Free Online Wisconsin City Directories

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City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated August, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with statewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Statewide

Anderson

Antigo

Appleton

Baldwin and Woodville

Beloit

Berlin

Boulder Junction

Calumet County

Carey

Centralia

Chippewa Falls

Cudahy

Custerdale Village

Dane County

Eau Claire

Fond du Lac County

Fond du Lac

Fort Atkinson

Grand Rapids

Green Bay

Green County

Green Lake County

Gurney

Hurley

Iowa County

Janesville

Jefferson County

Kaukauna

Kenosha

Kenosha County

Kewaunee County

Kimball

Knight

La Crosse

La Crosse County

Land O’Lakes

Lincoln County

Madison

Manitowish

Manitowoc County

Marinette County

Menasha County

Menomonie

Mercer

Merrill

Milwaukee

Monroe County

Montreal

Neenah

Neenah-Menasha

Oak Creek

Oma

Oshkosh

Outagamie County

Pardeeville

Pence

Portage County

Presque Isle

Racine

Racine County

Rhinelander

Rock County

Sauk County

Saxon

Shawano County

Sheboygan

Sherman

Spider Lake

Stevens Point

Stoughton

Tomahawk

Trempealeau County

Vernon County

Walworth County

Washburn County

Waukesha

Waukesha County

Winchester

Winnebago County

Wood County


Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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Posted On: August 18, 2020 at 02:14PM