Wisconsin Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Rick Crume Premium

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
Census Finder — Wisconsin Census Records
County Maps — Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Cyndi’s List — Wisconsin
Online Wisconsin Death Records & Indexes — 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
<>: Click on Search, then Research Helps, then W.
Wisconsin’s Gold Star List: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Nurses Casualties for WWI


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 (

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


Milwaukee Public Library

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

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Library

UWM Libraries, Archives, Box 604, Milwaukee, WI 53201, <>

Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

415 W. Main St., Madison, WI 53703, (608) 255-2224, <>

Wisconsin Historical Society

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

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Box 5106, Madison, WI 53705, <>

From the April 2005 Family Tree Magazine