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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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Guide to '''{{PAGENAME}} ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
  
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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== Introduction  ==
  
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>
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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. To begin the search of an ancestor in these collections, you may wish to begin with available published indexes, both on a national level and a local level. Many genealogy databases are on line through various websites.  
  
Especially helpful sources are:  
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== Nationwide Collections  ==
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*FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - [https://familysearch.org/#form=trees Trees] contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. This was created from a database formerly known as [[Ancestral File|Ancestral File.]]
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*The [[Newberry Library|Newberry Library]] of Chicago, Illinois has a collection of thousands of genealogies published before 1917. An [http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/textpage-attachments/Genealogical%20Index.pdf index] is available at the library. Coverage is best for New England, with secondary coverage for Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states. The index is also found on the Family History Library {{FHL|130151|item|disp=FHL film 928135–928137; book 973 D22n volumes 1-4}}
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*The Family History Library has a collection of almost 50,000 published U.S. family histories and newsletters. Copies at the library are listed in the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog Last names Search] of the FamilySearch Catalog.
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*Major collections of printed family histories are also found at most of the archives and libraries listed in [[United States Archives and Libraries]]. Most large libraries have indexes and catalogs to published family histories. For a list of the indexes and catalogs available at the Family History Library see the [[United States Compiled Genealogies#Family_Histories|Family History]] section of [[United States Compiled Genealogies]] in the Wiki.
  
'''Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection.''' This collection is listed in the Author/Title Search of the catalog and consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriage records, death records, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and is available on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society and at the Family History Library (Family History Library films {{FHL|848695|film|disp=848695 item 6; 848696-701.}}) Generally there is an index at the beginning of each volume.
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*The [http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/about.html National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)], established in 1959, is a catalog of manuscript collections from United States repositories that are open to the public. Operated in collaboration with the Library of Congress, the catalog is searchable online at [http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/index.html the NUCMC website]. An index is available at the Family History Library {{FHL|200187|item|disp=FHL book 016.091 N21 1959 to 1984}}
  
'''Wisconsin Pioneer and Century Certificate Project.''' The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society issues pioneer certificates to anyone whose ancestors settled in Wisconsin by 1850 and century certificates to those who can document pre-1876 Wisconsin ancestry. The applications contain detailed family history information.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1030 Ancestry.com] ($) Public and Private member trees.
  
The applications are at the Historical Society of Wisconsin and are filed by county. You can request a search and photocopies of information in this file.  
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*[http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ World Connect] includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with a search engine.
  
The following index to the applications gives brief genealogical information for more than 7,000 ancestors and includes the names and addresses of the applicants:  
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*The [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)]] is an index of content found in genealogical periodicals. The PERSI database is available on the Internet at [http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index HeritageQuestOnline] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3165 Ancestry]. Both are subscription websites, but often available at local libraries.
  
Patterson, Betty. ''Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index''. Madison: State Genealogical Society, 1977. (Family History Library book {{FHL|22639|title-id|disp=977.5 D22s}}.)
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== Statewide Collections  ==
  
An additional index has been published which lists over 2,000 more pioneers:  
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The Wisconsin Historical Society Library has one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States. Its subject card catalog indexes many genealogical sources. Their catalog is searchable online at [http://madcat.library.wisc.edu/index.html MadCat].
  
''Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index'', Volume 2. Madison: State Genealogical Society, 1987. (Family History Library book {{FHL|22639|title-id|disp=977.5 D22s}}.)
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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. The Wisconsin Historical Society has also digitized more than 80 standard county histories relating to Wisconsin and made them available and searchable online in their [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wch/ Wisconsin County Histories] collection.  
  
'''Gene-A-Rama.''' Another source for family trees in Wisconsin is:  
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Especially helpful sources are:  
  
Wisconsin Genealogical Council. ''Gene-A-Rama.'' Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Genealogical Council, 1987–. (Family History Library book {{FHL|977.5 D2w|disp=977.5 D2w}} 1993.) There are several editions from 1987. They list over 1,000 ancestors of members and give the place where ancestors lived and the date.
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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}}
  
'''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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*'''Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection.''' This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriage records, death records, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and is available on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society and at the Family History Library (Family History Library films {{FHL|848695|film|disp=848695 item 6; 848696-701.}}) Generally there is an index at the beginning of each volume.
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*'''Wisconsin Genealogy'''. Lists thousands of worthwhile records sources for doing genealogy in Wisonsin. Records are organized by county, town, and record type. [http://ldsgenealogy.com/WI/ Website]
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*'''Wisconsin Pioneer and Century Certificate Project.''' The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society issues pioneer certificates to anyone whose ancestors settled in Wisconsin by 1850 and century certificates to those who can document pre-1876 Wisconsin ancestry. The applications contain detailed family history information. The applications are at the Wisconsin Historical Society and are filed by county.
  
See [[Wisconsin Biography]] for additional sources for family genealogies.<br>
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:The following indexes to the applications gives brief genealogical information for more than 7,000 ancestors and includes the names and addresses of the applicants:
  
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:*Patterson, Betty. ''Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index''. Madison: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1977. (Family History Library book {{FHL|22639|title-id|disp=977.5 D22s}}.)
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:*''Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index'', Vol. 2. Madison: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1987. (Family History Library book {{FHL|22639|title-id|disp=977.5 D22s}}.)
  
=== Writing and Sharing Your Family History  ===
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Other sources for family trees in Wisconsin are:
  
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:<br>
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*Wisconsin Genealogical Council. ''Gene-A-Rama.'' Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Genealogical Council, 1987–. (Family History Library book {{FHL|977.5 D2w|disp=977.5 D2w}} 1993.) There are several editions from 1987. They list over 1,000 ancestors of members and give the place where ancestors lived and the date.
  
*It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.  
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*Lareau, Paul J. 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}}.)
*It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.  
 
*It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
 
*It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.<br>
 
  
:See also:
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See [[Wisconsin Biography]] for additional sources for family genealogies.
:*[[Create a Family History]]
 
:*[[Writing Your Family and Personal History]]
 
:*[[A Guide to Printing Your Family History]]
 
  
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Guide to Wisconsin Compiled Genealogies ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. To begin the search of an ancestor in these collections, you may wish to begin with available published indexes, both on a national level and a local level. Many genealogy databases are on line through various websites.

Nationwide Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - Trees contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. This was created from a database formerly known as Ancestral File.
  • The Family History Library has a collection of almost 50,000 published U.S. family histories and newsletters. Copies at the library are listed in the Last names Search of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • World Connect includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with a search engine.

Statewide Collections[edit | edit source]

The Wisconsin Historical Society Library has one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States. Its subject card catalog indexes many genealogical sources. Their catalog is searchable online at MadCat.

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. The Wisconsin Historical Society has also digitized more than 80 standard county histories relating to Wisconsin and made them available and searchable online in their Wisconsin County Histories collection.

Especially helpful sources are:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriage records, death records, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and is available on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society and at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 848695 item 6; 848696-701.) Generally there is an index at the beginning of each volume.
  • Wisconsin Genealogy. Lists thousands of worthwhile records sources for doing genealogy in Wisonsin. Records are organized by county, town, and record type. Website
  • Wisconsin Pioneer and Century Certificate Project. The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society issues pioneer certificates to anyone whose ancestors settled in Wisconsin by 1850 and century certificates to those who can document pre-1876 Wisconsin ancestry. The applications contain detailed family history information. The applications are at the Wisconsin Historical Society and are filed by county.
The following indexes to the applications gives brief genealogical information for more than 7,000 ancestors and includes the names and addresses of the applicants:
  • Patterson, Betty. Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index. Madison: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1977. (Family History Library book 977.5 D22s.)
  • Some Pioneer Families of Wisconsin: An Index, Vol. 2. Madison: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1987. (Family History Library book 977.5 D22s.)

Other sources for family trees in Wisconsin are:

  • Wisconsin Genealogical Council. Gene-A-Rama. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Genealogical Council, 1987–. (Family History Library book 977.5 D2w 1993.) There are several editions from 1987. They list over 1,000 ancestors of members and give the place where ancestors lived and the date.
  • Lareau, Paul J. 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 973 D2la; fiche 6010503-11.)

See Wisconsin Biography for additional sources for family genealogies.