Marriage and Divorce Records
Before statewide registration, individual counties
recorded marriages. You can obtain copies by writing to the
register of deeds or the Wisconsin Department of Health &
Family Services. Some records, particularly those from
Brown, Crawford, Dodge, and Jefferson counties, begin as
early as the 1820's.
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many
of the existing pre-1907 marriage records. Some counties
have early marriage records which are not on microfilm. For
example, Crawford County has marriage records that begin in
1816. The marriage records are listed in the Family History
Library Catalog under the name of the county. Copies are
also available at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
and the area research centers. Beginning about 1852, the
marriage records generally give the names of the parents of
the bride and groom. By 1881 the form asked for the parents'
places of birth.
The index to these records is the Index to
Registrations of Marriages, 1852–1907, which list one
million names that are alphabetically arranged for counties
Adams through Racine. Counties Richland through Wood are not
included in the index (on 77 microfiche, FHL fiche 6331479;
computer number 321176). Search for variations of the
surname when using the index. The State Historical Society
in Wisconsin also has this index. Also available is
Indexes for Wisconsin Marriage Records, 1973–1984 (FHL
fiche 6334468–9; computer number 549068).
The Family History Library has three sets of marriage
records for Milwaukee County:
- Register of Deeds marriages 1838-1911 and
index 1838-1918 (on 83 FHL films beginning with film
1013949). Record come from the Milwaukee County
- Register of Deeds marriage certificates 1836-1876
(on 14 FHL films beginning with film 1032378). Records
also come from the Milwaukee County courthouse.
- Marriages 1837-1907 and index 1852-1907
(on 63 FHL films beginning with film 1275674 items 2–3).
Records come from the Bureau for Health Statistics (see
After 1907, marriage records from all counties can be
obtained from the Bureau for Health Statistics (address
above) or from the register of deeds of the appropriate
- To order copies of birth, death, or marriage
records, check the
Wisconsin Department Of Health and Family Services
page for application forms and current prices:
Brown County 1869-1880 Various Marriages
Genealogical Research Service - Wisconsin Marriage
Records (1836 - 1907).
Instructions to Obtain a Marriage Certificate Copy
Janesville Wisconsin Gazette Marriage Index, Vol. I, Book 1, 1845 - 1862.
Marriage Index, Vol. I, Book 2, 1863 - 1876.
Marriage Index, Vol. I, Book 3, 1877 - 1885.
Juneau County 1871-1885 Various Marriages
Langlade County 1943-1952 Marriages (HECKERT
Marathon County Marriages
Marriage Records - Information from the University
Milwaukee County Marriage Certificates, 1822-1876.
The digital images of the
marriage certificates were combined with the index
created by the MCGS to produce this digital collection.
Milwaukee County 1843-1903 Marriages (CARTWRIGHT
Milwaukee County 1844-1895 Marriages (LYNCH Surname)
Milwaukee County 1924-1939 Various Marriage Certificates
Pre-1892 Wisconsin Brides and/or Grooms from Maine State
Archives Cards - submitted by Tina Vickery
Trempealeau County 1876-1893 Marriage Notices Index,
Walworth Co. Wisconsinn
Washburn County 1883-1885 Marriages (Groom-Indexed)
- Wisconsin. Bureau of Health Statistics. Index to
Registrations of Marriages, 1852-1907. Madison:
Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1980. 77 microfiche.
Wisconsin Genealogy Index. Search more than 150,000
Wisconsin obituaries and biographical sketches published
before 1999, as well as 1,000,000 births, 400,000 deaths
and 1,000,000 marriages registered before September
Wisconsin Marriage Records - Wisconsin Marriage Records
Databases. - Ancestry.com - Subscription Product.
Wisconsin Marriage Index 1973-1997 (requires
Wisconsin Marriage Index 1852-1907 - submitted by
Wisconsin Marriage Index (selected entries pre-1907)
- submitted by Jean Martin
Wisconsin Marriage Records Online
Wisconsin Marriages, Weddings & Genealogy .
Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 - Name index to
marriage records from the state of Wisconsin - 80,630 records as
of 7 May, 2010. FamilySearch.org.
Wisconsin Vital Records Searchable Databases. -
Pre-1907 Vital Records. Search birth, death, and
marriage records by last name, first name, county,
Divorce proceedings are usually kept by the county clerks
and circuit judges. You should contact the county courthouse
for information. Also, for divorce records check:
- Wisconsin Center for Health Statistics. Indexes
for Wisconsin Divorces, 1965–1984. Madison, Wis.:
State Microfilm Laboratory, ca. 1984. (On 36 FHL fiche
beginning with 6334470; computer number 549069.)