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Oral Histories

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

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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.

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

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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 Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Features hundreds of digitally reproduced maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals covering all aspects of Wisconsin and American History.

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

All Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable on our website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Government Records

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

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About Our Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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 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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About Our Obituaries

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

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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