Historical documents maintained in the office and accessible to the general public are listed below.   Note: Only records from Rock County are available in our office.

  Birth Records Earliest Available 1860s
  Marriage Records Earliest Available 1849
  Death Records Earliest Available 1873
  Deeds Earliest Available 1839
  Mortgages Earliest Available 1839
  Surveys Earliest Available 1839
  Religious Societies Earliest Available 1854

Vital Records prior to 1907 are incomplete as it was not a law that Vital Records be recorded until after 1907.

Certain records/date ranges are confidential and will not be viewed, shown or discussed with the public. Non-confidential recent electronic records are only available if purchased. Genealogist copy requests may not be available the same day.

Genealogists must abide by the following rules. A complete list will be provided upon entry to the research area.

Users that violate the rules may be asked to leave the office.

  • Register the following information before entering the vital records area: Name, address, telephone number and general identification of records being searched.
  • Present satisfactory proof of identity to the register.
  • Read the rules and sign an agreement to abide by them.
  • The following are not allowed:
    No food or beverages
    No children under 12
    No private copy machines, cameras or cell phones
    Briefcases, bags, purses, are not allowed. (lockers are available)
  • Only pencils may be used. No pens are allowed.
  • Observe specific office rules for handling of books and materials
  • Up to four persons are allowed in the research area at one time. You may be asked to leave the area if you have been searching for more than two hours to allow others the opportunity to search.
  • If you would like to purchase copies of records for genealogy, please complete an application for an uncertified copy.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays. Appointments are required. Staff assistance is available from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.