Wisconsin Archives: 105 Newspapers Online for Genealogy Research

Wisconsin, part of America’s Midwest, is bordered by two Great Lakes: Lake Superior on the north and Lake Michigan on the east. The nation’s 23rd largest state and 20th most populous, Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because of all its dairy farms, milk production, and world-famous cheese.

photo of the Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wisconsin, built in 1903
Photo: the Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wisconsin, built in 1903. Credit: KKNiteOwl; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Wisconsin, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online WI newspaper archives: 105 titles to help you search your family history in the “Badger State,” providing coverage from 1833 to Today. There are more than 7 million articles and records in our online Wisconsin archives!

Dig deep into our archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Wisconsin ancestors in these WI newspapers online. Our Wisconsin newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Wisconsin Newspaper Archives (1833 – 1992)

Search Wisconsin Recent Obituaries (1989 – Current)

illustration of the state flag of Wisconsin
Illustration: state flag of Wisconsin. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Wisconsin newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The WI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitleDate Range*Collection
AppletonAppleton Volksfreund9/11/1919 – 11/16/1922Newspaper Archives
AshlandDaily Press1/2/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BarabooBaraboo News-Republic1/1/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BaysideNorth Shore NOW1/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Beaver DamDaily Citizen1/27/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BeloitSoul City Courier10/12/1976 – 1/18/1977Newspaper Archives
BeloitBeloit Daily News7/26/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BrookfieldBrookfield-Elm Grove NOW1/14/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CedarburgNews Graphic6/25/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Chippewa FallsChippewa Herald1/30/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Chippewa FallsChippewa Herald, The: Blogs6/21/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ColumbusColumbus Journal1/26/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DousmanKettle Moraine Index12/2/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fond du LacFond du Lac Weekly Commonwealth3/24/1858 – 12/15/1858Newspaper Archives
Fond du LacFond du Lac Trade Extension2/13/1918 – 2/13/1918Newspaper Archives
Fond du LacDemocratic Press6/5/1858 – 12/15/1858Newspaper Archives
Fond du LacDaily Fond du Lac Press7/23/1866 – 7/25/1866Newspaper Archives
Fond du LacPress6/5/1858 – 7/25/1866Newspaper Archives
Fort AtkinsonWisconsin Chief10/15/1856 – 9/29/1866Newspaper Archives
Fort AtkinsonDaily Jefferson County Union1/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fox LakeFox Lake Representative12/15/1911 – 12/20/1917Newspaper Archives
FranklinOak Creek-Franklin-Greendale NOW2/11/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GalesvilleGalesville Independent11/5/1874 – 8/30/1889Newspaper Archives
GermantownGermantown-Menomonee Falls NOW1/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GraftonGrafton Enterprise7/27/1927 – 8/3/1927Newspaper Archives
GratiotGratiot Reporter6/13/1912 – 10/9/1913Newspaper Archives
Green BayGreen-Bay Intelligencer and Wisconsin Democrat12/11/1833 – 6/1/1836Newspaper Archives
Green BayWisconsin Free Press10/3/1835 – 3/30/1836Newspaper Archives
Green BaySunday Advance6/15/1884 – 7/6/1884Newspaper Archives
Green BayGreen Bay Spectator2/21/1852 – 9/28/1852Newspaper Archives
Green BayWisconsin Republican1/21/1845 – 2/8/1847Newspaper Archives
Green BayPhoenix10/8/1841 – 10/8/1841Newspaper Archives
HartfordTimes Press9/18/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HartlandLiving Lake Country: Blogs1/10/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HartlandLake Country Reporter1/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HartlandSussex Sun11/17/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HaywardSawyer County Record1/11/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
La CrosseLa Crosse Volksfreund1/3/1906 – 12/28/1907Newspaper Archives
La CrosseWisconsin Labor Advocate8/20/1886 – 8/6/1887Newspaper Archives
La CrosseNord Stern4/10/1908 – 4/10/1908Newspaper Archives
La CrosseLa Crosse Tribune7/11/1989 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LancasterGrant County Herald3/18/1843 – 12/5/1850Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin State Journal3/10/1857 – 12/27/1889Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin Daily Patriot9/10/1859 – 11/14/1864Newspaper Archives
MadisonWeekly Wisconsin Patriot7/8/1854 – 10/22/1864Newspaper Archives
MadisonDaily Argus and Democrat1/3/1854 – 7/21/1854Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin Democrat10/18/1842 – 5/8/1852Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin Enquirer11/8/1838 – 3/27/1841Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin Free Press4/3/1984 – 1/12/1990Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin Populist9/10/1892 – 11/8/1892Newspaper Archives
MadisonWisconsin State Journal3/3/1989 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MadisonCapital Times3/20/1989 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MaustonJuneau County Argus7/26/1888 – 7/26/1889Newspaper Archives
MaustonJuneau County Star-Times1/22/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MenomonieDunn County News12/9/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel11/11/1966 – 12/31/1968Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Sentinel12/10/1844 – 12/30/1968Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Star7/22/1967 – 2/10/1977Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeWahrheit1/7/1893 – 6/25/1910Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeWisconsin Free Democrat8/23/1848 – 11/28/1860Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeWisconsin Weekly Advocate5/7/1898 – 9/19/1907Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Weekly Sentinel6/27/1837 – 6/13/1866Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Advertiser7/14/1836 – 3/20/1841Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Journal of Commerce3/15/1871 – 12/22/1880Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeSoul City Times9/14/1968 – 12/16/1971Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Defender1/3/1957 – 2/1/1958Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee American4/8/1857 – 10/28/1857Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukie Democrat8/11/1843 – 2/23/1844Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeGuardia10/21/1969 – 8/1/1975Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeJugend-Post1/1/1895 – 12/28/1895Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeWisconsin Afro-American8/13/1892 – 11/19/1892Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeNorthwestern Recorder12/3/1892 – 3/30/1893Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukiean10/28/1844 – 11/4/1844Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee’r Socialist9/22/1876 – 9/21/1877Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Herold und Seebote1/1/1901 – 1/1/1901Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Herold1/1/1901 – 1/1/1921Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeWiskonsin Banner9/14/1844 – 9/21/1844Newspaper Archives
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel1/22/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MilwaukeeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel: Blogs7/20/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MonroeJeffersonian Democrat8/14/1856 – 3/26/1857Newspaper Archives
MukwonagoMukwonago Chief5/19/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
New LisbonJuneau County Argus11/8/1858 – 12/6/1894Newspaper Archives
OconomowocOconomowoc Focus2/3/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OconomowocOconomowoc Enterprise4/14/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OneidaKalihwisaks5/13/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OshkoshOshkosh True Democrat2/9/1849 – 5/12/1857Newspaper Archives
Park FallsPrice County Review6/6/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PhillipsPhillips Bee3/3/1999 – 6/3/2014Recent Obituaries
PortageDaily Register1/7/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PortageWisconsin Dells Events2/26/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RacineWeekly Racine Advocate1/8/1851 – 4/25/1866Newspaper Archives
RacineRacine Courier10/16/1976 – 7/25/1992Newspaper Archives
ReedsburgReedsburg Times-Press1/28/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Rice LakeChronotype1/4/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RiponRipon Commonwealth Press1/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Sauk CitySauk Prairie Eagle5/18/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SheboyganSheboygan Nieuwsbode10/6/1849 – 11/7/1850Newspaper Archives
SpoonerSpooner Advocate9/24/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SuperiorSuperior Telegram5/19/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WashburnCounty Journal4/20/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WaukeshaAmerican Freeman9/9/1845 – 12/29/1847Newspaper Archives
WaukeshaWaukesha NOW2/3/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WaukeshaFreeman6/12/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WauwatosaWauwatosa NOW9/9/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
West BendWashington County Daily News7/12/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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