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Wisconsin County Histories

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This page provides free access to more than 80 standard histories of Wisconsin counties. Most of these volumes are several hundred pages long and include detailed accounts of individual cities, townships and villages, as well as biographical sketches of prominent residents. Most were published between 1850 and 1920.

Every word on their 56,000 pages is searchable, so you can find specific descriptions of people, places, and events. Every volume can be downloaded to your own computer for free as a PDF file (to acquire the PDF when viewing a volume, open the drop-down at the upper left labeled "document description"). Because many of these books are very large, be patient when opening or downloading them. If you need help, use the link at the bottom of every page.


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