Are you just beginning to research your family’s history? Are you already a seasoned genealogy veteran? No matter what your level is, it’s a great time to begin to explore and share your family history.

Genealogical research can seem overwhelming, but if you start by concentrating on one ancestor and taking small amounts of time each day you will be surprised what you will learn.

Mukwonago Community Library has the resources to help you discover your past, in the library and from home.

Online Resources

Ancestry.com 

Find birth, marriage, and death records, as well as military records and more in the largest general collection of genealogical information. Currently available from home until December 31, 2020.

Heritage Quest

With more than 4.4 billion records, Heritage Quest offers an extensive census collection, book collections of over 22,000 family and local histories, city directories, and much more to help fill in gaps in your family tree.

FamilySearch

FamilySearch is a recognized leader in genealogical research and the gathering of family records. It was developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints out of Utah. It’s research databases are outstanding and freely shared for anyone interested in family history.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Access to 235 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers. Content is available from April 2005 through 90 days ago and also includes access to historical newspapers from the 1800-1900s. Includes Waukesha Freeman, Cambridge News, Lake Mills Leader, Mukwonago Chief (1889-1926 & 2005-8/23/2017), Oconomowoc Enterprise, Palmyra Enterprise, Waterloo Courier, Watertown Daily Times, and Whitewater Register.

Thingery Resources

Do you have old pictures or documents you would like to digitize for safekeeping? Our Thingery offers the Remembering Together mobile scanning kit.

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is a scanner for photos, large and fragile documents, and cherished memorabilia that does not require a computer to operate. You can even transform images into endearing stories. “StoryScans” software combines the recorded voice of the storyteller and the scanned image into a single file that is both small and High Definition.

MetaSpace 511 Resources

Mukwonago Community Library’s Memory Lab provides all the equipment and software you need to digitize home movies and scan photographs, slides, negatives, and documents. It’s a DIY model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions, but you control the process from start to finish. Stop by the Information Desk or call us at (262) 363-6411 to schedule an appointment.

 

Written by Mary Jo, Technical Services Librarian and Resident Geneaology Expert.