Library Catalog these are listed under:

WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:
  • Deaths, 1852–1912, and index, 1872–1916. 109 films {{FHL|384199|item}.

Death Records Since 1907

Statewide registration of;deaths began in 1907. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. You can obtain copies by writing to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office at the address above.

State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information. Death records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.

Vital Records Reference Dates

The registration of vital records began at different dates in each of Wisconsin's counties. Registration of vital records after statehood (1848):

Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1852 1848 1848
Statewide Registration 1907 1907 1907
General Compliance 1917 - 1908

Information about the earliest vital records registration in each county can be found at the Wisconsin Vital Records Office website.

Online Wisconsin Birth, Marriage and Death Records

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Wisconsin Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Wisconsin Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Indexes

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Marriage Indexes

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Death Indexes

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Divorce Records

Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the circuit court judges or local or regional archives. Contact the clerk of circuit court for information. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.

Adoption Records

In early years, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. In later years, adoptions involved court proceedings whose records are closed to the public.

For more information, see Adoption Research for additional resources and strategies

Additional Help

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. Other substitute records.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.

Alternative Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.