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Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line

Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line

Posted: 1004460320000
Classification: Cemetery
Surnames: Haas, Kawczynski
The Milwaukee Archdiocese has put cemetery information on its web site. You can search by surname and also find the names of others buried in the same plot. It provides information on date of death, date of burial, age, marital status and address at time of death, funeral home, name of cemetery and location of grave.

The site can be found at:

Re: Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line

Posted: 1006728736000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1008395076000
Thanks for the information. So many new records are found online today. People conducting family researech these days are very lucky. The Archdiocese is finally sharing some records without charging. I'm sure many researchers are grateful for this new change. For those who are new to research, many Catholic Cemetery records are also on film for the early years. You can search the films at the Hales Corners Mormon Research facility, without charge. There are many Catholic Cemetery records which have not been filmed. For those, you will have to search for private publications by individual persons. Many of these private cemetery extractions and grave stone recordings are found at the individual parishes, Milwaukee Public Library, Historical Societies and Local History Centers.

Re: Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line (omissions)

Posted: 1015708862000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1413057722000

Thanks to the original posting on this site, I've found a wealth of information on the Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries website (search for Milwaukee Archdiocese website). Important details that show up with many of the older records are address at time of death, marriage status, and a search of "nearby graves" which helps "dig up" even more names and connections!

At this point however, the site does not mention what is NOT listed. For instance, a fire in 1910 destroyed all burial records for Holy Trinity Cemetery (now merged with St. Adalbert's). Founded in 1874, Holy Trinity Cemetery was important for working class German families, and Milwaukee County's south-side German families in general who lived in what was called "Town of Lake," now obsorbed by the C/Milwaukee.

Holy Trinity/St. Adalbert's office was forthcoming with the information on the pre-1910 records when I asked why my
g-grandparents burial was not posted online. I've subsequently sent them copies of death records showing mention of the cemetery, but they aren't posted yet (even though the grave stones are also intact). I've also suggested they mention the fact of the destroyed records in an online disclaimer to help people avoid wasting research time.

I hope the additional information about this great website may help others as well!

Gary Rebholz
Milwaukee, WI>Chicago, IL

Re: Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line (omissions)

Posted: 1015732587000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1093547782000
Gary, you are also very informed and you also taught me something I didn't know about the Trinity records being destroyed! I would suggest for those looking for missing death records: go to the Family History Center in Hales Corners or elsewhere and use the Milwaukee Archdiocese Catholic Church records which are on film up to the year 1920. Most of the Parishes covered by the Milwaukee Archdiocese have been micofilmed and are now stored at the Hales Corners Center. If you live out of town, you may order the parish microfilm you need at thru any Family History Research center for a slight fee. To figure out which film you need go to Family Search on the internet and look under their library catolog. Put in Wisconsin--parishes--Catholic and a listing should come up with a list of microfilms, titles, and everything included within each. These church records will list the death, and place of burial. Happy Hunting--Sue

Re: Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line

Posted: 1018907653000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1052675771000
It should be noted that only 5 of the 20 Catholic Cemeteries located in Milwaukee County are on line. I am the archivist for the Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society and we have copied more that 50% of the cemeteries in the State, which are available. We are affiliated with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Re: Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries On-Line (followup)

Posted: 1021004344000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1132150840000

Regarding my previous posting in this thread about missing burial records prior to 1910 for Holy Trinity Cemetery, I'm happy to follow up with the information that the folks did add my 2 missing records from the documentation I provided.

I sent them photo-copies of the microfilm records for my g-g-grandparents death that also list place of burial. These were not certified State of Wisconsin copies. It took a while, but the records are now posted online at I should mention that in this particular case, the tombstones were intact, and readable, with other recorded family burials nearby. Other situations, in the case of missing or badly eroded tombstones, may not be so easily updated.

Gary Rebholz
Chicago, Illinois
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