Milwaukee County Libraries and Resources
This page has been put together to help you in finding new ideas for research. It also gives you information on how to obtain resources from area institutions. If you know of any great sources of data, please email me and I will add it to the list.
If you have access to a courthouse, library, archive, genealogical books, cemetery or church records, etc. dealing with Milwaukee County and would be willing to do lookups for others, please email me and I will include you on our lookup volunteer page.
A few years ago, one of our researchers went to Pius XI High School and inquired at the office about researching annuals. They gave her a pass to go to their school library and look through the yearbook collection for their school. You may want to research school libraries if you have hit a dead end.
Milwaukee Public Library
World War I Military Portrait Index
The Milwaukee Public Library’s special collections include 3,192 photographs of World War I military personnel from Milwaukee County. The names of individuals in the photograph collection are listed on this site.
Great Lakes Marine Collection
The Milwaukee Public Library's Great Lakes Marine Collection includes original materials - log books, vessel plans, and wreck reports.
Wisconsin Necrology - published by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. A listing of prominent citizens throughout Wisconsin whose obituaries were published in various Wisconsin newspapers. This is the 1st stop to know if a complete obit was published. Time span is about 1900 to 1950. Available through state historical society and MPL.
Name Index to Milwaukee Sentinel 1837- 1890 Available in a card catalog index at Milwaukee Public Library.
Milwaukee Public Library Locations: Central 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 286-3000 Atkinson 1960 W. Atkinson Ave. 286-3068 Bay View 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 286-3019 Capitol 3969 N. 74th St. 286-3006 Center St. 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. 286-3090 Central Drive-In 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. East 1910 E. North Ave. 286-3058 Finney 4243 W. North Ave. 286-3066 Forest Home 1432 W. Forest Home Ave. 286-3083 286-3801 TDD M. L. King 310 W. Locust St. 286-3098 286-2419 TDD Mill Road 6431 N. 76th St. 286-3088 286-2464 TDD Tippecanoe 3912 S. Howell Ave. 286-3085 Villard Ave. 3310 W. Villard Ave. 286-3079 Zablocki 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. 286-3055
Wisconsin Historical Society-Milwaukee Urban Archives
Milwaukee Branch of Wisconsin Historical Society (information from the UWM website)
The Archives comprise the Milwaukee Area Research Center, the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Manuscript Collection, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Archives. The Archives preserves and provides access to the historical resources in these collections. The Archives also holds a reference collection of published materials that includes histories of area communities, businesses, and churches; books on Milwaukee's buildings and architecture; and UWM histories, yearbooks, and student newspapers.
The Milwaukee Area Research Center (ARC) is a branch of the Wisconsin Historical Society's ARC network, which consists of thirteen centers throughout the state. The Milwaukee ARC contains over 800 collections of public records and private papers from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha counties.
Major ARC collections include birth, death, marriage, naturalization, probate, and property records for all or some of the five counties; records of Milwaukee mayor Henry Maier's administration; records of Milwaukee Downer College; and collections from many individuals and organizations involved in the civil rights movement in Milwaukee, including Lloyd Barbee, James Groppi, the Milwaukee Urban League, and the local chapter of the NAACP.
Historical SocietiesBay View Historical Society PO Box 07614 Milwaukee, WI 53207 Phone: 414-483-9330 Brown Deer Historical Society 4800 W Green Brook Dr Brown Deer, WI 53223 Phone: 414-354-4116 Cudahy Historical Society PO Box 332 Cudahy, WI 53110 Phone: 414-481-7964 Franklin Historical Society 7575 S 51st St Franklin, WI 53132 Phone: 414-421-0168 Greendale Historical Society 5650 Parking St Greendale, WI 53129 Phone: 414-421-1300 Greenfield Historical Society 6129 W Arizona Ct #1 Greenfield, WI 53219 Phone: 414-543-6321 Hales Corners Historical Society 5885 S 116th St Hales Corners, WI 53130 Phone: 414-549-6150 Historic Milwaukee, Inc PO Box 511220 Milwaukee, WI 53203-0211 Phone: 414-277-7795 Milwaukee County Genealogical Society PO Box 27326 Milwaukee, WI 53227-0326 Milwaukee County Historical Society Research Library The Research Library of the Milwaukee County Historical Society has a wide variety of information about the history of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. All materials are for reference use in the library only (materials are non-circulating). Milwaukee County Historical Center 910 N Old World Third St Milwaukee, WI 53203 Phone: 414-273-8288 Milwaukee Maritime Center 500 N Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202 Phone: 414-276-5664 Milwaukee Metropolitan Historians Assn 2588 N Prospect Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211 Phone: 414-964-8361 Oak Creek Historical Society PO Box 243 Oak Creek, WI 53154-0243 Phone: 414-764-0567 Shorewood Historical Society 3930 North Murray Ave Shorewood, WI 53211 Phone: 414-332-4437 South Milwaukee Historical Society 3516 18th Ave South Milwaukee, WI 53172 Phone: 414-768-8790 St Francis Historical Society 4235 S Nicholson Ave St Francis, WI 53235 Phone: 414-762-7805 Wauwatosa Historical Society 7406 Hillcrest Dr Wauwatosa, WI 53213 Phone: 414-774-8672 West Allis Historical Society 8405 W National Ave West Allis , WI 53227 Phone: 414-821-3452 West Milwaukee Historical Society 1665 S 52nd St West Milwaukee, WI 53214 Phone: 414-321-9059 Whitefish Bay Historical Society 5166 N Berkeley Blvd Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 Phone: 414-962-0606 Wisconsin Black Historical Society 2620 W Center St Milwaukee, WI 53206 Phone: 414-372-7677 Wisconsin Historical Society (from the WI Historical Society Website) The Society possesses one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. The collection is not limited to Wisconsin history and genealogy but includes family and local history material pertaining to all regions of North America. Wisconsin Labor History Society 313 E Plainfield Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207 Phone: 414-483-1754 Wisconsin Marine Historical Society 814 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53233-2385 Phone: 414-286-3074 Wisconsin Slovak Historical Society PO Box 164 Cudahy, WI 53110 Phone: 414-744-8095 Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society 1562 N 119th St Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Phone: 414-771-7781