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Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Facts

Milwaukee County

When was Milwaukee County, WI Created?
Milwaukee County was created 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".

What is the County Seat of Milwaukee County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Milwaukee and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Milwaukee County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Ozaukee County (north), Racine County (south), Waukesha County (west), Washington County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Milwaukee County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include 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, WI Vital Records

Where can find Milwaukee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

Milwaukee County, WI Census Records

What Milwaukee County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Milwaukee County guide you in researching your family tree. 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.

There are Wisconsin State censuses from 1895 and 1905. Also the Wisconsin Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index for 1820-1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Wisconsin Census Records Research Guide

Milwaukee County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Milwaukee County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Milwaukee County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically 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. See Also Wisconsin Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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
  • Public Records of the Consolidated Court Automation Programs provides access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  • U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898
  • BLM Land Records

Milwaukee County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Milwaukee County, WI?
A list of Milwaukee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Wisconsin Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Milwaukee County, WI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Milwaukee County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Milwaukee Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

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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