Falls History Project
Paul Rykken directs the Falls History Project. Jackson County History Room has copies of all of the Falls History Projects available.
2002: THE WORLD WAR II EXPERIENCE
2003: BLACK RIVER FALLS IN THE DEPRESSION
2004: BLACK RIVER FALLS IN 1952
2005: REGIONAL MUSIC HISTORY
2006: BLACK RIVER FALLS IN 1968
2007: THE KOREAN WAR EXPERIENCE
2008: THE JACKSON COUNTY FAIR
2009: INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN BRF
2010: BLACK RIVER FALLS IN THE CIVIL WAR
2011: BRF IN 1875: SPAULDING AND THE REMOVAL EPISODE
2012: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MERLIN HULL
2013: THE CHINA CONNECTION: BLACK RIVER TO SHANGHAI
2014: BLACK RIVER FALLS AND THE GREAT WAR
2015: WILLIAM THOMPSON PRICE
2016: EDNA FRANCES PERRY
Free Norwegian Website
It is a web map that allows you to search and view the boundaries of all the parishes in Norway along with county municipal boundaries. Also included is a farm search tool that allows you to search farms by name and zoom to their location. This site is located at http://norwayparishes.com and is a very useful tool for seeing not only the parishes that are so critical in Norwegian genealogy research, but all the bordering parishes – and the municipality? (from the Taylor County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 20, Issue 4, march 2016, page 5).
Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy
CCC Legacy is a non-profit membership organization established to promote the heritage of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The site is available at www.ccclegacy.org. The website has a wealth of information including a list of camps, location of museums, brief history of the CCC and more. The records are stored in the National Archives in St. Louis. You can write to the archives to obtain copies. Go to www.archives.gov for the Archives website.
Castle Garden: Search over 10 million names of immigrants who arrived in New York before Ellis Island opened in 1892.
Ellis Island: Access archival information available at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum including ship passenger lists or manifests, passenger records, and ship information for the more than 22 million passengers and ship’s crew members who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1892-1924.
The History of the Great Lakes States: An online library of over 1,300 items; including books, journal articles, maps and more. Most of the materials are too rare to be found on library shelves. This is a free public service. All materials are in the public domain; there is no cost and no registration.
Recommendations from the Wisconsin Historical Society:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
The USGenWeb Project
Find a Grave: Millions of Cemetery Records
RootsWeb: An ancestry.com Community
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Websites
Fold3, “able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.”
Sources of free eBooks for genealogical research
Family History Books is a collection of over 40,000 books made available by FamilySearch. All books on this site are free and relate to genealogy.
Google Books is provided by Google. This site contains literally millions of books. After you enter your search terms, you can limit your search to free books by clicking “Free Google eBooks” halfway down the left side of the page. Further down the column, you can also select a custom date range, or choose a 19th, 20th, or 21st century search.
The non-profit Internet Archive offers a wide range of volumes. To limit a search to books, select “Texts” from the drop-down menu labeled “All Media Types.”