Wisconsin Fast Facts and Key Resources

Wisconsin Fast Facts and Key Resources

Trace Badger State ancestors with these essential web sites, books and organizations.

Wisconsin Fast Facts and Key Resources

Statehood: 1848

US territory status: part of Northwest Territory (1788), Indiana Territory (1800), Illinois Territory (1809), Michigan Territory (1818) and Wisconsin Territory (1836)

First federal census: 1820

Statewide birth, marriage and death records begin: 1907

Public-land state

Counties: four in 1836 (Crawford, Iowa, Brown and Milwaukee); 72 since 1961

Contact for vital records:
Wisconsin Division of Health Vital Records
1 W. Wilson St., Room 158
Box 309
Madison, WI 53701
(608) 266-1371
 
WEB SITES
Census Finder — Wisconsin Census Records
 
County Maps — Wisconsin Department of Transportation
 
Cyndi’s List — Wisconsin
 
Online Wisconsin Death Records & Indexes
 
PublicRecordFinder.com — Wisconsin
 
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers,War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865
 
Wisconsin Census Records & Databases
 
Wisconsin Funeral Home and Cemetery Preplanning Directory
 
Wisconsin GenWeb Project
 
Wisconsin Land Records — Interactive Search
 
Wisconsin Library Directory
 
Wisconsin Local Community Information
 
Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
 
Wisconsin Name Index
 
Wisconsin Research Outline
<www.familysearch.org>: Click on Search, then Research Helps, then W.
 
Wisconsin’s Gold Star List: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Nurses Casualties for WWI

RESOURCES

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

Germans in Wisconsin by Richard H. Zeitlin (University of Wisconsin Press)

Heritage Books Archives: Wisconsin Volume 1 CD (Heritage Books)

Marriage Index: Michigan and Wisconsin, 1830-1900 CD (Genealogy.com)

Wisconsin’s German Element: J.H.A. Lacher’s Introductory History edited by Don Heinrich Tolzmann (Clearfield Co., $13.50)

ORGANIZATIONS AND ARCHIVES

Milwaukee Public Library

 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414) 286-3000, <www.mpl.org>

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Library

UWM Libraries, Archives, Box 604, Milwaukee, WI 53201, <www.uwm.edu/library/arch/genie.htm>

Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

415 W. Main St., Madison, WI 53703, (608) 255-2224, <www.vesterheim.org/genealogy.html>

Wisconsin Historical Society

816 State St., Madison, WI 53706, (608) 261-2460, <www.wisconsinhistory.org>

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Box 5106, Madison, WI 53705, <www.wsgs.org>

From the April 2005 Family Tree Magazine

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