|Vital Records are available from two different
places. Same record, same fee...just two different places 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.
|Shawano County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
311 N Main
Shawano, WI 54166
Some Shawano (city) vital records
never recorded at the courthouse, but were recorded at the
Shawano City Hall.
City of Shawano
127 S. Sawyer Street
Shawano, WI 54166
(Note: A complete index of the
records contained at City Hall is also available at the Shawano Family History Center.)
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.
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 trial 6 month 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.