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Local Government Records

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

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

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.

Learn about our Mass Communications History collections and how to access them.

U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes and Plat Maps

Hand-drawn township plat maps and surveyors field notes about tree cover, soils, streams, rock outcroppings, villages, trails and roads from 1833-1866.

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

These maps identify local landowners within each Wisconsin county and provide information about cultural and topographical features.

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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.

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

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

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

Access Information

See fees and registration information for the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD).

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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.

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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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 Wisconsin Name Index

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