How to Find Wisconsin Marriage Records

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Finding Wisconsin Marriage Records

Wisconsin, except for the Door County Peninsula, became part of Illinois Territory in 1809 and part of the Michigan Territory in 1818. Wisconsin became a territory in 1836 and a state in 1848. Some counties issued marriage applications as early as the 1820s, but most began recording marriages at the time the county was formed. Statewide registration began in 1907.



Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1907

Some Wisconsin counties began recording marriages in the 1820s, but most began when the county was formed. Statewide recording of marriages began in 1907.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Wisconsin Marriage Database


United States Marriages – Wisconsin, 1830-1979 ($); index and images

Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 Free; Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.

Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1820-1907 ($) Free at family history centers; Name index to marriage records provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Wisconsin, Marriage Index, early-1907 Free; Name index to marriage records at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Includes link to order the original document.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilm may be available to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1907 to Present

Counties began recording marriages when the county was formed; statewide recording of marriages began in 1907.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Wisconsin Marriage Database


Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 Free; Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.

Wisconsin Marriage Index 1973-1997 Free; Index of marriages from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Madison.
Also on Ancestry.com ($), Free at family history centers.

United States Marriages – Wisconsin, 1830-1979 ($); index and images
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilm may be available to view at a local Family Search Center.


If you are unable to find your ancestor in one of the above indexes, you may request a search at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From WI Department of Health Services

Any person may request an uncertified copy of a marriage record at the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred or from the Wisconsin State Department of Health Services. The record must be ordered by mail and must include picture identification of the person requesting the record.

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