Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Genealogy and Facts
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.
- Wisconsin Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Wisconsin State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Division of Archives and Special Collections, Golda Meir Library, Room W250, PO Box 604, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604; Phone: (414) 229-5402
- Bay View Historical Society, PO Box 07614, Milwaukee, WI 53207; Phone: 414-483-9330
- Brown Deer Historical Society, 4800 W Green Brook Dr, Brown Deer, WI 53223; Phone: 414-354-4116
- Cudahy Historical Society, PO Box 332, Cudahy, WI 53110; Phone: 414-481-7964
- Franklin Historical Society, 7575 S 51st St, Franklin, WI 53132; Phone: 414-421-0168
- Greendale Historical Society, 5650 Parking St, Greendale, WI 53129; Phone: 414-421-1300
- Greenfield Historical Society, W208 S6833 High Bluff Drive, Miskego, WI 53150; Phone: 414-543-6321
- Hales Corners Historical Society, 5885 S 116th St, Hales Corners, WI 53130; Phone: 414-549-6150
- Historic Milwaukee, Inc, PO Box 511220, 207 E Michigan St., Suite #500, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 277-7795
- Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, PO Box 27326, Milwaukee, WI 53227-0326
- Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N Old World Third St, Milwaukee, WI 53203; Phone: 414-273-8288
- Milwaukee Maritime Center, 500 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202; Phone: 414-276-5664
- Milwaukee Metropolitan Historians Assn, 2588 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211; Phone: 414-964-8361
- Oak Creek Historical Society, PO Box 243, Oak Creek, WI 53154-0243; Phone: 414-529-0196
- Shorewood Historical Society, 3930 North Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211; Phone: 414-332-4437
- South Milwaukee Historical Society, 3516 18th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172; Phone: 414-768-8790
- St Francis Historical Society, 4235 S Nicholson Ave, St Francis, WI 53235; Phone: 414-762-7805
- Wauwatosa Historical Society, 7406 Hillcrest Dr, Wauwatosa, WI 53213; Phone: 414-774-8672
- West Allis Historical Society, 8405 W National Ave, West Allis , WI 53227; Phone: 414-541-6970
- West Milwaukee Historical Society, 1665 S 52nd St, West Milwaukee, WI 53214; Phone: 414-321-9059
- Whitefish Bay Historical Society, 5166 N Berkeley Blvd, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217; Phone: 414-962-0606
- Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53206; Phone: 414-372-7677
- Wisconsin Labor History Society, 313 E Plainfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207; Phone: 414-483-1754
- Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, 814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2385; Phone: 414-286-3074
- Wisconsin Slovak Historical Society, PO Box 164, Cudahy, WI 53110; Phone: 414-744-8095
- Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society, 1562 N 119th St, Wauwatosa, WI 53226; Phone: 414-771-7781
- Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Milwaukee County
- Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Milwaukee County
- USGenWeb Archives for Milwaukee County (usgwarchives.net)
- Wisconsin Genealogy Index (wisconsinhistory.org) Search for pre-1907 Vital Records, as well as for 150,000 Wisconsin Name Index (WNI) records, including biographical sketches, obituaries, and newspaper articles published before 2000.
- See Also Wisconsin Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links
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
- See Also Statewide Newspapers Books & Publications Links for Wisconsin
- Historical Newspapers from Wisconsin (1837 - 1992) (genealogybank.com)
- Daily Sentinel And Gazette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Das Tagliche Banner (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Banner Und Volksfreund Vereinigte Tagliche Stadt-A (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Wisconsin Banner (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Atlas Tagliche Ausgabe (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Taglicher Volksfreund (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Sentinel And Gazette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Daily Sentinel And Gazette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Weekly Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Daily Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Wisconsin Free Democrat (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Daily Free Democrat (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukie Commercial Herald (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Der Volksfreund (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (in German) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Daily Courier (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Evening Courier (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Daily Gazette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Advertiser (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- American Freeman (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukie Journal (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukie Semi-Weekly Gazette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee Weekly Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Voice-Herald (Hales Corners, Wisconsin) (search.ancestry.com)
- Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Books (amazon.com)
- Milwaukee County Wisconsin Genealogy Books (books.google.com)
- Search Wisconsin Obituaries (1985 to current) (genealogybank.com)
- Wisconsin Newspapers (newspaperarchives.com)
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