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| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the -------- county clerk] where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
 
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| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record.Contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. If you are unsure about the marriage year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Health charges $-- more for each year searched. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.  
 
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Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.<br> <br>  
 
Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.<br> <br>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Wisconsin Marriage Records#Finding_Wisconsin_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
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== Wiki Articles  ==
 
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Wisconsin_Online_Genealogy_Records Wisconsin Online Genealogical Records ]
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How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find Wisconsin Marriage Records

Finding Wisconsin Marriage Records

  • 18--, the county clerk began to forward marriage records to the secretary of state
  • In 1907 Wisconsin law required statewide registration of marriages
  • Wisconsin marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period



Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriage Records
Choose a time period:

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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 18--

  • Before 18--, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
  • 18-- to 18-- very few records exist


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1820 to 1867

Wisconsin Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try:
Michigan, County Marriages, 18-- -18--

Free; name index with images online at FamilySearch.

Does not include the following counties:


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use theFamily History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1868 to 1925

Wisconsin Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
Wisconsin Marriages, 18-- -19--

Free; most counties 18-- -19--: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.

Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.

Try 2nd:
Wisconsin, County Marriages, 18-- -19--

Free; name index with images online at FamilySearch.


Does not include the following counties:


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 19-- to 19--

Wisconsin Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
Wisconsin, County Marriages, 19-- -19--

Free; most counties 1925-1936: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.

Does not include the following counties:

Try 2nd:
--------County Clerk If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the -------- county clerk] where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
Try 3rd:
Wisconsin Department of Health If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record.Contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. If you are unsure about the marriage year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Health charges $-- more for each year searched. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use theFamily History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 19-- to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

  • Copies may be ordered from the county clerk.
  • Copies may be ordered from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health.
To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From WI Vital Records office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Wiki Articles

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Online Genealogical Records

Wisconsin Vital Records