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Information about Genealogy

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 -- “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

  • Search EBSCOHost for general genealogy or family history articles and book reviews. Many articles are available in full text. Access to EBSCOhost is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.
  • Get access to genealogy records and books, including census data, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, military rosters, and more through HeritageQuest.
  • Search AncestryLibrary (available in-library only through subscribing libraries) for access to genealogy information in more than 4,000 databases, including census data, passenger lists, the Social Security Death Index, and much more.
  • Access a database of millions of records describing books and other library materials from around the world using Worldcat. Use it to find items you are unable to find in LINKcat, then ask your library to request it for you. Please read the FAQ first. WorldCat is a registered trademark of OCLC Inc.
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