Register of Deeds announces changes to vital records

Sheboygan County Register of Deeds Ellen R. Schleicher has announced effective Jan. 1, 2017, residents may no longer have to travel to other counties to obtain their vital records.

Vital record events include: birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.

Currently, residents have to travel to the county in which the event occurred, order by mail, or order online with a credit card to receive their records.

The ability to obtain these records will ultimately be easier than ever. With new technology and a statewide data base, this longtime vision of the Register of Deeds office will become a reality.

For events occurring in the state of Wisconsin, residents may be able to walk into any Wisconsin Register of Deeds office to pick vital records.

At the onset in 2017, there will be limitations since not all of the records will be in the state data base.

Births from 1994, deaths from Sept. 1, 2013 and marriages from May 18, 2015 to present will be available statewide.

Older records will become available as the State Vital Records Office completes back scanning and indexing projects.

Schleicher wants to emphasis that not all records will be available at the implementation of this service. It may take a few years for every vital record to be available statewide, but the Register of Deeds office is working hard towards that goal.

Schleicher advises residents to call ahead to inquire about the records available prior to coming to the office.

For more information, contact the Sheboygan County Register of Deeds at 920-459-3872.

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