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Monroe County Courthouse Records

Parent County for Monroe County was LaCrosse. County seat is at Sparta 54656

Statewide registrations began in 1907.
Both pre- and post- 1907 are also at:
State Historical Society
816 Madison Street
Madison, WI 53701

War service records are available from:
Office of the Adjutant General
Madison, WI 53702

MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE INFO: Curtesy of [Joan P. Sherburn]: Recording Clerk, Monroe County Register of Deeds Office

Monroe County Clerk
112 S Court Street
Sparta, WI 54656 1764
Tel: (608) 269-8705
Earliest Records:
Births - 1850
Deaths - 1867
Marriages - 1854

Tax and Probate records prior to 1914 are archived here:

Area Research Center
Murphy Library
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
1725 State St.
LaCrosse, WI 54601

Probate records are filed here, however records prior to 1914 are at the Murphy Library (see above)

Monroe County Register in Probate
112 S. Court St.
PO Box 165
Sparta, WI 54656-0165

Vital Records and Land Records are filed here:

Monroe County Register of Deeds
202 S. K St.
PO Box 195
Sparta, WI 54656-0195

The Monroe County Clerk's office is where marriage licenses are purchased. However, they do not have the old ones.

Tax records are kept here, however those prior to 1914 are at the Murphy Library (see above)

Monroe County Treasurer
202 S. K St.
PO Box 222
Sparta, WI 54656-0222

To write for copies of vital records from the Register of Deeds office, the following information is required with a self-addressed #10 envelope:

Name of person on the record
Date of event (birth or death) within a 10 year search span
Place of event
Mother's maiden name
Father's name
Name of groom Maiden/current name of bride (after 1907 the index is listed only under the groom)
Date of event
Place of event

Those requesting copies must sign the letter and state their relationship (if they are the parent, child, sibling or grandparent) to the person on the record. Certified copies can only be given to immediate family members (parents, children, siblings and grandparents). Genealogy copies are non-certified and the copy will have that statement stated across the record.

Copies of birth records are $12.00 each and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record.

Copies of marriage and death records are $7.00 each and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record.

Generally copies are out within a couple days.

Land records searches can be a very time consuming project as our indexes are not on computer. We have to search the old hand written indexes which are in chronological order under the letter of the alphabet. It is very helpful if they have the land description since we can than search the tract index.

The family of [Joan P. Sherburn] has been traced back to the 1700's in Prussia. They homestead this area in the 1860's. Some of her ancestors helped to build the railroad tunnels between Sparta and Elroy. Email [Joan P. Sherburn] for further assistance.

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