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Genealogy & Local History

The library offers many resources for genealogists and those interested in local history. Use this page learn about library holdings, online resources, and local organizations.


Library Subscriptions

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. Ancestry Library Edition is made available by OWLSnet and can be used in any InfoSoup library.

Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

If you don't have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com, stop by the library to search this vast vast collection of Census records, birth, marriage & death records, immigration and military records, directories, passenger lists, and more!


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.


Waupaca Historical Society: Holly History and Genealogy Center

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.


  • Wednesday through Friday 10am - 2 pm
  • and by appointment

Group Tours: by appointment (715) 256-9980


Obituary Search

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 Library Associates of Waupaca. 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.

Request Forms

Genealogy & Local History Web Sites

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.

Join the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society!

The Waupaca Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) meets at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Holly History and Genealogical Center located at 321 South Main Street, Waupaca.

Check out WAGS website at waupacagenealogy.org or contact Nancy Weasner at 715-256-0284.

Looking for a great gift? Purchase your "Safer at Home" Waupaca community cookbook today!

Cookbooks cost $10 each. The "Safer at Home" cookbook is a joint fundraiser for the Waupaca Historical Society and Waupaca Public Library featuring recipes, stories and photographs from this pandemic year. You can purchase a copy at the Waupaca Public Library, Waupaca Historical Society and other area businesses with cash or a check made out to the Waupaca Historical Society.

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