Wisconsin Marriage Records

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 How to Find Marriage Records in Wisconsin

Wisconsin marriage records include any documents that detail a specific marriage. A banns in Wisconsin is a marriage announcement that is often found in newspapers and can be sentimental to all those people who were involved in the event. A marriage license is a legal document that gives a party the license to marry one another. After the marriage, a marriage certificate is issued and this is the official Wisconsin marriage record that took place in the legal system. Marriage certificates are perhaps the most highly sought after marriage record because they are needed for so many business purposes.

Searching for marriage records in Wisconsin often begins with the Vital Records Services division of the Wisconsin Department of Health services. It’s on this page that you get a clear picture of the steps you need to take to get an official copy of a marriage license or certificate. Banns are more difficult to obtain and you often need to request them specifically from the agency that created them (for example, a Wisconsin newspaper with archives).

Wisconsin Marriage RecordsWhy Wisconsin Marriage Records?

Much of life’s business is done with a marriage in the picture. A married couple who purchases a house together, starts a joint bank account, or opens a joint health insurance policy will need a copy of their marriage certificate to get all of this important business done. If you lose your first official copy, you can request another one through the Vital Records Services agency.

Third party websites also harbor a large number of marriage records, especially banns that are used to complete genealogy projects. Family history is a fascinating journey back through time that tells the story of your family from as far back as you can find records. Many people are curious about how their family started and although it’s impossible to trace your family origin back to the very beginning, you can go back many generations and enjoy looking at the many marriage records of your family.

Searching For Wisconsin Marriage Records

Most people who need recent marriage records in Wisconsin will search on the government website first because this is the easiest way to obtain a copy of your original marriage certificate directly from its source. Paper copies often have to be sent through these government websites. If you’re looking for a copy merely for curiosity purposes, you can often go to a more extensive marriage record search on a third party website.

Some of these websites have an easy search feature that lets you type in one or two names, state, and county and just like that you have your record. These search results are usually instant and you can click on the search result that most closely matches your query. Websites like VitalChek have been providing these records for years and they allow you to create an account just in case you want to save your search results for perusal later.

A search through your family history is a fascinating glimpse into the origins of your very life. Practical searches for marriage records are just as rewarding because it allows you to take care of important business in your married life. No matter what your reason for search, it’s certain to end in success when you use one of the many resources for these records. Hop on a Wisconsin government website to find more recent marriage records or sign up for a third party site if you’re ready to dig deep into your family’s history. Both will net you a successful search.

2 responses to “Wisconsin Marriage Records

  1. I am trying to locate my great grandfathers marriage license I am now 57 . Did one need a marriage licsence back in the 1800 ? I think he married at 56 to a 25 year old lady I did find his residency in the fifield wi area and he was the father of my grandma and her two brothers in price county any help would be good I did find records in the Great Lake visitor center in Ashland the year and things of this nature thanks randy

    1. These are very old marriage records that we don’t have in our Wisconsin marriage record database. Your best bet would be to contact the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

      How to Request Old Wisconsin Marriage Records

      1. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
      2. Request Marriage Records by online, in person or by mail
      3. Provide the full name and approximate marriage date
      4. Show proof of ID and pay the $20 processing fee

      Wisconsin Department of Health Services Address

      Wisconsin Vital Records Office
      1 West Wilson Street, Room 160
      Madison, WI 53703

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