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Wisconsin Vital Records

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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. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Vital Records State Department of Health] or the Register of Deed's office of the county where the event occurred {{clear}}
== Obtaining Vital Records in Wisconsin == Vital records in Wisconsin are maintained at both the state and the county level. The Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison maintains a centralized registry of vital records. County registrars also maintain copies of vital records. Copies may be obtained from either a local registrar or the Wisconsin Vital Records Officeor the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred. {{clear}}
== Birth Records ==
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:
Wisconsin Vital RecordsOffice<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]
State your relationship to the individual for whom you want information and the reason you want the information.  Birth records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place.  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 Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address belowabove). 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 Before 1907 ===
Before statewide registration, individual counties recorded marriages. You Copies can obtain copies be obtained by writing to the Register of Deeds in the appropriate county or 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 [&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 referencesindexes. 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 its 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 marriages 1838-1911 and index 1838-1918''. Family History Library films beginning with film [[1013949|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 Bureau for Health Statistics Wisconsin Vital Records Office (see address above).
=== Marriage Records Since 1907 ===
 After Marriage records created since 1907, marriage records from in all counties can be obtained from the Bureau for Health Statistics Wisconsin Vital Records Office (address above) or from the register Register of deeds Deeds of the appropriate county.  '''Wiki articls describing online collectiona are found at:'''  *[[Wisconsin, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Wisconsin Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
== 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.
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.  Microfilms of the records through 1907 have been deposited at the at the [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/ Wisconsin Historical Society] and the area research centers listed on the "[[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" page.
Consult the county pages for the records, and the Registration of Deaths, ca. 1862–1907 {{FHL|147746|item}}. Most counties begin in the 1870s. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:
Death certificates usually give birth date and place, death date and place, name of spouse, names of the person's parents, burial place, and residence. After mid-July, 1897, they also give the birth place of the person's father and mother.
There are three indexes to these records. Copies of these indexes are at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the its area research centers, and the Family History Library. These are:
*''The Pre-1907 Death Index by Name,'' alphabetically arranged for the entire state. 29 fiche, Family History Library fiche {{FHL|234154|item}} 6331472. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the surname. Also available is the ''Death Records Index, 1959–1984''. {{FHL|516562|item}} 6334350–51.
=== 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.
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:  Vital 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]  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.  '''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 ==
== 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://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4750 ''Wisconsin Births, 1820-1907''] - $; Incomplete
A wiki article Wiki articles describing an online collection is 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 ===
*[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 ===
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4984 ''Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907''] - $; Incomplete
Order a copy of the certificateWiki articles describing online collections are found at: *[[Wisconsin Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997 (RecordSearch Historical Records)|Wisconsin, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
=== More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links ===*Order USGenWeb.org [http://www.cdcwigenweb.govorg/ Wisconsin Site] - Free *[http:/nchs/w2wuserdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html# Wisconsin Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]- Free *German roots Links Links for Wisconsin [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Wisconsin Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent. *Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press Ctrl + F on the keyboard to search for '''Wisconsin''' or - Free/$ *[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Wisconsin/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin CertificatesLinks] onlinefrom [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info]
[[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 Fond du Lac Public Library Records)|Wisconsin, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
== Divorce Records ==
Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the circuit court judgesor local or regional archives. Contact the county courthouse clerk of circuit court for information. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.
== Adoption Records ==
== Additional 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.
=== [[Image:Fire.png|thumb|right|119x152px]]Burned, Lost, or Missing Alternative Records === For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:  *[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]] *[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 History|History]]: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
 
== More Online Wisconsin Vital Records Links ==
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.wigenweb.org/ Wisconsin Site] - Free
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html# Wisconsin Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free
*German roots Links Links for Wisconsin [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Wisconsin Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Wisconsin''' or&nbsp;'''WI''' -&nbsp;Free/$
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Wisconsin/wisconsin.htm Wisconsin Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;
 
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
 
[[Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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