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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

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Wisconsin

  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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
  • Question: 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

  • Last night La Crosse Police Investigators and Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at 1623 Johnson St. The search warrant was based on a drug investigation into Nathan Kohls (06/26/1991) of La Crosse. Mr. Kohls has an extensive criminal history and currently on an active felony bond and probation. Upon executing the search warrant
    February 27, 2019
    Source: lacrossepd.org
  • La Crosse Police invest considerably in equipment, training and “tools” to help our officers to do their job and keep them safe. An incident this past weekend is a prime example of how these investments pay off. On Saturday night officers went to 1201 5th Ave So. in an attempt to arrest Brett Reismann of
    February 25, 2019
    Source: lacrossepd.org
  • This press release will serve as an update for two incidents that occurred on 01/30/2019. Fatality Crash 2400 Hauser Street: On 01/30/2019 at approximately 7:11AM, Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Hauser Street, reference a car crash. Dispatch advised that employees from Alter Scrap had called saying there was an unoccupied van down
    January 31, 2019
    Source: lacrossepd.org
  • After an extensive investigation, interviews, and consulting with the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office, Anquin St. Junious (DOB 09/14/1979 of La Crosse) has been charged with 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide, Battery, Strangulation, Disorderly Conduct and Threats to Injury for the stabbing incident. On January 2, 2019 at 2:01 am the La Crosse Police received a
    January 08, 2019
    Source: lacrossepd.org
  • A La Crosse area man found himself back in jail hours after La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez lowered his bond from $10,000 cash to $2,500 cash. It only took Jesse Turnmire four hours after bonding out of jail to be back in his cell. Jesse Turnmire, 29, who has a criminal record dating
    December 20, 2018
    Source: lacrossepd.org
  • This past weekend proved to be a busy one for La Crosse Police. Below are a couple of the incidents our Officers addressed. On Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 9:27PM, Officers were dispatched to 3643 Mormon Coulee Road for a car versus pedestrian injury crash. A Ford Taurus driven by Brianna Allen was northbound in
    December 17, 2018
    Source: lacrossepd.org

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 — DeAndre Morgan has been running from the law for over a year. According to court records. He was convicted of armed robbery for his role in a Milwaukee cellphone store robbery in 2015. His case involved the FBI. “There were a couple allegations that he began slipping up on probation. He was eventually arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service,” said the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case. According to the deputy marshal, when Morgan bonded out of federal
    March 15, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals need your help finding a woman that’s been in violation of her parole since 2017. Authorities say more than a decade ago, Betty Carter was found guilty of stabbing a man to death. “Based upon her violent history and her ability of arming herself with knives, she has violent tendencies,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “Our main goal is to apprehend her as quickly as possible.” Carter was paying her debt to society
    March 08, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com
  • MILWAUKEE — It’s a manhunt that’s crossed city limits and gone beyond state lines. For over a year, the US Marshals fugitive task force has been searching for Torrance Harris. “We’re just one step behind him,” the deputy Marshal on the case said. “He’s a dangerous individual. Presumed to be armed and dangerous.” Harris is wanted for conspiracy to distribute dangerous drugs, specifically cocaine and heroin. A federal indictment arrested 11 members of his crew in September 2017. “Torrance is
    March 01, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com
  • MILWAUKEE — A disturbing discovery at 70th and Fiebrantz. Police found a women killed inside a neighborhood home. “According to reports she was found stabbed to death and another male in the house was shot,” the Deputy U.S. Marshal said. The victim was identified by her father as 36-year-old Jamie Wilson. She is survived by her 11-year-old. “I don’t sleep at night. I get up, I walk around at night. I think about my daughter all day,” James Wilson said.
    February 22, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com
  • MILWAUKEE — He vanished without a trace nearly a decade ago — after he failed to comply with the conditions of his parole. Now, U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help in their search for Brian Roby, a man they say should be considered armed and dangerous. “Just trying to put his name out there because we just need to bring this to a conclusion,” said the agent tied to this case. Years have passed. “He may have put
    February 15, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com
  • MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department needs your help tracking down 27-year-old Timmie Crosley. He’s wanted for a disturbing case — police say in November of last year, the suspect shot into the home of his victim while his own son was inside. “He has a tattoo on his shoulder, it says ‘Only God can judge me,'” said Officer Andrew Wagner. “He is considered armed and dangerous.” Police say Crosley is wanted for first-degree recklessly endangering safety. “It’s important that
    February 08, 2019
    Source: fox6now.com

Wisconsin Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Noelani Robinson
    Noelani Robinson, Age Now: 2, Missing: 03/11/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-935-7022.
    March 12, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Teahjah Zolliecoffer
    Teahjah Zolliecoffer, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/02/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    March 12, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: D'montae Ball
    D'montae Ball, Age Now: 16, Missing: 12/27/2018. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    March 05, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Shyla Booth
    Shyla Booth, Age Now: 14, Missing: 02/16/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    February 25, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Dakota Menger
    Dakota Menger, Age Now: 21, Missing: 08/20/1999. Missing From Nekoosa, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Nekoosa Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-421-8701.
    February 22, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Reginald Sexton
    Reginald Sexton, Age Now: 17, Missing: 12/01/2018. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    February 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com

Wisconsin Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

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
    Source: missing.report

Wisconsin Latest Crime Records (Updated 03/20/2019)

  • 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 American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 03/20/2019)

  • Wisconsin's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,724,692 being 1.82 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.6% males and 50.4% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Wisconsin social characteristics data of 2,293,250 households, which make up 1.97 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,469,359 families with and without children. There are 1,490,311 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Wisconsin American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,561,244 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.83 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,073,680 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Wisconsin housing characteristics are collected from 2,635,602 dwellings making up 1.99 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,293,250 or uninhabited 342,352 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,293,250 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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
  • 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
  • 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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