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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Biographies and
 Name Indexes

  • Ada James papers and correspondence (1915-1918)

  • Aikens, Andrew J. Men of Progress, Wisconsin: A Selected List of Biographical Sketches and Portraits of the Leaders in Business, Professional and Official Life, Together with Short Notes on the History and Character of Wisconsin. Milwaukee: Evening Wisconsin Co., 1897.

  • Aucutt, Donald M. Van Ryn: Architect in Central Wisconsin at Century's Turn.  Central/Northwoods Wisconsin Architectural Museum, 1992.
     
  • Biographical Histories - Wisconsin Biography Project  - An index of biographies found in historical publications statewide.
     
  • Bird, Miriam Y. Town of Milwaukee Families from 1850. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Genealogical Society, 1989.
     
  • The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin ~ 1901 - submitted by Tina Vickery
     
  • The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin ~ 1907 - submitted by Lori Niemuth

  • Brown, Victoria. Uncommon Lives of Common Women: The Missing Half of Wisconsin History. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Women's Network, 2004.

  • Bunny Berigan, Fox Lake's Own
     
  • Byron Paine - Wisconsin Lawyer

  • Cannon, Peter A. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature 1848-1999. Madison, Wisconsin: The Legislative Reference Bureau, 1999.
     
  • Chrysostom Verwyst, Wisconsin Pioneer Missionary - Ancestry.com

     
  • Crow, William L. Wisconsin Lives of National Interest: Sketches of some Prominent People Identified with the History of the Badger State. Appleton, Wisconsin: C.C. Nelson Publishing Co.l, 1937.
     
  • Cyrus Woodman: A Character Sketch, - submitted by Tina Vickery.
     
  • Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, compiler. Sketches of Wisconsin Pioneer Women. Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: W.D. Hoard, n.d. Includes the biographies of many noted women in the stated. Indexed.
     
  • Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1960.
     
  • Dictionary of Wisconsin History. This Dictionary explains more than 8,000 terms (people, places, things, and events) used in writings about Wisconsin history. Included are more than 2,000 brief lives of famous Wisconsin people and many not-so-famous ones.

  • Dow, Wentworth. Civil War Diaries of Wentworth Dow Private, Company E. 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry of Volunteers, (Adams County Rifles). Walnut Creek, California: Gerald Wayne Dow, 1991.

  • A Few Good Men of Wisconsin: Including Biographical Sketches and Early County Histories.  Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins, 1995.
     
  • Grant County, Wisconsin Biographies
     
  • Gregory, John Goadby. Southeastern Wisconsin: A History of Old Milwaukee County. 4 volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1932. Contains historical information in volumes 1-2 and biographical information in volumes 3-4. Index in each volume.
     
  • Gregory, John Goadby. Southwestern Wisconsin: A History of Old Crawford County, 4 volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clark Pub. Co., 1932. Contains historical information in volumes 1-2 and biographical information in volumes 3-4. Index in each volume.
     
  • Geogory, John Goadby. West Central Wisconsin: A History of "Old Carver Tract". (Chippewa County) 4 volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1932. Contains historical information in volumes 1-2 and biographical information in volumes 3-4. Index in each volume.

  • Hamilton, Charles C.  The North Woods Journal of Charles C. Hamilton: An Englishman in Wisconsin's Lumber Camps, 1892-1893. Rudolph, Wisconsin: River City Memoirs, 1992.

  • Jensen, Joan M. Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006.
     
  • John Scott Horner: A Biographical Sketch [WLHN]

  • Kohler, Ruth Miriam De Young. The Story of Wisconsin Women. Kohler, Wisconsin: Committee on Wisconsin Women for the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial, 1948.

  • Korean War Not Forgotten: Stories from Korean War Veterans.  Weston, Wisconsin: D.C. Everest Area Schools, 2003.
     
  • Memoirs of Private Thomas Newton, Co I 6th Wisconsin
     
  • Moranz, John. Men of Achievement in Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: John Moranz Associates, 1946. A source including biographies of successful businessmen of the 20th century. Indexed.
     
  • Nelke, David I.  Columbian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery.... Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1895.
     
  • Nils Fornell, Wisconsin pioneer / edited by Cleora Fornell, Gladys Fornell, Irma Fornell. New York : C. Fornell, c1975.x, 167 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Northwest History and Men of Progress  1901. Ancestry.com. This database contains a history of the Great Northwest with "Northwest" being the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. It also contains biographical sketches and portraits of the more prominent and representative people of those states.
     
  • Notable Men of Wisconsin. Tucson, Arizona: W.C. Cox Co., 1974.

  • Ouimette, Helen E. Country Catalog of Memories: A Childhood on a German-American Farm in the Late 1920's and 30's. Neillsville, Wisconsin: H.E. Ouimette, 1986.
     
  • Patterson, Betty, 1919- Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin : An Index / edited by Betty Patterson. Madison : Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1977-<1987 > v. <1-2 >. A bicentennial project involving certificates given by the Society for proof of an ancestor's settlement within the state. Pioneer certificates were given if the ancestor arrived by 1850. Century certificates were given for ancestors in Wisconsin 100 or more years. Indexed in two sections: settlers and applicants. A third volume was planned for 2001.
     
  • Quaife, Milo Milton.  Wisconsin: Its History and Its People 1634-1924. 4 volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1924. Volumes 1-2 contain historical information. Volumes 3-4 contain biographical sketches. Indexed by volume.
     
  • Reed, Parker McCobb. The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin: History and Biography. Milwaukee: P.M. Reed, 1882.

  • The Reminiscences of Lucien B. Caswell (1827-1919) — Wisconsin pioneer and civic leader
     
  • Rock County, Wisconsin Pioneer Index of Earliest Families through 1870. Welcome to the Pioneers Project Index Page of the Rock County Genealogical Society. Here you can view key information abstracted from the full-text files of Rock Pioneers submitted to the Rock Co., WI Pioneers Project. These full-text files contain much more information, often family group sheets, pedigree charts and photos of those pioneer ancestors submitted by family researchers whose evidence has met the RCGS requirements to establish that their ancestor lived in Rock County in 1870 or before. Check back periodically as the Pioneer Index grows each month.

  • Ship Captain's Biography Index
     
  • Soldiers' and Citizens' Album of Biographical Record (of Wisconsin): Containing Personal Sketches of Army Men and Citizens Prominent in Loyalty of the Union: Also a Chronological and Statistical History of the Civil War and a History of the Grand Army of the Republic: With Portraits of Soldiers and Prominent Citizens. 2 vols. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1993. 19 microfiche.
     
  • Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index. 2 volumes. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. A bicentennial project of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin to index pioneer families arriving by 1850.
     
  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Collections. 31 volumes. Madison, Wisconsin: The Society, 1854-1931. Includes a variety of materials from the early acquisitions of the Society. Biographical sketches, census information, settlements, church records, war information, etc. Volumes 1-20 are indexed in Vol. 21. Volumes 22-31 each contain just one series of records such as a journal or a convention, and are indexed individually.
     
  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin.  Subject Catalog of the Library of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. 23 volumes. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing, 1971. These volumes contain an actual copy of the subject card file for this library.
     
  • The Tragedy of the Civil War; The Slagg Family of Wisconsin
     
  • United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait: Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men: Wisconsin Volume. Chicago: American Biographical Pub., 1877.

  • UW-Stout Veterans Short biographies of known veterans from WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam conflict who attended Stout. University of Wisconsin-Stout, University Library.
     
  • Usher, Ellis B. Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913. 8 volumes. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1914. Volumes 1-3 give the history of Wisconsin. Volumes 4-8 have biographical sketches of prominent people. Indexed in Volume 1.
  • Walden, Blanche L. (Blanche Lea), b. 1892. Pioneer Families Of The Midwest / by Blanche L. Walden. Baltimore : Clearfield Co., 1998. 3 v. in 1 (160 p.) : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.
     
  • Waterstreet, Darlene E. Biography Index to the Wisconsin Blue Books. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Badger Infosearch, 1974. Supplement, 1974-85, 1986. Alphabetical list of the names of anyone having served in the Wisconsin Legislature during the period covered. Sketches then can be checked in the Blue Books. These biographies often give the place of birth as well as other family information. Many ordinary citizens were elected to represent their community.
     
  • Wesson Miller, Wisconsin Methodist Minister - Ancestry.com
     
  • Who's Who in Wisconsin, A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Men and Women of the Commonwealth. Chicago: Larkin, Roosevelt and Larkin, 1947. An alphabetical listing of short sketches on many of the leading men and women in business in the 20th century.
     
  • Wisconsin Attorneys Listed in Graft's Legal Directory 1908 - 09

  • Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary. St. Clair Shores, Michigan: Somerset Publishers, 1999.
     
  • Wisconsin Biography Index and Biography Exchange
     
  • Wisconsin Biographies
     
  • Wisconsin Biographies Project
     
  • The Wisconsin Biography Project
     
  • Wisconsin Genealogy Index.Search for pre-1907 Vital Records (VR), including birth, death, and marriage records as well as for 150,000 Wisconsin Name Index (WNI) records, including biographical sketches, obituaries, and newspaper articles published before 2000.
     
  • Wisconsin Government Officers in 1903
     
  • Wisconsin Historical Society - Wisconsin Name Index  - Search more than 100,000 obituaries, personal sketches, and other short biographies of Wisconsin people.
     
  • Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles  - Historical and biographical articles preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
     
  • Wisconsin Necrology. This index is available as part of the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.
     
  • Wisconsin Necrology. 8 reels. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1846-1958.
     
  • Wisconsin Necrology Index. 4 volumes Ashland, Wisconsin: Northwest Library System, n.d. An index to the Wisconsin Necrology, which is a collection of obituaries, compiled by the State Historical So 4 volumes Ashland, Wisconsin: Northwest Library System, n.d. An index to the Wisconsin Necrology, which is a collection of obituaries, compiled by the State Historical Society. Index Vol. 1 includes 1846-1919; Vol. 2 includes 1921-1932; Vol. 3 includes 1932-1941; and Vol. 4 includes 1941-1944. Each volume is divided into sections covering a short number of years. This requires the checking of several sections in each volume.

  • Wisconsin Pioneer Experience. The Wisconsin Pioneer Experience is a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century.
     
  • Wisconsin School Superintendents and Normal School Principals
     1907

  • WPA Life Histories from Wisconsin  - Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project, 1

  • WPA Life Histories from Wisconsin