Wisconsin, State Census, 1905 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Wisconsin, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1905
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What Is in the Collection?

Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1905.The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin State Census, 1905.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Facts found in Wisconsin State Censuses for the year 1905 are:

  • Town and county in which census was taken
  • Name of each person in family
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age, gender and birth place
  • Parents' names and their birthplace
  • Race, and marital status of each person
  • Occupation
  • Home owner or renter
  • Whether living on a farm or in a house

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or place of residence

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Locality

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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, court, land and death records.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • Use the information to find more family members in additional censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all of the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.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 relations 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.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Wisconsin, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Wisconsin State Census, 1905." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of State. State Historical Society, Madison.
Record Citation:
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