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.



Ancestry Library Edition

Click here to access Ancestry Library Edition while inside Shorewood Public Library (no library card necessary)

Ancestry Library Edition is no longer available remotely and can only be accessed at the library as of December 31, 2021.

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. 

Instructions for getting started with Ancestry Library Edition (from Shorewood Public Library)

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

Instructions for getting started with HeritageQuest Online (from Shorewood Public Library)

Understanding the difference between HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition

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Full text from reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, history periodicals, historical documents, and biographies, as well as historical images, and historical video.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 Library Edition World Collection

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Provided by BadgerLink

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Genealogy Interest Group

Meet with other genealogists to learn new research skills and share your knowledge on the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM.

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.

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Shorewood Historical Society

The Shorewood Historical Society has completed the digitization of over 60% of the community’s historic newspaper archives of 78,000 pages. Years 1923-1972 are completed and years 1973-2004 are a work in progress with an expected completion by early 2020. The newspaper archives has several names but was best known as the Shorewood Herald. Visit the Historical Society's website to access the newspaper archive and learn more about other Shorewood history resources they provide!

Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records

Family history research records from the Wisconsin Historical Society records available on Ancestry. In order to use these records, you must create a free Ancestry account. Complete instructions are on the right side of the page once you enter the website above. Provided by Wisconsin Historical Society, Ancestry and 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. 

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.