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11 September 2019

Our Library Collections: Wisconsin

Our library has many Wisconsin history books
One in a series by CGS member Chris Pattillo, highlighting some of our holdings at the Library in Oakland.  For a fuller listing of books, journals, and more, consult the CGS Library catalog in WorldCat.

Our collection of books for Wisconsin is unique for its sameness. We have a disproportionate number of books about the history of the state and counties plus a number of biographies. This fact no doubt reflects the interests of the individuals who donated these books to our library.

Our collections starts and ends with two sets of journals. The first is Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter beginning in 1955 and continuing to the current issues. Featured in the most recent issue is “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” – sounds intriguing. I was impressed to find a list of their scheduled webinar topics, one for each month of the year. Much of the newsletter consists of announcements of upcoming events much like our eNews.

Recent edition of the Wisconsin
State Genealogical Society Newsletter
Our second set of journals is the French Canadian/Acadian Genealogists of Wisconsin. We have copies from 1988 to 2010. Its style is very similar to our own Nugget.

Towards the end of the Wisconsin collection the topics are more diverse. One such book is History of the Oshkosh Welsh Settlement, 1847-1947. This provides the history of the Welsh of Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties. It was edited by Rev. David Davies and translated by Hanes Y. Cymry. 
Example of photo collections in History of the Oshkosh
Welsh Settlement

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