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Services / Resources: Genealogy

On-site Services

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.

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Research Assistance

Reference Desk: The reference desk staff at the library's Wausau Headquarters are ready to answer your research questions during our regular hours of operation.Phone / Email / Chat Assistance: If you can't make it to the library in person, call... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Teens For Adults Genealogy

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Microfilm Archives

MCPL Wausau has a microfilm archive of Marathon County newspapers from the late 1800s onward (primarily the Wausau Daily Herald), plus digital microform viewers with options to scan or print articles. Microfilm from 2020–present is currently unavailable.MCPL Mosinee has microfilm of the Mosinee Times (1895–... (read more)

MCPL On-site Genealogy Newspapers and Magazines Collection

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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, family genealogies, maps and more.  

MCPL On-site Genealogy Wisconsin Local History Marathon County Collection

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.

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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: Ancestry: Library Edition was available for home access during the pandemic through December 31, 2021. The vendor decided... (read more)

Genealogy WVLS Online

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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


The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. 

Web Newspapers and Magazines Genealogy

Cyndi's List

A free listing of genealogy-related websites throughout the world wide web.

Web Genealogy

Family History Records

The Wisconsin Historical Society has partnered with Ancestry to provide free access to selected Wisconsin government records for family history research. Includes: family history-related government records; birth, death and marriage indexes;state censuses;wills and probate records.Records cover various time periods between 1800 and 1987.

Web Genealogy


Free family history and genealogy records. Must create an account to access. 

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

Genealogy Explained

If you are new to the world of genealogy, this resource can help you learn about different resources and effective research methods that you can use to explore your family history.  

Web Genealogy

Marathon County Genealogical Society

MCGS is group of professional and amateur genealogists who 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...

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Nationwide Gravesite Locator

This website from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows you to search for burial locations of veterans and their family members, including VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and private cemeteries when the grave has a government marker. 

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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

Resources for Genealogists

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

Web Genealogy

Veterans' Service Records

Veterans and their next of kin can use this National Archives website to request military service records online or by mail or 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...

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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 Civil War Roster and Regimental and Descriptive Rolls

The Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, is an online book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Library. This resource lists all the soldiers known to have participated in Wisconsin's Civil War regiments.

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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.  

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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.

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Wisconsin Local History and Biographical Articles Collection

The Wisconsin Historical Society's WLHBA Collection contains 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.The entire collection is available digitally and displays actual articles clippings that are downloadable. Most articles were published 1860-1940.

Web Genealogy Wisconsin Local History