Genealogical Resources

Here are some must-read genealogy books while you're climbing your family tree. Whether you're just starting the journey of discovering your roots or have been at it for years, there is something for every hobby genealogist.

929.10285 Hen     Unofficial guide to How to find your family history on the #1 genealogy website, second edition, by Nancy Hendrickson

929.1 Eld     Research like a pro: A genealogist’s guide by Diana Elder

929.1072 Hel     Genealogy for dummies, eighth edition, by Matthew Helm

929.5 Nei     The family tree cemetery field guide: How to find, record & preserve your ancestors’ grave by Joy Neighbors

929.1072 Gre     The researcher’s guide to American genealogy, fourth edition, by Val D. Greenwood

929.1072 Ris     Family tree problem solver: Tried-and-true tactics for tracing elusive ancestors by Marsha Hoffman Rising

929.1 Bei     The family tree historical newspapers guide: How to find your ancestors in archived newspapers by James M. Beidler

929.373 Mor     How to find your family history in U.S. church records: A genealogist’s guide by Sunny Jane Morton

929.1072 Bet     The family tree guide to DNA testing and genetic genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger

929.1072 Wei     The adoptee’s guide to DNA testing: How to use genetic genealogy to discover your long-lost family by Tamar Weinberg

929.1072 Dud     World War I genealogy research guide: Tracing American military and non-combatant ancestors by Debra M. Dudek

929.1 Smi     Organize your genealogy: Strategies and solutions for every researcher by Drew Smith

929.1 May     How to archive family keepsakes: Learn how to preserve family photos, memorabilia & genealogy records by Denise S. May-Levenick

929.1072 Ber     The family tree toolkit: A comprehensive guide to uncovering your ancestry and researching genealogy by Kenyatta D. Berry

929.1 Gen     Genealogy standards, second edition, by Board for Certification of Genealogists

929.1072 Ray     Tracing your roman catholic ancestors: A guide for family and local historians by Stuart A. Raymond

929.1 Fry     The family tree Scandinavian genealogy guide: How to trace your ancestors in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway by David A. Fryxell

929.109411 Epp     The family tree Scottish genealogy guide: How to trace your family tree in Scotland by Amanda Epperson

929.1072045 Hol     The family tree Italian genealogy guide: How to trace your family tree in Italy by Melanie Holtz

929.10720415 San     The family tree Irish genealogy guide: How to trace your ancestors in Ireland by Claire Santry

929.1072 Alz     The family tree Polish, Czech & Slovak genealogy guide: How to trace your family tree in Eastern Europe by Lisa A. Alzo

929.1072 Bei     Trace your German roots: A complete guide to German genealogy by James M. Beidler

929.1028 MacC     Unofficial guide to How to find your family history on the world’s largest free genealogy website by Dana McCullough

929.1072 Bei     The family tree German genealogy guide: How to trace your Germanic ancestry in Europe by James M. Beidler

929.1072 Dol     The family tree guidebook to Europe: Your essential guide to trace your genealogy in Europe by Allison Dolan

929.2095195 How     Korean genealogy guide: A resource to help English speakers discover Korean Ancestors by Jason Howard

929.10720415 Gre     Tracing your Irish ancestors, fifth edition by John Grenham

929.1 Res     National Geographic kids guide to genealogy by Tamara J. Resler


Genealogy/Local History Resources Found in the Wisconsin Collection

Check out these materials in the Wisconsin Collection, located on the second floor of the library to learn more about your family and where they lived.


R912.775 Alt     The Atlas of Wisconsin, 1974

R912.775 Ill     Illustrated Historical Atlas of Wisconsin, 1881

Cemetery Records

R929.5 Out, Vol. 1 & 2     Outagamie County Cemetery Readings

R929.5 Sai, Vol. 1 & 2     St. Joseph Cemetery

R929.5 Sai     St. Mary’s Cemetery

Census Records

microfilm, second floor     U.S. Federal Census:  Wisconsin Counties, 1820-1930

R310 Wis     Wisconsin Census Enumeration, 1895:  Names of Ex-soldiers and Sailors…

R310 Wis     Wisconsin Census Enumeration, 1905:  Names of Ex-soldiers and Sailors...

R929.3 Jac     Wisconsin Census Index, 1820, 1830, 1836, 1837, 1840, 1842, 1850, 1855

R929.3 Wis     Wisconsin 1890 Special Census of Veterans

City Directories (in order by year)

R917.7539 App     Appleton City Directories, 1874-present

R917.7539 Out     Outagamie County, Wisconsin, Directories, 1955-1988

Databases on catalog computers

Ancestry Library Edition    library use only

Heritage Quest    library use or online using library card    library use or online using library card     library use for restricted records, free collections available online

Local History

977.539 Rya     History of Outagamie County, Wisconsin

977.539 Rya     Index to Names in the History of Outagamie County, Wisconsin…

920 Com; index at R920 Bai     Commemorative Biographical Record of the Fox River Valley Counties of Brown,         Outagamie and Winnebago; & Name Index

970s, see catalog     Other histories of Wisconsin available

Military History

R973.7475 Wis     Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865

940s, see catalog     Other Wisconsin military histories

Plat Maps

R912.77539 (newest at Reference Desk)     Outagamie County Land Atlas & Plat Book

R912.775     Wisconsin plat books

School Yearbooks

newest copies are at the Reference Desk; older years at R371.8

Appleton East - Lantern

Appleton North - Almanack

Appleton West - Clarion

Fox Valley Lutheran - Cross and Crown

Xavier - Xavue Scrapbook

Vital Records

microfiche at second floor Reference Desk     Pre-1907 Birth, Death and Marriage Record Index

R929.3 Wis     Wisconsin Necrology (microfilm obituaries)


Area Resources

Still want to learn more about your ancestors? Check out these other area resources for more information. Be sure to call ahead for hours and service information.

Brown County Public Library

Oshkosh Public Library

LDS Family History Center
425 W. Parkridge Road
Appleton, WI 54911

Outagamie County Courthouse—Register of Deeds
410 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911

The History Museum at the Castle
330 E. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911

Appleton History Museum
Research Center
128 N. Durkee St.
Appleton WI 54911


Area Research Centers

Wisconsin Historical Society

University of Wisconsin—Green Bay
Cofrin Library, 7th floor
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
Covers Calumet and Outagamie County

University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh
Forrest R. Polk Library
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901