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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.

Societies and Museums Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Find contact information for the local historical societies and museums affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Access Information

Learn how to access the archival collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Oral Histories

Explore this online oral history collection to hear firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors who settled in Wisconsin.

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

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

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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.

Access Information

See fees and registration information for the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD).

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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.

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

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

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Explore this online image collection from one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

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

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About Our Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Features hundreds of digitally reproduced maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals covering all aspects of Wisconsin and American History.

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

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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

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

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About Our Obituaries

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

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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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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