These online information resources can help you find the reliable answers you need. All you need is a library card to access most of them from home because they’re made available by your public library, the South Central Library System, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) through the BadgerLink project, and LSTA funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As an added bonus you also can turn to a librarian for additional help at your public library.

What are you looking for?

Q -- “My grandfather was born on Feb. 7, 1916, in La Crosse. Is there a place that I can get a copy of the front page of the La Crosse Tribune? I’d like to see what was going on at that time in history.”

A -- Use NewspaperARCHIVE to browse available newspapers for the date you’re interested in and then refine your search by location. Page images will be displayed in PDF format.

Q -- “I’m looking for a copy of the U.S. Census that has my grandmother listed. I know she lived in Wisconsin with her family in 1930. Where can I find that?”

A -- Search AncestryLibrary’s (available in-library only through subscribing libraries) census collection by year and enter as much information as you know. Once you find the correct result, you can view and print the original document. Alternatively, browse the census records in HeritageQuest (the 1930 census isn’t completely indexed) for the state, county, and township where your grandmother lived in 1930.

Q -- “My great-uncle on my mother’s side published a family history, and I’d like to find out some information from the book. Is there a way to find this? Is it available digitally?”

A -- HeritageQuest has over 25,000 local and family histories completely digitized and indexed. Search by names, places, or by publication titles.

Q -- "My great-great-uncle was drafted into WWI. I heard there is a way to view the original draft registration form. Is this true? If so, where can I find it?”

A -- Search the Military Records on AncestryLibrary (available in-library only through subscribing libraries) for images of these unique, original documents.

Genealogy Resources

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