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About Our Obituaries

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

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 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.

Learn how to access and explore the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

We have over 200 original bird's-eye-view maps of Wisconsin cities and villages dating from the 1860s to the early 1900s.

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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

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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.

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About Our Church Records

See original maps from this Depression-era project that documented Wisconsin's land resources between 1929 and 1949.

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

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

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About Our Death Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 400,000 pre-1907 state-level death records and see full death records on microfilm at the Society's library.

See an overview and learn how to access the state archives and government records.

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

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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.

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 75,000 images are available online.

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