Vital Records: In-Person Research

Advance appointments are required for in-person research. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 2–4 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 608-266-1373 or email DHSVitalRecords@wi.gov.

Policy for on-site searching

Each person entering the search area must have an appointment. Two persons may request to be scheduled together. We reserve the right to alter the number of searchers allowed in the area.

Each searcher must register each day they enter the search area by completing an application form and showing proper identification. Acceptable forms of identification are listed below. Expired cards or documents will not be accepted.

ONE of the following:

  • State issued driver's license or ID card
  • US government issued photo ID
  • US or foreign passport
  • Tribal or military ID card

    or TWO of the following:

    • Bank/Earnings statement
    • Current, dated, signed lease
    • Health insurance card
    • Utility bill or traffic ticket
    • Vehicle registration/title

    Cancellations are allowed. If you do not show up for your appointment, you may be restricted from future searches.

    Searchers will be provided an orientation upon request.

    Children under 12 are not allowed in the search area. Children age 12 and older must have an appointment to enter the search area.

    FAQs (frequently asked questions)

    What information can I access in person?

    Information that can be accessed in person
    Kind of Record Records Indexes
    Birth records Earliest filed through 1938 Earliest filed through 1984
    Death records Earliest filed through 1971 and
    50 years from today's date
    Earliest filed through 2016
    Marriage records Earliest filed through 1967 Earliest filed through May 2015
    Divorce records October 1907 through 1967 October 1907 through 1986

     

    Are your records or indexes available online?

    The Wisconsin State Vital Records Office doesn’t publish any records or indexes online. To find an online index of Wisconsin birth, death, and marriage records filed before October 1907, visit The Wisconsin Historical Society

    How far back do your records go?

    County Births Deaths Marriages
    Earliest Registration Dates by County
    (Adams - Menominee)
    Adams 1857 1876 1857
    Ashland 1876 1877 1874
    Barron 1877 1877 1868
    Bayfield 1879 1870 1869
    Brown 1814 1834 1823
    Buffalo 1855 1873 1856
    Burnett 1853 1846 1869
    Calumet 1858 1856 1850
    Chippewa 1858 1855 1869
    Clark 1869 1877 1857
    Columbia 1860 1877 1849
    Crawford 1858 1876 1862
    Dane 1860 1876 1839
    Dodge 1870 1852 1843
    Door 1852 1856 1860
    Douglas 1861 1877 1854
    Dunn 1870 1877 1858
    Eau Claire 1870 1876 1857
    Florence 1882 1882 1882
    Fond du Lac 1879 1854 1844
    Forest 1891 1877 1889
    Grant 1870 1876 1842
    Green 1862 1874 1838
    Green Lake 1864 1877 1858
    Iowa 1876 1871 1836
    Iron 1886 1887 1858
    Jackson 1876 1876 1858
    Jefferson 1852 1856 1844
    Juneau 1877 1876 1844
    Kenosha 1876 1876 1850
    Kewaunee 1861 1873 1857
    La Crosse 1877 1876 1851
    Lafayette 1854 1877 1847
    Langlade 1882 1868 1881
    Lincoln 1875 1871 1875
    Menominee became a county in 1961
    County Births Deaths Marriages

     

    Earliest Registration Dates by County
    (Manitowoc - Wood)

    Manitowoc 1858 1864 1859
    Marathon 1870 1868 1865
    Marinette 1874 1879 1878
    Marquette 1864 1876 1863
    Milwaukee 1835 1872 1851
    Monroe 1877 1876 1856
    Oconto 1876 1872 1855
    Oneida 1887 1888 1877
    Outagamie 1856 1869 1855
    Ozaukee 1852 1849 1855
    Pepin 1863 1877 1857
    Pierce 1870 1876 1851
    Polk 1867 1865 1855
    Portage 1866 1875 1859
    Price 1880 1879 1880
    Racine 1877 1880 1839
    Richland 1875 1876 1864
    Rock 1856 1871 1847
    Rusk 1900 1901 1901
    St. Croix 1858 1876 1852
    Sauk 1864 1876 1852
    Sawyer 1869 1883 1883
    Shawano 1862 1873 1848
    Sheboygan 1852 1854 1852
    Taylor 1877 1877 1875
    Trempealeau 1845 1847 1856
    Vernon 1863 1889 1893
    Vilas 1889 1889 1893
    Walworth 1872 1872 1839
    Washburn 1883 1883 1883
    Washington 1859 1873 1846
    Waukesha 1860 1872 1846
    Waupaca 1858 1848 1852
    Waushara 1859 1876 1852
    Winnebago 1876 1876 1844
    Wood 1871 1872 1844

    Can you tell me if you have a record for a specific person?

    We cannot confirm if a record exists. We are also unable to confirm any information from a record. An application, accepted identification, and fee must be included to request a search for a record.

    What can I bring with me to my genealogy appointment?

    You may bring laptop computers, pencils, and paper. Cell phones, tablet devices, such as iPads, imaging devices, such as cameras and scanners, and pens or markers are not allowed in the search area. They must be always kept behind the genealogy counter.

    Will there be someone to help me with my search?

    Staff members are available to answer questions and give you a short introduction. However, they cannot search for you. .

    Can I get a copy of a record I find while doing an in-person search?

    Yes. You will need to complete an application for each record requested. You will need to show your identification and pay the $20 fee. Each additional copy (of the same record) costs $3. You may pay for and pick up your records at the end of your search appointment.

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    Last Revised: July 22, 2022