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

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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.

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About Our Obituaries

Explore our physical and digital collections of thousands of Wisconsin obituaries.

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About Our Newspapers

Full Newspapers, Name Index, Local History and Biographical Clippings

Explore our physical and digital collections of newspapers, which is the second largest collection of newspapers in the U.S.

Common questions about the National Register and State Register of Historic Places.

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

These are static lists and may not convey the most current information about a property.

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

Research your ancestors using our physical and digital collections of over 40,000 U.S. and Canadian family histories.

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 80,000 images are available online.

Learn who serves on the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board and when they meet.

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

Explore our collection of paintings, many of which can be viewed online.

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 Civil War Collections

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

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

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About Our Marriage Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 1 million pre-1907 marriage records and see full marriage records on microfilm at the Society's library.

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About Our Cemetery Records

The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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

How to request a preliminary evaluation of National Register eligibility.

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum
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