Biographical Resources

Biographies are valuable research and genealogical tools and they can be found in a variety of sources. As with all of our holdings, most of the biographies available at the UW-Parkside Archives are for people who lived in Racine or Kenosha County. Fortunately, many of these sources are now either available in full-text or at least have online, searchable indexes. The content of biographies range from brief, one paragraph entries to fairly in-depth summaries of an individual’s life.

Biographical Resources available in our reading room and found online:

  • The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin ... (1879) -- "Biographical sketches": p. [565]-738.
  • The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County Wisconsin: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement (1916)
     volume 1 | volume 2

  • Racine, Belle City of the Lakes, and Racine County, Wisconsin : a Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement (1916)

  • Racine County in the World War: A History (1920) --- Google Books

  • Wisconsin Genealogy Index
    Search this database for  Wisconsin Name Index (WNI) records, including biographical sketches -- even from some of the resources featured above, obituaries, and newspaper articles published before 2000. This index also covers pre-1907 Vital Records (VR), including birth, death, and marriage records.

  • Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles
    Searchable database of 16,000 scanned historical and biographical articles preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Most articles were published between 1860 and 1940 from hundreds of Wisconsin local newspapers, and a few from other states.

  • Newspaper Archives
    Newspaper Archives is an historical, full-text online database of hundreds of papers from around the country. For Racine and Kenosha Counties, the database includes newspapers from the cities of Kenosha, Southport, Racine and Burlington, and some county-wide papers for Racine and Kenosha. Coverage of the newspapers varies significantly; some are complete runs of a publication while others are only a small sample of the papers published.  

In addition to the Newspaper Archives online database, check with the Kenosha Public Library (Kenosha News) and the Racine Public Library (The Journal Times) for assistance with searching current and back issues of area newspapers to which they subscribe.

If you are unable to visit our facility, we will be happy to provide you with copies of records located in our office: Please contact us with your request. It is helpful if you list your subject's name, location and dates of milestones.

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