State Office of Vitals Records is closed to the public for all in-person services, effective March 19, 2020, at 8 a.m.
All in-person research appointments at the State Office of Vital Records are suspended until further notice.
Our office allows in-person searching by appointment only at 1 West Wilson Street, Room 159, Madison, Wisconsin. To schedule an appointment, contact the genealogy receptionist at 608-267-7820 or you may schedule online to book your appointment.
|Days of the Week||Time Period|
|Monday through Friday||8 to 10 a.m.|
|Monday through Friday||10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.|
Policy for On-Site Searching
- Advance appointments are required. An appointment must be made for each person entering the search area. Cancellations are allowed. No-shows may be restricted from future searches.
- Two people are allowed in the search area at one time. We reserve the right to alter the number of searchers allowed in the area.
- Searchers will be provided an orientation to the archives upon request.
- Children under 12 are not allowed in the search area. Children 12 and older must have an appointment to enter the area.
- Each searcher must register by completing an application and showing acceptable identification each day he or she enters the search area. Acceptable forms of identification are listed below.
- At least one form of identification must show the searcher's name and current address. Expired cards or documents will not be accepted.
ONE of the following:
Wisconsin driver's license
Wisconsin ID card
Out-of-state driver's license/ID card
or TWO of the following:
U.S. government-issued photo ID
Health insurance card
Current, dated, signed lease
Utility bill or traffic ticket
Paycheck or earnings statement
Frequently Asked Questions
What information can in-person searchers access?
|Kind of Record||Records||Indexes|
|Birth records||Earliest filed through 1938||Earliest filed through 1984|
|Death records||Earliest filed through 1967||Earliest filed through 2012|
|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 does not publish any records or indexes online. The Wisconsin Historical Society provides an online index of Wisconsin birth, death, and marriage records filed prior to October 1907.
How far back do your records go?
|Fond du Lac||1879||1854||1844|
|Menominee became a county in 1961|
Can you tell me if you have a record for a specific person?
We are unable to verify whether or not a record exists, and we are unable to verify any information from a record. An application, acceptable identification, and the appropriate fee are required to request a search for any record.
What can I bring with me to my genealogy appointment?
In-person searchers may bring hard-copy research materials, laptop computers, pencils, and paper. Cell phones, tablet devices such as iPads, imaging devices such as cameras and scanners, and pens/markers are not allowed in the search area and must be kept behind the genealogy counter at all times.
Will staff be available to help me with my search?
In-person searching is a do-it-yourself process. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and give you a brief orientation to our archives, but they are not able to 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 and show your identification. The fee is $20 per record, and $3 for each additional copy of the same record. You may pay for and pick up your records at the end of your search appointment.
- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Register of Deeds (PDF)
- Milwaukee and West Allis City Vital Records Office Listing (PDF) (May 2015)
- Wisconsin Cities, Villages, Townships and Unincorporated Places (PDF) (April 2015)