Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records, 1848-1980 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Wisconsin, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Library
Collection years 1848-1980
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images to card files from the Fond du Lac Public Library. The records include the following:

  • Cemetery file (1900-1980)
  • Marriage application file (1899-1930)
  • Divorce file (1848-1950)

County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed. 

The records cover the years 1848 to 1980.

Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.

The information is generally reliable. However it depends on the reliability of the informant on the original documents. In addition, there may be transcription errors. 

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records, 1848-1980.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library records may contain the following information:

Marriage records

  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's residence and occupation
  • Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's current residence
  • Name of bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Date and place of marriage

Divorce records

  • Names of divorcing couple
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and/or number of children involved
  • Date divorce was granted
  • Volume and page number where recorded

Burial records

  • Name of deceased person
  • Date of burial
  • Location of grave

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date the event occurred.
  • The place where the event occurred.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records, 1848-1980" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Fond du Lac Public Library, Fond du Lac.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records, 1848-1980.


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