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Subject: Re: Marriage, birth, and divorce
Author: daciodan
Date: Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Classification: Query

Wisconsin has state-wide, one-stop shopping for vital records. This comes in handy if you're not sure of the exact location in Wisconsin the event took place. Go here:

I'm not sure what you're looking for, it seems there's enough data from the marriage transcription on (and posted by me above) to research further back. What is the birth certificate going to tell you that you don't already know?

Variations in given and surnames should be expected. It happens with all immigrants. Try searching by wildcarding the name, R*l*r, K*l*r. You can learn about how to use wildcarding by reading in the help section.

It also helps to search siblings with less common given names.

This is the family correct? These census are transcriptions.


Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905

Name: John Roller
Census Date: 1 Jun 1905
Residence County: Racine
Residence state: Wisconsin
Locality: Racine
Birth Location: Wisconsin
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Race: White
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Fred C Roller
Mother's name: Marian Roller
Line: 24
Roll: CSUSAWI1905_25

Household Members:
Name Age
Fred C Roller 59 [b Den]
Marian Roller 55 [b Den]
Walter Roller 24 [b Wisconsin]
John Roller 21
Annie Roller 18
Soffie Roller 30
Chas Roller 17


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: John Kaler
Age: 16
Birth Date: Jan 1884 [error in transcription, reads MAY]
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Home in 1900: Racine Ward 5, Racine, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Fred Kaler
Father's Birthplace: Denmark
Mother's name: Mary Kaler
Mother's Birthplace: Denmark

Household Members:
Name Age
Fred Kaler 54
Mary Kaler 50
Walter Kaler 18
John Kaler 16
Ama Kaler 13
Chas Kaler 12

***There's a good deal of important and useful data in the 1900 Census. Note that the mother has had 7 children and all surviving at this date. There are only 4 listed in the household, that means 3 are out of the household already.
Both parents born in Denmark, married for 26 years, implies abt 1874.

Note the immigration year of both parents, 1872, and the 1st papers (PA) for naturalization have been submitted. This is all anecdotal, according to what was told to the census taker, but good data to guide further back.


Searching other siblings can establish PATTERNS in naming and movement.

Looking at the MALE siblings of John:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Name: Walter Koller
City: Racine
County: Racine
State: Wisconsin
Birth Date: 21 Jul 1881
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1674887

Both his SSD and Wisconsin Death records reflect he used the surname spelling KOLLER.


This appears to be the birth record transcription for your ancestor, John Koller, (, Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926), The birth month and year match the 1900 Census.

Name: T. J. C. Kjoler
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 13 May 1884
Birthplace: Racine, Racine, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Frederick C. Kjoler
Mother's Name: Maron K. Kjoler

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C00325-5
System Origin: Wisconsin-ODM
Source Film Number: 1305147


I found these other marriage records [, Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930] for elder siblings of John Koller, NOTE: they are NOT in the 1900 Census with the rest of the family. NOTE: where they were born, this indicates you'll find more data on the family in Massachusetts. has excellent records for Massachusetts.


Groom's Name: John Ludvig Kjoller* [*NOT YOUR Koller LINE]
Groom's Birthplace: Nexo, Bornholm, Denmark

Bride's Name: Elizabeth Marie Kjoller [YOUR Koller LINE}
Bride's Birthplace: Holyoke, Mass.

Marriage Date: 02 Jun 1900
Marriage Place: Racine, Racine, Wisconsin

Groom's Father's Name: Lars Jacob Kjoller
Groom's Mother's Name: Jensine Karoline Petersen

Bride's Father's Name: Frederik Christian Kjoller
Bride's Mother's Name: Maren Mathiesen Vinkel
Groom's Race: White

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00328-8
System Origin: Wisconsin-EASy
Source Film Number: 1275500
Reference Number: p 488


Groom's Name: Edwin Henshaw Child
Groom's Birthplace: Granville, Ills.

Bride's Name: Sigri Johanne Kjoller
Bride's Birthplace: Holyoak, Mass.

Marriage Date: 28 Aug 1902
Marriage Place: Racine, Racine, Wisconsin

Groom's Father's Name: Archibald I. Child
Groom's Mother's Name: Amanada Henshaw
Bride's Father's Name: Frederik Christ Kjoller
Bride's Mother's Name: Maren Mathiassen Vinkel
Groom's Race: White
Bride's Race: White

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00328-9
System Origin: Wisconsin-EASy
Source Film Number: 1275501
Reference Number: P 42