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Rock County, Wisconsin Research Strategies and Tools

Rock County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 936, Janesville, WI 53547-0936

Library and Archives Located at: 430 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI

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General Information: The RCGS is dedicated to helping everyone interested in Rock Co. family history gain knowledge and skills to advance their research. As a nonprofit organization, RCGS can perform fee-based research for you, but this page provides links to sites which provide resources, strategies, tools and helpful advice you can explore for yourself. This page is organized into tools and resources to provide a "game plan" for personal research success.


Rock County Research Tools and Resources:


۩ RCGS MEMBERSHIP - How a $20 Society Membership can Help Your Research
۩ RCGS WEB SITE - Search the Entire RCGS Web Site for Your Ancestors
۩ GENEALOGY SOFTWARE 1 - $$ Download: Family Tree Maker Starter Software
۩ GENEALOGY SOFTWARE 2 - Free Download: LDS's Free Version of Ancestral Quest (AQ)
۩ GENEALOGY SOFTWARE 3 - Free Download: Heritage Quest,s free download of Family Tree Builder software
۩ ROCK CO. ARCHIVES - Order a Search of the RCGS/RCHS Library & Archives
۩ ROCK CO. ATLAS 1873 - No longer Available at Rootsweb (RCGS is working to remedy in 2016)
۩ ROCK CO. BIOGRAPHIES - Search the WI Historical Society's 2,500 Rock Co. Bios.
۩ ROCK CO. LOOK-UPS - Ask Volunteers to Look-up Ancestors in Historic Rock Co. Books
۩ ROCK COUNTY BOOKS - Digital Indexes and Images of Full Historical Rock Co. Books
        ܢ PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF ROCK CO. WISCONSIN - Acme Publishing, Chicago, 1889
        ܢ INDEX TO PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF ROCK CO. WI - Mendenhall-Kornitz, Ruth, Publ. WSGS, Madison, 1980
        ܢ HISTORY OF ROCK COUNTY WISCONSIN - Western Historical Publishing, Chicago, 1879
        ܢ INDEX TO HISTORY OF ROCK COUNTY WISCONSIN - Bailey, Mrs. Sturges W., Publ. by WSGS, Milwaukee, 1969
        ܢ INDEX TO COMMEMORATIVE BIOG'L RECORD OF THE CO. OF ROCK, GREEN, GRANT, IOWA & LAFAYETTE, WI
               - Orig.: J.H. Beers, Chicago, 1901; Indexed by Irvin, Mrs. John M., WSGS, Madison, 1983
        ܢ PRAIRIE FARMERS' DIRECTORY OF ROCK COUNTY, WISCONSIN, 1919 - Prairie Farmers Publishing, Chicago, 1919
        ܢ LUTHER VALLEY CENTENNIAL, 1839-1939 - Published, Spring Grove, WI, Aug. 1939
        ܢ PLAT BOOK OR ROCK COUNTY, WISCONSIN, 1904 - Compiled and Published by Hennessey & Co., Janesville, WI, 1904
۩ ROCK CO. BOOK 'BOOKS WE OWN' LOOK-UPS - View a List of Historical Rock Co. Book "Look-ups"
۩ ROCK CO. COMMUNITIES - View Links for a list of Rock Co. Communities
۩ ROCK CO. CEMETERIES - Find-a-Grave's List of Cemeteries (some Transcripts)
۩ ROCK CO. CEMETERY LOCATOR - Driving & Topographic Maps of Rock Co., Cemeteries
۩ ROCK CO. CENSUS (Various) - Partial transcripts for US Census Years 1850 - 1930
۩ ROCK CO. CENSUS (1880) - Complete 1880 US Census: Free and Fully Indexed
۩ ROCK CO. COURTHOUSE HOLDINGS - Schedule of Earliest Rock Vital Records
۩ ROCK CO. COURTHOUSE RECORDS - Order Copies of Rock County Vital Records
۩ ROCK CO. CIVIL WAR RECORDS - WI State Historical Society Civil War Index
۩ ROCK CO. CIVIL WAR RECORDS - Search the WI Veterans' Museum Civil War data base
۩ ROCK CO. CYNDI'S LIST - View the Famous Cyndi's List Links Page for Rock Co.
۩ ROCK CO. DEATH RECORDS (1850-1907) - Get Copies of WI Death Records - $15
۩ ROCK CO. FAMILY HISTORY CENTER - View LDS Church's FHC Lending Library
۩ ROCK CO. FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY - View LDS Church Library Rock Holdings
۩ ROCK CO. FARMS (1855) - View List of Largest Farms with Names, Twp. & Acreage
۩ ROCK CO. GENEALOGY - Linkpendium: A Rock Co. Mega-Search Engine
۩ ROCK CO. ROOTSWEB MESSAGE FORUM - Search 20 years of Rootsweb.com's 1,000+ Rock Co. Forum Messages
۩ ROCK CO. HISTORICAL BUILDINGS - View the 130 historeical structure residing in Rock Co.
۩ ROCK CO. HISTORIC DISTRICTS - Read about Ten Rock County Historic Districts.
۩ ROCK CO. HISTORY - Read Histories of Rock Co. Townships, Cities and Villages.
۩ ROCK CO. IMAGES - View Google Images of Rock Co. Maps, People & Postcards
۩ ROCK CO. INDEXES – Rock Co. Vital Record, Cemetery & Newspaper Indexes for sale
۩ ROCK CO. LIBRARIES – List and Links to Rock Co. Libraries
۩ ROCK CO. LINKS - Click on 60 best Links to Rock Co. Genealogy Web Sites
۩ ROCK CO. LITHOGRAPHS - View 1858 Lithographs of Homes and Buildings of Rock Co.
۩ ROCK CO. LITHOGRAPHS - 1873 Lithographs no longer available (RCGS is working on it).
۩ ROCK CO. LOCAL HISTORY - American Local History Network's Rock Co. Twp. Histories
۩ ROCK CO. MAILING LIST - Subscribe to a daily email summary Rock Co. Messages
۩ ROCK CO. MAP (1922) - View Township Plats and Search Index to Names, Twp., Sect. & Acreage
۩ ROCK CO. MIGRATION - Surname Submissions for Immigration to/from Rock Co.
۩ ROCK CO. MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES - See Rock Co.'s Milton House, Tallman Restorations, Historical & Genealogical Societies
۩ ROCK CO. PIONEERS INDEX - Search 500+'s Name in RCGS's Pioneer Index
۩ ROCK CO. PLAT MAP (1858) - View Twp. Plats, Owners' Names & Acreage of the Co.'s 1st map
۩ ROCK CO. POORHOUSE & ASYLUM DEATHS (1908-1923) - Names & Reasons
۩ ROCK CO. POSTCARDS 1 - View Images of Historical Postcards of Local Area Sites
۩ ROCK CO. POSTCARDS 2 - View Images of Historical Postcards from RCGS
۩ ROCK CO. PROBATE RECORDS - Free search of last name index to Rock Co. Probate Records (1839-1930s)
۩ ROCK CO. PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Rock Co. Profile (Many Links)
۩ ROCK CO. PUBLIC RECORDS DIRECTORY - Free search of Rock Co. gov. records (property, tax, court, jail, zoning & some vital records)
۩ ROCK CO. RAILROADS - View a description of Rock Railroad Locations & Status
۩ ROCK CO. REAL ESTATE RECORDS ($$) - $$earch recent parcels and titles at the Rock Co. Register of Deeds
۩ ROCK CO. REAL ESTATE RECORDS (free) - Search an address for current owner, legal description, parcel no. & recent RE tax levy
۩ ROCK CO. RESEARCH (free) - FamilySearch's (LDS) page devoted to links for Rock Co. Genealogy research
۩ ROCK CO. RESEARCH VISIT - A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan a Rock research visit
۩ ROCK CO. SURNAME INDEX - Find "Cousins" at RCGS Members' Surname Index
۩ ROCK CO. TOWNSHIP GUIDES - View Guides to 20 Rock Co. Townships.
۩ ROCK CO. US GENWEB - View Vital Records, Biographies, Cemetery Records
۩ ROCK CO. VETERANS' BURIALS - Search by surname for deceased Rock Co. Veterens.
۩ ROCK CO. VITAL RECORDS - Access or birth, marriage & death certificates from the Rock Co. Register of Deeds
۩ AFTON PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of the Afton (Many Links)
۩ BELOIT BUSINESS DIRECTORY (1858) - Search Surnames in 1858 Beloit Business Directory
۩ BELOIT PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of the City of Beloit (Many Links)
۩ BELOIT LIBRARY - View a List of Beloit Library's Genealogical Holdings
۩ BELOIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY - View the Beloit Historical Society's home Page
۩ CAINVILLE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Cainville (Many Links)
۩ CLINTON PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Clinton (Many Links)
۩ COOKVILLE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Cookville (Many Links)
۩ EDGERTON PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Edgerton (Many Links)
۩ EVANSVILLE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Evansville (Many Links)
۩ FOOTVILLE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Footville (Many Links)
۩ HANOVER PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Hanover (Many Links)
۩ JANESVILLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY (1858) - Search Surnames in 1858 Janesville Business Directory
۩ JANESVILLE CITY DIRECTORY (free/limited) - Search the 1931 Directory Residents/Businesses
۩ JANESVILLE GAZETTE DEATHS (1845-1889) - View RCGS Surname Death Index
۩ JANESVILLE GAZETTE MARRIAGES (1845-1862) - View Surname Marriage Index
۩ JANESVILLE GAZETTE MARRIAGES (1863-1876) - View Surname Marriage Index
۩ JANESVILLE GAZETTE MARRIAGES (1877-1885) - View Surname Marriages Index
۩ JANESVILLE HEDBERG LIBRARY - Search Catalog & Genealogy Resources
۩ JANESVILLE PHOTO HISTORY - View the UW's Digital History Project for Janesville
۩ JANESVILLE PROFILE - View the Comprehensive Janesville Profile (Many Links)
۩ JANESVILLE PROPERTY SEARCH - Search Janesville Tax Rolls including land and building values & Photos
۩ INDIAN FORD PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Indian Ford (Many Links)
۩ LEYDEN PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile for Leyden (Many Links)
۩ MILTON HOUSE MUSEM - View the Milton House's Resource Page
۩ MILTON PROFILE - View a Comprehensive City Profile for Milton (Many Links)
۩ ORFORDVILLE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile of Orfordville (Many Links)
۩ SHOPIERE PROFILE - View a Comprehensive Profile for Shopiere (Many Links)
۩ WI BIRTH INDEX, 1820-1907 - Search WI birth records from before county level filing was required
۩ WI BIRTHS & CHRISTENINGS, 1826-1926 - Search early WI birth & christening records
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1855 - Search index and view images of the 1855 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1865 - Search index and view images of the 1865 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1875 - Search index and view images of the 1875 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1885 - Search index and view images of the 1885 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1895 - Search index and view images of the 1895 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI STATE CENSUS, 1905 - Search index and view images of the 1905 WI State census conducted between US Census years
۩ WI DEATH INDEX, 1820-1907 - Search WI death records from before county level filing was required
۩ WI DEATH INDEX, 1867-1907 - Search WI death records from before county level filing was required
۩ WI DEATH INDEX, 1959-1997 - Search more current WI death records
۩ WI DEATHS & BURIALS, 1835-1968 - Search WI death & burial records at FamilySearch.org
۩ WI DIVORCE RECORDS, 1965-1984 - Search recent WI divorce records
۩ WI FAMILY HISTORIES - Search UW Libraries’ to Find Published Family Histories
۩ WI GAZETTEER - Unindexed images of all 255 pgs. of the 1853 Gazetteer's
۩ WI STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Search over 80,000 Rock Co. records, clippings, images, obit's, bio's & more from WHS
۩ WI STATE CENSUS - Search 1836 Milwaukee Co. (Rock Co.'s Parent) Census
۩ WI MARRIAGES, 1836-1911 - Search Early WI marriages a second source
۩ WI MARRIAGES, 1836-1930 - Search Early WI marriages (privacy laws prohibit more recent data)
۩ WI MARRIAGES, 1973-1997 - Search Early WI marriages a second source
۩ WI NATURALIZATION RECORDS, 1807-1992 - Search naturalization records by county
۩ WI NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES, ????-2015 - Search WI newspapers - some quite early
۩ SURNAME INDEX - Linkpendium: A Surname Mega-Search Engine
۩ RESEARCHER SURNAME LIST - Find Contact Info for Others Researching your Surnames and Locations
۩ AMERICAN GENEALOGICAL-BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX - Limited search of one of the most comprehensive indexes
۩ ANCESTRY.COM - Search the Ancestry Databases for Whole Trees & Branches - some limited free searches
۩ ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION - Search NY's Ellis Island records 1892 - 1954
۩ FEDERAL LAND RECORDS - Search & Print US Federal Land Records 1820-1908
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1790 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1790 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1800 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1800 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1810 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1810 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1820 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1820 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1830 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1830 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1840 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1840 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1850 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1850 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1860 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1860 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1870 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1870 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1880 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1880 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1890 - Free search & view images for the PARTIAL 1890 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1900 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1900 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1910 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1910 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1920 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1920 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1930 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1930 US Federal Census
۩ FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1940 - Free search & view images for the FULL 1940 US Federal Census
۩ SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH RECORDS - Search the SSDI for Ancestors' Deaths
۩ SURNAME INSIGHTS - Find meanings, ethnic origins, migration patterns, dominant occupations and life expectancy of your surname
۩ CIVIL WAR RECORDS - US Park Service Roster Union & Confederate Sailors & Soldiers
۩ USED BOOKS ONLINE - 55 Million Titles - Search by Title, Author or Key Word
۩ FAMILY HISTORY RECORDS SEARCH - Search the Entire LDS FamilySearch records collections
۩ FAMILY SEARCH CATALOG SEARCH - Search the entire LDS FamilySearch catalog index (books, microfilm) for name, location or event
۩ FAMILY SEARCH PUBLICATION SEARCH - Search 200,000 digitalized books & publications
۩ GOOGLE TRAINING - a Step-by-Step Search Engine Training Program
۩ INTERNET TRAINING - a Step-by-Step Research Strategy for Online Genealogists
۩ GENETIC GENEALOGY - Concepts & Examples in DNA Tests for Family Historians
۩ PLANNING A CEMETERY VISIT - Instructions for Mounting a Cemetery Excursion
۩ GENEALOGY FREEBIES ONLINE - Download or Search over 100 Free Resources
۩ HIRE A PROFESSIONAL - Hire an Experienced Rock County Family Researcher

   The Rock Co. Genealogical Society Library & Rock Co. Historical Society Archives:

Admission Fees: Admission is free to Society Members, but there is a $10 per day admission fee if you are not a member of the Rock County Genealogical Society or Rock County Historical Society which share space and records at the newly restored Charles Tallman Home located at 430 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI on the grounds of the historic Lincoln-Tallman Museum. The The Charles Tallman Home Library and Archives  are available for supervised and assisted research by Society volunteers.

Archive Hours: Archives are open Wednesday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm. Please call ahead at (608)752-5891 to make sure the facility is open on the date of your planned visit. No food, beverage or smoking is allowed. Use of smart phone cameras, scanners and digital cameras are forbidden. The Stone House Archives are closed holidays.

Archive Research Services & Fees: Fees vary depending on membership status, copy costs, complexity of request and time required to fulfill the request:

Archive Contents: The Archives consist of 3,000 Tallman family papers from 1830-1880, 12,000 bound volumes, 40 vertical file drawers of manuscripts and clippings, 5 00 volumes of school records, business records, and yearbooks, over 20 cubic feet of maps, an extensive photograph collection, abstracts (currently inaccessible), 14,000 probate records, Rock County civil court records (transferred to UW-Whitewater Area Research Center), extensive Rock County cemetery records, indexes to Rock County birth, marriage, and death records (actual records housed at the Rock County Courthouse), an assortment of diaries, and other family records, over 500 Scrapbooks and the library and archival collections of the Rock County Genealogical Society. The holdings are non-circulating.

Research Requests: The RCGS attempts to honor requests for look-ups to answer specific research questions. Priority is Given to Society Members' Requests. We ask that you narrow any request to a specific person and provide detailed information on the individual and the record you seek. For more information and/or to request a genealogy look-up, contact:

Attn. Library Manager
Rock County
Genealogical Society

PO Box 0936

Janesville, WI 53547-0936
Email: Rock County Genealogy Research Help
 

 Please Include as much of the following information as possible with your request:

Full Name of Individual(s) whose Record is sought
Individual's Date & Location
of Birth, Marriage & Death, if known
Spouse's Name
with Date & Location of Birth and Death, if known
Full Name of Father and Mother
of Individual, if known
The Type of Record(s) Sought
(Probate, Photo's, Biography, etc.)
Date of Record Sought
- Known or Approximate

Include your name, address, email address and phone number with your research request. The archive staff are usually several months in arrears answering genealogy research requests; Priority is first given to Society members' requests. Please consider joining the Society to speed your answer and receive discounts on research fees and copy costs and to support local research.


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