Genealogy Research

Research Tools

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
(Previously referred to as the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Digital Research Site)
Access to Wisconsin Newspaper Association's daily and weekly member-newspapers from 2005 to present (with a 90 day embargo).
Includes access to the Berlin Journal. Resource provided by Badgerlink.

HeritageQuest Online
Census records 1790-1930, family and local histories, Freedman's Bank and more.
Help: usage tips
Resource provided by Badgerlink.

Millions of searchable newspaper pages dating back as far as the 1700s presented in original format/context.
Help: usage tips
Resource provided by Badgerlink.

newWisconsin Historical Society Family History Records
1820-1907 birth, marriage & death records (& more!) made available for free through the Ancestry / Wisconsin Historical Society partnership.
Resource provided by Badgerlink.


Recommended Websites

Local Vital Records Index
Marriage announcements, anniversary notices and obituaries published in local newspapers 1865 - January 1916, 1977 - 1985 and 2002-current. Indexing of newspapers published 1986 - 2001 is in progress.
Joint project of the Winnefox Library System, libraries in Green Lake County, Wisconsin (Berlin, Green Lake, Kingston, Markesan and Princeton) and Carter Memorial Library in Omro.

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digitized letters, diaries, reminiscences, speeches, photographs, oral history tapes, manuscripts and maps.
Collections of local interest:
- Fond du Lac and Green Lake County Atlases, Directories, and Histories

Castle Garden
Search 10+ million immigrants who arrived in New York before Ellis Island opened in 1892.

Census Records from FamilySearch
Search the 1880 United States Census, the 1881 British Isles Census, or the 1881 Canadian Census.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
The first stop on the Web for many family researchers with over a quarter million links on genealogy.

Digital Public Library of America
Explore millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across America.

Ellis Island
Passenger lists and ship information for more than 22 million passengers and crew who entered the United States between 1892-1924.

Find a Grave
Locate the final resting place of family, friends, and famous individuals.

Linkpendium: Green Lake County, Wisconsin
Extensive collection of county-specific links to assist with your genealogy / family history search.

Naturalization & Court Records Index
Various records dating between the 1840s and 1970s for Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, and Winnebago court systems.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
Stephen P. Morse's "One Step" search allows a variety of search options via multiple engines (Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsWeb and more).

Wisconsin Historical Society Genealogy Tools
Online access to some of the books, vital records, and archival material held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.



Additional Materials

Berlin City Directories; 1858, 1892, 1927, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1981

Berlin High School yearbook Mascoutin; 1919 to present

Berlin Newspapers on microfilm; August 1863 to present

Census (on microfilm) for Green Lake and Waushara Counties; 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1920

File on Berlin residents who participated in the Civil War (Researched and collected by Joyce Stemler for her book, They Went South )

The Honor Roll of Green Lake and Waushara Counties, Wisconsin, U.S.A. : 1917-1918-1919

Oakwood Cemetary Record of Burial

Portrait and biographical album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara counties, Wisconsin, c1890.

Prussian Netzelanders and other German immigrants in Green Lake, Marquette, & Waushara Counties, Wisconsin, c1994

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