Portage Newspapers Obituaries Index
(*) Probate (F) funeral date
The reel numbers refer to the reel numbering system at the Portage library. The reels are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison using a different numbering system.
We have tried to include names from death notices, obituaries and probate legal notices. In the early days there were no obituaries but merely a death notice. Not all deaths are listed in the newspaper so we include the date of the first probate notice only when there is no death notice.
This obituary indexing is a project of the local Portage based Genealogy Researchers group with the help from others in the community. This list is meant as an index but we have included other information as well. The early papers are very hard to read. For example the number three could be the number eight. We have tried to copy names as printed even when we think they are spelled wrong.
The name of the paper changes, starting with the River Times [c1850-1853], the Independent [c1855-1857], the Wisconsin State Register [c1861-1886] and finally the Portage Weekly (Daily) Register [c1886-present].
Thank you to Anna Mae Axness and the Genealogy Researchers group for sharing this information!