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

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

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

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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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Wisconsin Corporations Index

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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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 Cemetery Records

The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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 Obituaries

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

Oral Histories

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

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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.

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

Learn how to access and explore the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

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

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