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Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.

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

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

See an overview of the Society's North American History Collection.

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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Local Government Records

Learn about our local government records holdings and how to access them.

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

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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.

The richest resource about Sen. William Proxmire's life and times. Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.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.

U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes and Plat Maps

Hand-drawn township plat maps and surveyors field notes about tree cover, soils, streams, rock outcroppings, villages, trails and roads from 1833-1866.

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

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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.

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

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

Learn how to access and explore the Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers.

Learn about our Mass Communications History collections and how to access them.

See an overview of the Society's Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

Exquisite examples of significant maps related to New France and French Great Lakes exploration, early maps of Florida and Mexico, later maps of Wisconsin.

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About Our Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.
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