I recently received a state death certificate without a certificate number. The subject died in 1941. I queried the state vital records office and learned that there were no certificate numbers until 1960. I queried again and learned how the certificates were arranged in folders: "Death records from 1907 to 1941, with the exception of Milwaukee County ending in 1938, are filed by year, then county, then city, village or township, then date of death, then alphabetical order by last name." Looking at examples in EE for probate and tax lists records, I did get some ideas how to proceed but the long list of details for the long list of files seemed clunky and maybe not necessary since I didn't retrieve the document - the vital records staff did that. In any case, here is was I came up with:
Wisconsin State Board of Health, death certificate, no numbering, records arranged by year, then county, then city, village or township, then date of death, then alphabetical order by surname, record for Royal L. Handley (Milwaukee County, Wauwatosa, 10 January 1941); State Vital Records Office, Madison.
Any thoughts are welcome.