Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Milwaukee County Wisconsin genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
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Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
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County Seat Milwaukee

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County Courthouse

Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414.278.4987

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, and death records,
land records from 1835; Register in Probate has probate
records from 1838[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1834--Milwaukee County was created 6 September 1834 from Brown and Iowa Counties.
County seat: Milwaukee [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Wisconsin Counties see: Wisconsin Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Catholic Cemeteries

A database of many Catholic cemeteries for Milwaukee

can be found at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries website.


Wisconsin State Census— The following Wisconsin state censuses are digitized, indexed, and available on-line at FamilySearch.org1855, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905

Church History and Records


Ascension Lutheran Church

  • Records of Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Milwaukee County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

  • Records of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Milwaukee County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories ($) has Milwaukee City Directories 1861-1892 (3 yrs. missing) available online. The collection is part of's "premium content" which requires a subscription to view, or can be viewed for free at a Family History Center.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups


Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records

Volga Germans had many settlements in Racine county. To find out more about Volga Germans click here. This site gives resources to help you with your Volga German research, including a mailing list to help you communicate with others in the same ethnic group. They have indexed and made searchable over 100,000 names. You can search by name or village name and the search leads you to sites where that name or village can be found.

The Milwaukee Historical Society has many useful records that may help you in your German or other nationality research.

The record types available here are:

  • Civil War Rosters
  • Jail records
  • Marriage record index
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Naturalization
  • School census record
  • Territorial census records
  • Ordination records of church clergy
  • Published histories




Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Milwaukee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Milwaukee County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies H and I
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies D, H, K and M

Naturalization and Citizenship



The following obituary indices are available through the Milwaukee Public Library.  See Genealogy Obituary Resources to learn more.

  • Milwaukee Journal Newspaper Index, 1915-1917
  • Milwaukee's German Newspapers: an Index of Death Notices and Related Items
  • Wisconsin Necrology, 1846-1944
  • Index to Deaths Reported in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, 1921-1996
  • Death Notices/Obits, 1930s (?) - June, 30, 1992: Surname Index
  • Obituaries, Milwaukee Journal/Milwaukee Sentinel, 1958-1988
  • Milwaukee Area Necrology, 1992-1998
  • Milwaukee Sentinel Card Index, 1837 - 1879
  • Milwaukee Sentinel Card Index, 1880-1890
  • Italian Times
  • The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle


Probate Records


See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Milwaukee Public Library

814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 286-3000

See the library's Genealogy page for online and other collections.

County Courthouse
Family History Centers


Milwaukee County Historical Society
910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee WI 53203


Vital Records


Indices available through Milwaukee County Library:

  • Marriage Certificates for Milwaukee County for the years 1822-1876
  • Marriage Records for Milwaukee County for the years 1836-1911

Visit the library's site linked above to see a complete list of marriage records.


Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 758 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content