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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

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

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.

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

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.

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Local Government Records

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

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

We have over 200 original bird's-eye-view maps of Wisconsin cities and villages dating from the 1860s to the early 1900s.

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

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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.

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 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.

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.

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

Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.
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