As the webmaster of the Rock County Genealogical Society (RCGS), I am often asked to help family history enthusiasts plan for a research trip to RockCounty. I consolidated my advice for visitors into two separate printable PDF articles, below. PDF is the file format of the Adobe Acrobat program and requires either this program or its free Acrobat Reader in order to open, read or print the articles. If you don't have Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download it free at the Adobe Reader download web site.
Planning a Research Visitis the audience handout (and speaker's notes in grey text) from a February, 2007 program presented to the Rock County Genealogical Society. It is a comprehensive discussion for those planning an on-site research most anywhere in the United States. It also includes clickable links to many helpful web sites and a printable, blank Record Extraction Form used to transcribe basic record information from repositories like Libraries, Court Houses and Society Archives.
Planning a Rock County Research Visit is a more specific resource for those planning research visit to Rock County, Wisconsin. It also includes many clickable links to Rock County-specific web sites and delves deeper into known repositories, their locations, hours of operation, records holdings, copy pricing and fees.