Hartford History Room

Hours and Location

The History Room is located on the second floor of the Jack Russell Memorial Library and is maintained by a group of dedicated, local Hartford volunteers and one paid staff member on a part-time basis.  
 

Hours
Monday  9 AM - 3 PM

Thursday 3 PM - 8 PM
Other days/times may be available by appointment.  Please call 262-673-8240 and select 4 to speak with a history room staff member or leave a message. 
 

Information

There are no fees for using History Room resources other than copies and postage.  

Visitors are encouraged to work on their own research, as others doing your research might not recognize allied surnames, variant spellings, or other research challenges. 

 

Donations

Genealogies, family information, photos, etc., (originals or copies) are welcome donations.  Due to space constraints, large artifacts such as furniture are not accepted.  Monetary donations are welcome to help offset the cost of adding resources to the History Room.  Please reach out to the Library Director at 262-673-8240 for details on how to donate. 

 
History Room Resources
  • Church and Cemetery records
  • Family Files, Obituaries
  • Family, Business, Building, and Organization Histories
  • Newspapers and Plat Books
  • Postcards and Photographs
  • Washington County 1892 Plat Index
  • Dodge, Jefferson, and Washington County Naturalizations
  • Dodge County Pioneer Obituaries (translated German obits)
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Dodge County Plat Indexes
  • Township History books
  • War records - Civil War/WWII
  • General and German research aids
  • Germany maps before 1890
  • Surname Exchange
  • Ship lists
  • Photobook of ships
  • "Kit" house information and books

On-going Projects

  • Updating family files
  • Copying, clipping, and filing area past and current newspapers
  • Translating and indexing obituaries from the Dodge County Pioneer covering Dodge and Washington Counties and other parts of Wisconsin.

Books Available for Purchase about Hartford, WI

  • The Heritage of Hartford Commemorating the Centennial Celebration of Hartford, WI 1883-1983 - Copies available for purchase on the first of the library at the circulation desk, cost $12.  
  • Hartford Happenings 1983 - 1998:  A supplement to the Heritage of Hartford History Book on the first 100 years - Copies available for purchase on the first floor of the library at the circulation desk, cost $2.

Microfilms

  • Washington County Naturalizations (index available)
  • Dodge County Naturalizations (index for final papers only)
  • 1790 - 1930 Dodge and Washington County Federal and State Census
  • Hartford newspapers (Hartford Times Press)
  • Washington County Republican
  • Slinger Botschafter

Pre -1907 Wisconsin Vital Records
Complete set of books covering the "missing" marriages for 21 Wisconsin counties

 
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