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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. For a helpful list of these organizations, see:  
 
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. For a helpful list of these organizations, see:  
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Ryan, Carol W. ''Searching for Your Wisconsin Ancestors in the Wisconsin Libraries.'' Green Bay, Wisconsin: C. W. Ryan, 1988. (Family History Library book {{FHL|416315|title-id|disp=977.5 D27r}} 1988, {{FHL|416315|title-id|disp=Family History Library film 1440401 Item 2}}<br>
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Ryan, Carol W. ''Searching for Your Wisconsin Ancestors in the Wisconsin Libraries.'' Green Bay, Wisconsin: C. W. Ryan, 1988. (Family History Library book {{FHL|416315|title-id|disp=977.5 D27r}} 1988, {{FHL|416315|title-id|disp=Family History Library film 1440401 Item 2}}<br>  
    
The Wisconsin Historical Society Library has one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States. Their subject card catalog indexes many genealogical sources. You may wish to write to them to request a search of the catalog for the name of a specific ancestor in whom you are interested. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with any request. They are not able to do extensive searches for an entire surname.  
 
The Wisconsin Historical Society Library has one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States. Their subject card catalog indexes many genealogical sources. You may wish to write to them to request a search of the catalog for the name of a specific ancestor in whom you are interested. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with any request. They are not able to do extensive searches for an entire surname.  
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There are many family genealogies contained in county history books. The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is publishing book indexes to these county histories. The Family History Library has about fifty of these indexes. They are listed under WISCONSIN - [COUNTY] - HISTORY. You can write to the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society to order these indexes. The address is given above in [[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries]].  
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There are many family genealogies contained in county history books. The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society published indexes to many of these county histories, of which the Family History Library has about fifty. They are listed under WISCONSIN - [COUNTY] - HISTORY.&nbsp; The Wisconsin Historical Society has also digitized more than 80 standard county histories relating to Wisconsin and made them available and searchable online for free in their [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wch/ Wisconsin County Histories] collection.<br>
    
Especially helpful sources are:  
 
Especially helpful sources are:  
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'''French-Canadian Families.''' A helpful source for French-Canadian ancestors who emigrated to Wisconsin is Paul J. Lareau and Elmer Courteau, ''French-Canadian Families of the North Central States: A Genealogical Dictionary'', 8 vols. St. Paul, Minnesota: Northwest Territory French and Canadian Heritage Institute, 1980. (Family History Library book {{FHL|326229|title-id|disp=973 D2la}}; fiche {{FHL|326229|title-id|disp=6010503-11}}.)  
 
'''French-Canadian Families.''' A helpful source for French-Canadian ancestors who emigrated to Wisconsin is Paul J. Lareau and Elmer Courteau, ''French-Canadian Families of the North Central States: A Genealogical Dictionary'', 8 vols. St. Paul, Minnesota: Northwest Territory French and Canadian Heritage Institute, 1980. (Family History Library book {{FHL|326229|title-id|disp=973 D2la}}; fiche {{FHL|326229|title-id|disp=6010503-11}}.)  
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See [[Wisconsin Biography]] for additional sources for family genealogies.<br>
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See [[Wisconsin Biography]] for additional sources for family genealogies.<br>  
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=== Writing and Sharing Your Family History  ===
 
=== Writing and Sharing Your Family History  ===
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Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:<br>
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Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:<br>  
    
*It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.  
 
*It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.  
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:*[[A Guide to Printing Your Family History]]
 
:*[[A Guide to Printing Your Family History]]
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[[Category:Wisconsin|Genealogy]]
 
[[Category:Wisconsin|Genealogy]]
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