Our Wisconsin genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Wisconsin, as well as help you with other special requests.
Wisconsin State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Wisconsin researchers have access to.
Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives (Madison, Wisconsin)
The Wisconsin Historical Society is known for having the best genealogical archives in the state. In fact, they serve as the state’s archives, the state library, and the American History Library for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of their more notable collections are the Draper Manuscript Collection and the Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society Collection. The Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Collection holds records of about 25% of the 8,500 cemeteries in Wisconsin. The Draper Manuscript Collection consists of 491 volumes of partially indexed letters, genealogical and historical notes, land records, newspaper clippings, and interview notes. These documents focus on the history of the settlement of the old northwest and southwest territories of the United States from the 1740s to 1830. Their archives are also home to the one of the largest collection of newspapers, second only to the Library of Congress.
Wisconsin Area Research Center Network
The Wisconsin Area Research Center Network consists of 14 different genealogy repositories across Wisconsin. Each Area Research Center (ARCs) serves a specific regional area in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Historical Society functions as one of these centers. Historical records that are gathered through this network are generally deposited, organized, and cataloged at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s headquarters in Madison.
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Archives (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
The Milwaukee County Historical Society is best known for their manuscript collection. Some of the subjects here include information on the Civil War, church records, obituaries, biographical information, newspaper clippings, and naturalization indexes. The society is known for their specialty of collecting records on German immigrant families. There are also taxation records from 1839 to 1887, census records that date back to 1836, and coroner’s inquest records dating back to 1873.
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (Madison, Wisconsin)
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society holds genealogical records that date back to some of the earliest Wisconsin families. Other resources here include an index of Green Bay Newspapers that date from 1833 to 1840 and Gospel Herald archives dating from 1846 to 1850. Society members’ pedigree information has been indexed and is held in the society’s archives. Indexes of county histories from the 19th and early 20th century are also found here. Our genealogists have greater accessibility to these resources than most private individuals.
Brown County Library (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
The Brown County Library’s Local History and Genealogy department was first created in 1974. It has grown from 300 volumes to 10,000 volumes, books, atlases, maps, and periodicals. Their microfilm collection includes over 4,000 reels of census, newspapers, county histories, indices, etc. They have federal censuses from all Wisconsin counties from 1820 to 1930, and territorial censuses from 1836, 1838, 1842, 1846, and 1847. They also have archives of all the Brown County newspapers, dating from 1833. Their map collection includes plat maps of Brown County beginning with 1889, and plat maps from other Wisconsin counties.
Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (Madison, Wisconsin)
The Norwegian American Genealogical Center focuses on gathering records of Norwegian-Americans. The collection includes thousands of genealogical books and microfilms. The center contains records of 320,000 names in 1,200 cemeteries, passenger arrival lists from the 1800s, and American church records from 1840 to 1900. Immigration records from certain Norwegian cities are found here as well. These include records of emigrants from Bergen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Trondheim, and Kristiansund.
Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
The Milwaukee Public Library holds an extensive genealogy collection with family folders, research aids, biographies, indexes, obituaries, and newspapers. Many of these articles are devoted to the local history of the region. The library has city directories dating back to the 1840s, and a wide ranging selection of city pamphlets, government publications, political campaign flyers, event programs, and tickets. Another aspect of their local history archives is their Local History Manuscript Collection. This collection contains manuscripts, diaries, and other articles of correspondence. Their Milwaukee Road Archives are the official archives of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific Railroad, a.k.a. the Milwaukee Road. This collection has a complete collection of passenger train timetables from 1886 as well as employee timetables. There are also many historical documents of the railroad’s development and its overall history.
Racine Heritage Museum Research Center Archives (Racine, Wisconsin)
The Racine Heritage Museum’s Research Center works to provide the community with local history information from the 1830s to the present day. They have a variety of articles including cemeteries, federal and territorial censuses, city directories, photos, diaries, and manuscripts. Their collection of military history documents includes information on county residents who served in the Civil War, World War I and World War II. The rest of their military information contains Civil War company histories, World War I participant photographs and World War II participant clippings.
Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Madison, Wisconsin)
The Wisconsin Historical Society is one of the fourteen Archive Reference Centers in Wisconsin and serves the Sauk, Columbia, and Dane counties. The society’s library and archives is also the American History Library for the University of Wisconsin. It functions as an official depository for local, state and federal government publications, and the State Archives as well. Their collection totals at over 4 million items. Their articles document not only Wisconsin history, but also different areas of national history. These include the colonization of America, the Civil Rights Movement, and the history of businesses across the country.
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation, and the list above is simply a small sample of what they can help you with.