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The Society’s museum collections include 110,000 historical objects and about 500,000 archaeological items that document the history of Wisconsin.

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.

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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.

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 80,000 images are available online.

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About Our Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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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.

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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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.

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

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

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

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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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About Our Immigration Records

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

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

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

The Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory will tell you if your property is listed, individually or contributing to a historic district.

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About Our Obituaries

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

Common questions about the National Register and State Register of Historic Places.

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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.
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