Helpful Information

Washington County Wisconsin Genealogy


The marriages, biographies, births, and interesting news articles can be found by going to the marriage pages and clicking on the name. There are also links to indexes and other family pages on the family pages.

There is an obituary section which lists the obituaries or obituary index as I find them. It is not a comprehensive list. There is also links to the available obituary from the cemeteries. There is also more death resources available in the Death and Obituary section.

When referring to a cemetery, please call it by number and name. That helps us identify it easier since there are cemeteries with the same name and I maintain archives for several counties.

All towns are Waukesha County unless otherwise noted.

What happened to the 1890 Census?

A quick way to search

When you are at a page, if you hold the control(ctrl) button and the f button down at the same time, a find box will appear. Type in the surname and click find next. Be sure to try alternate spellings.

How to save information

To copy the information off a page,
1) click and hold your left mouse button and highlight the area you want
to save.
2) Then click on edit/copy from the menu at the top of your screen or click
the ctrl key and the C key (at the same time)
3) Open a file to copy it to
4) Paste the information into the file by going to the Edit Paste menu
at the top of the screen or click the ctrl and V key at the same time.
5) You can then print the info if you wish.

To get a picture, right click on it, click on "save image as" and save it
to a file.

Good luck.

Terms and Abbreviations

b. means born
d. died
m. married
p. in the marriages and births means Parents (if not preceded by a v.)

v. and p. numbers are volume and page number of the vital record at the courthouse.

OSSW in the cemetery means on same stone with

SSDI in the cemetery means Social Security Death Index

Translations of Common Foreign Words found on Tombstones

Land and Deed Terminology

Occupations of Yesteryear

Medical Terms of Old

Old Trivia and Wives' Tales-this section is a collection point for old wives tales and information on how phrases and saying came to be.


If anyone has information on families from Washington county we would be more than happy to incorporate it into the are a plus. They can be scanned and emailed, or photocopied and mailed. The pictures will be put with the family information.


List of Contributors


Can't find what you are looking for?

You can always ask, we have a few volunteers that will do lookups. (p.s. we are always looking for more volunteers if you have the time)

Be sure to be as specific as possible when requesting information. (we are pretty good at puzzles, but we have to have the pieces to start)

The link to the lookup volunteers list is on the bottom of the main page.

How to Order Vital Records

See the page on how and where to get vital records