Genealogy

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center holds a wealth of genealogical material relating to hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin men and women who have served in the military. Handwritten muster rolls, published rosters, military service records, individual memoirs and reminiscences, and more can be found in our collections. Researchers are encouraged to search our online databases, visit the museum to do hands-on research, or contact the reference archivist for individual guidance. Complete your family history by obtaining a Certificate of Service or other copies of military service.

Here are some tips for your search:
  • Try alternate spellings when searching for names, such as Meier and Meyer or Hansen and Hanson. Not only were names occasionally misspelled, but sometimes the correct spelling of a surname changed over time.
  • If you cannot find any information specifically about your ancestor, you can still learn about their experience by researching their unit and other men who served in that unit. This is called parallel research and it can be very effective and worthwhile.
  • In addition to the online databases, genealogists should search our collections for other useful materials.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.