Genealogy & 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.

Access Newspaper Archive (Your Library Card Maybe Needed) How to Video: Finding Obituaries A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
How to Guide on Using

Heritage Quest(Your Library Card Maybe Needed)  How to Video: Finding Census Records using Heritage Quest.



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.

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 History Museum

Racine History Room at the Racine Public Library : The Racine Public Library has a Racine History which patrons may use.  You will need to check in with the Adult Services staff to use the room.
 Finding Aids for the Racine History Room @ Racine Public Library
Finding Aids for Racine County Clubs and Councils

Wikipedia Entry for Racine

Local Archives

Grace Piskula Scrapbook – All American Girls Professional Baseball League

City of Racine Parade Films 1939-1954

Wisconsin History

The Delavan Republican from April 1868 through April 1924 and the Wisconsin Times from November 1884 through May 1968 have been digitized and are searchable by date and keyword. Funds for the project have been provided by Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dictionary of Wisconsin History

History of the Great Lakes

History of Wisconsin from Wikipedia

Recollection Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wistravel dot com: Wisconsin History