Wisconsin death records have been recorded since the mid-1800s, but the official recording didn’t begin until 1907. The Wisconsin Historical Society may even have some names of the deceased that occurred earlier. The later records are kept by the Vital Records department, and you can order by mail if you’re an immediate family member of the deceased. That would be if you are a parent, grandparent, child or sibling of the deceased. If you’re not a family member, you may want to use the newspaper archives or cemetery records located in the area where the event took place. To request a death record from the Vital Records Department of Wisconsin, complete the application, make copies of photo identification to prove you’re related to the deceased and send a fee of $20 (checks or money orders made out to the State of Wisconsin Vital Records) to the following address:
Wisconsin Dept. of Health
Vital Records Dept. of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 309
Madison, Wisconsin 53701
Phone: (608) 266-1371
Extra copies are only $3 each after the first search and there are no refunds, even if they don’t find the requested death record. You might also request an uncertified copy of a Wisconsin death record without having to state how you’re related to the deceased.
Many people bypass the sometimes complicated rules and regulations of a state search by using a private Internet service. These sites have been a boon to those who look up vital records for their jobs, such as legal professionals and genealogists. Now, even private citizens can look up records in the privacy of their own homes or offices by using one of these private search sites. There are many from which to choose, and most offers reasonable search fees and will deliver a full and accurate report to you in only minutes after you submit the data. There is no charge if a record isn’t found. These sites use the more powerful search engines and databases so that the information they receive from the submission is up-to-date and has been referenced and cross-referenced for any information that might be available in other states.
You’ll receive the report at your private email address and can be sure of its accuracy. State search sites don’t always have the staff or the technology available to produce an accurate and easy-to-understand report, whereas Internet search sites employ professionals who can decipher legal documents and deliver them to you in a clear and concise format. Now that we have the power of the Internet, it’s much easier to search for any document you may need or want from almost any state. Check out how an Internet search site can help you find Wisconsin death records by clicking on the link.