Wisconsin Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Wisconsin marriage divorce recordsCapitol: Madison
Most Populous City: Milwaukee
Total Area: 65,498 sq mi 
Total Population (2010): 5686986
Website: http://www.wisconsin.gov
Source: Wikipedia

Marriage applications date as far back as 1820, but there are no divorce certificates from any county before October 1907, and the registering of Wisconsin marriage records was incomplete prior to October 1907. The Wisconsin Vital Records office will issue certified copies to family only and informational (identical but uncertified) copies to anyone. Requests must be made in person, by fax, or by mail, but not by email, telephone, or online; the price includes a multi-year search. Onsite searching of indexes and original records in the state vital records office requires an appointment, and there is an online list by county for the earliest Wisconsin marriage record date. The Wisconsin Historical Society has an online search for marriage records before October 1907. Wisconsin divorce records can also be found in county civil court records. Early divorce records for 1836-1848, granted by the territorial legislature, have been published in genealogical newsletters.

For more information on Wisconsin vital records, visit Wisconsin Birth & Death Vital Records

Wisconsin Vital Records Offices


Record Type: Marriage Certificates
Bureau of Health Information and Policy
Vital Records
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Phone: 608-266-1373
Fax: 608-255-2035
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-4:15PM
Note: An uncertified copy of a marriage certificate is available to anyone who applies. An uncertified copy will contain the same information as a certified copy but will not be acceptable for legal purposes, such as obtaining identification.
Record Access Requirements: Must have a signed release from the named parties for certified copies. Requests for uncertified copies do not require a release.

Records Available: Divorce Records
Bureau of Health Information and Policy
Vital Records
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Phone: 608-266-1373
Fax: 608-255-2035
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-4:15PM
Note: An uncertified copy of a birth certificate is available to anyone who applies. An uncertified copy will contain the same information as a certified copy but will not be acceptable for legal purposes, such as obtaining identification.
Record Access Requirements: Must have a signed release from the persons of record for a certified copy. Requests for uncertified copies do not require a release.

Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Director of State Courts
Supreme Court
PO Box 1688
Madison, WI 53701-1688
Phone: 608-266-6828
Fax: 608-267-0980
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM

Records Available: Criminal Records
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Crime Information Bureau, Record Check Unit
PO Box 2688
Madison, WI 53701-2688
Phone: 608-266-5764
Fax: 608-267-4558
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Record Access Requirements: Criminal record information is open to the public per statute 3-21-91. Certain statutorily-required searches require fingerprints.
Search Note: All requests must be in writing. You must have an account with CIB in order to submit fingerprint cards. The account application can be downloaded from the web, as are request forms.

Records Available: Incarceration Records
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Attn: Records
PO Box 7925
Madison, WI 53707-1921
Phone: 608-240-3750
Fax: 608-240-3306
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Search Note: Location, conviction and sentencing information, and release dates are provided. Send questions or request to docweb@wi.gov.


Wisconsin County Marriage & Divorce Vital Records


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