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AAGP: Vital Records

Census records and vital records and how to obtain them.

By searching Ancestry Institutional Edition  and HeritageQuest databases, you have access to online scanned images of all available census records, indexed and searchable by name.

The Milwaukee Public Library does still have print indexes, maps, and microfilm census materials, which are described below.

Census Records

Listed below is the microfilm federal census available at Central Library with over 250 reels. Also, Central Library's Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room has mortality schedule indexes for various states besides Wisconsin as well as other state census indexes.

Census years 1790-1840 list names of heads of household in every state. Census years 1850-1930 list the name of every person in a household. Only fragments of the 1890 census are available because it was destroyed by fire. Starting in 1880, the federal census shows the relationship of each family member to the head of household.

City, County, Town, and Township Index to the 1850 Federal Census Schedules
by J. Carlyle Parker. 317.3 U58C7CI

Index to Federal Census of Wisconsin [microform]. 317.3 U58INM
Indexes 1820-1870 federal censuses of Wisconsin.

In Full Force and Virtue: North Carolina Emancipation Records, 1713-1860
by William L. Byrd III. 929.308996 B995 

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920
by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. 317.3 T498 1987

People of Color: Black Genealogical Records and Abstracts 
From Missouri Sources
 by Teresa Blattner. 929.3 B644

Statistical View of the United States (1854)
Embracing its territory, population--white, free colored, and slave--moral and social condition, industry, property, and revenue; the detailed statistics of cities, towns and counties; being a compendium of the seventh census (1850), to which are added the results of every previous census, beginning with 1790, in comparative tables, with explanatory and illustrative notes, based upon the schedules and other official sources of information by J.D.B. De Bow, superintendent of the United States Census. 317.3 U58C7C

United States Census Key 1850, 1860, 1870 compiled by Leonard H. Smith, Jr.
317.3 U58UN 

It is best to use Ancestry Library Edition for the 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules because Milwaukee Public Library does not have these particular schedules. Remember--most schedules will not provide the names of slaves because they were listed only by their race and age. Only the slave owner names are listed on these schedules.

Vital Records

This section lists books that provide addresses to which you can write to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records and certificates in different states.

The Ancestry Family Historian's Address Book: A Comprehensive List of Local, State, and Federal Agencies and Institutions and Ethnic and Genealogical Organizations
by Juliana Szucs Smith. 929.1025 S653 2003

The State and Province Vital Records Guide by Michael Burgess, Mary A. Burgess, Daryl F. Mallett. 929.1025 B955

State Vital Records Offices

Alabama Alaska Arkansas Arizona
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Iowa Illinois Indiana Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Massachusetts Maryland
Maine Michigan Minnesota Missouri
Mississippi Montana North Carolina North Dakota
Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
Nevada New York Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Virginia Vermont Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming