"I have a number of "TREE" members living in Milwaukee whose marriage records have eluded me==the period 1850-1910. I cannot believed they all lived "in sin" !! Also KLEIN, MAY, FUNK. I wonder if there was another county that was "popular" for couples of the period. Need help==thnaks for anything !!!"
DIY hints: Marriage registrations are the most complete of all of Milwaukee's historic vital records collections. There are images of some early Milwaukee marriages and associated paperwork at the Milwaukee Public Library site. The Wisconsin Historical Society website has an online index of Milwaukee marriages recorded at state level. www.wisconsinhistory.org
Those same records are found partially transcribed, but they lost the name of the source at the family search site.
Milwaukee County Register of Deeds has its own collection of marriage records and those indexes and registrations up through 1912-1913 can be found in at least 3 libraries in the Milwaukee area.
Otherwise, Waukegan, Illinois was a popular place for quick marriages. (There's a brief period when the newspapers published lists of Waukegan marriages of Milwaukee residents alongside the lists of Milwaukee Co. registrations.)
Your KLEIN, MAY, FUNK family names are found in "Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950). There are about 650 Klein, 100 Klein, 75 May family entries or references in the growing data.
I haven't done a comparison yet, but I s'pose it's possible that marriages that may have missed being registered are found in the over 4100 marriage cards, announcements or other marriage clippings indexed so far.
Gary Rebholz, originator/compiler/editor
Indexing Milwaukee's German newspapers continuously since 2007... helping family researchers collect evidence of their roots in Milwaukee's historic German-American community.