Genealogy

Use these online databases to search for census records and thousands of other genealogical resources. HeritageQuest can be used at home (your library card may be needed) and is made available through BadgerLink. MyHeritage Library Edition is made available by OWLSnet and can be used in any InfoSoup library or from anywhere with your library card.

MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition provides access to a vast collection of Census records, family trees, birth, marriage & death records, immigration and military records, directories, passenger lists, and more! Library card needed for use from outside an InfoSoup library.

HeritageQuest

Genealogical resources including census data, family records, local histories, military records and an extensive index to genealogical & local history magazines. Library card may be needed for use from outside a library.

A qualified pioneer ancestor is a person who can be proven to have resided in any part of Waupaca County, the present day state of Wisconsin, before 1 January 1870 but does not have to have been born or died here. A qualified applicant must be a direct descendant of a qualified pioneer ancestor (male or female). Applicant does not have to reside in Waupaca County nor have ever lived in the state of Wisconsin, but must show prove of his/her direct line from the pioneer ancestor with documentation for each generation.

Guidelines & Forms

There is a $15.00 charge per individual name request for searching and copying each obituary. This fee covers staff time and we cannot guarantee that we will locate every name. We will be searching library archives, as well as Waupaca County Post, and Waupaca County Republican newspapers.

Neighboring municipality libraries keep their own newspaper archives. Obituary & Genealogy requests are by postal mail only.

Please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and make out checks or money orders to the City of Waupaca- Library. Please print out a copy of our Obituary & Genealogy Requests form below and fill out the form as completely as possible.

Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates may be available through the Wisconsin Department of Vital Records.

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Mary Eberlee
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:00am

Program from 9 am until 4 pm.

Mary Eberlee, Founder of DNA Hunters, LLC will present an all day workshop on using DNA for Genealogy research. This workshop is brought to you by the Waupaca Area Genealogy Society.  Retired Attorney, Mary Eberle is a DNA expert and genetic genealogist with 30 years of DNA experience.  

You may choose to purchase a lunch for $10. You will indicate that you want to purchase a lunch on the registration form.

The workshop is limited to 85 participants. Registration required. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CALL FOR YOUR RESERVATION 715-258-4414


This Genetic Genealogy Basics/How to Understand Your DNA Results Workshop will include the following presentations. This workshop is designed for beginners, but also covers more advanced topics.

  1. Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy Research: Want to start using DNA for genealogy research but want guidance on the best approach? Received your DNA results and want a better understanding of them? This talk covers DNA basics, available tests, and how to develop your DNA testing plan.
  1. Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy Research: Autosomal DNA (atDNA) provides the most useful information for most genealogists. Learn how to analyze your atDNA test results and find common ancestors with your DNA matches.
  1. Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research: Understanding when these types of DNA can help (and when they won't) is crucial. Learn how these types of DNA can be used to answer your genealogy questions. 
  1. Hands-on Exercise:  This exercise will go through interpreting one person's DNA results from Ancestry. Learn some tricks for clarifying and making the most of your DNA test results.

 

 

 

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Author Bill Stokes
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

Author Bill Stokes will share his journey of researching his book Margaret's War which covers the topic of POW Camps in Wisconsin during WWII.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Waupaca annually attracts many historians, professional or amateur, who are seeking information about personal heritage, Native American history, Civil War events. The area’s rich and colorful history often can be found in documents at the Holly Center, 321 South Main Street. Local experts or the Center’s Executive Director, Tracy Behrendt, provide assistance as requested.

OPEN:

  • Wednesday 12 - 3 pm
  • Thursday 10am to 2 pm
  • Friday 12 - 3 pm
  • Saturdays 9am - 12 pm (June through August)

Group Tours: by appointment (715) 256-9980

http://www.waupacahistoricalsociety.org/

Wisconsin Vital Records Services - The Wisconsin Vital Records Office is responsible for filing, preserving, protecting, changing, and issuing copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates for events that occur in Wisconsin. This Web site provides information on obtaining copies of vital records, searching our records in person, and other available resources.

Wisconsin Genealogy Index - Search for pre-1907 Vital Records (VR), including birth, death, and marriage records as well as for 150,000 Wisconsin Name Index (WNI) records, including biographical sketches, obituaries, and newspaper articles published before 2000.

Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 - Alphabetical and regimental lists of soldiers who served in Wisconsin units during the Civil War.

Wisconsin Historical Images - Historical images from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles - 16,000 historical and biographical articles. Search by name, location, or article subject(s).

Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service - Are fee based services offered by the Wisconsin Historical Society. They have the following records available to them:

  • Wisconsin Birth Records (1850-1907)
  • Wisconsin Marriage Records (1836-1907)
  • Wisconsin Death Records (1850-1907)
  • Wisconsin Civil War Service Records
  • Wisconsin Name Index Records

Waupaca County History - See our community page for a brief overview of Waupaca County history.

Waupaca Area Genealogical Society

The group generally meets at 9:00 am on the second Saturday of the month at the Holly History and Genealogy Center. However, locations, times and dates do change, especially in the summer. Check the website to verify.

We meet at the Holly History and Genealogy Center in Waupaca during the winter months, but during the summer our location varies, check the newsletter or call Nancy Helbach at 715-258-2247 for more information.

Waupaca Sexton Office
Cemetery Records
Richard Martin (715) 258-4406, ext. 230
407 School Street, Waupaca, WI 54981

Waupaca County Courthouse
811 Harding Street, Waupaca, WI 54981

Register of Deeds
(715) 258-6250
P.O. Box 307, Waupaca, WI 54981

  • Birth, Marriage, Death and Land Records
  • Index to Military Discharges

Cemetery Index

Wayne and Alta Guyant's Cemetery Index on microfilm (See Waupaca GenWeb at the top of the page for a listing of cemeteries).

This index includes a general index, as well as veteran and maiden name indexes with each cemetery. It includes cemeteries found in Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties as well as obituaries from the Waupaca County Post for some of the listings.

Newspapers

  • Waupaca County Republican from April 2, 1874 - May 31, 1917
  • Waupaca County Record from December 1, 1894 - May 31, 1917
  • Waupaca County Post from January 19, 1878 - present.

Federal and State Census Records

Birth and Death Indexes

  • Pre-1907 Birth and Death Indexes for Wisconsin on microfiche donated by the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society.