Obtaining Divorce Certificats

It was voluntary to record Divorce Records prior to October 1907; records previous to Oct. 1907 are scattered. Divorce Records at the Wisconsin Vital Records Office are available only for divorces after October 1, 1907. Additional records might be found at the county level.

Searching for Divorce Certificates

There are a number of divorce indexes available both online and at area facilities. A list of free online divorce indexes is available here. Once you have the information you need, you can order a divorce certficate from Waukesha County Register of Deeds or the Wisconsin Vital Records Office.

Wisconsin Vital Records Office allows in person searching of records. See their site to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Record Searches

If you don't have the information to order a certificate, the Wisconsin Vital Records office will conduct a search for a nominal fee.

Ordering a Death Certificate By Mail

Cost of a divorce certificate is $7.00 Check or money order is acceptable payment Although, money order is preferred. If they don't have the record in their books, the money is kept for the search fee. Otherwise there is no search fee, just the amounts quoted for the records.

For More information see the Waukesha County Website

Wisconsin State Law states that only person named on the record, the immediate family of that person or anyone with written permission from the person named on the record or the person's family may get a "certified" copy of a birth certificate. A "non-certified" copy of a birth certificate is available to anyone who applies.

Application is available at the Department of Public Health website

With your request include as much as you can of the following:
the name on the birth record being requested
date of birth
place of birth (city or county)
father's full name, (last, first, middle)
mothers full name, including her maiden name
your relationship to the individual
the purpose for your request
your daytime telephone number with area code
your mailing address and your signature
Application and payment

Send request to: (Waukesha County Register of Deeds is faster) Register of Deeds Waukesha County Courthouse 1320 Pewaukee Rd Waukesha, WI 53188


Wisconsin Division of Health Vital Records P.O. Box 309 1 West Wilson Street, Rm 158 Madison, WI 53701

Other Sources of Birth Information:
Bible records and other family papers
Court records (wills and administrations)
Census records
Military service and pension records
Newspapers (birth notices, news articles)
Cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions
Church Records
Death Certificate
Marriage License