Civil Cases and Probate Holdings

Civil Case Files

County Inclusive Dates of Civil Case Files

Indexed in
Genealogy Records Index*

Contact Courthouse
Dodge 1931-1935 (DIVORCE ONLY) Yes For post-1935
Fond du Lac 1844-1976 Some (1965-1976)
(or use index at FamilySearch
it covers 1848-1950)

For Index and Post-1976 cases
Green Lake NONE N/A For all inquiries
Marquette 1840?-1978 Yes  For post-1978
Winnebago 1848-1977 Partial (in progress) For Post-1977


Further Information
Civil case files from Circuit, County and Family Courts can provide detailed information regarding legal disputes involving family members. Civil cases will include, among others, divorces, bankruptcies and contract disputes. Very occasionally, civil courts will hear criminal cases.

In addition to case files: record books, justice of peace records and other miscellaneous court records can be useful to genealogical research. Check the catalog or contact the archives for more information regarding our holdings.



County Inclusive Dates of Probate Case Files

Indexed in
Genealogy Records Index*

Contact RIP
Dodge 1877-1954, 1959-1961

(See .pdf files of index)

For post-1961
Fond du Lac 1848-1899


It's complicated,
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Green Lake NONE N/A For all inquiries
Marquette 1860-1921 Yes  For post-1921
Winnebago 1838-1870 Yes For Post-1870

Further Information
Probate records are very important to family history researchers as they can reveal familial relationships and patterns of wealth. All probate records are created within the court system (probate or county courts) and the most useful of the records are probate records case files. The Wisconsin Historical Society holds many probate case files from the Oshkosh ARC jurisdiction on security microfilm which is not accessible. In these cases you must contact the county Registers in Probate (RIP) for access as they hold user copies. Therefore, with the exception of Marquette and Winnebago County, you must contact the RIP office for copies of probate case files from counties in this ARC jurisdiction

There are many other probate records that are very useful to genealogical research including: summary books, guardianship books, books of wills, etc.. Check the catalog or contact the archives for more information regarding our holdings. 

 *Non-indexed materials are still accessible, contact us for more information or click here to ORDER cases not yet indexed online