Welcome to our Archives!
Our Archives contain parish, diocesan and other related records. We have microfiche copies of all of the existing sacramental records (baptisms, marriages, burials, plus some first communions and confirmations) for the Catholic churches of the Green Bay Diocese (most of Northeastern Wisconsin). We stress the word existing because many of the early records are not complete.
There are some membership records for a few parishes. We also have a number of church histories and anniversary booklets. Although the Diocese was formed in 1868, some records go back to the 1830s. Historical material about the diocese and parishes is available to researchers.
What we can search:
We are happy to try to help you with your research! All sacramental records prior to 1920 are available to be searched.
What we cannot search:
Records dating later than 1920 are not open for research.
We do not have any general indexes - automated or otherwise - for the sacramental records. With that in mind...
We cannot respond to requests for general searches. Those would include a request for all records on a certain surname or all records on a certain family within a large timespan or geographic area. For example we cannot respond to a request such as, "Please send me all the information you have on the Smith family who came to Northeastern Wisconsin about 1853..."
We can respond to requests to more specific information such as, "Please search for the baptismal records of the children of John and Mary Smith. Catherine was born about 1863 and Robert was born about 1871. The family was Bohemian and lived near Cooperstown, Manitowoc County." Another example would be, "Please check for the burial records for my great-grandparents, William and Anna Jones. William died between 1881 and 1900, and Anna died after 1910. Anna was born in 1825."
What we need from you:
To facilitate a search, please supply us with approximate dates (within 10 years or so) of the events. If you do not know the dates, you can narrow them down using census records. There are indexes to the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (for households with chidren 10 or younger), 1900, and 1920 Wisconsin federal censuses. Wisconsin also had state censuses taken in 1855, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. All of these census records would be available to Wisconsin residents at either your local library or through inter-library loan. Non-Wisconsin residents can order the indexes and census records through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Centers.
What is the ethnic background of the family? Most families attended the church of their ethnic background rather than the closest church until about 1920.
Where did they live? Again, here you can use the census to help pinpoint a location. Just having the county is usually too general to conduct a search; having a township or area in the county is needed.
Please send the information you do know in the form of a family group sheet, if possible. Be as complete as possible. Please send any additional information that might be helpful in finding the information you are searching for. Be as concise as possible.
Because of the volume of requests we receive, we must limit the time spent on each request to one hour. The fee for research is is $20 per hour or the first five records found (whichever comes first), $.25 per copy and postage. We will let you know the exact charge when we send you the results of the search. Prepayment is not required.
Can you research here yourself?
YES. We encourage you to come in and search the records yourself. The Archives is open to researchers on most Tuesdays(except the FIRST Tuesday of every month) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Some exceptions to these hours may be made by special arrangement. Appointments are necessary because of our limited space and equipment. Please call 920-272-8187 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment:
Send Queries to:
Diocese of Green Bay
P.O. Box 23825
Green Bay WI 54305-3825
or e-mail: email@example.com
The fee to use the resources of the Archives is $10.00 for a half-day (9-12 or 1-4) and $15.00 for all day (closed over the noon hour.)
We are looking forward to helping you find answers to the family history questions you are asking. We are happy to be able to share the information on your ancestors faith lives to further your search. It is our prayer that the depth of their faith will be an encouragement and strength to yours.