The following is a list of local LIBRARIES and ARCHIVES that will assist you in your research.  If you are coming to the Shawano area specifically to visit a library or archive, do call ahead first to make sure the hours I have listed are correct.  Definite MUST VISITS are the Shawano Family History Center, the Bonduel Community Archive and the Shawano County Courthouse.  And if you have extra time, the Cofrin Library at UWGB is worth the extra mileage as they have some very unique holdings.


Area Research Center University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Debra Anderson 920-465-2539

Naturalization papers from Shawano county;
History of the county and Northeastern WI;
Some school censuses, population censuses;

(Note: A file card index of Shawano naturalization papers kept at the Area Research Center in Green Bay is also kept at the Shawano Latter Day Saints Family History Center.)

Tigerton Branch Library
Birch Street
P O Box 166
Tigerton WI 54486-0166
Tel 715-535-2194
Fax 715-535-2666 
Peggy Slicer, Librarian
Open Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 2:00 -5:00 p.m. 
Birnamwood Branch Library
337 S. Main
Birnamwood WI 54414-9259
Tel 715-449-3120
Karen Dickman, Librarian
Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
2-8 p.m.

Saturday 9-12 p.m. 

Bonduel Community Archives
108 S. First St.
P. O. Box 205
Bonduel, WI 54107
Currently open Wednesday 9-5 & Saturday 9-4

Serving: Advance, Bonduel, Briarton, Cecil, Landstad, Navarino, Slab City, Zachow and surrounding areas.

Some information from brochure:
The Bonduel Community Archives is an affiliated member of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Bonduel Community Archives receives collections from the public; serves as a historical and genealogy research library; provides perpetual care of the collection to safeguard its condition and availability to the public; assists the public to record information of historical value; and helps interpret historical information.

Notable references at the archives: Many cemetery listings and church records from the area. Has many of the local newspapers of the Bonduel Times from 1909. (Note: the Bonduel Public Library has the Bonduel Times on microfilm.) Family history resources include: a collection of obituaries and wedding announcements from the present newspapers and copies of family scrapbooks submitted to the archives. News clippings are sorted and filed by family name. The archives is collecting photographs of the area's first settlers and their families.

Bonduel Branch Library
117 1/2 W. Green Bay 
P O Box 687
Bonduel WI 54107-0687
Tel 715-758-2267
Fax 715-758-6841
Carol Luepke, Librarian
Winter Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 3-7
Tuesday, Thursday 9-2 & 5:30-7
Saturday 9-12 

Summer Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 3-7
Tuesday, Thursday 9-2 Saturday 9-12 

Local newspaper on microfilm.

Shawano City - County Public Library
128 S Sawyer St
Shawano, WI 54166

Their web page can be accessed at this address From here you can enter Newcat which is their card catalog. They have access to quite a few libraries and if you can't find an item in their system we can order from outside the system.


Year Around
Mon & Wed 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Tues,Thurs & Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



This Library has a reference room called the Wisconsin Room. It has a collection of newspapers on microfilm along with books and pamphlets regarding the county's history.  And we have a new "Kindred Spirit" there, working at the library -- Mikki emailed me the following information:
  • PAMPHLET FILES:  Includes articles from local newspaper arranged by topic; Personalities, awards, happenings in townships in Shawano county, churches, etc.
  • OLD CHURCH DIRECTORIES: From the 1940's, etc. 
  • PLAT BOOKS: Included in our pamphlet area, we have plat books for the following years: 1958, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1995. There were 2 with no date. One looks to be around the mid 50's the other maybe early 60's.
  • SHAWANO CITY DIRECTORIES: For the following years: 1950, 1955, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974-77, 1980-82, 1984-89, 1993, 1995, 2001 and 1 lonely one from Clintonville 1947.
  • SCHOOL ANNUALS:  We also have annuals from the Shawano High School called the "Shawnee" for the years 1909, 1921-69, 1972-74, 1976, 1989-91, 1994, 1996.  Annuals from Gresham High School called the "Reporter" for the years 1956, 1957, 1959-62, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1984, 1988-94, 1996, 2001.  Annuals from the Menominee High School called "Warrior Memories" 1964-68.  A 1972 annual from Plattville University called "Coppertop".  Stevens Point University annual called "Iris" from 1968-70.   "The Badger" for 1921-24, the 1932 edition was Famous Badgers of Wisconsin, 1946, 1961-64.

We have a microfilm machine and the following things are available:

  • U.S. CENSUS FOR SHAWANO COUNTY for the years 1840, 1870, 1880, 1890 (union veterans and widows of union veterans of Wis.), 1900, 1910, 1920.
  • WIS. STATE CENSUS for 1855 (St. Croix- Winnebago), 1875 (St. Croix - Wood), 1855 (St. Croix-Walworth), 1895 (Racine- Trempealeau), 1905 (Sauk-Sheboygan)

The following newspapers are also available on microfilm.

  • Shawano County Advocate Dec. 8,1881 - Aug. 16, 1934
  • Volksbote Wochenblatt Nov. 12, 1897 - Jan. 3, 1935
  • Shawano Evening Leader Aug. 22, 1934 - Dec. 1997 we will continue to get this newspaper on film as it is made.
  • Shawano County Journal July 30, 1859 - 1898    Feb. 1, 1906 - Aug. 1951

The "Wisconsin Room" may be typical of any in Wisconsin libraries, at least the smaller ones.  There are books about the history of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Blue book back to the late 1800's, Wisconsin census enumeration for 1895 part 3 and 1905 part 3. There are Centennials from Shawano and some books written by local historians as well.  There are quite a few family histories available as well as books to help you learn how to do your research. We can order microfilm as well.
Thanks, Mikki, for updating our site! Mikki also says that she is able to do LIMITED look-ups in reference books, etc. at the library.  Let's not overwhelm our latest "kindred spirit" -- please limit your requests to one per email and also be specific as to what you want looked-up and in which book...and Mom's Rule #1 applies here! (Always say thank-you!)

Menominee Tribal County Library
Keshena, WI 54135


Tigerton Village Hall 
221 Birch Street
Tigerton, WI 54486


Shawano County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
311 N Main
Shawano, WI 54166


Vital records housed. Note this courthouse has the pre-1907 original birth, marriage, and death records. Notable fact: some vital records were never recorded at the courthouse, but were recorded at the Shawano City Hall.
City of Shawano
213 E Green Bay St
Shawano, WI 54166


Note: A complete index of the records contained at City Hall is also available at the Shawano Latter Day Saints Family History Center.
Shawano County Historical Society
Heritage Park Museum 
724 N. Franklin Street (North end)
Shawano, WI  54166
Phone (715) 526-3536

Tours: June to September 1,
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 
1:30 4:30PM. Last tour at 4:00.

For special tours contact:
Chamber of Commerce, 715-524-2139
Or Marianne Phalen, 526-4770 (home)

Visit Heritage Park Museum and relive the "good ole days."  The six buildings of the museum compound and their exhibits bring to life the history of immigrants, lumberjacks and early farmers who settled this area of Wisconsin.  Sunset Island, located in the Shawano Lake Outlet Channel, adjacent to Heritage Park, has a shelter and picnic tables.  Tours begin at the Registration Center which has displays of children's pictures, depicting the fashions worn by children of early pioneer families, and a collection of early Main Street pictures.  Tours continue through the vintage John Kast home of 1871, to view its late 19th century furnishings; a One-Room Country School; a restored pioneer log cabin; a dairy building with Shawano County cheese-making equipment; and, across the lane, a stone building with collections of turn-of-the-century hardware, logging and maple syrup equipment plus other vintage items. 
Stockbridge-Munsee Historical Library,
Museum of the Mohican Nation
N8510 Moh He Con Nuck Road
Bowler, WI 54416


The "People From Where the Waters Are Never Still" have an illustrious history. The museum offers archives for study and research. The collection is arranged by era and is the most complete collection of information about the Mohican People. Located four miles east of Bowler. Open Monday - Friday, 8-4:30.
Shawano Family History Center

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
910 E Zinger Ave
Shawano, WI 54166

Summer Hours Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9-4

FHC Director:
Betty Edgerton

Excellent reference collection of local Shawano County ancestors research information. File card indexes of: Federal Census records thru 1910;   Vital records housed at Shawano City Hall; Naturalization papers housed at Green Bay Area Research Center; Some vital records housed at Shawano County Courthouse; Cemetery inscriptions from local cemeteries.  An almost complete collection of obituary clippings from local Shawano newspaper. Book library of local history reference books.  Also has a file cabinet of local ancestors family group sheets, and donated family histories.


Diocese of Green Bay
1910 South Webster Ave.
P.O. Box 23066
Green Bay, Wi. 54305-3066

920-435-4406 ext. 8186   Fax 920-435-1330.


Catholic church records for Northeastern Wisconsin are on micro-fiche.   There are also books and genealogies in a small library  attached to the archive.  In an email from Kris, I was told they have hired a new archivist and are filling back research requests.  They will again be open for researchers to schedule appointments.

(Sister Ella Kaster has retired after many years of EXCELLENT service.)

Wittenberg Area Historical Society and Museum 
Former St. Paul Lutheran Church Parochial School 
Wittenberg, WI 54499 
Wittenberg Branch Library
803 Cherry Street
P O Box 295
Wittenberg WI 54499-0295
Tel 715-253-2936 
Arlene Newcomb, Librarian
Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 2-7
Friday 10-5
Saturday 9-12 
Mattoon-Hutchins Library
311 Slate Av
P O Box 266
Mattoon WI 54450-0266
Tel 715-489-3333 
Joyce Reichert, Librarian
Open Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 10-5
Wednesday 2-6 
Tigerton Area Historical Society 
Corner of Swanke & Chestnut Streets, Tigerton
Open June-Sept, 3rd Sunday of the month; Memorial Day Sunday, and July 4th weekend
Sunday. Also open Lumberjack Days, Sat & Sun, 1-5pm; for special town events; and by request for civic and cultural groups. 
  • Historical Building
  • Original Town of Fairbanks Town Hall 
  • Pioneer Log Cabin 
  • Band Stand
  • Eland Area Historical Society 
    P.O. Box 27
    Eland, WI, 54427
    Phone: (715) 253-6040 
    Marion Area Historical Society 
    P.O. Box 321
    Marion, WI, 54950
    Contact Bruce Hofman
    (715) 754-2118 

    Open May-Sept, 2 Sundays each month, 1-4pm. 
    Special tours available.

    Northwestern Railroad Depot Museum and Log Cabin

    East Ramsdell Street, near the athletic fields.

    Pulaski Area Historical Society 
    129 West Pulaski Street
    P. O. Box 944
    Pulaski, WI, 54162

    Phone: (920) 822-5856,
    (920) 822-5189

    Open 2nd Sunday of the month, June-Aug, 1-3pm. 
    Also by appointment, Sept-May.