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Resources: Genealogy

On-site Resources

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

Books about "Genealogy"


Microfilm Archives

Microfilm archives of Marathon County newspapers from the late 1800s onward (primarily the Wausau Daily Herald) are available at MCPL Wausau, plus digital microform viewers with options to scan or print articles. Additionally, MCPL Mosinee has micofilm of the Mosinee Times and a digital microform viewer. MCPL On-site Genealogy Newspapers and Magazines
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Wisconsin Collection

The Wisconsin Collection at MCPL Wausau includes nonfiction items related to Marathon County and Wisconsin. This includes nonfiction books, microfiche, family genealogies, maps and more. MCPL On-site Genealogy Wisconsin Local History Marathon County

Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

Wausau Daily Herald Archive

This online archive contains the full-text article content of the Wausau Daily Herald from 1999 through yesterday. Excludes images and advertisements. The first few years of this index may not include all articles; if you can't find what you seek, you can search our microfilm archive. For exact duplicates of printed articles and other searches via... (read more) Genealogy MCPL Newspapers and Magazines Online

Ancestry: Library Edition

Only accessible while at the library. With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry is a comprehensive online source of information available for conducting genealogical and local history research. (Note: There may be occasions when this resource is temporarily unavailable due to a limit of four simultaneous connections within... (read more) Genealogy WVLS Online

Access Newspaper Archive, the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content. Newspapers and Magazines BadgerLink Genealogy Online

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Full-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers.  Covers 250 Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago. Each newspaper is available cover to cover in a searchable PDF format. Newspapers and Magazines BadgerLink Genealogy Online


Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources.  Collection of genealogical and historical sources. U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records and more. Unique primary sources, local and family histories. BadgerLink Genealogy Online
History of Marathon County, Wisconsin and representative citizens

History of Marathon County, Wisconsin and representative citizens

Written by Louis Marchetti and published in 1913, this is an often-cited work used for researching the early days of Marathon County. Genealogy Local History History Marathon County MCPL Online

Web Resources

The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration. Use at your own risk; these sites are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Found in Wisconsin

Found in Wisconsin is a searchable index of bibliographic records to digital collections hosted by over 500 libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, schools, and various cultural organizations around Wisconsin. Search or browse the index for links into websites containing historic photographs, video & sound clips, written... Web Wisconsin Genealogy Local History

Cyndi's List

A free, up-to-date, categorized listing of genealogy-related websites throughout the world wide web. Web Genealogy

Family History Records - Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society has partnered with Ancestry to provide free access to selected Wisconsin government records for family history research. For college-level and adult researchers. Includes: Collection of family history-related government records Birth, Death, and Marriage Indexes, State Censuses, and Wills and Probate Records... Web Genealogy


Free family history and genealogy records. Web Genealogy

Find a Grave

A massive collection of cemetery and grave information collected by volunteers around the world. Entries often include gravestone inscriptions and photographs, and may also include obituaries, scans of newspaper articles, family information, and more. Search by name or browse by cemetery. Web Genealogy

Marathon County Genealogical Society

A group of professional and amateur genealogists who regularly meet to share research strategies, discuss local history, plan research projects, and assist others in their research. Web Genealogy Local History Marathon County

Marathon County Historical Society

The purpose of the Marathon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and exhibit materials relating to the history of Marathon County. The museum library collects and catalogs printed materials and documents to aid the public in historical and genealogical research. Members of the museum staff initiate and carry out general research projects, site... Web Local History Marathon County Genealogy

National Archives: Resources for Genealogists

Maintained by the National Archives, provides links to federal documents, databases, and online collections, plus tips and guides, all pertaining to genealogy and family history.   Web Genealogy

National Archives: Veterans' Service Records

Request military service records online, by mail or by fax. Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and medical records. Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. Web Genealogy History Government

Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Web Genealogy

Recollection Wisconsin

Recollection Wisconsin is a place to discover and share local history, family history, and the history of Wisconsin. Search thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. In addition to viewing old photos and... Web Wisconsin Genealogy

The Wisconsin Historical Society

This site hosts many digitized collections of historical photos, maps, documents, genealogical data and more, all related to Wisconsin and its history. Web Wisconsin Genealogy History Local History

Vital Records Requests

To obtain copies of official records of birth, death, marriage and divorce, contact the appropriate state or territorial government offices on this webpage. Web Genealogy

Wisconsin Historical Societies Directory

This directory provides information about more than 350 local affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It lists museums, archives, hours, directions and contact information.   Web Wisconsin Genealogy Local History