African American Resources for Wisconsin

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Introduction

A list of resources for African American research of ancestors who lived in Wisconsin .

Online Resources

Research Strategy

History

Many African Americans settled in Wisconsin. They were trappers and boatmen in the 1700s. Settlers from the Southern states brought slaves with them. There were many free African-Americans in Wisconsin also. For more information, you may wish to contact:

Wisconsin Black Historical Society
2620 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
Telephone: 414-372-7677
Internet: http://www.wbhsm.org/

A helpful source for learning about African-Americans in Wisconsin is: Zachary Cooper, Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1997; Family History Library book 977.5 A1 no. 51).

Cooper, Zachary. Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin. - Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 1977. - E185.93.W58 C66 FHL book 977.5 Al #51

Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin. - [Milwaukee: S.n., 1950/51-1953.54] 2 vol. E185.93W58 N4

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


The few slaves that may have been in Wisconsin before the Civil War may be listed in the United States Census Slave Schedules.

Wisconsin was not highly populated before the Civil War but after the War movement brought all groups including the African American.


Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

Church Records

Emancipation Records

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Land and Property

Plantation

Oral Histories

Other Records

Military Records

Many of those involved in the Civil War moved after the War.

Newspapers

Probate Records

Reconstruction Records

Freedman’s Bank

Freedmen's Bureau

School Records

Slavery Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Voting Registers

Archives and Libraries

Societies

References