Wisconsin Historical Society

Resource Description

Local Government Records

Local Government Records | Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society has statutory responsibility to collect, maintain and make available for use permanently valuable records of Wisconsin's local governments, school districts and courts.

Our holdings include the following:

  • Common Council proceedings
  • County and Municipal ordinances and resolutions
  • County Board proceedings
  • Court case files (including criminal, civil, family and divorce cases)
  • Grantor/grantee indexes
  • Land deeds
  • Naturalization records
  • Probate case files
  • School district and school board reports
  • Tax rolls
  • Wills

Access to Local Government Records

Pre-1907 birth, death and marriage records are available in the Society Library and at Area Research Centers.

Most local government collections are physically located at Area Research Centers (ARCs) and not at the Society headquarters building in Madison. Only records for Columbia, Dane, and Sauk Counties, as well as some recent acquisitions from other counties, are housed at the Society headquarters building in Madison. See the counties served by each Area Research Center.

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Have Questions?

Contact the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Reading Room by phone at 608-264-6460 or by sending an email to: