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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]''
== <br>'''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]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County ClerkRegister of Deed's office of the county where the event occurred. {{clear}}
{| class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"|-| width="44%" | __TOC__ | valign="middle" | <center>'''&nbsp; [[Image:Vital Records Collage.JPG|center|250px|Vital Records Collage.JPG]]&nbsp;&nbsp; '''<br></center>== Vital Records Reference Dates == Wisconsin's vital records start the following years:  <br> {| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"|-| width="16.6%" align="center" | | bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Birth_and_Death_Records_Before_1907|Births]] | bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Marriage_Records|Marriages]] | bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Birth_and_Death_Records_Before_1907|Deaths]]|-| bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | Earliest | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852 | width="16.6%" align="center" | County Formation | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852|-| bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | Statewide Registration | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907|-| bgcolor="#ffffcc" width="16.6%" align="center" | General Compliance | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1917| width="16.6%" align="center" | -| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1908|} <br> |} <br> == 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 Obtaining 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. '''<br>''' '''Birth Indexes:'''  *[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''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 '''Marriage Indexes:'''  *[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Pre-1907 Marriage Index''] - Free *{{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930}} - Free; Incomplete *[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
'''Death Indexes:'''  *[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Vital records in Wisconsin Pre-1907 Death Index''] - Free *{{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin Deaths are maintained at both the state and Burials, 1835-1968}} - Free; Incomplete *[http://searchthe county level.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8790 ''The Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997''] - $; Incomplete (does not include 1968) *[http://searchVital Records Office in Madison maintains a centralized registry of vital records.ancestry.com/search/dbCounty registrars also maintain copies of vital records.aspx?dbid=4984 ''Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907''] - $; Incomplete Order Copies may be obtained from either a copy of local registrar or the Certificate:  *Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Certificates] online. [[Wisconsin Vital Records#More_Online_Wisconsin_Vital_Records_Links|More Online&nbsp;Wisconsin Vital Records Links]] Office.
== Birth Records ==
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
 
[[Wisconsin Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
=== Birth Records Before 1907 ===
A few counties began keeping birth records in the 1850s, but most records date from the 1870s or later.&nbsp; Search the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre-1907 birth marriagebirths, deaths, and marriages.
Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the "[[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" page.
*Births, 1854–1911 and index, 1854–1932. 194 films beginning with film {{FHL|388957|item}} 1011972.
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  [[Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  === Birth Records of Births 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. '''You can obtain copies by writing to''':
Vital Records<br>1 West Wilson StStatewide registration of births began in 1907. <br>P. OThe Family History Library does not have copies of these records, although it does have several indexes. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: &nbsp;608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [httpCopies can be obtained by writing to://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]
State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the informationVital Records<br>1 West Wilson St. <br>P. O. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: 608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]
Birth records can also be obtained from State your relationship to the Register of Deeds in individual for whom you want information and the county where reason you want the event took placeinformation.<br>
The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's Birth records are listed in ''Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces''. <ref>&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;span&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Hyattsville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March, 1993; {{FHL|822713|item}}. This booklet can be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9328. Copies of this booklet are at the Family History Library and many Family History Centers === Local Copies of Vital Records === County registrars also maintain copies of vital records. Copies may be obtained from either a local registrar or the state Department Register of Health Services. === Adoption Records === open / closed / state statues == Marriage Records == Before statewide registration, individual counties recorded marriages. You can obtain copies by writing to the register of deeds or the Bureau of Health Statistics (see address above). Some records, particularly those from Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as early as the 1820's. Search the [&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre 1907 birth marriage and death references. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the existing pre-1907 marriage records. Some counties have early marriage records which are not on microfilm. For example, Crawford County has marriage records that begin in 1816. The marriage records are listed Deeds in the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the area research centers. Beginning about 1852, the 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 list 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|1013949]]. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</ref>&nbsp;Record come from where the Milwaukee County courthouseevent took place.
<br>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 ===
*Delayed registrations of births began in 1937. These are listed in the Family History Library 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 Bureau for Health Statistics (see address below). Later records are at the county courthouses.
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. You can obtain copies by writing to the Register of Deeds in the appropriate county or the Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above). Some records, particularly those from Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as early as the 1820s. Search the [&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Wisconsin Genealogy Index] for pre 1907 birth marriage and death references. 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 Family History Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the area research centers. Beginning about 1852, the 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|1013949]]. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&lt;/ref&gt; 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 Bureau for Health Statistics (see address above).
 
=== Marriage Records Since 1907 ===
After 1907, marriage records from all counties can be obtained from the Bureau for Health Statistics (address above) or from the register of deeds of the appropriate county.
== 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&nbsp;death references.
The Family History Library also has a large set of death records from the Register of Deeds in Milwaukee County. In the Family History Library Catalog these are listed under:
:WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE COUNTY, MILWAUKEE - VITAL RECORDS:&nbsp;&nbsp;
*Deaths, 1852–1912, and index, 1872–1916. 109 films {{FHL|384199|item}.
=== Death Records of Deaths Since 1907 ===
Statewide registration of&nbsp;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:
Vital Records<br>1 West Wilson St. <br>P. O. Box 309 <br>Madison, WI 53701-0309 <br>Telephone: &nbsp;608-266-1372 <br>Internet: [http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/index.htm Wisconsin Vital Records]
State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information<br>.
Death records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.<br>
'''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)]]
 
== Vital Records Reference Dates ==
 
Wisconsin's vital records start the following years:
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
|-
| width="16.6%" align="center" |
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Birth_and_Death_Records_Before_1907|Births]]
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Marriage_Records|Marriages]]
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [[Wisconsin Vital Records#Birth_and_Death_Records_Before_1907|Deaths]]
|-
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Earliest
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
| width="16.6%" align="center" | County Formation
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
|-
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Statewide Registration
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1907
|-
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | General Compliance
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1917
| width="16.6%" align="center" | -
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1908
|}
 
== 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. '''<br>'''
 
=== Birth Indexes ===
 
*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''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
 
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: [[Wisconsin Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
=== Marriage Indexes ===
 
*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''Pre-1907 Marriage Index''] - Free
*{{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930}} - Free; Incomplete
*[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
 
=== Death Indexes ===
 
*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp ''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
 
Order a copy of the certificate:
 
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Certificates] online.
 
[[Wisconsin Vital Records#More_Online_Wisconsin_Vital_Records_Links|More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links]]
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
 
[[Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
== Divorce Records ==
Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the county clerks and circuit court judges. &nbsp;You should contact Contact the county courthouse for information. &nbsp;The Family History Library does not have copies of these records. &nbsp;it does have Wisconsin Center for Health Statistics.&nbsp;  <br>
== Adoption Records ==
In many casesearly years, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. <br>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 Helps Help ==
=== Tips ===*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.
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.<br> === [[Image:Fire.png|thumb|right|119x152px|Fire.png]]Burned, Lost, or Missing Records ===
For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
=== Alternative Records ===
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.
*[[Wisconsin Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records&nbsp;may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
*[[Wisconsin Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
*[[Wisconsin Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
*[[Wisconsin Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addtionaddition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
*[[Wisconsin Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Wisconsin/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;
'''A wiki article describing&nbsp;an online&nbsp;collection is&nbsp;found at:'''  [[Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Pubhlic Lobrary Records (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]]
[[Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Vital]]
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