It is not a mere field in which the dead are stowed away unknown;
it is a touching and beautiful history,
written in family burial plots,
in mounded graves,
in sculptured and inscribed monuments.
It tells the history of the past--not of its institutions, or its wars, or its ideas,
but of its individual lives--of its men and women and children,
and of its household.
It is silent, but eloquent, it is common, but unique."
Joseph Anderson, as quoted in Mount Moriah by Helen Rezatto
Prior to 1872 the official recording of death information in Milwaukee County was very sporatic. After 1872 records are better but still incomplete. September 30, 1907 state law mandated that all deaths in the state of Wisconsin be recorded. In searching the earlier records you may have to rely on church and cemetery records and land records (sometimes there was a transfer of property at someone's death).
See Also the Military Section for war casualty lists.
Most of the death information I have on this site will be found in the cemetery section. Use the search at the top of the page to find all the pages that contain your family name.
Click here to find cemeteries by name.
Click on a link below to find cemeteries by location:
[ Bayside ] [ Brown Deer Village ] [ Cudahy City ] [ Fox Point Village ] [ Franklin City ] [ Glendale City ] [ Greendale Village ] [ Greenfield City ] [ Hales Corners Village ] [ Milwaukee City ] [ Oak Creek City ] [ River Hills Village ] [ Shorewood Village ] [ St. Francis City ] [ South Milwaukee City ] [ Wauwatosa City ] [ West Allis City ] [ West Milwaukee City ] [ Whitefish Bay Village ]
Cemetery X (burials where the cemetery is not known)
Lost Cemeteries- Cemeteries that have long since disappeared or whose name I am unsure.
People that died in Milwaukee County or have a Milwaukee County Connection but are buried elsewhere.
Milwaukee County Obituaries and Death Noticesindex of death notices and obituares, not only Milwaukee County some listings are linked directly to the obituary/death notice.
Free Online Death Indexes
Milwaukee County Obituaries and Death Notices
St. Stanislaus Death Register Names A-L (Polish Catholic) Submitted by Mary Popovich
St. Stanislaus Death Register Names M-Z (Polish Catholic) Submitted by Mary Popovich
Polish Death Notices-The notices are merged within the obituary and death notices above. I also have a list of all the surnames that appear in the index here.
Pre-1907 Vital Records (Wisconsin Historical Society website link)
Wisconsin Deaths 1959-1979 (offsite link)
Social Security Death Index Approximately 1963-Current (offsite link)
Waukesha Deaths-Many Waukesha families had Roots in Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee Archdioces Catholic Cemetery Database Very good resource for those of the Catholic Denomination
Wisconsin Memorial Park This cemetery is located in the city of Brookfield, Waukesha County. Because of its proximity to Milwaukee County (about 4 blocks west), many Milwaukee residents have been buried here.
Highland Memorial Park This cemetery is located in city of New Berlin, Waukesha County. Because of its proximity to Milwaukee County (about 20 blocks) many Milwaukee residents have been buried here.
Wisconsin Circuit Court Access-This contains more recent probate information.
Researching Death Records
Other Waukesha County Death Resources
We have a number of people willing to do lookups for death records. Be sure to check out the lookups page.
Share Your Death Records
If you have photos of tombstones or have transcribed records (cemetery listings, funeral cards, death cards, obituaries, death notices, coffin plates, church records etc) you can submit them to me for inclusion on this site. Just email me using the link at the bottom of this page.