Local History & Genealogy


The Reedsburg Library accepts donations of family histories,local cookbooks
and other books of local interest for its collections.

Lake Redstone: 50th Anniversary

Library's Local History Room Offers
Family Histories, Cemetery Guides, Birth/Marriage/Obituary Index,
City Residential Guide,
Historic Photographic Collection
County Plat Books, Pamphlet File,
Misc. Local History Books, Microfilm Collection


Library's Historical
Photograph Collection


Library's Board Room Collection
The library maintains an archive of the it's rare historical materials in the former Carnegie Library. Books and materials from this archive are included in LINKcat and are available through special request to the Library Director.


Library's Microfilm Collection

County Census Records, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Union Vets & Widows (1890),
Citizenship Naturalization Records,
Reedsburg Newspapers :
Reedsburg Free Press (1860-1861,1872-1939),
Reedsburg Herald (1856-1858),
Reedsburg Times (1898-1939),
Reedsburg Times Press (1939-present),
Reedsburg Report (1995-1999),
Reedsburg Independent (1999-present),

Other Newspapers:

Rock Springs Townsmen (1949-1950),
LaValle Advertiser (1939),
LaValle Weekly (1940-1941),
LaValle Sentry ( 1949-1950)

Microfilm Machine Instructions

Agnes Moorehead among one of
Reedsburg's Notable Citizens



History of the Reedsburg Public Library

Historic Walking Tour



Digital Books

History of Reedsburg and Upper Baraboo Valley
Merton Krug 1929

Digitized by the Reedsburg Public Library and the South Central Library System and is part of the State of Wisconsin Collection in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Online Genealogy Index

The newspaper databases index of records of births, deaths and marriages.
This index covers from 1860s to presents.
(Index is currently still a work in process)

Genealogy Requests

Online Form to request a Newspaper article (Obituaries, Births, Marriages)


Electronic Resources

HeritageQuest Online
Available at the library or from your home computer, HeritageQuest Online provides access to U.S. federal census documents through 1930. It integrates public records and other primary evidence with the narrative materials that add color to the past.

Available only at the public library, AncestryPlus provides access to 1 billion names, more than 4,000 databases, and published lists of 2.8 million passengers who arrived in America in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.


Helpful Websites
For Family History Research


Local Resources

Reedsburg Historical Society P.O. Box 405, Reedsburg, WI 53959

Sauk County Historical Society
531 4th Ave. P.O. Box 651
Baraboo, WI 53913

Sauk County Cemeteries Sauk County Churches Sauk County Probate Records


Local Stories

10 Years Ago
Fire in LaValle
Discover Wisconsin
Films in LaValle
Reedsburg Football Team State Champs Dick Van Dyke Writes About Reedsburg

50 Years Ago
Former Librarian

50 Years Ago
Life Magazines Features Reedsburg
Carnegie Library Building Celebrates 100
Sue Steiner Day
in Reedsburg
Lake Redstone:
50th Anniversary
Outdoor Theatre
November 22, 1963
& Reedsburg
Movie Star born in LaValle  

Nov, 1961: Reedsburg was featured in Life Magazine.
They reported the events, trials and
tribulations from a small community as
their local national guard members
were sent to Fort Lewis, Washington.
Copies of this issue are available for viewing in our local history room.

John F. Kennedy Campaigns
in Reedsburg


World War Two POW Camp

History of Reedsburg

Sawlog War

Black Squirrels

90th Meridian

Indian Relocation



Local Historian Paul Schonfeld has the
following videos on YouTube

Video: See Yourself in the Movies
Reedsburg, 1938

Video: Loganville 1907

Video: Rosey's Dream



1983 Reedsburg Intensive Survey


Sesquicentennial History
of Reedsburg



Researching Your Home




Reedsburg & Hollywood

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Wisconsin Blue Book Collection



Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday:
8:30 am to 8 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Noon to 3 pm

Summer Hours:
(Same except:)
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm
Sunday: Closed

Reedsburg Public Library

370 Vine Street Reedsburg WI 53959
608- 768-READ (7323)

Fax: (608) 524-9024

November 26, 2014