Genealogy and Local History

The library has put together a list of books that will help you start your family search today.

General Genealogy
If you are at the library you can go to 929.1 and find information about how to do genealogy searches. Library Edition 
The Racine Public Library patrons have access to Ancestry Library Edition.  In order to use this service, you will need to come down to the library. You can bring in your own computer and connect via WiFi or you may use one of our internet terminals.

Chronicling America
Historic American Newspapers 1789-1963

Newspaper Resources from BadgerLink (Your Library Card May Be Needed) A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Heritage Quest (Your Library Card May Be Needed)  This resource is brought to you by BadgerLink.




Books available from the Racine Public Library on the Subject of Racine History. – Racine History

City Directories – The Racine Public Library has many Racine City Directories that date back as far as 1858. These items are reference only and their call number is 917.75 R11. They are located on the second floor, on the center table, in non-fiction.

Golden Books – The Racine Public Library has a collection of all the Golden Books that Western Publishing printed.

History of Racine from

Microfilm The Racine Public Library owns microfilm for the various Racine papers. The Library also owns some state census info on microfilm. Call the Reference Desk for more information at 262.636.9217.

Plat Books and Atlases of Racine, Walworth, and Kenosha Counties

Racine Heritage Museum

Racine History Room at the Racine Public Library: The Racine Public Library has a Racine History Room which patrons may use.  You will need to check in with the Adult Services staff to use the room.


Local Archives

Grace Piskula Scrapbook – All American Girls Professional Baseball League

City of Racine Parade Films 1939-1954

Wisconsin History

History of the Great Lakes

History of Wisconsin from Wikipedia

Recollection Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society