are Vital Statistics?
Vital Statistics, or vital records, refer to birth, death, and
marriage records. In Wisconsin it was not a law until October
1907 to file all birth, death, or marriage records.
WI ARC holds a pre-1907 microfiche statewide index for vital
records and each ARC houses the actual certificates for their
designated geographic region. The UW-River Falls ARC holds records
for Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.
The Wisconsin statewide pre-1907
vital statistics index is now available online.
Things to know when using the microfiche index:
All birth records for the counties that begin with an S are indexed
under the wrong county name:
Croix is indexed as Sauk
Sauk is indexed as Sawyer
Sawyer is indexed as Shawano
Shawano is indexed as Sheboygan
Sheboygan is indexed as St. Croix
of the birth records for Outagamie County, Reel 224, doc. 1000-1359,
are indexed as being in Columbia County.
searching for Trempealeau County and Washington County births,
check at the end of the alphabetical listing for the particular
letter the surname starts with. Many of the records are listed
there because something went wrong with the indexing and they
have numbers instead of letters for some parts of the names.
Names with a D or DX in front of the reel number indicate a
delayed birth record.
Marriage records were indexed only for Adams County through
Pierce County marriages, in addition to the statewide index
and corresponding records on microfilm, there is a collection
(Pierce Small Series 1) which contains marriage information
copied from marriage records for the years 1860, 1870, and 1880.
Also, Pierce Series 95 contains an index to marriage licenses
the index to St. Croix County marriage records, see River Falls
Microfilm No. 59. There is a gap from 1870-1872 in the marriage
records so either the St. Croix County Government Center or
the Wisconsin Vital Records Office must be contacted for these
years. River Falls Microfilm No. 59 begins with the year 1856.
For records earlier than that, consult the book located in the
Area Research Center called, Marriages for St. Croix County,
Wisconsin, 1852-1867, call number F587.S13 M37. Additional sources
to consult would be St. Croix Series 4, Marriage License Record,
1899-1946; and St. Croix Series 5, Index to Marriage Licenses
of Ladies, 1899-1933.