Wisconsin, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes and Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Library
Collection years 1850-2007
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of miscellaneous records from the Shawano Wisconsin Family History Center. The collection includes the following:

  • Partial obituary index original obituaries (1850-2007)
  • Land plat books (1898-1905)
  • Index to the 1910 US Census for Shawano County

Additional images will be published as they become available.

The records cover the years 1850 to 2007. 

The Family History Center is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their mission is to collect and preserve historical and genealogical records to enable users to link past generations with the present and inspire future generations.

The records and collections were gathered to further the mission of the Family History Library and its centers.

The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the compiler.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes and Records, 1850-2007.

Collection Content

The records may include any of the following information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Date and place of event
  • Age, gender, occupation and residence
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents: When written; when recorded

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom
  • Other identifying information such as the date and place where the event occurred

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
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 "Record Type, Volume, and Year 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.

For example:

  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records 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.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

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

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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, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes and Records, 1850-2007" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Family History Library, Clinton.

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, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes and Records, 1850-2007.