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What are the earliest filed vital records in Wisconsin?

Registration of events prior to 1907 was voluntary and vital records were not filed for most events.  It has been estimated that less than 50% of the records were prepared and submitted for permanent filing before that time.  Records are not on file for events that occurred before the dates listed in the following table.  Divorce certificates from any county are not available before October 1907.  

 

Earliest Registration Dates by County

County Births Deaths Marriages County Births Deaths Marriages
Adams 1857 1876 1857 Manitowoc 1858 1864 1859
Ashland 1876 1877 1874 Marathon 1870 1868 1865
Barron 1877 1877 1868 Marinette 1874 1879 1878
Bayfield 1879 1870 1869 Marquette 1864 1876 1863
Brown 1814 1834 1823 Milwaukee 1835 1872 1851
Buffalo 1855 1873 1856 Monroe 1877 1876 1856
Burnett 1853 1846 1869 Oconto 1876 1872 1855
Calumet 1858 1856 1850 Oneida 1887 1888 1877
Chippewa 1858 1855 1869 Outagamie 1856 1869 1855
Clark 1869 1877 1857 Ozaukee 1852 1849 1855
Columbia 1860 1877 1849 Pepin 1863 1877 1857
Crawford 1858 1876 1862 Pierce 1870 1876 1851
Dane 1860 1876 1839 Polk 1867 1865 1855
Dodge 1870 1852 1843 Portage 1866 1875 1859
Door 1852 1856 1860 Price 1880 1879 1880
Douglas 1861 1877 1854 Racine 1877 1880 1839
Dunn 1870 1877 1858 Richland 1875 1876 1864
Eau Claire 1870 1876 1857 Rock 1856 1871 1847
Florence 1882 1882 1882 Rusk 1900 1901 1901
Fond du Lac 1879 1854 1844 St. Croix 1858 1876 1852
Forest 1891 1871 1889 Sauk 1864 1876 1852
Grant 1870 1876 1842 Sawyer 1869 1883 1883
Green 1862 1874 1838 Shawano 1862 1873 1848
Green Lake 1864 1877 1858 Sheboygan 1852 1854 1852
Iowa 1876 1871 1836 Taylor 1877 1877 1875
Iron 1886 1887 1858 Trempealeau 1845 1847 1856
Jackson 1876 1876 1858 Vernon 1863 1878 1855
Jefferson 1852 1856 1844 Vilas 1889 1889 1893
Juneau 1877 1876 1844 Walworth 1872 1872 1839
Kenosha 1876 1876 1850 Washburn 1883 1883 1883
Kewaunee 1861 1873 1857 Washington 1859 1873 1846
La Crosse 1877 1876 1851 Waukesha 1860 1872 1846
Lafayette 1854 1877 1847 Waupaca 1858 1848 1852
Langlade 1882 1868 1881 Waushara 1859 1876 1852
Lincoln 1875 1871 1875 Winnebago 1876 1876 1860

Menominee became a county in 1961.

Wood 1871 1872 1844

 

Updated:   10/15/2007                                  

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