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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Newspapers and Periodicals

The Wisconsin Magazine of History, published in Madison by the Wisconsin Historical Society, is a quarterly publication with historical articles, book reviews, and listings of acquisitions of historical and genealogical material. There are published indexes to this periodical.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter, originally titled Wisconsin Families from 1940 to1941, is available quarterly to members or at subscribing libraries. The periodical contains pertinent state activities, queries, and recent publications acquired by the group. The majority of material is the publication of records from Wisconsin counties, including cemetery readings, church records, vital records, newspaper extractions, and other genealogically important items.

Various local and county genealogical and historical societies publish excellent newsletters helpful in research.

The major periodicals and magazines helpful for Wisconsin research include:

  • Family Finding: a quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin Jewish Genealogical Society. 1990–. Published by the Society, c/o Penny Deshur, 9280 N. Fairway Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53217; quarterly. (FHL book 977.5 D25fa; computer number 616380.)

  • Freedom's Journal. Freedom's Journal provided international, national, and regional information on current events and contained editorials declaiming slavery, lynching, and other injustices. The Journal also published biographies of prominent African-Americans and listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the African-American New York community. Freedom's Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.
  • French Canadian/Acadian Genealogists of Wisconsin Quarterly. 1987–. Published by the French Canadian Genealogists of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 414, Hales Corners, WI 53130; Tel. 414-786-6408. Quarterly. (FHL 977.5 D25f; computer number 475611.) The quarterly includes lists of surnames being researched by members.
  • Gems of Genealogy. 1975–. Published by Bay Area Genealogical Society; P.O. Box 283, Green Bay, WI 54305-0283; bi-monthly. (FHL book 977.5 D25gg; computer number 251043.)
  • Genealogical Gems. 1982–. Published by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1592, Appleton, WI 54913-1592. (FHL book 977.5 D25g; computer number 242200.)
  • Index to the Wisconsin Magazine of History. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1934, 1946, 1955. Prepared by Lillian Krueger. (Vol. 1 includes September 1917-1932; Vol. 2 includes September 1932-June 1942; Vol. 3 includes September 1942-Summer 1952 (prepared by William Converse Haygood); Vol. 4 includes Autumn 1942-Summer 1962; Vol. 5 includes Autumn 1962-Summer 1972 (prepared by The Editors with assistance of Barry Christopher Noonan); Vol. 6 includes Autumn 1972-Summer 1982; Vol. 7 includes Autumn 1982-Summer 1992).
  • Korzenie/Roots/Polish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. 1989–. Published by the Society, P.O. Box 342341, Milwaukee, WI 53234-2341; semi-annual. (FHL book 977.5 D25k; computer number 531380.)
  • La Crosse Area Genealogical Quarterly. 1974–. Published by the La Crosse Area Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1782, La Crosse, WI 54602-1782. (FHL book 977.571 D25L; computer number 66343.)
  • MCGS Reporter. 1969–. Published by the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 27326, Milwaukee, WI 53227-0326. (FHL book 977.594 D25mc; computer number 222826.)
  • Newsletter / Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.  [Milwaukee] : Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, v. ; 27 cm.

  • Oehlerts, Donald E., compiler. Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1957. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1958.
  • Wisconsin Families; Quarterly of the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. 1940–41. Published by the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. (FHL book 977.5 D25w; film 873820 item 2; computer number 27264.)
  • Wisconsin Magazine of History - Wisconsin Historical Society,  Madison, Wis.: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1917–. (FHL book 977.5 B2w; computer number 223558.) The Family History Library has indexes for volumes 1–75 which cover the issues to 1991. Microfilms of this magazine are available from University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Wisconsin Magazine Of History Archives. Search here to find more than 2,000 feature articles totaling over 35,000 pages, exactly as they originally appeared in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. The entire archive of previous issues, back to 1917, has been made available online in 2007.
  • Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. 1954–. Published by the Society, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, PO Box 5106, Madison, Wisconsin. E-mail:  (FHL book 977.5 B2n; computer number 41261.) There is a cumulative index to 1963. A quarterly publication featuring news and articles on the Society and Wisconsin research.
  • Wisconsin Then and Now/State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 1954–1979. Published by the Society, Madison, WI; quarterly. (FHL book 977.5 B2wt; computer number 584012.) A monthly pamphlet featuring articles about Wisconsin.

  • Wood, Kenneth, compiler. Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1957-2005. Marshfield, Wisconsin: Marshfield Public Library, 2005.