Friday, February 14, 2014

Wisconsin Probates On Line at FamilySearch

As of 13 February 2014, nine Wisconsin counties had probate materials on line at These are all browseable but not searchable. When I say they're indexed, I mean that a handwritten or typed index has been scanned for part or all of them. Please note that FamilySearch's own list of what's on line is inaccurate on several points, including the claim to have Burnett County.

This is a supplement to the syllabus for my 18 February 2014 webinar, "Probate Will Not Be the Death of You," for the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society. Even if you're scared of courthouses or allergic to them, you can learn plenty about probate from browsing these images.

Bayfield County 1874-1919 loose papers, no index

Fond du Lac County 1866-1932 loose papers (incomplete, starts late), index for 1918-1948

Green County 1848-1923 loose papers, no index

Jackson County 1878-1931 loose papers (incomplete, starts late), no index

La Crosse County 1874-1910 loose papers (incomplete, starts late), no index

Outagamie County 1872-1912 will and administration books, indexes 1894-1980

Pepin County, 1900-1935 loose papers (incomplete, starts late), index? 1869-1950

Shawano County, 1861-1933 loose papers, no index

Trempealeau County, 1889-1920 loose papers (incomplete, starts late), no index

Outagamie County is in its own collection, "Wisconsin, Outagamie County Records, 1825-1980 -- Probate." The other eight counties are in the collection "Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948."

Harold Henderson, "Wisconsin Probates On Line at FamilySearch," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 14 February 2014 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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