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**16,000 More Entries Added to Newspaper Index**
The Monroe County Newspaper index has grown by 16,000 entries, including thousands more from the Monroe County Democrat, Tomah Journal, and Cashton Record. There are more than 231,000 newspaper articles abstracted from Monroe County's newspapers from the 1850s to the 1960s. Go to to begin searching.
**Rural School Census Index Now Available!**
Where did your ancestor go to school? This database is an index of School Censuses filed in Monroe County for rural schools and village schools (note: City of Sparta and Tomah schools are not indexed here) between 1930-1950. Censuses were taken at the end of the school year. Information recorded for "children between 4 and 20 years" in that district includes name, age, date of birth, parent name, address and gender. School information recorded within the form includes school name, district number, township name, key school board members, and any teachers. School Censuses can be a useful tool to learn an individual's birth date, residence, siblings, and custodian when otherwise not available. Currently, five years of censuses are indexed here (1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950). Indexing the censuses continues. Go to to begin searching.

**ORIGINAL 1897 Monroe County Township Maps Available and Suitable for Framing** Own a piece of Monroe County History! A framed map showing your ancestor's property is a great gift idea. Available through our online Gift Shop is a limited number of original 14.5" x 17.5" maps of Monroe County Townships published in 1897 by Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Each map features details such as land owners, villages, communities, residences, churches, town halls, cemeteries, and more. Map paper is aged but definitely suitable for framing. These maps were donated to the LHR to sell as a fundraiser since they duplicate superior examples already in the LHR collection. Money raised from their sale directly supports the Local History Room research library. Learn more at

Jarrod Roll
Monroe County Local History Room
200 West Main St.
Sparta, WI 54656

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