Wisconsin Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 .

Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1826 through 1926.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926," index, "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth and christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 Marriages, 1836-1930 Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968
Adams 1,242 1,526 757
Ashland 5,211 4,692 3,576
Barron 6,413 2,807 1,530
Bayfield 3,257 1,558 526
Brown 29,466 18,079 8,477
Buffalo 8,899 0 1,652
Burnett 0 610 0
Calumet 5,958 3,410 2,048
Chippewa 6,571 4,374 2,321
Clark 0 3,675 887
Columbia 11,658 10,959 4,043
Crawford 4,674 4,415 775
Dane 12,189 20,591 2,876
Dodge 15,985 3,733 5,941
Door 7,364 2,704 1,810
Douglas 11,386 5,967 5,456
Dunn 7,236 1,590 1,551
Eau Claire 13,118 5,869 3,109
Florence 453 0 400
Fond du Lac 9,780 16,584 7,130
Forest 320 0 103
Grant 11,290 7,516 2,255
Green 7,339 9,096 1,422
Green Lake 1,796 4,537 665
Iowa 3,476 7,881 1,648
Iron 2,111 726 337
Jackson 5,137 2,301 1,772
Jefferson 14,337 9,528 4,901
Juneau 4,005 4,576 1,585
Kenosha 7,537 9,759 3,945
Kewaunee 7,262 1,104 1,395
La Crosse 25,180 9,802 5,972
Lafayette 6,229 6,622 2,067
Langlade 3,847 1,524 996
Lincoln 6,164 965 1,146
Manitowoc 23,583 4,511 9,965
Marathon 15,297 8,269 4,365
Marinette 14,933 4,027 4,836
Marquette 1,434 2,964 538
Menominee 0 0 352
Milwaukee 317,035 195,274 134,077
Monroe 2,480 6,679 924
Oconto 6,947 3,206 1,401
Oneida 1,855 1,043 587
Outagamie 17,258 8,961 4,320
Ozaukee 10,633 4,943 2,709
Pepin 1,397 2,434 466
Pierce 118 4,841 395
Polk 4,420 2,579 975
Portage 9,246 911 2,246
Price 2,817 385 346
Racine 25,523 14,326 11,974
Richland 6,882 4,927 557
Rock 15,255 7,931 4,578
Rusk 0 100 0
Sauk 8,024 2,423 3,891
Sawyer 1,243 476 536
Shawano 6,962 494 1,443
Sheboygan 26,774 7,071 8,758
St. Croix 5,915 9,512 1,446
Taylor 1,544 1,123 312
Trempealeau 6,348 3,264 590
Vernon 4,939 5,859 153
Vilas 881 274 149
Walworth 10,348 5,460 2,781
Washburn 1,870 572 523
Washington 10,986 5,632 2,899
Waukesha 11,399 9,635 4,166
Waupaca 10,605 6,263 3,016
Waushara 3,006 1,982 742
Winnebago 21,275 13,915 11,044
Wisconsin 562,012 256,503 140,475
Wood 3,403 2,781 898
Total 1,441,537 800,630 454,507

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some births and christenings throughout Wisconsin. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Wisconsin.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926." database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRGW-TQ1 : accessed 13 April 2011). entry for Gertrude Lois Martin, born 26 November 1884; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 1,305,142: Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.