Genealogy & Local History
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 Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi reaches down into the library parking lot.
Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Collection of genealogical and historical sources, unique primary sources, local, and family histories, U.S. Federal Censuses, books, cemetery records, city directories, military records and more.
Racine History Room
The history room is not currently available for browsing, but adult services staff are happy to help you locate materials on request. To see a database of what’s available in the room, check out our finding aid below. We can also help you navigate the room’s contents if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
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.
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.
The Racine Public Library has a collection of all the Golden Books that Western Publishing printed.