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WLA 2008: Genealogy and Local History Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society

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on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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A presentation by Rick Pifer, Director of Reference and Public Services, Library/Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society.Richard Pifer said about genealogy info at WHS, "Start with the premise that yep, we have it."Range of resources available at the WHS -- a paper trail of cradle to grave records created about people:Births: registrations, baptismal records, announcement in newspapersChildhood records: school records, attendance records from rural schoolhouses, school censusMarriage records: newspaper announcementsProperty records - deeds (most are in the county Register of Deeds office)Tax records - assessment rolls & tax rolls for 19th & 20th centuryCensusDivorce records - through the Circuit Court case files (date range varies on the county which provides the records)Prison recordsNaturalization records - 19th century to 1980'sDeath registration, church burial records, newspaper obituary, probate records, wills, probate case filesWHS has genealogy info on:WisconsinU.S.CanadaLocal history records:local historiesnewspapers - huge collection, perhaps 2nd only to the Library of Congress; largest Native American...

WLA 2007: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricks

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on Friday, October 19, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricksa presentation by John Leonard Berg, Coordinator of Public Services, Karrmann Library, UW-Plattevillebegin with some proof that you're in the right place, headed down the right family linestarting with an obituary to find cluesWhy did people immigrate from Europe in the 1850's?religious freedommilitary service; "Sons of the Soil" were expected to serve in the militaryindustrializationtaxationeconomic stagnationpopulation growthunstable political situationsinheritance laws -- in some areas only the oldest son could inherit land, so siblings would need to marry into another family or live on as a kind of servant to the eldest; in some cases the land could not be "parceled out" to divide among the children"American letters"; people who emigrated to America wrote to those still in Europe; if someone had already made the journey it provided some motivationsolicitation -- businesses needed manpower to work on railroads, in the factories & homestead land (the...

WAPL 2007: Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staff

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Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staffa presentation by Lori Bessler, Microforms Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical SocietyThe Wisconsin Historical Society's newspaper microfilm collection is 2nd in size only to that of the Library of Congress.Area Research Center network:The Society's Area Research Center network holds original records from the area near to the ARC's locationeach of the ARC locations have web sites, accessible from http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/arcnet/items can be couriered from one ARC to another for use by your patronsUse the MadCat catalog to find items owned by the library at WHS.Use the ArCat catalog to find items owned by the archives at WHS.Other services offered by WHS:photocopying servicesresearch serviceswww.wisconsinhistory.org web site provides lots & lots of resources, including access to over 20,000 images & photosThe WHS Research Portal points to databases such as...Wisconsin Name IndexWisconsin Historical ImagesTurning Points in Wisconsin HistoryCivil War Roster of VolunteersWisconsin Corporations IndexTips for beginning genealogical research:start with...