Wisconsin Newspapers

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Resources for Newspapers

The Wisconsin Historical Society has the second-largest collection of newspapers in the United States. Many, including all Wisconsin newspapers, are on microfilm and can be loaned to public libraries through interlibrary loan. Newspapers produced by German and other ethnic groups are especially valuable for research about residents of the state.

Newspaper articles published before 2000 are indexed in the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.

From the state historical society, the Family History Library has obtained microfilms of 52 volumes of obituaries for 1846 to 1968 known as the Wisconsin Necrology (Family History Library films 977684–91). These are primarily from 1846–1944. There are 52 chronological volumes, and each volume has an index. The Milwaukee Public Library has a card index to the Milwaukee Sentinel for 1837–1890. It is also on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

There is an index to the Green Bay newspapers:

  • Noonan, Barry Christopher. Index to Green Bay Newspapers, 1833–1840. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1987. (Family History Library book 977.5 A1 no. 194.)

Directories that can help you locate copies of newspapers are:

  • Hansen, James L. Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1850: An Analytical Bibliography. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1979.
  • Oehlerts, Donald E. Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1957. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1958. (Family History Library book 977.5 B3o.) This source is primarily helpful for finding pre-1950 newspapers.

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives


Many newspapers contain obituaries. Some of these have been indexed, for example:

  • Bookstaff, Manning M. Index to Deaths Reported in "The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle," 1921–1961. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: M. M. Bookstaff, 1994 (Family History Library 977.595 B32b.)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has indexed some of the obituaries in Wisconsin newspapers. Contact them at:

Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1417
Internet: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/

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