Obituaries have been published in Wisconsin since the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Obituaries may provide information such as the age of the deceased, birth date and place, names of living relatives and their residences, maiden name, occupation, death date, cause of death, and place of burial. Deceased family members are frequently mentioned. Obituaries may also mention previous places of residence, immigration information, religion, and any social organizations or activities in which the deceased was involved.
Generally, the first step to obtaining an obituary is to find the death date of the person so that the obituary can be more easily found in a newspaper. Death dates may be obtained from a variety of records. See: Wisconsin Vital Records.
Online Obituary Resources
- Wisconsin Genealogy Index includes obituaries in the 150,000-entry index.
Additional Obituary Resources
- The "United States Obituaries" and "United States Newspapers" Wiki articles list sources for finding obituaries and the newspapers that published them.
- A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Wisconsin, Calumet County New Holstein Public Library Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)