Wisconsin Genealogy Resources
Wisconsin Military Records - The Wisconsin Historical Society has very few records of Wisconsin residents involved in military action prior to the Civil War. In the Civil War Wisconsin supplied 91,379 troops to support the Union in the form of 53 infantry regiments, 14 artillery units, and 3 cavalry regiments. When beginning a search for a Wisconsin Civil War veteran consult: Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office, Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, (Madison, Wisconsin : Democrat Printing Co., 1914); an alphabetical index (also available on microfiche) to the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1864, 2 vols. (Madison, Wisconsin : Democrat Printing Co., 1886); and William G. Paul's Wisconsin's Civil War Archives (Madison, Wisconsin : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1965). This has been digitized and can be browsed at < www.wisconsinhistory.org/roster/search.asp >
A certificate of service for Civil War service can be obtained from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The certificate will usually show name, physical description, occupation, rank, when and where enlisted, by whom enlisted, for how long, when and where mustered into service, and date of termination of service. Birthplace is frequently given, although if foreign it will only state the country. With this certificate, the society will include a brief history of the respective regiment. No pension records, outside of those available through the National Archives, exist for Wisconsin. The State Archives is the repository for other numerous miscellaneous records pertaining to Wisconsin residents and units in the Civil War. These include records of the quartermaster general and various regiments. Of special importance to the genealogist are country draft books, lists of persons eligible for military service, regimental muster rolls, hospital reports, certificates of service, duty rosters, and records of the disposition of personal effects. Copies can be obtained through the Wisconsin Historical Society at < www.wisconsinhistory.org/genealogy/orgrs >. The society's website provides detailed information on its military record holdings < www.wisconsinhistory.org/military/ >.
The archive has a manuscript index for the Spanish-American War; staff will check the index and their records and provide a summary upon request. There are no records in the archives for veterans of World Wars I and II or the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. Information from the index of graves registrations for veterans buried in Wisconsin through 1970 is available through the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Records Section, P.O. Box 7843, Madison, Wisconsin 53707.
The library of the Wisconsin Historical Society has the World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards (1917-18) and a collection of camp newspapers for both World War I and World War II. The archives has brief service records compiled by the Adjutant General's office on all Wisconsin World War I military personnel.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Archives, 30 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703 < http://museum.dva.state.wi.us > has an invaluable collection of diaries and oral histories created by veterans. Other strengths of the collection include the records of various state veterans' organizations, a file of veteran burials in Wisconsin as well as information on more than 500 veterans' memorials.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for federal military service and pension records. Generally, the records prior to the 20th century are located at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and later records at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Current information on access, fees, and form number changes is on the Order Page of the NARA web site.
For additional information:
- 2nd Wisconsin
Volunteer Infantry Association
- Second Wisconsin
The Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company H
3rd Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry
Third Wisconsin Cavalry, Company C, 1861-65 - WLHN
Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865 -
Third Wisconsin Org.
History of the Services of the Third Battery, Wisconsin
Light Artillery - Ancestry.com
History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran
Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865 - Ancestry.com
4th Wisconsin Cavalry
5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Records of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment
Wisconsin Infantry, Company C - The Prairie du Chien
6th Wisconsin Volunteers
The Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Bits of Blue and Gray - December 2001 - "OLD ABE" -
Story about the Eagle mascot of Company C, 8th Wisconsin
Wisconsin Infantry Homepage
The Marching Twelfth : the story of
the Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment as
told by the men who served in it / edited by Peggy
M. Singer. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, c2002. xii, 188
p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 21 cm.
13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Buslett, O. A. (Ole Amundson),
1855-1924.The Fifteenth Wisconsin / by O.A.
Buslett ; translated by Barbara G. Scott. Femtende
Regiment Wisconsin frivillige. English. [Ripon, Wis. :
B.G. Scott], c1999. vii, 578 p. ; 28 cm.
15th Wisconsin The Scandinavian Regiment
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
I, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, Co D; Guppey Guards
Company D. 23rd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers
24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers - consisted of
mostly German speaking immigrants of southeastern
Wisconsin, some of Jewish background.
- Pula, James S., 1946- The Sigel Regiment : a
history of the Twenty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer
Infantry, 1862-1865 / by James S. Pula. 1st
hardcover ed. Campbell, Calif. : Savas Pub. Co., c1998.
viii, 485 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Entire Written History of the 26th Wisconsin [Sons
26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers]
Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
29th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
- 33rd Wisconsin
The Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry -
36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Wisconsin 42nd Volunteer Infantry
43rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
- 47th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
1861-1865 Index to Compiled Service Records of
Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations
from the State of Wisconsin, microfilm of original
records in the National archives, Washington, D.C. The
FHL only has the index to compiled service records. To
obtain information from the service record itself,
contact the National Archives. Filmed by the National
Archives, 1964, series M0559, 33 rolls, beginning with
FHL film #882486 (Index, A-Bak, 1861-1865).
1864-65 Burials at Arlington, submitted by Judy
1883 Wisconsin Pensioners Online
1895 Wisconsin Soldiers in Soldier Homes,
compiled by Bev Hetzel, published by the author, West
Bend, Wisconsin, 19[--], 24 pages. Names, with
annotations, are in alphabetical order. The list was
taken from a 1895 census report & from a two-volume set
on the Civil War. FHL book 977.5 M2he.
American Soldiers of World War I . Ancestry.com.
- Barker, Brett. Exploring Civil War Wisconsin: A
Survival Guide for Researchers. Madison, Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2002.
Carroll College Civil War Institute
Wisconsin Census Enumeration, 1895 Names of Ex-Soldiers
and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 20, 1895.
Madison, Wis: Democrat Print. Co, 1896.
Civil War Archive - Union Regiments - Wisconsin
Civil War Collections - University of Wisconsin -
Milwaukee Special Collections
Civil War Draft in Wisconsin
Civil War Genealogy Database Military History
Civil War Rosters. Names of those who served in the
various Wisconsin units.
Civil War Training Camps in Wisconsin
Civil War - Union Regimental Index: Wisconsin
Cowley, Betty. Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WW II
Prisoner of War Camps. Oregon, Wisconsin: Badger
Dietz, J. Stanley, compiler. The Battle Glafs and
Wisconsin Troops in the Civil War and War with Spain.
Madison, Wisconsin, 1943.
Dow, Wentworth. Civil War Diaries of Wentworth Dow
Private, Company E. 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry of
Volunteers, (Adams County Rifles). Walnut Creek,
California: Gerald Wayne Dow, 1991.
Estabrook, Charles Edward, editor. Wisconsin's
Losses in the Civil War: A List of the Names of
Wisconsin Soldiers Killed in Action, Mortally Wounded or
Dying from Other Causes in the Civil War, Arranged
According to Organization, and also in a Separate
Alphabetical List. Madison, Wisconsin:
Democrat Printing Co., 1915.
Finding Your Civil War Ancestor in Wisconsin
Florida-Middle & Appalachicola Districts/Wisconsin/Iowa
Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841.
Fort McCoy Prisoner of War Camp: Fort McCoy During
the Korean War August 9, 1950-April 1, 1943.
Fort McCoy: Serving America's Army Since
1909: Driving Tour and History Brochure. Fort
McCoy, Wisconsin: Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office,
Gant, Jesse J. "Patriotism Is Above Political
Consideration: A Look Back at the Fiftieth Anniversary
of the Civil War in Wisconsin." Wisconsin Magazine
of History 94, 3 (Spring 2011):28-41.
- Grand Army of the Republic. Soldiers' and
Citizens' Album. 2 volumes. Chicago, Illinois: Grand
Army Publishing Co., 1888, 1890.
- Gregory, John Goadby. Wisconsin's Gold Star List:
Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Nurses from the Badger
State who died in the Federal Service during the World
War. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of
Wisconsin, 1925. Arranged by county. In alphabetical
order gives the name, age, residence, rank, date and
place of death of the serviceman.
- Hurn, Ethel Alice. Wisconsin Women in the War
Between the States. Madison, Wisconsin: Democrat
Printing Co. for the Wisconsin History Commission, 1911.
Korean Conflict State-Level Casualty Lists - Wisconsin
From the National Archives and Records Administration,
Center for Electronic Records.
Korean War Casualty List
Korean War Not Forgotten: Stories from Korean War
Veterans. Weston, Wisconsin: D.C. Everest
Area Schools, 2003.
List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa
From Wisconsin. Ancestry.com.
- List of Soldiers of the War of 1812 Living in
Wisconsin by 1882. Washington, D.C.: National
Society of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, 1918. Taken from
the records published in 1883. A very brief report
containing the name of the soldier, resident city and
county as well as some death dates.
- Love, William DeLoss. Wisconsin in the War of
Rebellion: A History of all Regiments and Batteries.
Chicago: Church and Goodman, 1866.
- Mattern, Carolyn J. Soldiers When They Go: The
Story of Camp Randall, 1861-1865. Madison,
Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the
Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 1981.
- McCrory, Thomas J. Grand Army of the Republic,
Department of Wisconsin / Thomas J. McCrory. Black
Earth, Wis. : Trails Books, c2005. 367 p. : ill. (some
col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Military Links: Wisconsin. From:
United States Internet
- Miljat. Leslie Elizabeth. Admission Applications,
1867-1872, National Home for Disabled Volunteer
Soldiers, Northwestern Branch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin: L.E. Miljat, 1991.
- Moore, Dennis R. Researching Your Civil War
Ancestors in Wisconsin. Manitowoc, Wisconsin:
Bivouac Publications, 1994.
- National Park Service Web Site: A new (Oct. 2004)
searchable name index to 6.3 million Union and
Confederate Civil War soldiers and sailors for all
states is now online at: <
- Neagles, James C. Military Records: A Guide to
Federal and State Sources. Salt Lake City: Ancestry,
- Nigbor, Joyce Hasselmann. Asbach: Private John
William (Johann Wilhelm). 2006. Documents the Civil
War Experiences of Private John William Asbach of the
3rd Iowa Volunteer Calvary until his death at the Battle
of Osage in Kansas on 25 October 1864. Included are
excerpts from the letters that he wrote to his parents
as well as excerpts from other accounts of Asbach's
military experiences. There are photographs, a map of
the battle site, copies of Asbach's letters (written in
German), as well as translations, his enlistment, and
casualty report. Contact the author at 11 White Pine
Trail, Madison, WI 53717.
- Parkhill, Oakley L. History of the 107th supply
Train, Thirty-Second Division, A.E.F. 1917-1919.
- Paul, William G. Wisconsin's Civil War Archives.
Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of
Wisconsin, 1965. A guide to the war materials held by
the various government agencies of Wisconsin and by the
State Historical Society. Includes a bibliography.
- Pixley, Rutherford Birchard. Wisconsin in the
World War: An Account of the Activities of Wisconsin
Citizens During the Great World War, Giving in Part the
Record of a Loyal State and Acknowledging in Part its
Devotion and Untiring Service to the Nation and to its
Ideals for a Lasting and Benevolent Democracy.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin War History Company,
- Quiner, E.B. The Military History of Wisconsin: A
Record of the Civil and Military Patriotism of the
State, in the War for the Union. Chicago: Clarke &
- Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who
Served During the Civil War, 1861-1865. Wisconsin
records are available from National Archives - M559.
Researching Your Civil War Ancestor in Wisconsin
Rood, Hosea Whitford. Wisconsin at Vicksburg:
Report of the Wisconsin-Vicksburg Monument Commission,
Including the Story of the Campaign and Siege of
Vicksburg in 1865 with Especial Reference to the
Activities Therein of Wisconsin Troops. Madison,
Wisconsin: Wisconsin-Vicksburg Monument Commission,
- Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the
Rebellion, 1861-1865. 2 vol. Madison, Wisconsin:
Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886.
- Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers War of the
Rebellion, 1861-1865, An Online Digital Book from the
Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion,
1861-1865 All soldiers known to have participated
in Wisconsin's Civil War regiments. Searchable by
surname or regiment. Gives basic data: when enlisted,
residence at enlistment, if died, wounded or prisoner,
when mustered out.
Roster of Wisconsin volunteers War of the
Rebellion, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com.
The Sinking Of The Albemarle, submitted by Tina
- Soldiers' and Citizens' Album of Biographical
Record (of Wisconsin): Containing Personal Sketches of
Army Men and Citizens Prominent in Loyalty of the Union:
Also a Chronological and Statistical History of the
Civil War and a History of the Grand Army of the
Republic: With Portraits of Soldiers and Prominent
Citizens. 2 vols. Bethesda, Maryland: University
Publications of America, 1993. 19 microfiche.
The State Hospital For The Insane And The War,
submitted by Tina Vickery.
Steckler, Marlys Manley. POWs in Wisconsin during
WWII. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: Steckler,
Thisted, Moses N. With the Wisconsin National Guard
on the Mexican Border 1916-1917. Hemet, California:
Alphabet Printers, 1981.
Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Frontier Defense of the Upper
Ohio, 1777-1778, comp. from Draper Manuscripts in the
Library of the Wisconsin Historical Society and
Publishing at the Charge of the Wisconsin Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution. Madison,
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1912.
Union Regimental Index - Wisconsin
USGenWeb Pensions Project - USGenWeb Archives
- United States. Adjutant General's Office. Index
to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers
Who Served in Organizations from the State of Wisconsin.
Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1964.
U.S. Military Personnel who died in the Korean War
U.S. Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of the
Vietnam Conflict, 1957-1995 (Including Missing and
Captured Declared Dead)
- United States. Pension Bureau. List of Pensioners
on the Roll January 1, 1883: giving the names of each
pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the
post-office address, the rate of pension per month and
the date of the original allowance, as called for by
Senate Resolution of December 8, 1882. 5 volumes.
Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company,
1970. Five volume set arranged by county. Gives the
number of the certificate and provides clues for
searching the records.
- United States. Selective Service System.
Wisconsin, World War I Selective Service System Draft
Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.:
National Archives, 1987-1988.
- United States Veterans Administration. Pension
Index File, Alphabetical; of the Veterans
Administration.... Washington: Veterans
Administraiton, Publications Service, 1953.
Veteran Ancestry Registry
Vietnam Casualty List: Wisconsin ~ from NARA
Vietnam Experience: Stories of a Troubled Past.
Weston, Wisconsin: D.C. Everest Area Schools, 2002.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office. Annual
Report of the Adjutant General, 1865. Madison,
Wisconsin: Democrat Print Co., 1912.
- Wisconsin. Adjutant General. Roster of Wisconsin
Volunteers, War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. Madison:
Democrat Print Co., 1886.
- Wisconsin. Adjutant General's Office. Wisconsin
Volunteers, War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. 2
volumes. Madison: Democrat Printing Co., 1914. Reprinted
by Brookhaven Press, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 1998. Lists
the soldiers in alphabetical order giving their name,
rank, company and regiment. Serves as an index to
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion,
- Wisconsin. Adjutant General's Office. Military
Records, 1861-1865. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the
Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. Microfilm.
Wisconsin Civil War Regimental Histories
Wisconsin GAR Posts
Wisconsin Goes to War: Digital Civil War Collections
From the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.
Wisconsin Goes to War Our Civil War Experience
Wisconsin's Gold Star List Soldiers, Sailors, Marines
And Nurses Casualties For WWI This extensive list
of casualties from Wisconsin provides details of the
hometown, age, unit, location of death, and cause of
death, for those soldiers, sailors, marines, and nurses
who all gave their life in World War I.
Wisconsin in the Civil War Message Board
Wisconsin in the Spanish-American War
Wisconsin Korean War Casualties
Wisconsin Medal of Honor Recipients
Wisconsin Military Resources - WIGenWeb
Wisconsin residents who gave their lives in the Korean
Wisconsin residents who gave their lives in the Vietnam
Wisconsin. Shiloh Monument Commission. Wisconsin at
Shiloh, Report of the Commission, comp. by Capt. F.H.
Magdeburg. Madison, Wisconsin: The Commission,
- Wisconsin Soldiers and Sailors Reunion:
Containing the Postoffice Address, Occupation and Name
of Every Wisconsin Soldier and Sailor Now Living ...
Also the Name of Every Wisconsin Soldier Who Perished in
the War ... Also, a Complete Roster of Wisconsin's Armed
Military Organizations, contributed by J.A. Kellogg,
et al. originally published in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin by
Star Steam Job and Book Printing House, 1880, 309 pages.
Reprinted by University Publications of America,
Bethesda, Maryland, 1993, filmed by the Genealogical
Society of Utah, 4 microfiches, FHL film #6118307.
- Wisconsin Soldiers in the World War 1939- ,
obituaries and notices. 3 volumes. Madison,
Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin,
1941-43. A collection of obituaries and death notices
for the soldiers of the period.
Stories Struggle, Europe, Pacific and Home Front
Wisconsin. Tabular Statements of the Census
Enumeration, and the Agricultural, Mineral and
Manufacturing Interests of the State ... Also
Alphabetical List of the Soldiers and Sailors of the
Late War Residing in the State June 20, 1885.
Madison: Democrat Print. Co., State printers, 1886.
- "Wisconsin Troops in the Spanish War 1898." The
Sentinel Almanac and Book of Facts 1899. Milwaukee,
Wisconsin: The Sentinel Company, 1899. The list shows
the company units giving the soldier's residence,
offices, transfers, discharge and death.
Wisconsin Veterans Home - King, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Vietnam War Casualties
- Wisconsin. War History Commission. The 32nd
Division in the World War, 1917-1919. Milwaukee,
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Printing, 1920.
Wisconsin. Wisconsin Census Enumeration, 1905 Names
of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June
1, 1905. Madison, Wis: Democrat Print. Co, 1906.
Wisconsin World War II Casualty List.
World War II Stories
- Wisconsin's Gold Star List: Soldiers, Sailors,
Marines and Nurses from the Badger State... Madison:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1925.
World War I Collection. UW-Madison's World War I
collection focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on
European aspects of the war. It is particularly strong
in documenting rescue and relief efforts, and in
propaganda materials, but all aspects of the war are
included. Most of these materials were acquired by the
University during or in the immediate aftermath of the
war and they represent a direct and often very
passionate or partisan viewpoint of that conflict. These
are primary sources, the raw materials of history, and
they bring the first great worldwide conflict of the
twentieth century to us in an immediate way, without the
viewpoint provided by intervening years and events.
World War I Military Portrait Index Index to 3,192
photographs of World War I military personnel from
Milwaukee County at the Milwaukee Public Library.
- World War II: Stories from Our Veterans:
Wisconsin Veterans and Beyond. Weston, Wisconsin:
D.C. Everest Area Schools, 2001.