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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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

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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.

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

Explore our physical and digital collections of census records for the U.S., Wisconsin, Canada and special U.S. Federal Schedules.

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

Learn who serves on the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board and when they meet.

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About Our Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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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.

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.

These consultants are available to help you research historic buildings and archaeological sites.

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

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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

How to request a preliminary evaluation of National Register eligibility.
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