On our website
Type the name you're looking for into the search bar at the top of the WHS website:
On the left side of the results screen, notice that there are many types of documents listed. The items in newspapers that family historians/genealogists tend to be interested in are clippings and obituaries:
There are two kinds of newspaper articles/clippings on our website: an index or record to let you know that an article exists and specifically where to find it, and full-text articles that have been scanned. Below are the icons that indicate what result is an index and which is full-text. The green book cover indicates that this result is an index record, the icon with "News" printed on it indicates a full-text item.
Newspapers are a great tool for genealogists. Obituaries, birth announcement, and the occasional clipping all come together to tell a rich family story.
Search by your ancestor's name or by topic. This WNI index contains 150 county and local histories, dozen of professional directories and biographical encyclopedias, more than 60 scrapbooks containing 30,000 obituaries, and selected articles in Wisconsin magazines and newspapers. Most items were published 1870-1970. Search results provide index information for items related to the name or topic you entered.
Search by your ancestor's name. The WLHBA collection contains thousands of historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities. The entire collection of 16,000 articles is available digitally. Most articles were published 1860-1940. Results appear as scanned clippings of articles related to the name you entered.