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Who They Are and How to Join

Do you have an interest in protecting a particular cemetery or type of burial site? Learn why you should apply for the Registry of Interested Persons.

What laws affect home burial? Read this before you create a burial site on private property.

Learn about the state and federal laws that protect burial sites, Native American mounds, and other places where human remains are buried.

Want to know if there might be cemetery or Native American mound group on your property? The Society may have the answer

Who are the Board members and what do they do? Find out here.

Learn about current Wisconsin Historical Society guidelines for the documentation of human burial sites.

For Properties with Human Burial Sites

Do you own a human burial site in Wisconsin? Learn about your rights and responsibilities under state law.

Want to protect a burial site and lower your property taxes at the same time? Find out how.

Learn more about this list of known human burial sites in Wisconsin.

Learn about the procedures for handling publicly-owned or abandoned burial sites.

Learn how this landowner handled the discovery of human remains on her property.

A Guide for Archaeologists

Ensure you are complying with Wisconsin's burial sites laws.

What to do if you notice a human burial site being destroyed or damaged.

Working Within the Boundaries of Cemeteries and Mound Groups

Do you need to disturb a cemetery or mound group? Planning to build, plant, or work in a cemetery or Native American mound group? Read this first.

What to do if You Think a Cemetery is Not Being Properly Maintained

Are you concered about an overgrown or neglected cemetery? Learn what you can do to help.

Read this information before planning a project inside a cemetery or mound group.

What steps should you take to research burial sites prior to conducting a field project? Read more to find out.

What You Can Do

Do you want to know how to protect a human burial site in Wisconsin? Learn several ways to preserve cemeteries and Native American mounds.

Learn how this landowner turned burial sites on his land into an asset.

Don't panic! Stop what you are doing and read this article. The Wisconsin Historical Society can help.
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