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

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About Our Obituaries

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

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

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Wisconsin Corporations Index

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Lean how to access incorporation papers and charter documents for thousands of Wisconsin corporations.

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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.

Oral Histories

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

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

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.

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

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

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

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

Explore our collection of paintings, many of which can be viewed online.

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

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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American Indian Language Materials

Follow online links to rare American Indian language primary documents, including early dictionaries, textbooks, spelling books and firsthand accounts.

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

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.

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