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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.

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

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

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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

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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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

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

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

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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.

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

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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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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

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

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

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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.

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 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

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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 Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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