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Wisconsin Vital Records

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Marriage Records Before 1907: edit
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 FamilySearch 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:
*''Register of Deeds marriages 1838-1911 and index 1838-1918''. Family History Library films beginning with film [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bfilm_number%3A1013949|] 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.
*''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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