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Local History

Genealogy Resources

The Chippewa Falls Public Library collects and maintains information pertaining to Chippewa Falls and the surrounding area which may be of interest to genealogists. As a service to those who cannot visit the library, library staff will perform limited research for a small fee.  The charges are:  a $5.00 flat rate for initiating a research request, a $1.00 per name search, $0.50 cost for scanning/emailing-if needed, a $0.10 per page cost for photocopies, and the cost of postage.  Requests for photocopies of obituaries must state an exact death date, which includes date, month and year.

Holdings include:

Chippewa County Census Records on Microfilm

  • Territorial and State Census for 1836, 1838, 1842, 1846, 1847, 1855,1875, 1885, 1895, 1895 and 1905
  • Federal Census for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (Civil War veterans only), 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.

Chippewa County Census Records on CD-ROM

  • Federal Census for 1870 and 1900

Census Indexes

  • Bound indexes for the 1830, 1836,1838 and 1842 are located in the Wisconsin Archives.
  • An index for 1905 is on microfilm

Newspapers

  • The city newspaper as published under various names is available on microfilm from January 12, 1867 to present.

City Directories

  • The collection of city directories for Chippewa Falls includes 1883, 1885, 1914, 1917 1920, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1950-51, 1952-53, 1955, 1956-57, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • The most current city directory is located at the Information Desk.
  • The Library also has a few tri-county directories (Chippewa, Dunn & Eau Claire Counties, plus the city of Rice Lake).

Chippewa County Atlases and Platbooks

  • Wisconsin Counties on microfilm includes a 1888 Chippewa County platbook.
  • Platbooks from 1920, 1930 and a 1945, 1961, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997 are located in the Wisconsin Archives.
  • The most current platbook is shelved at the Information Desk.

High School Yearbooks

  • Copies of some of the local high school yearbooks for both the public and parochial school are housed in the Wisconsin Archives.

Click Here for access Heritage Quest Online (Library Bar Code Required) 
Ancestry Libary Edition is available on any Internet computer at the Library.

Chippewa County Genealogical Society
123 Allen Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 723-4399
Hours: Tuesdays, 9:00-4:00pm
Contact CCGS for rental details

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Family History Center
3335 Stein Blvd.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 834-8271