Wisconsin Historical Society

Research Your Family History

Find Your Ancestors by Searching Our Family History Resources

Search over 3,000,000 records including: birth, death and marriage record indexes; newspaper clippings; photographs and other visual materials; and property records from National Register and State Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory (AHI).


Search Our Catalogs

Society card catalog, 1901. WHI 57048.

Library Catalog GO

The Society's library and archival holdings are cataloged in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's library catalog.

Finding Aids GO

These finding aids (registers) describe archival resources held by 19 repositories throughout Wisconsin.

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Get expert advice in how to create a family tree or hunt for clues about an ancestor's past.

Email Us

Or call us at 608-264-6535

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Related Resources

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

Area Research Centers

Use the Society's courier service to have Archives materials transferred to a research center near you.

Guides and Instructions

Ready to begin your family history research? Use our guides and instructions to get started!

About Our Collections

Learn more about our family history collections and the resources located in our Library, our Archives and online.

Genealogy-Family History Book Award

Learn more about our family genalogy and history resources located in our Library, our Archives and online.