Genealogy & Local History
T.B. Scott Free Library Genealogy & Local History Room
3rd level of the library
- Two microfilm reader-printers (15¢ per page.) ScanPro reader-printer can also generate digital (.pdf) files of microfilm images.
- Obituary Index on microfiche to local newspapers on microfilm from 1875 to most recently filmed.
- Federal and State Census microfilms for Lincoln County from 1836 through 1940.
- Print collections include Local & Regional History, Wisconsin Collection (featuring works by and about Wisconsin and Wisconsinites), Genealogy Collections (including over 50 volumes of the Germans to America passenger list index), & the North Pines Genealogy Group’s collection (for onsite use).
- Local & Regional History includes: family histories, City Directories from 1887 to present, histories of Merrill and Lincoln County, Lincoln County Plat books from mid-1890s to present, and a variety of material representing adjacent counties and the Upper Wisconsin River Valley.
- A complete run of Merrill High School yearbooks from 1895 to present, in addition to partial runs of Lincoln County Normal School Mah Wahs from the 1920s to the 1940s, and Prairie River Middle School yearbooks from the 1990s to present, are available at the Reference Desk.
- Wireless Internet access – (though printing available through wired units only).
T.B. Scott Free Library Indexes to Pre-1907 Northern Wisconsin Marriages
Until October 1, 1907, it was not required by law to register marriages in Wisconsin at the civil level. It is estimated that about 50% of pre-October 1907 Wisconsin marriages were recorded at county register of deeds offices. Copies of records for those marriages were sent to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison. Sometimes the state’s copy of a record left out material in the original, e.g., bride and groom birthplace. A volunteer project compared county-level and state-level pre-1907 Wisconsin marriage records. Some of this project’s data is available online at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website, but for a limited number of data fields. Results of this project for some, but not all, counties were published in print form. One of the project coordinators, Joy Vancos of Rhinelander, has given T.B. Scott Free Library permission to publish print copies of pre-1907 marriage indexes for Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, & Oneida Counties for in-house use only. This is addition to other indexes from other coordinators covering Price, Richland, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties. If you have ancestors who were married in 1907 or earlier in one of the above-named Wisconsin counties, you may email us with your simple lookup inquiry. If a match is found, we can email you the page(s) containing the information you seek. We can refer you a local genealogist if we determine your request is more complex. It is requested that proper attribution be made to Joy Vancos, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and T.B. Scott Free Library, and any commercial application of this data be made only with permission of the Wisconsin Historical Society. While T.B. Scott Free Library has no established fee for research done on a remote basis, the library accepts and welcomes donations in an amount you determine to be appropriate. Checks may be made to T.B. Scott Library, and mailed to T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 W. 1st Street, Merrill, WI 54452, Attn. Assistant Director Laurie Ollhoff.
Ancestry Library Edition By subscription. In library use only. Provided by WVLS, Wisconsin Valley Library Service. (Includes Social Security Death Index.)
Heritage Quest Online Provided through Badgerlink.
Newspapers on Microfilm Complete list of Microfilm Newspapers that the T.B. Scott Free Library offers.
Genealogy Contacts and Resources
Local Genealogist Contact Sharon Karow: SLKarow9@aol.com
- North Pines Genealogy Group P.O. Box 132 Merrill, WI 54452
- Web Page: www.northpinesgenealogygroup.mysite.com
- Meets at 6:00 p.m. 3rd Thursday January through May and August through December at T. B. Scott Library. Dates subject to change.
- Membership brochure available from the P. O. box address above.
Merrill Historical Society & Museum
Wisconsin History Resources
Central Wisconsin Digitization Project – Includes photos of the Lincoln and Marathon County railroads, schools, libraries. T. B. Scott Library was a major contributor to this project.
Wisconsin Blue Books online – Published annually from 1879-1883 and then biennially since 1885 to the present day, the State of Wisconsin Blue Book is the primary one-volume reference source about the state, documenting the organization of the state’s three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial). Covers 1879 to current (the library also has print copies of the Wisconsin Blue Book).
Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives – Search, read and print past issues of the Wisconsin Magazine of History! This free online access to the Wisconsin Magazine of History is made possible by a generous grant from the Schoenleber Foundation of Milwaukee.