Before civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths, Native American elders told of the history of their people down through the generations and then later, the government & churches recorded the events in our ancestor's lives.  Although Wisconsin Law required each county to register these events since 1852, only a limited number were actually recorded by the counties before September 30, 1907.  My mother was born in 1918 and her birth IS NOT recorded at the county level.  This is where TRIBAL or CHURCH RECORDS will offer another resource.

BIRTH ROLLS - July 1, 1924 to June 30, 1926

Vital Records are available from two different places. Same record, same fee...just two different places to write to.

First, the county courthouse has a set that are available for the public to use for genealogy research. I suggest a phone call first to find out what the specifics are and "best times" to do research.  They usually have a time limit of 2 hours and "pencils only" policy.
AFTER 1961 BEFORE 1961
Menominee County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
PO Box 279 - 800 Wilson Ave.
Keshena, WI 54135
TELE: 715-799-3312
Shawano County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
311 N Main
Shawano, WI 54166
TELE: 715.524.2129

All YEARS...  
Tribal Office Building
P.O. Box 910
Keshena, WI 54135
Phone: (715) 799-5121

Second, on site searching in the state vital records office in Madison is possible with advance appointments at particular hours and on particular days, for one hour time blocks. Contact the office for complete information on this procedure before traveling to Madison. Some records are not accessible. What makes this convenient is that if your ancestors relocated like mine did, this might very well be "one-stop-shopping" without having to tour half of the state of Wisconsin! 
IF YOU KNOW THE DATE (within 2 years), they will mail you a copy of birth, death, marriage or divorce records.  Go to the following link, and there are forms you can download, print & mail.  The current fees are $20 for birth, death, marriage & divorce.

State of Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services
Division of Health
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 309
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-0309
Tele: 608.266.1371

Third, LDS Family History Center has the Pre-1907 Birth, Marriage and Death records on microfilm.  Please visit the "Microfilmed Records" page for the film numbers.
  And, the Wisconsin State Historical Society has just started a program for genealogical research service.  They will research the following Pre-1907 records and, for a fee of $20.00, send you a copy.  Check the website as they have a few indexes, etc. for years after 1907.


Also, please don't forget the options of Volunteer Look-ups, Genie Angels or Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  If you have a specific name and date, these volunteers will do limited look-ups.  Also, when checking for county volunteers, be sure to check DANE county, too as that is where the state library is located.


As you journey through the Menominee website,
you can always return home by clicking on the canoe.