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Madison Wisconsin Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Madison Wisconsin Family History Center

Our Family History Center has been operating for more than 30 years. We have a cooperative relationship with the Dane County Area Genealogy Society which uses our building for monthly meetings.

Center Location, Hours, and Contact[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location on Map

Address: 4505 Regent St Madison, WI 53705

  • We are in the church, just inside the Southwest entrance off the parking lot.
  • Language: English

Phone: 608-238-4844


Open Hours:

  • 3rd Tuesday: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • 4th Tuesday: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Usual 1st Thursday: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • 2nd Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • other appointments made by patrons, others welcome.

First Thursday evening 6:00-9:00pm April 2

New appointment Saturday 10:00-12:00pm April 7
Second Saturday morning 9:00am-12:00pm April 11
New appointment Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm April 18
Third Tuesday morning 9:00am-12:00pm April 21
Fourth Tuesday morning 9:00am-12:00pm April 28

++If these hours do not work for you, it is possible to make an appointment with Judy McDonald. To insure staff availabiilty, please make appointments 1-2 weeks prior to date needed. Judy's phone (608) 358-4932

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Dane County Area Genealogy Society meeting :

1st Thursday of every month: 7pm in the chapel

Regent Street building (same as the FHC)

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, Large collection of German films etc.
  • Book Collection: -- Library of donated family histories, books about genealogy of different locations, maps of other countries, dictionaries in other languages to help with translation of films World locations research outlines

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 8 microfilm readers, 2 upright oriented machines
  • 1 microfilm/microfiche reader with electric wind/rewind (upright)
  • 1 Minolta reader/printer, (upright) not digitized
  • 4 computers w/shared printer
  • large table for spreading out work and comfy chairs

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

WI State Historical Society

Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library - Norwegian/American heritage

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

If you're interested in volunteering, please call our center and ask for Judy McDonald.