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Wisconsin public record laws (WPRL) guarantee the public with access to public records of all levels of state and local government. It was first enacted in 1982. Wisconsin also has laws that allows any person to have access to open session governmental meetings. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council works to ensure that the public has access to meetings and records. There are some exceptions to these laws such as trade secrets, protected education records, attorney-client privilege or if nondisclosure of the record outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Wisconsin was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1848. There are 72 counties and 190 cities and many more villages and towns. Milwaukee is the only city with more than 150,000 people. Wisconsin is often thought of as 'America's Dairyland' even though a greater part of the state's income is from manufacturing. The Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau allows access to criminal history background checks. Search an abundance of Wisconsin public records using the best research sources online. Look up birth, death and and marriage records at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Get interesting facts on the demographics of the state and the history and education of the people. Examine the data on housing and real estate to see what it is like to live in Wisconsin. Request information on conducting a criminal history record check from the Department of Justice. Check the safety of living in Wisconsin by inspecting crime statistics for the state. Learn about the judicial system and search for court case records. See how the county governments operate. There is also a wealth of information on the community services and attractions of each city in the state. See how affordable it is to live in Wisconsin by investigating the income and earnings of its residents. Read about up to date crime reports and news headlines occurring in Wisconsin. Refer to this site often as these sources are updated regularly.

Wisconsin Free Public Records Directory

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Wisconsin Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Wisconsin

  • Q: How do I get a legal description of a home
    By anonymous
    Jul 15, 2016
    Reply:

    Some of the real estate websites show the property's legal description toward the bottom of their listing data. You can find these listings freely online with just a general address web browser query. Depends on the address and how easy the information was available to the listing company.

    By abc123
    Nov 14, 2017

  • Q: How can I find out when and who built my home?
    By Bobbie
    Jun 27, 2017
    Reply:

    You can find out when with a simple address search, sometimes you can get it easier than others. Or you can also request property information from the Wisconsin department of revenue. There's a free and open search, look for the link "Real Estate Transfer Search" (eRETR) webpage. You can find this page on the DOR's webpage with the tab "Businesses". Then follow the link "eRETR​" and the Search Wisconsin property data link thereafter. There will be a tab RETR search which drop down, giving you several search options.

    By AdamWest
    Nov 14, 2017

  • Q: Who owns the property to the North of Konnor Court, Omro, Winnebago County, WI
    By Kat
    Jul 12, 2016
    Reply:

    The Wisconsin department of Revenue provides an open public search of property records and information. From their home page, there will be a box that contains RETR (Real Estate Transfer Return), when you click on that icon or box, you will land on a directory of services, including a section titled "Online Services", you will see a link to " Search Wisconsin property data". You will then land on the "Wisconsin Property Sales Information", among the tabs, the RETR tab will have a drop down menu with search options. The advanced search allows you to choose from 20 criteria options.

    By abc123
    Nov 09, 2017

  • Q: Obituaries from about 15-25 years ago
    By Athena
    Jan 05, 2017
    Reply:

    Do you know which county? I can narrow the search greatly!

    By AdamWest
    Jan 05, 2017

    Reply:

    Yes, it was Marathon county, happened at Eau Claire Dells in Aniwa, WI. I am guessing on the dating, she was such a good friend, and we think it was more like 18-20 years, but we wanted to expand in case we were wrong

    By Athena
    Jan 05, 2017

    Reply:

    I was just wondering how this was going. If you are having problems, The last name might have been something else. If you can't find it under the one I gave you, I am stuck.

    By Athena
    Jan 05, 2017

    Reply:

    Those records are readily available online, on the first page of the serps, I found online obituary publications which allow searches in twenty year increments. You can use a keyword feature to narrow the search as there were more than fifteen pages of results. I searched "Marathon county, WI obituaries" and chose from the top five sources, depending on the information you already have, other sources may work better. I previously searched in a local publication, North Central wis. It shouldn't cost anything, the one I used didn't charge.

    By AdamWest
    Jan 05, 2017

    Reply:

    Thank you

    By Athena
    Jan 05, 2017

  • Q: Was the coyote hunter who shot 2 dogs near Bad Fish Creek ever charged? The incident took place on Feb. 22, 2016
    By Jorja
    Apr 09, 2016
    Reply:

    Since you know the location, you can try the crime mapping or recent arrest roster from the local police department, in this case the Dane county sheriffs department, their site mentions how to search and find out about persons in custody.

    By admn1
    Jun 23, 2016

  • Q: How. can I find divorce records
    By Rose
    Jan 04, 2016
    Reply:

    Search court records, Wisconsin has one of the better online court searches that is freely open to the public. do a search for Wisconsin Court System, Circuit Court Simple Case Access. There's a disclaimer page, thereafter you can search as many times as you'd like.

    By a
    Jun 23, 2016

  • Q: Is there anyway to find out the list of prisoners released from coustody on August 13, 2015?
    By Joseph
    Mar 11, 2016
    Reply:

    There is a general public offenders search on Wisconsin DOC's webpage, free and open public search for anyone to use. There are search criteria at the bottom of the results pages, including the status of the prisoner. The ones with ACS, have been released into community service and shows the dates of release.

    By a1
    Mar 17, 2016

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Wisconsin Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Today, the La Crosse Police Department along with the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office announces that Erik J. Sackett (DOB 11-25-1979) of La Crosse is being charge with First Degree Intentional Homicide as part of the Erin Somvilai investigation. On June 4th La Crosse Police had received a complaint that Erin Somvilai had not
    August 08, 2018
  • On August 4th at about 3:00 pm La Crosse Police responded to a suspicious activity of possible drug dealing in the area of 1931 Victory St. involving a black Cadillac. Responding officers did locate the black Cadillac which was now being driven; however, it had a license plate registered to a Town & Country van. 
    August 06, 2018
  • At 12:18 am on August 5th the La Crosse Police responded to the area of 3rd and Main St for a report of a shooting.  Initial reports from witnesses indicated that a disturbance among several people started in the mid-block of 100 South 3rd.  The people involved began walking north on 3rd St. and shots
    August 06, 2018
  • Last night La Crosse Police Investigators along with the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at 425 Johnson Street.  The main target of this drug investigation was Deante L. House 12-05-85.  Police Investigators were able to complete a controlled drug buy from Mr. House using a confidential police informant. Mr. House was taken into
    March 22, 2018
  • An investigation by the La Crosse Police Department into several burglaries led to the arrest of multiple individuals, the recovery of a large quantity of stolen items, a loaded hand gun, seizure of $7450.00 cash and a wide variety of drugs with an estimated street value of $57,000.00. Over the first couple weeks of the
    January 16, 2018
  • Yesterday (November 14, 2017) at 2:38PM, Neighborhood Resource Officers observed a vehicle with two persons acting suspicious inside.  Upon a closer look, the Officers recognized the vehicle from a previous incident where they arrested Kong Vang. The Officers could see the passenger slouching down, attempting to not be seen. Neighborhood Resource Officers stopped the vehicle
    November 15, 2017

Wisconsin Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals are searching for a known gang member that has violated his parole — 44-year-old Julius Arberry. “He was on the right track it seemed for a while,” said the agent on the case. “He’s a Vice Lord gang member.” U.S. Marshals say Arberry has not been sen since July — after violating the conditions of his probation. Authorities believe his drug addiction has resurfaced. “I’ve actually had interaction with him. He’s a level-headed guy, especially when
    September 14, 2018
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals are searching for 37-year-old Ricardo Ross of Milwaukee — a man they consider armed and dangerous. “If you see him, please don’t try to make contact with him,” the U.S. Marshal told FOX6 News. “The wife says there have been domestic issues in the past.” Ross is accused of disturbing crimes against his spouse. But the allegations of a shooting against her are truly horrifying. “Ricardo Ross is wanted for a shooting that he was involved with on
    September 07, 2018
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals say 31-year-old Kevin Tenner of Milwaukee is wanted for first degree reckless injury. According to investigators, rejection from a romantic relationship nearly turned deadly for the victim. “He has multiple arrests for drugs and firearms in his past,” said the U.S. Marshal on the case. He said Tenner is no stranger to weapons. “Last year, he had a romantic interest in a female. She did not return those interests,” the agent said. Tenner is known for his
    August 31, 2018
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals are looking for a man who has been on the run since April of 2017. He has a concerning criminal history, and his lack of supervision is a danger to the community. “His way of making a living (is) cocaine and he self-admitted that he’s been selling since the age of 15,” the agent on his case said. U.S. Marshals are searching for Larry Lawrence, 27. “Basically Mr. Lawrence likes fast cars and easy money,” said
    August 21, 2018
  • MILWAUKEE — A suspect who is considered armed and dangerous is on the run. U.S. Marshals are turning to the community for help in locating 34-year-old Milton Austin’s whereabouts. Austin is accused of shooting a person trying to sell alcohol on the street. The victim was shot in the left knee and left hand. U.S. Marshals say back in March, a situation escalated in the parking lot of a bar near Appleton and Vienna Avenues. “Milton Austin is wanted for
    August 10, 2018
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals are searching for a man with a history of weapons and narcotics violations. He was on parole for two separate cases when authorities say he vanished in January. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in capturing Christopher Fortenberry. Fortenberry was paying his debt to society, following the conditions of his parole. But Marshals say he absconded from his supervision in January. “Christopher has been on parole for being a felon in possession of a firearm charge,”
    July 27, 2018

Wisconsin Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Honesty Johnson
    Honesty Johnson, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/07/2018. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    September 13, 2018
  • Missing: Serenity Morgan
    Serenity Morgan, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/14/2018. Missing From Butler, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Butler Police Department (wisconsin) 1-262-446-5070.
    September 12, 2018
  • Missing: Rashaad Martin
    Rashaad Martin, Age Now: 13, Missing: 08/23/2018. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    September 05, 2018
  • Missing: Michael Atkins
    Michael Atkins, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/16/2018. Missing From Marshfield, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Marshfield Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-387-4394.
    August 18, 2018
  • Missing: Aubrey Mueller
    Aubrey Mueller, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/31/2018. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-266-4664.
    August 09, 2018
  • Missing: Kallista Budzien
    Kallista Budzien, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/28/2018. Missing From Muskego, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Muskego Police Department (wisconsin) 1-262-679-4130.
    August 06, 2018

Wisconsin Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

  • Pflaum Rd./Monona Dr.MPD officers were dispatched to a report of a subject that was shot in the leg on a Madison Metro bus. A 17 year old male sustained a …
    September 19, 2018
  • East Towne MallThe MPD is warning Green Bay Packers fans to be very careful when buying game tickets on the secondary market. This past weekend bogus tickets were …
    September 19, 2018
  • 3734 Speedway RoadAt 8:54PM, Madison Police responded to a report of an armed robbery that just occurred at the BP gas station at 3734 Speedway Road. The store clerk …
    September 18, 2018
  • 2900 Union St.MPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Union St. reference a residential burglary. Witnesses reported that that the suspect (described …
    September 18, 2018
  • 6700 block Schroeder Rd. Monday afternoon, members of the MPD's Gang Unit and West District Community Police Team arrested a 15-year-old Madison boy in the 6700 block …
    September 18, 2018
  • E. Dayton St. A 16-year-old East High student had contact with a suspicious man in a green van while walking home from school last Friday afternoon. …
    September 18, 2018

Wisconsin Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Michael Bujanowski • Wausau, Wisconsin • 28 Years Old
    February 25, 2017

Wisconsin Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    16,714
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    165
  • Rape:
    1,674
  • Robbery:
    5,066
  • Aggravated Assault:
    9,809
  • Total Property Crime:
    120,238
  • Burglary:
    21,216
  • Larceny Theft:
    89,103
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    9,919

Wisconsin Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    5,686,986
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    5,363,708
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    6%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    323,311
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    5,363,675
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    364,068
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,310,250
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    761,279
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    4,902,067
  • State's black resident population
    359,148
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    54,526
  • State's Asian resident population
    129,234
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    1,827
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    104,317
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    336,056
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    4,738,411
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    86%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    83%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Wisconsin
  • Births
    72,784
  • Deaths
    46,241
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    470
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Wisconsin Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    8%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    442,545
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Wisconsin
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    21 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,587,350
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    266,197
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    12%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $166,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    25%
  • Total number of households
    2,246,512
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Wisconsin Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $26,447
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in Wisconsin
    $49,994
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $203,084
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $36,272
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    3,081,476
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    261,785
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    9%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,595,084
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    163,812
  • People employed by the government
    425,772
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    150,459,333
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    41,851
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    144,081
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    318,541
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    9,247,311
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Wisconsin
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    433,841
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    163,563,195
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    59,996,244
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    72,283,321
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,904
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Wisconsin territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    10,780
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    1,752,532
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    15,190,804
  • Size in square miles of land
    54,310
  • Population per square mile
    105
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