Washburn Co. WIGenWeb

Vital Records

Birth Indices

Please read before using these indices

The Pre-1907 Vital Records Indices are a compilation of births, marriages and deaths that occurred prior to 01 October 1907.  Before that date, it was not mandatory that these events be recorded or reported to the state or county officials.  Therefore, because this law did not come into effect until 01 October 1907, many of the vital records events (births, marriages and deaths) were never properly recorded.  If you do not find a name within these indices on these pages, it probably was because of this fact.  The indices within these pages are typed exactly as shown in the records on file at the county level.  They have been double checked to ensure transcriptions are accurate.  No attempt has been [nor will be] made to change history by making corrections in spelling or dates.  Several of the records have either question marks (?) or a notation that reads "(unknown)".  These records were either unreadable or not fully reported at the time of recording.  Please keep this in mind when using the indices within these pages.  You will also note there are some names that appear more than once, particularly in the birth index. 

There are several reasons for this, including, but not limited to: 
  • Corrections made to the first record made resulting in two certificates on file for the same person, and/or
  • Unnamed children (either because of stillbirths or indecision on naming a child at the time of reporting the event) resulting in these records being filed under the father's first name with the middle initial being an M or an F to designate the sex of the child. 

Please note that I do not have access to the actual records. If you would like to obtain a record of a person listed here, it is suggested that you print out and fill in a request form and mail it along with the appropriate fee. These forms are available in either PDF or Word format.  Effective as of 27 Oct 2007, birth records are now $20.00 ($3.00 extra is charged for each additional copy of the same record when ordered at the same time), in the form of a check or money order, to the Washburn Co. Register of Deeds Office.  The address for the Washburn Co. ROD office is:

Washburn Co. Register of Deeds
P O Box 607
Shell Lake WI  54871

Now that you know more about these indices and how to order the records obtainable through these indices, take a look to see what you can find:

LOOKUP OFFER:  Contact a helper at here for additional birth index* lookups for the years 1907 through 2001.
 * This is index ONLY data (containing names, dates, volume and page numbers).


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