Local History @ Your Library
Local History @ Your Library Libraries are great sources for historical records including city directories, atlases and plat maps, vital records, old newspapers, census records, personal narratives, local histories and much more. You can search InfoSoup for local resources or visit your library and ask about their local history collections.
See Also » Local History Digital Collections for a growing list of local and regional history available online.
See Also » Online Newspapers: Historic & Current to find out more about the local, regional, and national newspapers available online.
InfoSoup libraries' vast collection of local history materials, books, maps, newspapers, pamphlet files. For a good overview of materials available try browsing by county or city subject headings:
Try some of these other searches to explore local history resources:
- Cemeteries -- Wisconsin
- Cemetery and Wis
- Registers of Births
- Registers of Births Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Census Enumeration
- Real property - Wisconsin (plat maps)
- United States. Army. Wisconsin
- Wisconsin -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
- Wisconsin -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
- Wisconsin -- Militia.
- School Yearbooks
These InfoSoup libraries have posted local history information on their web sites and/or descriptions of their local history holdings.
- Algoma Public Library
- Appleton Public Library
- Door County Library
- Hortonville Public Library
- Kaukauna Public Library
- (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library
- Oconto Falls Community Library
- Waupaca Area Public Library
U.S. federal census records for Wisconsin counties are also available on microfilm at some InfoSoup libraries, including Algoma, Appleton, Oconto, Shawano, Iola, and Waupaca. Please contact the libraries for more details on specific holdings or check with your local library for more information about locating census records.
A selective index of articles appearing in various Appleton newspapers from 1853 to the present. From the Appleton Public Library.
A selective index of articles appearing in various Kaukauna newspapers from 1880 to the present. From the Kaukauna Public Library.
A partial but continually growing index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. From the Appleton Public Library.
Information on over 500 Fox River area deceased veterans from the War of 1812 to World War I. From the Appleton Public Library.
A name index to four Outagamie County Plat books published between 1889 and 1942. From the Appleton Public Library.
Search for pre-1907 Vital Records (VR), including birth, death, and marriage records as well as for 150,000 Wisconsin Name Index (WNI) records, including biographical sketches, obituaries, and newspaper articles published before 2000. From the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The resource library for public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties features an extensive Wisconsin Collection, including city & county directories, cemetery records, local history books, census records, and more.
The central library in Green Bay has a large collection of local history & genealogy material covering Brown and other northeast Wisconsin counties.
An extensive genealogy and local history collection concentrating on the city of Oshkosh and Winnebago County.
The library version of the popular MyHeritage.com. Provides access to a vast collection of Census records, birth, marriage & death records, immigration and military records, directories, passenger lists, and more, including 3 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni.
Includes census data, family records, local histories, military records and PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index). Library card number may be required from outside a library.
A large collection of over 700 Wisconsin newspapers covering the years 1813 - 2017. Search by name or keyword or browse newspapers by location. Titles available are included in the Wisconsin State Historical Society Wisconsin newspapers available online database. Made available by InfoSoup Libraries. From outside a library, users will need to enter their InfoSoup library card number and PIN.
Organizations, Archives, & Other Libraries
A vast collection of resources and services are available from the State Historical Society in Madison.
Each Area Research Center serves a specific geographic region. The Society maintains a courier service which allows members of the network to borrow collections housed elsewhere for use by their local patrons.
A directory of more than 360 county, local, and specialized historical organizations affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Not sure of the name or region? Try the map search.
Branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City provide access to most of the microfilms and microfiche in the central Family History Library. Find Family History Centers in Wisconsin.
Many counties in Wisconsin provide the ability to order Birth, Death, Marriage, and Real estate records online.