Thursday, July 17, 2008

Why You Want To Have Relatives in Wood County, Wisconsin

NEHGS e-News (22 June, not on line yet), which has a fondness for Wisconsin, calls attention to the Wood County records (both on and off line) at the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids. Not only are the usual sources (such as local newspapers, so often a source of confusion) exceptionally well described, but on line sources include city directories back to 1892, WWI soldiers' accounts, the 1923 county history, and a 1970 book of county place names. Off line sources include a locally produced index of pre-1907 vital records as published in local newspapers -- if you're looking to find every record of your ancestors, as you should, this is a prime opportunity to compare the items this index points to with the online index of pre-1907 vital records at the State Historical Society and those vital records. Plus the library holds some Family History Library microfilms covering some non-obvious sources, including 14 films of school attendance registers for Wisconsin Rapids.

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