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

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.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

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Explore this online image collection from one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

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 of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives
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