Potowatomi family of Tecumsa, 
1922. WHI 24375.

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Family History Collections Overview

The Society is among the top five institutions for genealogy research in the U.S., and offers many resources to help you connect with your past.


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Note: The majority of our Family History resources are not yet online. If you can't find what you are looking for, please let us know or try searching our catalogs to the right.

Published Resources

These resources cover what others have already written about the history of Wisconsin families and counties.

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

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

These resources provide additional information to help fill out the stories of your ancestors.

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.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

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

Search Our Catalogs

Society card catalog, 1901. WHI 57048.

Library Catalog


The Society's library holdings are cataloged in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's library catalog.

Archives Catalog


The Society's archival holdings are cataloged in ArCat.

Finding Aids


These finding aids (registers) describe archival resources held by 19 repositories throughout Wisconsin.

Webinars and Workshops

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Related Resources

Click on the links below to learn more about these resources. All have online materials for viewing and many more physical materials in the Society's Library and Archives.

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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 Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

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

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

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

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Ask the experts! Contact our helpful Library and Archives staff by phone at 608-264-6535 or by email below to find answers to your questions about family history research.