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Explore our physical and digital collections of local and county histories for Wisconsin, the U.S. and Canada.

The Society’s museum collections include 110,000 historical objects and about 500,000 archaeological items that document the history of Wisconsin.

Among the Top Five Institutions for Genealogy Research in the U.S.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast family history collections, which are among the top five for genealogy research in the U.S.

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About Our Birth Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Explore this index of over 1 million pre-1907 state-level birth records to locate full records on microfilm reels.

These consultants are available to help you prepare your National Register of Historic Places nomination.

How to request a preliminary evaluation of National Register eligibility.

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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

Architecture and History Inventory

Tips on finding records for urban, rural and unusual properties

The Wisconsin Archictecture and History Inventory will tell you if your property is listed, individually or contributing to a historic district

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Wisconsin Supplementary Manual

For Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

Find guidance for preparing a typical Wisconsin nomination to the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum

All Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable on our website.

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About Our Census Records

Explore our physical and digital collections of census records for the U.S., Wisconsin, Canada and special U.S. Federal Schedules.

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About Our Civil War Collections

Explore our physical and online collections of Civil War materials including Wisconsin regimental histories, maps, casualty lists, lettters and more.

Explore millions of pre-1907 Wisconsin Vital Records. Copies are also available for purchase.

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About Our Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

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About Our Church Records

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.

Contains digital records on more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

Download the Wisconsin-preferred National Register form.
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