Genealogy

Genealogy!  Everybody’s Doing It!

Check below to find information on the most commonly requested items.  We have other in-house items, such as:  cemetery records and/or inscriptions for different cemeteries in the area; Dodge and Fond du Lac County histories; Waupun city histories; Waupun city directories; Waupun military service information; Waupun school yearbooks; Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Green Lake plat map books (various years); and miscellaneous Waupun information.  Please call us at 920-324-7925 or email Reference Librarian Pam Garcia at pgarcia@mwfls.org to inquire about these resources.

Waupun Area Obituaries
The Waupun Public Library has indexed the Waupun area newspapers for obituaries.  Find the document here.  Email Pam at pgarcia@mwfls.org or call us at 920-324-7925 to inquire about copies of the obituaries.

Waupun Historical Society Files
The Waupun Historical Society has digitized thousands of Waupun-area newspapers.  Articles and photos can be searched by keyword here.

Waupun Correctional Institution Prisoner Records
Unfortunately, we have no prisoner records here.  We do have some historical information on Wisconsin State Prison/Waupun Correctional Institution and some editions of past newspapers written by prisoners.  We have been most successful when contacting Waupun Correctional Institution directly concerning records of prisoners.  We can request on your behalf, or if you would prefer to request yourself, send information and your questions to:

Warden
Waupun Correctional Institution
200 S. Madison St.
PO Box 351
Waupun, WI 53963

Some records are also held at the Wisconsin Historical Society.  To inquire about these records, please email askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org or call the Reference Archivist at 608-264-6460.

Waupun Area Family Genealogy Websites
Check out these websites for family genealogies with the surnames indicated.  If you are/were from the Waupun area and have a webpage on your family’s genealogy, and would like to include it here, please email the link to pgarcia@mwfls.org.
Peters & Schmidbauer Families
Schears Family

Waupun Area Family Histories
Certain individuals have graciously donated copies of their family histories to us, or we have obtained copies from the Waupun Heritage Museum.  See below for family histories available at the Waupun Public Library.  The content of these histories varies from very basic to very detailed information.

  • Allen (Powers, Soper, Walker) family
  • Brown, Alfred
  • Brown, Nelson
  • Bruins family of Alto
  • Buchholz family in America
  • Craig, Robert Frank
  • Dean family
  • Dodge family
  • Dykstra family
  • Gillingham family
  • Greider/Grider, Daniel
  • Grider, A. B.
  • Harder family
  • Kelly (McGrath, Meagher, Ryan) family
  • McElroy family
  • McGrath (Kelly, Meagher, Ryan) family
  • Meagher (Kelly, McGrath, Ryan) family
  • Morgridge/Luck family
  • Newton family
  • Perry family
  • Peters family
  • Pobanz family
  • Powers (Allen, Soper, Walker) family
  • Redeker family
  • Riel family
  • Ruenger/Runger/Ringer family
  • Ryan (Kelly, McGrath, Meagher) family
  • Soper (Allen, Powers, Walker) family
  • Staehling family
  • Tew family
  • VanBuren family
  • VanBurick family
  • VandeZande family
  • VanLoenen family
  • VanLoo family
  • Walker (Allen, Powers, Soper) family
  • Westover family
  • Wichmann family
  • Wilcox family
  • Woodhouse family

Family Histories at Waupun Heritage Museum
The Waupun Heritage Museum, located here, holds more family history information.  Below is a list of what they own.  This list is likely not complete.  They are only open the first and third Sundays of the month from 1:30-4:00 pm.

  • Bennet Family Bible
  • Brown, Barnabas
  • Brown, David
  • Brown-Robbins-Smith-Chase-Michels
  • Chase-Brown-Robbins-Smith-Michels
  • Davidson, James
  • Durham family
  • Drummy family
  • Fairbanks family
  • Field, Julius
  • Fowler family
  • Gage family
  • Gore family Bible
  • Grace-Sampey-Oliver
  • Grider, David
  • Hinkley family
  • Hustings family
  • Hooker family
  • Larson, Lillian
  • Michels-Brown-Robbins-Smith-Chase
  • Oliver-Grace-Sampey
  • Purdie, small notebook
  • Robbins-Smith-Chase-Brown-Michels
  • Sampey-Grace-Oliver
  • Schkade-Victor – the Wends of Texas
  • Scott, Edith
  • Sloper family
  • Smith-Chase-Brown-Michels-Robbins
  • VandeZande, Garret

Recommended Genealogy Websites
The following websites can include a wealth of information related to your genealogy search:
Ancestry.com
Ancestry Library Edition  (Note: the Waupun Public Library subscribes to the library edition of this site, which can be accessed by visiting the Waupun Public Library and using our wired computers or our wireless network.)
Badgerlink (This resource for Wisconsin residents includes several sites that can aid in genealogy research)
Dodge/Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society
Ellis Island Records
FamilySearch
Find A Grave
Fond du Lac County
Recollection Wisconsin
RootsWeb
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Vital Records Office