Genealogy and Local History

Ancestry Library Edition - Contains over 11 billion records for genealogy research including census, passenger lists, family trees, city directories, and more. Ancestry Library Edition is only accessible within the library building.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers* - Daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 60 days ago, including the Portage County Gazette, and the Central Wisconsin Sunday. Also includes a small amount of historical newspapers from around Wisconsin. 

Chronicling America - Digital historical American newspapers from 1789-1963 and the U.S. Newspaper Directory which contains information on American newspapers published from 1690 to the present. 

HeritageQuest* - Genealogy records including census, cemeteries, city directories, family history books, military records, and immigration records. Library Edition World Collection* - Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Includes The Gazette (1894-1896, 1907-1922), Stevens Point Journal [Weekly] (1885-1888), and The Wisconsin Lumberman (1863-1866).

Recollection Wisconsin - Historical photos, maps, books, artifacts, and oral histories from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from the Library of Congress - Detailed maps that include streets, sidewalks, railroad, and building descriptions. Stevens Point Maps, Amherst Maps.

Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records - Family history research records from the Wisconsin Historical Society records available on Ancestry.


UWSP Archives Central WI Genealogy Index  - Includes citations for Portage County obituaries, naturalizations, and federal censuses (1850-1880 and 1900); and Waupaca naturalizations.

Stevens Point Pamphlet File Index - More than 1000 files containing newspapers clippings and other ephemera relating to the history of Stevens Point's businesses, people, organizations, buildings, and events.

Portage County Pamphlet File Index - More than 1000 files containing newspapers clippings and other ephemera relating to the history of Portage County's businesses, people, organizations, buildings, and events.

Cemeteries of the Portage County Wisconsin Area - Index by Dr. G.L. Miller that can be searched by name or cemetery.

Obituaries from early Portage County newspapers [The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and the Plover Times (1866 - 1881)]  - From rootsweb and the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society.

Index to the Stevens Point Journal, 1992-November 2005.

Digital Photos, Books and Records

Tattler Yearbooks - Contains Tattler yearbooks from 1909 to 1977, covering Stevens Point High School, Emerson High School, PJ Jacobs High School, and Stevens Point Area Senior High.

Portage County Historical Society Photo Collection

Our county, our story; Portage County, Wisconsin (PDF, 9mb)

History and memories: Portage County, Belmont Township (volume 1, PDF 3mb; volume 2, PDF 6mb)

1876 Portage County, Wisconsin Plat Map (Courtesy of UWSP Archives)

1895 Plat Book of Portage County, Wisconsin

1915 Standard Atlas of Portage County, Wisconsin

Hand-Book of Stevens Point and the Upper Wisconsin (PDF, 2.38mb)

Stevens Point and Portage County Directories, 1889-1921

Portage County Board Minutes - available from 1910 to present

Helpful Websites

Portage County Historical Society - includes the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives.

UWSP Library's Area Research Center - Contains public records, corporate records, personal papers and genealogical sources pertaining to Portage County and eight other counties in central and north central Wisconsin. 

Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society - Resources to assist you in researching your Portage County roots. Includes indexes, digital material, transcribed records, and other helpful information. 

* Access to this resource is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.