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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives

Remembering the Events from 100 Years Ago

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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 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.

Search digital records on more than 140,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

Access Information

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

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.

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

Search this digital collection of 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.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

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

Use the Wisconsin Name Index to browse obituaries, newspaper clippings and biographical book excerpts.

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

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

Original, meticulously detailed street-level maps for 325 Wisconsin communities, 1883-1930, originally used to determine a property's fire hazard.

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

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.

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

These maps identify local landowners within each Wisconsin county and provide information about cultural and topographical features.
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