Wisconsin, Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907
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|Historical Society of Wisconsin|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index and images of death records in the state of Wisconsin covering the years 1867 to 1907. The state of Wisconsin required its counties to register vital records (birth, marriage, death, and divorce) beginning in 1852. However, only a limited number of these events were actually recorded before 30 September 1907. The existing records prior to 1907 have been collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Full name of deceased
- Maiden name (if deceased is a married woman)
- Name of father
- Birthplace of father
- Name of mother
- Birthplace of mother
- Birthplace of deceased
- Name of spouse
- Birth date of deceased
- Marital status of deceased
- Death date
- Residence of deceased
- Cause of death
- Place of death
- Duration of disease
- Was deceased a soldier or in the service of the United States
- Burial place
- Name of undertaker
- Date of certificate
- Number of burial permit
- Place of burial permit
- Other remarks
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage 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?[edit | edit source]
- 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[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Wisconsin.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- Wisconsin Death Index, 1820-1907
- Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997
- Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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