Genealogy and Local History

The Racine Public Library has a  Local History Room. Appointments can be made to view materials located in the History Room. Contact Rebecca Leannah for more information. Her email address is

  • The Library has a number of physical resources that you can use to start your research. If you are at the library you can go to 929.1 and find information this information.
  • 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.  If you are trying to access the resource when the library is closed, the library’s WiFi reaches down into the library parking lot.
  • Genealogy Resources from BadgerLink
  • Chronicling America
  • Newspaper Resources from BadgerLink
  • A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Heritage Quest   This resource is brought to you by BadgerLink.

The  Racine Public Library has a number of materials that are available with the subject of Racine’s history. 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. 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. 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. Golden Books - The Racine Public Library has a collection of all the Golden Books that Western Publishing printed. Racine 4th of July Videos - Check out our videos of previous parades that were converted from our reels.