Thank you for the update. Although I am a bit confused as to the birthdate for "this" Julia. According to the 1930 census, she was born in 1856 in Wisconsin. Certainly, it is possible that the age listed in the 1930 AND 1920 census was incorrect, but this is a 20 year difference. I'm not convinced that this is the "same" Julia.
IF the census info is correct, I found a Julia Ellingson married to an Elling living in Limestone, Jewell Co., Kansas during the 1900 and 1880 census. The 1900 census indicates that she was born in Wisconsin in 1857. They have no children and had been married for approx 27 years. This would place their marriage somewhere around 1873. Considering that I could not locate them in the 1910, but DID find Julia in the Green County Almshouse in 1920 and 1930 could suggest that perhaps her husband Elling died and with NO children...well...
Regardless, you are correct in that you will NOT be able to get copies of her committment papers. I did research for a woman who was adopted and I found that her birth mother and grandmother both died while institutionalized. Even though she WAS a relative, the records were sealed and citing 'privacy issues' the court refused to release them...sigh...
There were many Ellingson families located in Wisconsin during the time you are searching and it was not uncommon to find generations scattered among counties or even states for that matter. If you want to see just how many, use this hyperlink to get to the Wisconsinhistory.org site to see:
(Just cut and paste this into your search bar window.)
Many of the Ellingsons' listed here are most likely related to your families...sorting out which ones is the hard part :-)
If you're going to search in Illinois, here is an excellent resource:
Uncovering the past is truly a labor of love. Please do not get discouraged if you are unable to locate records right away. New records are released every day and you never know what will pop up at some point in the future.
As always, I with you the very best of luck in your continued research.
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