Genealogy and Local History

The Laurie History Room in Sturgeon Bay offers an extensive genealogy and local history collection. Resources available include local newspapers on microfilm, a local newspaper obituary index, family histories, a cemetery index, marriage indexes, city directories, school yearbooks, censuses on microfilm, plat maps, biographies and histories of Door County, works by local authors, and much more.

Door County Library Newspaper Archive
newspapers from 1862 to 1979

Door County Library Newspaper Archive

Door County Register of Deeds
421 Nebraska St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235
(920) 746-2270
Wisconsin Vital Records
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI  53701-0309
(608) 267-7820

GENEALOGY RESEARCH (library use only)
Heritage Quest Online (home or library use)
Family Search Record Search
Wisconsin Genealogy Index


Door County Newspaper Archives Online
Algoma Public Library Newspaper Archives
Oconto Newspaper Archives
Access News Archives (home or library use)
Wisconsin Online Historical Newspaper list
Search digital newspapers with
Google Patents
Chronicling America: Historic Newspapers
Google Newspapers
Wikipedia list of online newspaper archives
Historical Newspapers Online
Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers 
(includes DC Advocate 2005-date)
Door County obituaries and births 2001-2005
Europeana Newspapers
Oconto County Newspaper Archives


PGS surname index for local family histories
History of Door County Wisconsin / Holand
Wisconsin's Belgian Community / Holand
Old Peninsula Days / Holand
History of Door County, Wisconsin / Martin
History of Northern Wisconsin
Biographical Record of Brown, Kewaunee and Door 
Passagers Belges partis vers l'Amerique en 1856
19th Century Belgian residents of Door County
Scandinavian Moravians in Wisconsin 
The Belgians in the North Country 
Indian Remains in Door County
Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State
The Cherry Industry in Door County
Thru the war with our outfit (WWI)
Soil survey of Door County, Wisconsin (1919) 
The Door County Historical Society / Holand
Clay Banks Bottom Lands Survey Project
Abandoned Shore-Lines of Eastern Wis (1907)
Manitowoc Skogen (Norwegian families)


Door County Memory Project
Recollection Wisconsin
Wisconsin 101, History in Objects
Wisconsin Historical Society
WI Public Radio history of Door County
Digital Public Library of America
Wisconsin Shipwrecks
Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Great Lakes Maps - UW Sea Grant
Wisconsin Naturalization Records
Wisconsin 1855 Census
Wisconsin 1865 Census
Wisconsin 1875 Census
Wisconsin 1885 Census
Wisconsin 1895 Census
Wisconsin 1905 Census
19th Century Residents of Door Peninsula
Civil War soldiers' grave database
Civil War Soldiers and Sailor database
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861-1865
Sturgeon Bay High School Yearbooks
Gibraltar High School Yearbooks (
Local History & Genealogy Resources, UWGB
Sturgeon Bay street name changes, 1943
Wisconsin Belgian American Research Collection
From Grez-Doiceau to Wisconsin (Wallons)
Belgian-Roots Project, Door County
Belgian-American Oral History
Belgian database-births, marriages, deaths
Hans Hanson House Project
Michigan Street bridge article
Wisconsin Magazine of History
Ancestry Magazine
Wisconsin Digital Archives (includes maps)
Library of Congress: Pioneering the Upper Midwest
Wisconsin Blue Books
Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database
Wisconsin Digital Archives (Government Documents)


Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory
Door County Web Map
Wisconsin Historical Society Maps (color Sanborn maps)
Library of Congress Sanborn maps
Land Records, National Archives
Door Co. Historical Atlases, Directories, & Plat Maps
BLM Land Patents Database
National Historic Register database
Original Wisconsin Field Notes and Plat Maps
Door County and Wisconsin Maps
Wisconsin Digital Map Library
Wisconsin Maps
Family Search: Wisconsin Maps
National Geographic Maps
Wisconsin Historic Aerial Image Finder
Old Maps Online


Peninsula Genealogical Society
Northern Door Genealogical Society
Door County Historical Museum
Door County Maritime Museum
Crossroads Historical Village
Door County Historical Society
Jacksonport Historical Society
Ephraim Historical Foundation
Sister Bay Historical Society
Gibraltar Historical Association
Baileys Harbor Historic Society
Egg Harbor Historical Society
Great Lakes Historical Society
Peninsula Belgian American Club
Sons of Norway District 5
Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands
Heritage Alliance of Door County


Door County pre-1907 marriage index
Door County pre-1907 death index
Wisconsin Vital Records pre-1907
Door County Advocate obituary index 1862-99
Door County Death Index 1857-1933
Online Wisconsin Death Records & Indexes
Door County Marriage Index through 1927
Door County Churches-Baptism Records
Veteran's Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Door County Advocate obituary index, 2001-2005


Architecture of Fred D. Crandall - photographs
Door County photos from 1940
Library photographs from the 1940's & 1950's
1950's wedding photo brochure, Sturgeon Bay
Antique Holiday Postcards, Sawyer, WI Autograph album, Ella Koch of Sawyer, WI


Hometown Stories Door County
Hometown Stories Teacher Resources
Door Podcast, audio interviews
Bruno from Belgium visits Brussels WI
Old steel bridge history
Tour of the Hanson house
Chez Nos Cousins du Wisconsin
History of Whitefish Bay and Glidden Dr.
Logging in Door County
Homemakers in Door County
Kangaroo Lake History
Shipwreck Archaeology in Baileys Harbor
Baileys Harbor Historical Society
Door County History
Sevastopol History
Growing up on a Dairy Farm in Door County
Door County videos by Laddie Chapman
The History Company documentaries
Archaeological Excavations in Door County
Around the Corner: Northern Door County
Around the Corner: Sturgeon Bay
Around the Corner: Fish Creek & Ephraim
Explore the Door
Northern Sky's "Loose Lips Sink Ships"
Our Door County-Belgian Heritage
Historic Door County Shipbuidling


Janquart/Jeanquart Family
Seaquist Family


Ship Passenger Lists Research Guide
Manitowoc Co Historical Place & Name Index
Germans to America
National Archives of Norway
Norwegian Historical Data Center
Thuringian Emigrant Database
East European Family History Societies
Irish Family History Foundation
Czech church records
Irish Genealogy
Registery of Deeds, Ireland
Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire
Meyers Gazetteer simple search