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. Only available for use within the library.

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. 

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


Digital Photos, Books and Records

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