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The society’s mission is to help people discover the excitement of family history; providing leadership to the Wisconsin genealogical community and supporting them through education, communication, advocacy, and development of research materials. It holds two events each year in conjunction with membership meetings. Each event lasts one to two days and features state or national speakers. The quarterly newsletter includes material extracted from original sources. The society also publishes numerous indexes to Wisconsin county histories (see [[Background Sources for Wisconsin]]). The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society purchased the microfilm copies of the pre-1907 vital indexes and records (see [[Wisconsin Vital Records]]), which are held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The society’s mission is to help people discover the excitement of family history; providing leadership to the Wisconsin genealogical community and supporting them through education, communication, advocacy, and development of research materials. It holds two events each year in conjunction with membership meetings. Each event lasts one to two days and features state or national speakers. The quarterly newsletter includes material extracted from original sources. The society also publishes numerous indexes to Wisconsin county histories (see [[Background Sources for Wisconsin]]). The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society purchased the microfilm copies of the pre-1907 vital indexes and records (see [[Wisconsin Vital Records]]), which are held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Revision as of 15:48, 29 April 2010

This entry was originally written by Dawn M. Knauft and Carol L. Maki in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Wisconsin Family History Research series.
History of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Vital Records
Census Records for Wisconsin
Background Sources for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Maps
Wisconsin Land Records
Wisconsin Probate Records
Wisconsin Court Records
Wisconsin Tax Records
Wisconsin Cemetery Records
Wisconsin Church Records
Wisconsin Military Records
Wisconsin Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Wisconsin Naturalization
African Americans of Wisconsin
Wisconsin County Resources
Map of Wisconsin


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Wisconsin Historical Society

(formerly State Historical Society of Wisconsin)
816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706-1488
www.wisconsinhistory.org

Between its archives and library, nearly one-fifth of the entire Wisconsin Historical Society collection, now containing more than one million items, deals with family or local history, making it one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. It is not, however, limited to Wisconsin history. The library attempts to acquire all U.S. and Canadian historical and genealogical materials. Vital records prior to 1907 are on microfilm for the entire state (see Wisconsin Vital Records). Census holdings include all federal censuses for all states. The society has all federal census indexes for Wisconsin and is acquiring some indexes for other states. There is an extensive collection of passenger lists and one of the nation’s largest newspaper collections, national in scope, but predominantly concerning Wisconsin (see Wisconsin Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections, and Wisconsin Maps sections). Books, except for rare editions and pamphlet-size, are on open shelves.

The archives, housed in the Historical Society Building, holds manuscript copies of early state censuses (see Census Records for Wisconsin), sets of land, probate, court, and tax records from many Wisconsin counties and municipalities.

For more detail on the society, see James P. Danky, ed., Genealogical Research: An Introduction to the Resources of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986) and the society’s website. Hours at the library include some evenings, but are also affected by university calendars since the building is on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 5106
Madison, WI 53705
wsgs.wetpaint.com/

The society’s mission is to help people discover the excitement of family history; providing leadership to the Wisconsin genealogical community and supporting them through education, communication, advocacy, and development of research materials. It holds two events each year in conjunction with membership meetings. Each event lasts one to two days and features state or national speakers. The quarterly newsletter includes material extracted from original sources. The society also publishes numerous indexes to Wisconsin county histories (see Background Sources for Wisconsin). The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society purchased the microfilm copies of the pre-1907 vital indexes and records (see Wisconsin Vital Records), which are held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Wisconsin Area Research Center Network

Thirteen area research centers in Wisconsin hold public records transferred by counties, towns, cities, and other local governments and collections of papers and records from private individuals and organizations. The goal of each center is to build comprehensive collections documenting the history of its region. The collections include photographs, newspapers, maps, and family histories. Many of the centers are enhanced by the contributions and volunteer hours of local genealogy groups. Newspaper indexes to vital records, cemetery readings, and original local church records can be located in some of the centers. Centers vary considerably in their collections and, therefore, in their value to genealogists. Archival collections usually located at the Wisconsin Historical Society or at one of the centers may be transferred temporarily within the network to accommodate local researchers (some exceptions apply, particularly for materials heavily used onsite). All archive and manuscript materials at the centers are cataloged centrally online at http://arcat.library.wisc.edu/. Write or call the appropriate center before visiting since hours vary by center, the calendar, staffing, and university schedules. The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives serves Columbia, Dane, and Sauk counties. The other Area Research Centers and the counties they serve are:

History Center and Archives

Northern Great Lakes Center
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806-9339
www.wisconsinnorthwoodshistory.org

Serves Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn counties.

Special Collections Dept.

William D. McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-5010
www.uwec.edu/Library/spcoll/arc.html

Serves Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Rusk, and Taylor counties.

Library-Learning Center

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
www.uwgb.edu/library/dept/spc/arc.html

Serves Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano counties.

Eugene W. Murphy Library

University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
1631 Pine St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
http://perth.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary/Departments/archome.html

Serves Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties.

Milwaukee Urban Archives

Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
2311 E. Hartford Ave., Rm. W250
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Mailing address:
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Golda Meir Library–Archives
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
www.uwm.edu/Library//arch

Serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

Forrest R. Polk Library

University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
www.uwosh.edu/archives

Serves Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, and Winnebago counties.

Wyllie Library/Learning Center

University of Wisconsin–Parkside
900 Wood Rd.
Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
http://oldweb.uwp.edu/information.services/library/archives.htm

Serves Kenosha and Racine counties.

Elton S. Karrmann Library

University of Wisconsin–Platteville
One University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
http://vms.www.uwplatt.edu/~swwis

Serves Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties.

Chalmer Davee Library

University of Wisconsin–River Falls
120 E. Cascade Ave.
River Falls, WI 54022
www.uwrf.edu/library/arc

Serves Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.

James H. Albertson Library

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
http://library.uwsp.edu/depts/archives/archives.htm

Serves Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties.

Library-Learning Center

University of Wisconsin–Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
www.uwstout.edu/lib/arc

Serves Barron, Dunn, and Pepin counties.

Superior Public Library

1530 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880
www.ci.superior.wi.us/library

Serves Douglas County.

Harold W. Anderson Library

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
800 W. Main St.
Whitewater, WI 53190
http://library.uww.edu/services/archserv.htm

Serves Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth counties.

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