Genealogy: Wisconsin, Library and society resource list

Wisconsin, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning:
  2. Wisconsin Historical Society:
  3. Library & Archives:
  4. Wisconsin State Genealogical Society:

University Archives and Collections (26)

  1. Lawrence University:
  2. Marquette University:
  3. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire:
  4. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay:
  5. University of Wisconsin, La Crosse:
  6. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Archives:
  7. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cooperative Children’s Book Center:
  8. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Health Sciences Libraries:
  9. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Max Kade Institute:
  10. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mills Music Library:
  11. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Special Collections:
  12. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wendt Library:
  13. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee:
  14. University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh:
  15. University of Wisconsin, Parkside:
  16. University of Wisconsin, Platteville:
  17. University of Wisconsin, River Falls:
  18. University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Special Collections:
  19. University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. University Archives:
  20. University of Wisconsin, Stout:
  21. University of Wisconsin, Superior. Lake Superior Maritime Collections:
  22. University of Wisconsin, Whitewater:
  23. Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research:
  24. Wisconsin Historical Society:
  25. Wisconsin Maritime Museum:
  26. Wisconsin Veterans Museum:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (33)

  1. Antigo–Antigo Public Library:
  2. Appleton–Appleton Public Library:
  3. Baldwin–Baldwin Public Library:
  4. Baraboo–Baraboo Public Library:
  5. Beaver Dam–Beaver Dam Community Library:
  6. Beloit–Beloit Public Library:
  7. Berlin–Berlin Public Library:
  8. Chippewa Falls–Chippewa Falls Public Library:
  9. Clinton–Clinton Public Library:
  10. Cudahy–Cudahy Family Public Library:
  11. Darlington–Johnson Public Library — Heritage Room:
  12. Eau Claire–L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library:
  13. Edgerton–Edgerton Public Library:
  14. Elkhorn–Matheson Memorial Library:
  15. Evansville–Eager Free Public Library:
  16. Fond du Lac–Fond du Lac Public Library:
  17. Fort Atkinson–Dwight Foster Public Library:
  18. Green Bay–Brown County Library:
  19. Hartford–Hartford Public Library — History Room:
  20. Hayward–Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Native American Collection:
  21. Janesville–Hedberg Public Library, Janesville Room:
  22. La Crosse–La Crosse Public Library:
  23. Lakewood–Lakes County Public Library:
  24. Madison–Madison Public Library:
  25. Manawa–Sturm Memorial Library:
  26. Manitowoc–Manitowoc Public Library:
  27. Marshall–Marshall Community Library:
  28. Marshfield–Marshfield Public Library:
  29. Milton–Milton Public Library:
  30. Milwaukee–Milwaukee Public Library. Great Lakes Marine Collection:
  31. Milwaukee–Milwaukee Public Library. Milwaukee Road Archives:
  32. Orfordville–Orfordville Public Library:
  33. Wausau–Orfordville Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (9)

  1. Archdiocese of Milwaukee:
  2. Diocese of Green Bay:
  3. Dodge/Jefferson Genealogical Society:
  4. Irish Music Archives:
  5. Milwaukee County Historical Society:
  6. Milwaukee Public Museum:
  7. Rock County Genealogical Society Library:
  8. Wisconsin Maritime Museum:
  9. Wisconsin Veterans Museum:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Badger Link – Wisconsin’s Connection to the World of Information:

This site provides Wisconsin’s residents with access to articles from thousands of newspaper and periodical titles, image files, and other reference materials through two licensed databases, EBSCO and ProQuest. WISCAT, the online catalog of WI library holdings, is also provided to all users.

Digital Library Collections (10)

  1. University of Wisconsin, Digital Collections:
  2. UWDC Center
  3. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Murphy Library, Digitized Resources Provided by Murphy Library:
  4. University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Electronic Text & Multimedia Collections:
  5. Digital Collections by Subject
  6. University of Wisconsin-Madison and State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Electronic Reader:
  7. Great Lakes Maritime History:
  8. State of Wisconsin Collection:
  9. Wisconsin Heritage Online:
  10. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections: