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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]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records.
Wisconsin Pre 1907 Vital records Indexes Collections on fiche:<br>
*Birth {{FHL|234150|item|disp=FHL fiche 6331478}} *Marriages {{FHL|80352|item|disp=FHL fiche 6331479}}
*Deaths {{FHL|234154|item|disp= FHL fiche 6331472}}
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== 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 [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages.
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|234150|item}} 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|234213|item}} 6331476. Use this if you know the approximate date of birth or if the name is not found in the alphabetical index mentioned above.
*Births, 1854–1911 and index, 1854–1932. 194 films beginning with film {{FHL|388957|item}} 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:
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 ===
<nowiki>Delayed registrations of births began in 1937. These are listed in the FamilySearch 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. </nowiki>
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 [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 1013949[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bfilm_number%3A1013949]. 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).
=== 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.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Wisconsin marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/WI_FRM.html here].
== 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 [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 death references.
:WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:
*<nowiki>Deaths, 1852–1912, and index, 1872–1916. 109 films {{FHL|384199|item}.</nowiki>
=== 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.
=== Obituaries === 
*'''1899-2012''' - {{RecordSearch|2367299|United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
== 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):
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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.
== Online Wisconsin Birth, Marriage and Death Records ==
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.
=== Birth Indexes ===
*[httphttps://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecordsRecords/index.asp Article/CS88 Pre-1907 Birth Index]- Free *{{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} - Free; Incomplete
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4750 Wisconsin Births, 1820-1907] - $; Incomplete
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
*[[Wisconsin Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
*[[Wisconsin, Birth Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|Wisconsin, Birth Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
=== Marriage Indexes ===
*[httphttps://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecordsRecords/index.asp Article/CS88 Pre-1907 Marriage Index] - Free
*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=wisconsin United States Marriages – Wisconsin, 1830-1979] - ($); index and images
*{{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930}} - Free; Incomplete
*{{RecordSearch|1803973|Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5230 Wisconsin Marriages, 1835-1900]- $; Incomplete *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8744 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997]- $; Incomplete
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4997 Wisconsin Marriages, Pre-1907]- $; Incomplete
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
*[[Wisconsin, Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|Wisconsin, Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
*[[Wisconsin Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
=== Death Indexes ===
*[httphttps://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecordsRecords/index.asp Article/CS88 Wisconsin Pre-1907 Death Index] - Free *{{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} - Free; Incomplete *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8790 Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997] - $; Incomplete (does not include 1968)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4984 Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907] - $; Incomplete
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
*[[Wisconsin Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
*[[Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997 (RecordSearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
=== More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links ===
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.wigenweb.org/ Wisconsin Site] - Free
*German roots Links Links for Wisconsin [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Wisconsin Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.
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|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. [[Minnesota Vital Records#Substitute_Records|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.
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