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Biographies, Family Histories, and Names

  • Belisle, Earl. Papers, 1975-1990. Genealogies of the Belisle-Dufresne family and the Parent-Mars family, and histories of the early settlers at Somerset (Wis.) and the Apple River Settlement (Range, Polk County, Wis.), compiled by Earl Belisle. The first genealogy is that of Joseph Belisle (b. 1845) and his wife Celina Dufresne of Somerset, Wisconsin, their children, and their ancestors in the province of Quebec including the surnames Germain and Bouin. The Parent-Mars genealogy concerns the French-Canadian ancestors of Marie-Louise Parent (1851-1938) of Somerset, Wisconsin who, in 1872, married Joseph Maher (later Mars). Additionally, there is a history, including genealogies, of the early settlers of Somerset (Wis.), especially Louis and Joseph Parent as well as a history of the French-Canadians who settled in the Apple River Settlement, near Range (Wis.) with family genealogies. Included throughout are reproductions of photographs, maps, and family documents.

  • Griffin, Fern B. Ancestors & Descendants of Howard Norval Griffin & Mabel Lucille Reed, Who Married 10 June 1915 at Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. Shell Lake, Wis: F.B. Griffin, 1984.

  • Linehan, Addie. Manicured Memories. River Falls, Wis: [Addie Linehan], 2006.
  • Saavedra, Dorothea M. A Hanson Family: The De[S]Cendents of Christopher Hanson, 19 August 1853-10 March 1928 & Helene Rygh, 9 February 1850-12 January 1934, Who Emigrated from Modum, Norway to Turtle Lake Township, Barron County, Wisconsin and Clear Lake, Poke [I.E. Polk] County, Wisconsin. Bowie, Md: D.M. Saavedra, 1985.


  • Gross, Marcella, and Mathilda Anderson. Cemetery Inscriptions. 1979. Description: Photocopies of inscriptions copied by Marcella Gross and Mathilda Anderson in 1979 at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Turtle Lake Wis.; St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Amery, Wis.; St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Clayton, Wis.; and St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Clayton, Wis. Name indexes for each cemetery are included.

Census Records and Indexes

Court Records

Deaths and Obituaries


  • R.L. Polk & Co. R.L. Polk & Co.'s City of Superior Directory. Embracing a Complete Alphabetical List of Business Firms and Private Citizens : a Classified List of All Trades, Professions and Pursuits : a Miscellaneous Directory of City and County Officers, Churches, Banks, Secret and Benevolent Societies, Etc. 1900. [St. Paul, Minn.]: R.L. Polk & Co, 1900.

  • R.L. Polk & Co. Polk's Marinette Directory for 1903-1904 Embracing a Complete Alphabetical List of Business Firms and Private Citizens, a Classified List of All Trades, Professions and Pursuits, a Directory of the City and County Officers, Churches, Public and Private Schools, Benevolent, Literary and Other Associations, Banks, Incorporated Institutions, a Street Directory, Etc., Etc. Detroit, Mich: R.L. Polk & Co, 1903.

Ethnic Groups

Forums, Mailing Lists, and Message Boards


  • Belisle, Earl. The Apple River Settlement Range, Polk County, Wisconsin. Minneapolis: E. Belisle, 1988.

  • Ericson, Timothy L. Polk County's First Written History. [Osceola, Wis.]: Polk County Historical Society, 1980.

Land Records

  • Polk County, Wisconsin, Land Records Index. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1981.

Maps, Gazetteers, and Atlases

Military Records

Miscellaneous Materials

  • Blanding, William M. Papers, 1847-1958. Papers of Blanding, a St. Croix Falls, Wis., businessman, land speculator, and local politician. Blanding's business and political correspondence, 1847-1901, financial papers, and land records comprise the bulk of the collection.

Naturalization Records

Newspapers and Periodicals

  • Polk County Genealogy Group (Hudson, Wis.). The Polk County Post. Hudson, Wis: The Group, 1990s.

Photographs, Postcards, Historical Images




Towns and Cities

  • Elkin, Loren. Growing Up in Amery. Polk County, Wis: Lutefisk Press, 1987.

  • McKenney, Lucille Dombrock. History Notes of the Lamar Community; Reminiscing Through the Years, 1840-1967. 1967.

Transportation, Business and Industry

Vital Records

Web Sources