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. Until further notice, Ancestry will be available AT HOME for library cardholders.

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.