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.

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.

10 Best Geneology Websites for Beginners from


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. The 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 History 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.

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.

History of the Great Lakes

History of Wisconsin from Wikipedia

Recollection Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society