Genealogy Research

Updated: 1/5/2017 12:07:28 PM

ROD Research 

Historical documents maintained in the office and accessible to the general public are listed below:

  • Property Ownership
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Surveys
  • United States Public Land Survey Sections Maps
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Religious Societies
  • The earliest registration dates for the above are as follows:
    • Birth 1860
    • Death 1872
    • Marriage 1846
     

Genealogists must abide by the following rules:

  • Register by providing your name, address, telephone number and general identification of records being searched.
  • Present satisfactory proof of identity to the register.
  • Read the statewide rules and sign an agreement to abide by them.
  • Bring no children under 12 years of age into the office.
  • Bring no food or beverages into the vital records area.
  • Bring no coats, purses, briefcases or bags into the vital records area.
  • Bring no private copy machines, laptop computers or cameras into the vital records area.
  • Refrain from smoking, loud talking, laughing and noise making.
  • Bring only pencils. No pens are allowed into the work area.
  • Make use of paper records only as a last resort to find specified records.
  • Respect prior right of staff to the use of indexes and records to conduct everyday business.
  • Must not write on or otherwise alter, mutilate or destroy a record.
  • Observe rules of access or non-access relative to legally confidential material and paper records that are in poor physical condition.
  • Must not ask staff to perform tasks that are contrary to Statute or administrative rules.
  • Observe office specific rules for the physical handling of books and materials.

For additional genealogy resources, see the  Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association .