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

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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 Social Action Collection

See an overview of the Society's Social Action holdings.

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About Reference Maps of Wisconsin

Access approximately 200 modern maps of basic cultural and geographical data about Wisconsin and its history. Perfect for teachers, students.

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

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.

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

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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 Immigration Records

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

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.

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

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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 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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Local Government Records

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