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About Wisconsin Open Public Record

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.
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Wisconsin Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Wisconsin Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Wisconsin

  • How do I get a legal description of a home?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I find out when and who built my home?
    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. (Staff)
  • Who owns the property to the North of Konnor Court, Omro, Winnebago County, WI?
    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. (Staff)
  • Was the coyote hunter who shot 2 dogs near Bad Fish Creek ever charged? The incident took place on Feb. 22, 2016?
    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. (Staff)
  • How. can I find divorce records?
    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. (Staff)

Wisconsin Arrest Records


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

  • The La Crosse Police Department is providing additional information in light of the La Crosse District Attorney’s Office completing their review of the officer involved shooting that occurred on August 3rd at 317 9th St. South with Allen C. Kruk (DOB 12-04-1984). The initial call on August 3rd was for a domestic disturbance complaint where
    August 27, 2019
  • La Crosse Police are referring three individuals to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office for criminal charges stemming from a shooting incident that occurred on July 19th, 2019. On July 19, 2019 La Crosse Police were dispatched to the Partners for Excellence School at 901 Caledonia Street at 10:02AM for a report of windows
    August 22, 2019
  • La Crosse Police have arrested Robert Powell IV (DOB 02-06-1991) of La Crosse as the suspect in this past weekend’s shooting incident. In the early morning hours of July 28th at 1:33am, Officers patrolling the downtown area heard a gunshot fired in the area of Who’s On Third, 126 3rd Street North. The initial investigation
    July 30, 2019
  • Last night La Crosse Police investigators and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant on 2755 George St. apartment #8 as part of an ongoing drug investigation into Jack D. Taylor (DOB 03-10-1985) of La Crosse. Mr. Taylor was taken into custody at the time of the search warrant and a search of the residence
    July 25, 2019
  • For the second time this week, the La Crosse Police Drug Unit has made a significant seizure and arrest. On June 5, 2019 members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau (drug unit) as well as the Emergency Response Team conducted a search warrant at 1435 Caledonia Street. As a result of this investigation
    June 06, 2019
  • Last night, June 3, 2019, members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau, along with the Emergency Response Team and Neighborhood Resource Officers, conducted a search warrant at 1116 4th Street South #2. As a result of this search warrant, Lavon D. Liggins (DOB 05/03/1981) was arrested for multiple drug offenses, as well as
    June 04, 2019

Wisconsin Most Wanted and Warrants


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

  • RACINE — A Racine bank was robbed almost a month ago — and the suspect, who is no stranger to law enforcement, is still on the run. The U.S. Marshals and the Racine Police Department are searching for 43-year-old Reno Devore. He is accused of robbing a BMO Harris Bank branch — taking $6,150. “He had his hands in his pockets, he had latex gloves on. But while his hands were in his pockets, the teller thought he had a
    November 08, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — This week’s Wisconsin’s Most Wanted suspect did not have to go far to terrorize his victim. Police say he just went down the hall. But what he’s accused of doing is so heinous, authorities want to catch him before he has another chance to get away. Racine police say a minor was sleeping in her room in a home on the city’s southwest side when she was sexually assaulted.  The suspect was someone she knew. “The U.S. Marshal
    November 01, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals hope you can help find four men with nothing in common but the crimes that put them behind bars. The U.S  Marshals Fugitive Task Force needs your help locating four sex offenders not in compliance with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry. Aaron Isaiah Watts, 30 There are two warrants for his arrest. He’s a lifetime registrant with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry. “He was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child, and it was a
    October 28, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — The police reports are stacking up — leading to 25 charges filed against 42-year-old Antwan Rogers of Milwaukee. 14 of those charges are felonies. 11 are misdemeanors. The common string connecting the crimes is domestic violence. “He’s had a long history with several different women where he’s been abusive towards them,” Andrew Wagner said. Rogers has been on the run since Aug. 2 of this year when he missed court. The latest charges turned his situation from bad to worse.
    October 18, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — Life comes down to the choices we make. The directions we choose to go down. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man who’s going the wrong way. “He has a parole violation with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. Authorities need your help looking for 30-year-old Derek Sanders. He is a convicted sex offender who decided to walk away from a halfway house. “His original charge was
    October 11, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is investigating how an inmate was released in error a few weeks ago. Despite their efforts, the man let go is nowhere to be found “He is out on the streets. He was released in error from the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility,” the deputy marshal said. Federal and local law enforcement are teaming up in the search for 35-year-old Aaron Baker. “Mr. Baker is wanted for two separate warrants at this point. One
    October 04, 2019

Wisconsin Missing Children


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

  • Missing: Tradell Jones
    Tradell Jones, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/13/2019. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    November 07, 2019
  • Missing: Tyneiko Ristow
    Tyneiko Ristow, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/13/2019. Missing From Appleton, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Appleton Police Department (wisconsin) 1-920-832-5500.
    November 06, 2019
  • Missing: Cassandra Garza
    Cassandra Garza, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/30/2019. Missing From Ripon, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Ripon Police Department (wisconsin) 1-920-748-2888.
    November 05, 2019
  • Missing: Madison Bounds
    Madison Bounds, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/22/2019. Missing From Menomonie, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Menomonie Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-232-2198.
    November 05, 2019
  • Missing: Saria House
    Saria House, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/25/2019. Missing From West Allis, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Allis Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-302-8000.
    November 04, 2019
  • Missing: Samuel Koch
    Samuel Koch, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/21/2019. Missing From Plover, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Plover Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-346-1400.
    October 25, 2019

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

Wisconsin Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/13/2019)

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Wisconsin American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 11/13/2019)

  • 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
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Wisconsin
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Wisconsin Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Wisconsin
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Wisconsin
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Wisconsin territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile