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About Our Family History Collections

Family History Collections Overview

Potowatomi family of Tecumsa, 1922. WHI 24375.

The Society is among the top five institutions for genealogy research in the U.S., and offers many resources to help you connect with your past.


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Note: The majority of our Family History resources are not yet online. If you can't find what you are looking for, please let us know or try searching our catalogs to the right.

Core Research Resources

These resources help build the foundation of your family history research.

Published Resources

These resources cover what others have already written about the history of Wisconsin families and counties.

Other Resources

These resources provide additional information to help fill out the stories of your ancestors.

Related Resources

Click on the links below to learn more about these resources. All have online materials for viewing and many more physical materials in the Society's Library and Archives.

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Ask the experts! Contact our helpful Library and Archives staff by phone at 608-264-6535 or by email below to find answers to your questions about family history research.