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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Background Sources

  • AudioTapes.com - Genealogical Lectures on Cassette Tapes - Wisconsin 
     
  • Beginning Your Family History - 10 Steps to take when you begin to research your family history - Wisconsin Historical Society
     
  • Buenker, John D. The Progressive Era, 1893-1914. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series - vol. 4.
     
  • Current, Richard N. Exploration to Statehood.  Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series - vol. 2.
     
  • Danky, James P. Genealogical Research: An Introduction to the Resources of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986.
      
  • Draper, Lyman Copeland, and Reuben Gold Thwaites, eds. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin: The Society, n.d. (twenty-one volumes, with the last being an every-volume index). The scope of the volumes covers every aspect of Wisconsin's creation, from official documents, census enumeration, and the very earliest baptism and marriage records at Mackinac.
     
  • Glad, Paul W. War, a New Era and Depression, 1914-1940. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series, vol. 5.
     
  • Gregory, John G. Southwestern Wisconsin: A History of Old Crawford County, 4 vols. Chicago: S.J. Clark Pub. Co., 1932.
     
  • Hansen, James L. on Wisconsin in vol. 2 of  Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources,  edited by Kenn Stryker-Rodda. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1983.
     
  • Herrick, Linda M. Wisconsin Genealogical Research. 2d edition. Janesville, Wis.: Origins, 1998.
     
  • Nesbit, Robert C. Urbanization and Industrialization, 1873-1893. Madison:  Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series - vol. 3.
     
  • Nesbit, Robert C. Wisconsin: A History. 2nd edition. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. A concise one-volume history.
     
  • Ryan, Carol Ward. Searching for Your Wisconsin Ancestors in the Wisconsin Libraries. 2nd ed. Green Bay, Wisconsin: Ability Printing, 1988.

  • Ryan, Carol Ward. Searching for Your Wisconsin Ancestors in the Wisconsin Libraries. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 2001.
     
  • Smith, Alice E. From Exploration to Statehood. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series - vol. 1.

  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Genealogical Research: An Introduction to the Resources of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.  Madison, Wisconsin: The Society, 1986.
     
  • Thompson, William F. Continuity and Change, 1940-1965. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series, vol. 6.
     
  • Wilson, Victoria. Genealogist's Guide to ... Grawn, Michigan: Kinseeker Publications, 1987. (to east central Wisconsin; to northeastern Wisconsin; to northwestern Wisconsin; to southeastern Wisconsin; to southwestern Wisconsin; and to west central Wisconsin. Include vital records locations, libraries, genealogical societies, historical societies and museums, newspapers, and books and pamphlets for each county in the region).
     
  • Wisconsin Handbook, 1856. Ancestry.com. Given territorial status in 1836 and granted statehood in 1848, Wisconsin grew in population from 300,000 to 775,000 in just the first ten years as a state. This database is a reprint of a handbook for the state originally published in 1856. It provides descriptions of the public lands, educational opportunities, commercial statistics, and counties in that year. It also includes information regarding the 1855 state census and a comparison with it and the 1850 federal census. For researchers of Wisconsin ancestors, this database can illuminate historical and geographic aspects of the area not commonly known.