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Diocesan Archives

The Diocesan Archives manage the historical records and data of the Diocese, and provide research services to the offices and departments of the Diocesan Curia and the parishes of the Diocese.  The Archives also coordinate the collection and filming of parish sacramental registries, and the requests for personal and/or genealogical records.

 

All parish registries prior to the year 1960 have been filmed.  Genealogical searches presently are restricted to the pre-1935 time period.  For records after the year 1935, application must be made to the respective parish for an official certificate.  In compliance with current privacy restrictions and legislation, only the person named in the record, or the parent of a minor child named in the record, may request/obtain an official certificate of his/her record.  In the case of parishes which have closed, both pre-1935 genealogical requests and requests for personal certificates must be directed to the Diocesan Archives.

 

Genealogical requests should be submitted in writing, either by regular mail or by downloading and utilizing the Research Request Form.  Requests will be processed, as time permits, in the order in which they are received.  Please review the "Policies for Records/Genealogical Searches" on page 2 of the Research Request Form before submitting your request. 

 

Click here to download the Research Request Form

 

Personal genealogical research may be conducted in the Research Room of the Archives, utilizing microfiche copies of early parish records.  The Research Room is available by appointment only.  Appointments may be made by calling (608) 791-0162 or by e-mail to archives@diolc.org.  When making an appointment, please indicate the church/place you wish to research in order to ensure that the desired records/microfiche films are not already reserved.

 

The following list of Catholic Churches in the Diocese of La Crosse indicates the year in which the records of birth, marriage and death begin for the respective parishes or missions. 

 

City/Town, Parish Births Marriages Deaths
La Crosse Deanery      
La Crosse, St. Joseph Cathedral 1870 1870 1870
La Crosse, Blessed Sacrament 1938 1938 1938
La Crosse, Holy Cross 1885 1887 1888
La Crosse, Holy Trinity 1888 1888 1888
La Crosse, St. James the Less 1887 1887 1887
La Crosse, St. John the Baptist 1887 1888 1888
La Crosse, St. Mary 1856 1860 1869
La Crosse, St. Wenceslaus 1873 1873 1873
La Crosse, St. Thomas More 1947 1948 1947
Bangor, St. Mary 1914 1919 1918
Coon Valley, St. Mary 1948 1948 1944
De Soto, Sacred Heart  1956 1958 1958
Genoa, St. Charles Borromeo 1872 1875 1875
Middle Ridge, St. Peter 1872 1872 1874
Onalaska, St. Patrick 1949 1949 1949
St. Joseph Ridge, St. Joseph 1866 1866 1866
       
Arcadia Deanery      
Arcadia/Glencoe, OLPH/St. Joseph 1867 1867 1867
Arcadia, St. Stanislaus Kostka 1912 1912 1912
Alma/BuffaloCity, St. Lawrence/Anne 1867 1867 1867
Ettrick, St. Bridget 1869 1950 1950
Fountain City, Immac. Conception 1863 1863 1864
Galesville, St. Mary 1869 1922 1922
Independence, SS. Peter & Paul 1875 1875 1875
North Creek, St. Michael 1875 1875 1875
Pine Creek, Sacred Heart 1866 1866 1869
Trempealeau, St. Bartholomew 1869 1871 1874
Waumandee, St. Boniface 1867 1868 1865
Whitehall, St. John 1948 1949 1949
       
Chippewa Falls Deanery      
Chippewa Falls, Notre Dame 1859 1859 1863
Chippewa Falls, Holy Ghost 1886 1886 1886
Chippewa Falls, St. Charles  1885 1885 1885
Arnold/Holcombe, St.Louis/St.Joseph 1905 1906 1907
Bloomer, St. Paul 1869 1884 1884
Boyd, St. Joseph 1883 1883 1883
Cadott, St. Rose of Lima 1883 1883 1883
Cooks Valley, St. John the Baptist 1905 1905 1908
Cornell, Holy Cross 1915 1916 1918
Edson, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1914 1914 1914
Huron, St. Mary 1928 1966 1932
Jim Falls, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1897 1904 1918
New Auburn, St. Jude 1961 1962 1961
Stanley, St. Mary 1900 1900 1900
Stanley, St. Anne 1910 1910 1910
Stanley, Holy Family 1967 1944 1941
Springfield, St. Bridget 1883 1889 1886
Tilden, St. Peter 1869 1869 1869
Wilson, St. Peter 1923 1923 1927
       
Durand Deanery      
Durand, St. Mary’s Assumption 1877 1878 1877
Arkansaw, St. Joseph 1913 1914 1892
Big River, Nativity of the B.V.M. 1872 1872 1863
Clayfield, Our Lady of Perp. Help 1946 1924 1923
Eau Galle, St. Henry 1869 1869 1869
Ellsworth, St. Francis 1900 1900 1900
Elmwood/Farm Hill, S.H./St.Nicholas 1913 1914 1918
Lima, Holy Rosary 1877 1877 1902
Lost Creek, Immaculate Conception 1883 1883 --
Menomonie, St. Joseph 1876 1876 1876
Mondovi/Canton, S.H./St. Patrick 1881 1881 1881
Pepin, St. Brendan 1949 -- --
Plum City, St. John the Baptist 1885 1886 1886
Prescott, St. Joseph 1899 1900 1899
Spring Valley/El Paso, S.H./S.Joseph 1887 1888 1896
       
Eau Claire Deanery      
Eau Claire, St. Patrick 1865 1866 1865
Eau Claire, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1875 1875 1876
Eau Claire, Immaculate Conception 1945 1946 1946
Eau Claire, St. James the Greater 1948 1949 1949
Eau Claire, St. Olaf 1952 1953 1952
Altoona/Brackett, S.Mary/H.G.Angels 1904 1908 1906
Augusta, St. Anthony de Padua 1907 1907 1907
Elk Mound, St. Joseph 1905 1905 1905
Rock Falls, St. Joseph 1908 1912 1913
       
Marshfield Deanery      
Marshfield, St. John the Baptist 1877 1878 1889
Marshfield, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1916 1917 1917
Marshfield, Our Lady of Peace 1947 1947 1947
Auburndale, Nativity of the B.V.M. 1883 1883 1883
Bakerville, Corpus Christi 1887 1888 1890
Blenker, St. Kilian 1888 1888 1889
Hewitt, St. Michael 1888 1888 1891
McMillan, St. Adalbert 1964 1965 1963
Milladore, St. Wenceslaus 1886 1886 1886
Rozellville, St. Andrew 1886 1886 1887
Spencer, Christ the King 1938 1939 1939
Stratford, St. Joseph 1886 1892 1892
       
Prairie du Chien Deanery      
Prairie du Chien, St. Gabriel 1839 1840 1840
Prairie du Chien, St. John 1892 1892 1891
Eastman, St. Wenceslaus 1885 1892 1891
Gays Mills, St. Mary 1911 1911 1912
Rising Sun, St. James 1859 1859 1860
Rolling Ground, St. Philip 1872 1874 1878
Seneca, St. Patrick 1872 1872 1873
Wauzeka, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1881 1883 1883
       
Richland Center Deanery      
Richland Center, St. Mary 1886 1886 1887
Bear Valley, St. Kilian 1914 1915 1908
Cazenovia, St. Anthony de Padua 1868 1869 1883
Dilly, St. John 1962 1962 1962
Hillsboro, St. Aloysius 1905 1906 1905
Keyesville, St. Mary 1864 1865 1864
Mount Tabor, St. Joseph 1965 1965 1965
Union Center, St. Theresa 1890 1891 1891
Viroqua, Annunciation of the B.V.M. 1947 1947 1948
Wonewoc, St. Jerome 1890 1891 --
       
Stevens Point Deanery      
Stevens Point, St. Stephen 1857 1857 1859
Stevens Point, St. Casimir 1875 1875 1875
Stevens Point, St. Joseph 1886 1887 1888
Stevens Point, St. Peter 1876 1877 1876
Stevens Point, St. Stanislaus 1917 1917 1917
Almond/Heffron, G.Angels/St. John 1904 1904 1905
Amherst, St. James 1873 1888 1906
Buena Vista, St. Martin 1951 1951 1950
Custer, Immaculate Conception 1886 1886 1886
Fancher, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel 1886 1886 1886
Junction City, St. Michael 1883 1883 1883
Lanark, St. Patrick 1890 1891 1890
Mill Creek, St. Bartholomew 1892 1892 1892
Plover, St. Bronislava 1896 1896 1896
Polonia, Sacred Heart 1875 1888 1888
Rosholt, St. Adalbert 1899 1899 1899
Torun, Immaculate Conception 1899 1900 1900
       
Thorp Deanery      
Thorp, St Bernard 1889 1901 1903
Thorp, St. Hedwig 1891 -- 1894
Abbotsford, St. Bernard 1912 1913 1917
Alma Center, Immaculate Conception 1905 1906 1906
Chili, St. Stephen 1912 1912 1951
Colby, St. Mary Help of Christians 1886 1887 1886
Czestochowa, St. Mary 1908 1909 1909
Dorchester, St. Louis 1897 1897 1897
Fairchild, St. John Cantius 1887 1890 1888
Fairview, St. Joseph 1876 1876 1876
Greenwood, Mary Help of Christians 1909 1911 1909
Loyal, St. Anthony 1892 1893 1892
Neillsville, St. Mary 1879 1880 1882
Owen, Holy Rosary 1917 1925 1924
Willard, Holy Family 1908 1919 1918
Withee, Sacred Heart 1919 1913 1912
       
Tomah Deanery (previously Sparta and Mauston deaneries)    
Black River Falls, St. Joseph 1870 1899 1911
Camp Douglas, St. James 1918 1917 1918
Cashton, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1918 1918 1918
Elroy, St. Patrick 1884 1884 1884
Kendall, St. Joseph 1895 1894 1900
Lyndon Station, St. Mary 1877 1873 1922
Mauston, St. Patrick 1864 1866 1901
Necedah, St. Francis of Assisi 1887 1887 1887
New Lisbon, St. Paul 1887 1949 1949
Norwalk, St. Augustine 1904 1904 1903
Pine Hollow, Sts. Peter and Paul 1876 1879 1877
Sparta, St. Patrick 1871 1872 1871
St. Mary’s Ridge, Nativity of the BVM 1866 1866 1866
Summit, St. John the Baptist 1878 1898 1898
Tomah, St. Mary 1867 1871 1871
Wilton, St. John 1895 1892 1900
       
Wausau Deanery      
Wausau, St. Mary, Imm. Conception 1872 1872 1875
Wausau, St. Michael 1888 1890 1888
Wausau, Holy Name of Jesus 1947 1947 1947
Wausau, St. Anne 1950 1950 1950
Wausau, St. James 1905 1905 1905
Athens, St. Anthony 1882 1896 1927
Bevent, St. Ladislaus 1886 1887 1886
Brokaw, Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1910 1911 --
Cassel, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1887 1887 1889
Edgar, St. John the Baptist 1901 1901 1902
Galloway, St. Joseph 1921 1922 1921
Halder, St. Patrick 1913 1914 1914
Hatley, St. Florian 1902 1903 1903
Knowlton, St. Francis Xavier 1918 1918 1918
Marathon, Nativity of the B.V.M. 1863 1863 1863
Milan/Wuerzburg, S.Thomas/S.John 1914 1915 1914
Mosinee, St. Paul 1885 1890 1900
Norrie, St. Francis of Assisi 1899 1901 1899
Peplin, St. John the Baptist 1927 1927 1927
Poniatowski, Holy Family/Holy Trinity 1882 1887 1886
Rothschild, St. Therese 1937 1938 1939
       
Wisconsin Rapids Deanery      
Wisconsin Rapids, SS. Peter & Paul 1857 1857 1860
Wisconsin Rapids, St. Lawrence 1904 1904 1904
Wisconsin Rapids, Queen of Heaven 1948 1947 1950
Adams/Friendship, St.Joseph/St. Leo 1901 1903 1916
Altdorf, St. Joseph 1961 1962 1962
Arpin, St. Francis 1925 1925 1927
Babcock, All Saints 1961 1961 1962
City Point, North American Martyrs 1950 1968 1967
Nekoosa, Sacred Heart of Jesus 1901 1903 1900
Pittsville, St. Joachim 1908 1908 1908
Port Edwards, St. Alexander 1941 1941 1941
Rudolph, St. Philomena/St. Philip 1884 1884 1884
Sigel, Holy Rosary 1904 1904 1904
Vesper, St. James 1919 1919 1937