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Wisconsin, Birth Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Wisconsin Birth Index, 1820-1907
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Wisconsin, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth Index
Collection years 1820-1907
FamilySearch Resources
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Department of Health and Family Services


What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index to births from 1820 to 1907 from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Madison. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.


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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Parent’s names
  • Reference ID - Certificate Number

Collection Content

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For What Now?

  • Use the information from the birth index to locate the actual birth record
  • Use the information to find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death records. Also search for immigration, military, land and probate records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Wisconsin.

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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