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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.

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 Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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

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

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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

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.

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

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

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

Exquisite examples of significant maps related to New France and French Great Lakes exploration, early maps of Florida and Mexico, later maps of Wisconsin.

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

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

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

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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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.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 richest resource about Sen. William Proxmire's life and times. Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.

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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.

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About Our Death Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 400,000 pre-1907 state-level death records and see full death records on microfilm at the Society's library.

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

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