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Church and Cemetery Records

Sacramental, or church, records sometimes contain information that supplements or parallels information found in civil records, but just as often they contain information that is not available anywhere else. These types of records are of great use to genealogists and family historians. Church records generally include baptismal, marriage, and death records. Some denominations also include records of first communions and confirmations.

Unfortunately, church and cemetery records can be difficult to locate. We do have some listed in our catalog, but most parishes keep their own records, and many have been destroyed in fires.  Some cemetery records are maintained at the cemetery itself, while records of parish-specific cemeteries are usually maintained at the parish office. Records for public cemeteries are usually maintained by the city or county clerk. At a minimum, these records will include the name, date of death, and date of internment of everyone buried there. Other information which may be included in these records includes the date of birth, church affiliation, and family information for the deceased.

Church Records in the ARC

Resources found in our Reading Room and online

Micro 20 Bristol United Methodist Church Bristol 1840-1926
Micro 20 St. John the Divine (Episcopal) Burlington 1900-1953
Micro 19 Cross Lutheran Church Burlington 1884-1923
Micro 20 St. John Evangelical Lutheran Burlington 1858-1929
SC 4 First Congregational Church Kenosha 1850-1880
Mss 57 Ebenezer German Methodist Church Kenosha 1854-1979
Mss 57 Immanuel United Methodist Church Kenosha 1854-1979
Mss 14 Unitarian Universalist Church     Kenosha, Racine 1842-1995
Micro 19 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Racine 1879-1939
Micro 19 Our Savior's Lutheran Church Racine 1896-1920
Micro 19 Trinity United Methodist Church Racine 1858-1941
SC 81 Salem Methodist Church Salem 1879-1950
Mss 67 Somers United Church of Christ (Congregational) Somers 1842-1985
Mss 67 Box 5 Pike Grove Bible Society Somers 1842-1966
Micro 20Mss 67 Somers (Pike Grove) Presbyterian Church Somers 1839-1921
Micro 20Mss 67 Somers & Sylvania Methodist Episcopal Somers 1896-1921
SC 34 Somers Methodist Episcopal Sunday School Somers 1895-1905
SC 56 Liberty Congregational Church. Ladies Aid Society Trevor 1910-1913
SC 89 Yorkville United Presbyterian Church Yorkville,
Racine Series 98 Veteran deaths and burials Racine County 1941-1972



Archdiocese of Milwaukee Archives

The Archives of the Archdiocese maintain the records of closed parishes as well as of the Archdiocese itself. Records of active parishes will be maintained at the parish office, but all records from dissolved parishes will be at the Archdiocese’s Archives. Additionally, the Archives also has parish histories and various other materials relating to the Catholic churches in southeastern Wisconsin.

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