Discover the Past

We are curious creatures. We all want to find out the whos, whats, and whys of our world. Shorewood Library offers sources online and at the library to help you get to the bottom of the great mysteries of our past.


Access Newspaper Archive (Provided by BadgerLink) - Searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.  Pages are presented in PDF format preserving original context and format of content. 

Ancestry Library Edition 

Includes U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage; The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England; Social Security Death Index; WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; Civil War collection. Inside library use only.

HeritageQuest Online

Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources including U.S. Federal Census records, full text family and local histories, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records and more! Provided by BadgerLink

History Reference Center

Full text from reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, history periodicals, historical documents, and biographies, as well as historical images, and historical video. Provided by BadgerLink

Humanities International Complete 

Full text journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Provided by BadgerLink

Newspaper Source Plus 

Full text newspapers, television and radio news transcripts. Provided by BadgerLink

Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site 

Provides access to daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, 2005 to the present, with a delay of 90 days. Each newspaper edition is available cover to cover as a searchable PDF. This service is only available in libraries or by logging in with your library card.

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Shorewood Community Directories 

We have decades of the Village's print directories in our collection. Find out who lived where and in what year.

Shorewood Copperdome Annuals 

Search through nearly every edition of Shorewood High School’s award-winning yearbooks from 1934 onwards.

Other Recommendations

Recollection Wisconsin

Wisconsin's statewide collection of digital history, including over 200,000 searchable historical artifacts.

Milwaukee Public Library Local History Collection

Artifacts and records from Milwaukee City and County. Many are available online, and many more are available for use at Central Library.

Shorewood Historical Society

Contact the Historical Society to access their collection of Shorewood history.