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New database allows Wisconsin residents to more easily obtain records

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Gazette staff
Thursday, January 5, 2017

JANESVILLE—A recent change in state statutes will allow Wisconsin residents to more easily obtain public documents.

All Wisconsin register of deeds offices may issue birth, death, marriage and divorce records regardless of the county in which the event occurred, so long as the event occurred in Wisconsin, according to a news release from the Rock County Register of Deeds Office.

This is possible because of a statewide database that allows all offices to access the records, according to the news release.

Not all vital records will be eligible for statewide issuance, according to the news release.

Wisconsin births since 1907; deaths since Sept. 1, 2013; marriages since June 21, 2015; and divorces since Jan. 1, 2016 are available, according to the news release.

For records prior to the above listed dates, individuals would still have to go to the county in which the event took place to obtain the records, Register of Deeds Sandy Disrud said.

The State Vital Records Office is working with local register of deeds offices to load specific records on demand until all historic records are converted, according to the news release.

Disrud advises people with questions to contact the office at 608-757-5650 to receive more information about access to records, according to the news release.



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