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Wisconsin, State Censuses, 1855-19053,427,739
Wisconsin, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890182,605
U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
Smocks in the censuses, 1790-184032
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U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1801-19284,138,236
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-19971,897,924
U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-19891,868,002
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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
Roster of Wisconsin volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-18651,834
History of the Ram Fleet and the Mississippi Marine Brigade in the War for the Union on the Mississippi and its tributaries491
History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865487
The Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry428
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U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)Free5,823,338
Wisconsin, Federal Naturalization Records, 1848-1992331,792
Wisconsin, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1922-1963324,017
U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940320,331
Wisconsin Crew Lists, 1925-196937,770
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U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970Free1,095,640
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
Wisconsin, Employment Records, 1903-1988Updated224,692
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970210,144
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Vital Records, 1856-197052,945
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Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987210,352
Wisconsin, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908187,635
U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
The laws of the Northwest Territory, 1788-1800616
Economy Light and Power Company, a corporation, appellant, vs. United States of America, appellee126
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A trip through the lakes of North America392
Summer rambles in the West276
Inventory of the state archives of Wisconsin: Department of State.270
Summer on the lakes, in 1843259
The western tourist and emigrant's guide184
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U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
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Roster of Wisconsin volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-18651,834
The winning of the West1,736
The John Askin papers1,480
Wisconsin in three centuries, 1634-19051,249
History of northern Wisconsin1,204
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A Genealogical History

Wisconsin in brief

Statehood: May 29, 1848
Capital: Madison
Largest City: Milwaukee
Counties: 72
State motto: Forward
State nickname: Badger State, Dairy State, Cheese State
Neighboring states: Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa


Waukesha, Wisconsin, lithograph, c. 1857

Interesting Facts

  • First explored by the French, Wisconsin's first European residents were fur-traders and missionaries.
  • In 1787, Wisconsin became part of the Northwest Territory. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established a government for the territory and outlined the process for statehood. It guaranteed equal status for new states created from the territory, and outlawed slavery.
  • In 1800, Wisconsin became a part of Indiana Territory, and in 1809 all but Door County became part of Illinois Territory. In 1818, when Illinois became a state, Wisconsin was redefined as Michigan Territory. It became a territory on its own in 1836 and a state in 1848.
  • On 8 October 1871, four fires were sparked near Lake Michigan. While the Chicago Fire is widely known, fires in Peshtigo, Wisconsin; Holland, Michigan; and Manistee, Michigan also flared and spread quickly due to high winds. It is estimated that the Peshtigo fire killed as many as 2,500 people ranking it as the deadliest fire in U.S. history.

 

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Wisconsin, Employment Records, 1903-1988224,692
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
Wisconsin, State Censuses, 1855-19053,427,739

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Wisconsin Research Notes

Pre-statehood censuses of Wisconsin are included with the Michigan Territory Federal censuses of 1820 and 1830. Federal censuses begin for the state of Wisconsin in 1840.

Several territorial and state censuses were taken for Wisconsin between 1836 and 1905. With few exceptions, the originals are in the State Archives at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Wisconsin history and genealogy.  In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Wisconsin Vital Records
Wisconsin issued marriage applications as early as the 1820s in some counties, although most jurisdictions began maintaining records when the county was organized. In 1852, the state directed the counties to record births and deaths, a mandate generally ignored. In 1878 a similar law received more attention and adherence. The State Bureau of Vital Statistics was established in 1907.

  • : Holds records of birth, marriage, domestic partnership, divorce, and death records.  See the “” page for detailed information on holdings and how to order records.
  • : The Society holds records of births and deaths from 1852 to September 30, 1907, and marriage records from 1836 to September 30, 1907.  The Society also manages the , a searchable index of pre-1907 births, marriages, and deaths.

Remember, local libraries and county genealogical or historical societies may have indexes to vital records, so check for a resource at the county or town level.

 

Statewide Research Resources

  • : The Society’s in Madison contain a wealth of local and state history information for genealogists.  The page describes some of the available resources.  Be sure to review the , which include county histories, photographs, and memoirs.
  • : The Society holds meetings, sponsors events, and publishes a newsletter.
  • : Some genealogical highlights in this digital archive include “The State of Wisconsin Collection” which contains state, county, and local information, and “Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes and Plat Maps”.
  • : This facility maintains records from Federal agencies and courts in Wisconsin, including census, military, court, naturalization, and immigration records.
  • :  The BLM administers Federal Land for public land states including Wisconsin, and maintains records of land patents which granted land from the Federal Government to individuals.  Use the Land Patent Search to locate land grants by name.  Many record images are available on the web site.  See the FAQ for more information on how to locate and use land patents.

 

Specialty and Regional Research

  • : This digital archive from the Library of Congress’ American Memory project uses information from first-person accounts, local histories, biographies, and other sources to describe life in the upper Midwest in the early nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.