Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County was founded on September 6, 1834 from Brown County amd Iowa County. The county was named for Mahnawaukee-Seepe, a Native American word meaning "gathering place by the river".

The Milwaukee County Seat can be found in Milwaukee and the county government website is county.milwaukee.gov/

Bordering Counties in Milwaukee County include Ozaukee County (north), Racine County (south), Waukesha County (west), Washington County (northwest).

Populated Places in Milwaukee County are Cities which consist of Cudahy, Franklin, Glendale, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Wauwatosa, West Allis; Villages consist of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Greendale, Hales Corners, River Hills, Shorewood, West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay.

Milwaukee County vital records can be found at the Wisconsin Office of Vital Records has copies of Birth, Marriage, Divorce & Death Records reported since 1907. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Wisconsin for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Milwaukee County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Wisconsin Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Adams County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are available for 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Milwaukee Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Milwaukee Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Milwaukee Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research.

Milwaukee County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Milwaukee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Milwaukee County Courthouse and Government Records


Milwaukee County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Milwaukee County court, probate, and land files as a source of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Wisconsin courthouses and archives everywhere are often the dreams and frustrations of countless Wisconsin residents.

The chances are excellent that your forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least some elements of their lives in the Milwaukee County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Milwaukee county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

It has been estimated that less than 50 percent of the vital records, for example, were prepared and submitted for permanent filing prior to 1907. Land deeds, probate, and court records generally begin in Wisconsin with the organization of the county. Prior to that date, check the County or Counties it was created from. Some counties formed from other counties transcribed their portion of property deeds to be kept with the new county deed records.

Make sure you get in touch with the clerk's department to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of workers will assist persons in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the particular person to undertake the researching.
  • Milwaukee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1422; Phone: 414.278.4069
    • County was attached to Brown County for judicial purposes from 1834–35. Some early records may be found there.
  • Milwaukee County Register of Deeds purpose is to provide official record keeping for Records or files land record documents authorized by law, such as deeds, mortgages, satisfactions, certified survey maps, plats and Federal Tax liens. Files and indexes Birth, Death and Marriage records, Military Discharges, and issues certified copies upon request.
    • Phone: 414-278-4021
    • Birth Records: 1835
    • Marriage Records: 1836
    • Death Records: 1872
    • Land Records: 1836
  • Milwaukee County Register in Probate Office has the responsibility to maintain and update files regarding probate of estates, guardianships, protective placements, adoptions and mental commitments. This is a statutory office with the position of Register in Probate filled by judicial appointment.
    • Phone: 414-278-4516
    • Probate Records: 1838 
  • Milwaukee County Clerk of Court Office is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
    • Phone: (414) 278-5362
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Milwaukee County Treasurers Office collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.

Milwaukee County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Milwaukee County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is just a listing which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Milwaukee County genealogy or family history related sites.

Milwaukee Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Milwaukee Co. WI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Milwaukee Co. WI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Milwaukee Co. WI Census Records

Milwaukee Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Milwaukee Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Milwaukee Co. WI General and History Websites

Milwaukee Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Milwaukee Co. WI Military Records

Milwaukee Co. WI Schools & Directories

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