About this project
This database began as a joint project of Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, WI and the Winnefox Library System. Other libraries in Waushara County (Coloma Public Library, Hancock Public LIbrary, Leon-Saxeville Township Library in Pine River, Plainfield Public Library, Poy Sippi Public Library, Redgranite Public Library and Wautoma Public Library) also wanted to contribute to the database, so the Waushara County Obituary Database was conceived.
Newspapers were read and names and dates recorded. While every attempt has been made to index accurately, there is a possibility of error in transcription, database entry or on the part of the newspaper.
For all time periods be aware that there is no legal requirement for records to be printed in the newspaper. There may be other sources for information including the county seat, local municipal records.
During this time period, an obituary for a woman was sometimes listed under her husband's name only. So an obituary for "Jane Smith" may actually appear only as "Mrs John Smith" and needs to be searched with the last name "Smith" and the first name "Mrs".
Occasionally, obituaries use initials rather than the person's name spelled out. The obituary may be listed under "G. Smith" rather than "George Smith". This would need to be searched using the last name "Smith" and the letter "G" as the first name.
Capitalization is not required. Names may be typed in either upper or lower case.
If you are uncertain of the exact name or spelling, type in as much of the name as you know. For example, type dicken for the last name if you do know if the name is dickenson or dickensen.
Results will find matches in the deceased person's name, or in the names of the spouses of the deceased. Results are displayed alphabetically by name and include all variations of the name you enter. If you enter "smith" you will see results displayed alphabetically as "Coppersmith, Goldsmith, Hammersmith, Hoffsmith" and then "Smith." If you enter "lee" as the last name, you will see "Bleecker, Colee, Conlee, Decleene, Fleener, Gleed, Killeen, Kirkfleet, Kleeber, Kleeman, Klees" and then "Lee." This search result format does allow genealogists to search for name and spelling variations.
No attempt has been made to cross index or correct misspellings in the newspaper's printing. There is no legal requirement for obituaries to be printed in the newspaper so there may not be any information published even if you have an exact name to search.
Requesting Copies of Obituaries
Please submit requests via email, providing as much information as possible about the subject of the obituary (full name, date of death if known, etc.), and also include your mailing address. The library charges for postage, paper ($.15 per page), and searching ($5 per half hour, which typically is enough time for 2 obits). The library will send a photocopy of the obituary when they find it, along with an invoice. Requests will be filled as time and volunteer availability permits.
To obtain help, report problems or make suggestions, please email us.
Return to the Waushara County Obituary Search Page
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