Issues of the weekly Wisconsin Valley Leader newspaper, which began publication in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin in 1902, have survived from 1902 to 1918.
To assist genealogists, McMillan Memorial Library and local genealogist Barbara Johnson have compiled an index to birth, marriage and death notices published in the Wisconsin Valley Leader from 1902 to 1906.
From 1907 onward, state law required Wisconsin births, marriages and deaths to be recorded at the Register of Deeds office in the county in which the event occurred. As it is estimated that as many as 50% of births, marriages and deaths prior to 1907 were not recorded at a governmental level, the Wisconsin Valley Leader newspaper index is a valuable alternative source to surviving official records from 1902 to 1906.
Microfilm of the Wisconsin Valley Leader is available for use at the Library or can be borrowed through your local library from the Wisconsin Historical Society (formerly the State Historical Society of Wisconsin). The Library will respond to mail requests for copies of articles from the Wisconsin Valley Leader. Please send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to:
McMillan Memorial Library
490 East Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Donations for Library services are accepted and appreciated, but not required.
An index to pre-1907 births, marriages and death notices published in other South Wood County area newspapers has been compiled by the Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society and is available at the Library. Lookups in this index may be made through the Ask McMillan e-mail reference service or by contacting the Society. Requests for copies of articles must be made by mail with an enclosed SASE.
Last revised January 03, 2003