Property Records from the 1800s?

Property Records from the 1800s?

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Is it possible to access property records from the 1800s online, and w/out a fee?? I am trying to locate a home that my ancestors lived in in Northwestern Wisconsin during the Mid-Late 1800s/Early 1900s.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.


  1. I have seen very few deeds/ land records online.. which really is a shame. They are among the most valuable documents there are. Your best bet to find land records is using the LDS library and order the films.
    You can occasionally go another route. Depending on the exact year.. are you able to pick them up on the 1900 census? 1880? If there was a good enumerator, there are sometimes notations of an address or location.
    It may help if you post the person(s) and county involved…and someone might be able to find a lead for you. But, overall, my experience is that this is one of those must-work-offline situations.

  2. It might be possible to locate the property records of which you speak without incurring a fee if you know what county the property was in at the time your ancestors lived there. Keep in mind the county that your ancestor lived in could have changed names or have been incorporated into another county over the years as the state grew.

    That being said go to USGenWeb Project at:

    Then go to the county that you need information on. Some counties have more information than others but frequently there are resources for property records.

  3. One of the many problems of genealogy research today is the lack of vision of those keeping records in the past not realizing future generations will have an interest in them and want them on a computer database uploaded to the internet for the masses to view for free. They hand wrote them on paper containing acid, used water based ink, keep them in dark, sometimes damp basements on wooden shelves in court houses made of wood. Then for records prior to 1870 there was that very inconvenient incident called the Civil War or The War of the Rebellion, that those people, without a thought for us today, burned allot of those wooden court houses to the ground. If is wasn’t for the war and other fires and other pesky problems that are still happening, namely floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, we genealogy nutz would be happy campers indeed. Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor when it comes to buildings that keeps records. And there are a few census takers I would gladly go back in time and kick their … for writing only first initials when enumerating. How inconsiderate of them! ; ) ; )
    Ancestry has this database: "Wisconsin Land Records"
    "United States, Bureau of Land Management. Wisconsin Land Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997. Original data: United States, Bureau of Land Management. Wisconsin Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patent and Cadastral Survey Plat Index. General Land Office Automated Records Project."
    Email me the name and I will see what I can find. If nothing…

    Try this website:
    Contact the local Wisconsin Historical or Genealogical society for help

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