Your Guide to Finding Wisconsin Ancestors
Postal Code: WI Abbreviation Wisc.
Books, articles, CD's, Tapes etc.
On the Web.
Handybook for Genealogists (10th or 11th edition) and/or Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) and/or Family Tree Resource Book For Genealogists section on Wisconsin includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources,
Ancestry's Wisconsin Fact Sheet
Oehlerts. Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers 1833-1957. (1958)
Uncapher & Herric. Wisconsin: Its Counties, Townships and Villages.
Wilson. Genealogical Guide to...
Audio-tapes of lectured given at genealogy conferences with the word Wisconsin in the tite.
Family History Library
First, bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the Wisconsin ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Sites with user contributed materials for the various counties in the state:
Visit the websites of these libraries , archives and societies:
The best resource for Wisconsin research is the Wisconsin Historical Society. Their Genealogy Page will get you started and the Library and Archives page will let you discover what they have. Notice there are two catalogs on this site: one for the library and one for the archives. You can search the archive's finding aids, which are fairly detailed descriptions of collections that are found in the archives and often contain personal names. They offer a research service which might meet your needs at a reasonable price. See also the descriptions of holdings at various regional area research centers. Among other resources, naturalization records are kept at the regional area centers. You will want to want to spend quite a bit of time exploring this helpful site.
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society also has a helpful web page. They provide an index to the cemetery readings published in the WSGS Newsletter (names the cemteries, not the inhabitants) and an Index to Wisconsin Delayed and Affidavit Birth Registrations Prior to 1 October 1907 (read the intro, then click the bright blue "here" button at the top of the page to search)
To find local genealogy societies, see the Wisconsin Genealogy Society Directory
In addition to federal census records, there are state census schedules for Wisconsin. The 1880 census can be searched for free at Familysearch.org Find other online census records and more census information at censusfinder.com's Wisconsin links.
There are indexes to several Wisconsin town and county histories available online.
Finally, check out Wisconsin Black Sheep Ancestors
Get Help ...
Leave a query on a Wisconsin county message board or see if one of the volunteers at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: Wisconsin can help you.
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This page last updated March 10, 2008