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    Vol. 80, No. 4, April 2007

    Thousands of Wisconsin's historic municipal records and deeds to state lands now are available online through the Secretary of State's Web site.

    "This is the culmination of a several year project to digitize these documents, many of which date back to the founding of our state in 1848," said Secretary of State Doug La Follette. "This is a major step in allowing people everywhere to examine these public documents without traveling to Madison and also protecting the historic records from damage."

    The records consist of municipal documents, including town, village, and city incorporation papers, annexations, charter ordinances, corporate boundaries, litigation and related court records, and maps.  The "deeds" series includes land records pertaining to Wisconsin's parks, forests, and wildlife areas, as well as various state-owned buildings and sites.

    Visit the Secretary of State's site, which also includes a listing of Wisconsin trademarks and trade names.