Archives & Local History
A Scrapbook For Your Community!
Have you heard the exciting news??
The new Archives website is up and running. We'd love to hear from you. Check it out at http://archives.lacrosselibrary.org.
Family History and Local History Resources at your Library
Ancestry Library Edition, available inside the library only
…claims to be “the largest collection of family history data online.” Over 900 million names can be searched in their free databases and premium subscription databases. The La Crosse Public Library currently holds a subscription to the library version of Ancestry.com with access for two simultaneous users. Ancestry’s databases include census images for the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada as well as lists of passengers coming to the United States. Users must be in the library in order to use this subscription. The free databases (social security death index, etc.) can be searched using the general Ancestry.com link.
Find contact information and meeting times for La Crosse area social and philanthropic organizations.
Compare how La Crosse intersections looked in the 1970s and how they look in the present day.
Discover the history and architecture of La Crosse as your expert guides share stories of La Crosse. Look up and encounter the architecture of this historic Mississippi River town. Experience the development and beauty of La Crosse from the boomtown riverboat days to today through the evolution of building styles and details.
...available from home to residents of Wisconsin and provided by BadgerLink that is funded by Wisconsin residents. A valuable tool for genealogy and historical research, HeritageQuest allows you to search books, magazine articles (PERSI), United States censuses, Revolutionary War pension files by personal names or place names, and Freedman’s Bank records. Users in the state of Wisconsin can access Heritage Quest anywhere as well as in the library.
Full text digitized materials of La Crosse County History from the La Crosse Public Library Archives and Murphy Library UW-La Crosse. There are a variety of topics including maps, agriculture, people & life, the Mississippi River, transportation, and general histories.
Historical to more modern maps, from approximately 1854-1987, including plat maps (who owned property), soil maps, and topographic maps of La Crosse County, maps of the city of La Crosse, and maps and charts of the Mississippi River before and after the navigation locks and dams.