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Vernacular Architecture Research Guide : Primary Sources: Local Records

Finding Records

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Population census records

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates (Historical Data)

Industrial/agricultural census records

USDA Census of Agriculture, Historical Census Publications

Housing census records

U.S. Census Bureau, Census of Housing

U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Topics

U.S. Census Bureau, New Residential Construction


Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association
Counties Offering Access to Real Estate Records on the Web

Tax assessment records

Building permits

more information coming soon...

Wisconsin Builders Association, Housing Permits Data

Probates and wills

Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (CCAP)

Court records are available online at Probate records are open to the public. You can check the status of an open case or search the records for a case that has been closed. Every county, except Portage County, has their probate records on computer.


City plans

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NOTE:  Original paper copies for the Sanborn Insurance Company maps for Wisconsin are housed in the Archives Division on the 4th floor of the Wisconsin Historical Society building at 816 State Street.  Hours are 8-5, Monday through Friday, and 9-4 on Saturday.  The Library Catalog does not contain information on what is available.  The scope of the collection of the original paper copies of the Wisconsin Sanborn maps is slightly more limited than that of the microfilm collection, as some of the later revisions are not available in the originals.



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