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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Wisconsin Area
Research Center Network

Thirteen area research centers in Wisconsin hold public records transferred by counties, towns, cities, and other local governments and collections of papers and records from private individuals and organizations. The goal of each center is to build comprehensive collections documenting the history to its region. The collections include photographs, newspapers, maps, and family histories. Many of the centers are enhanced by the contributions and volunteer hours of local genealogy groups. Newspaper indexes to vital records, cemetery readings, and original local church records can be located in some of the centers.

Centers vary considerably in their collections and, therefore, in their value to genealogists. Archival collections usually located at the Wisconsin historical Society or at one of the centers may be transferred temporarily within the network to accommodate local researchers (some exceptions apply, particularly for material heavily used onsite).

All archive and manuscript materials at the centers are cataloged centrally online at < >. Write or call the appropriate center before visiting since hours vary by center, the calendar, staffing, and university schedules. The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives serves Columbia, Dane and Sauk counties. The other Area Research Centers and the counties they serve are:

History Center and Archives
Northern Great Lakes Center

29270 County Highway G
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806-9339
Serves Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Vilas and Washburn counties.

Special Collections Dept.
William D. McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-5010
Serves Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Rusk, and Taylor counties

Library - Learning Center
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

2420 Nicolet Dr. Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7001
Serves Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano counties.

Eugene W. Murphy Library
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

1631 Pine St. La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Serves Jackson, La Cross, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties.

Milwaukee Urban Archives
Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

2311 E. Hartford Ave., Rm. W250
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Golda Meir Library - Archives
P.O. Box 604 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0604
Serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

Forrest R. Polk Library
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

800 Algoma Blvd. Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Serves Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, and Winnebago counties.

Wyllie Library/Learning Center
University of Wisconsin - Parkside

900 Wood Rd. Box 2000 Kenosha, Wisconsin 53141-2000
Serves Kenosha and Racine counties.

Elton S. Karrmann Library
University of Wisconsin - Platteville

One University Plaza Platteville, Wisconsin 53818
Serves Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties.

Chalmer Davee Library
University of Wisconsin - River Falls

120 E. Cascade Ave. River Falls, Wisconsin 54022
Serves Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.

James H. Albertson Library
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
Serves Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties.

Library-Learning Center
University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
Serves Barron, Dunn, and Pepin counties.

Superior Public Library
1530 Tower Ave.
Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Serves Douglas County.

Harold W. Anderson Library
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

800 W. Main St. Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
Serves Jefferson, Rock,. and Walworth counties.