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Rock County Genealogical Society
Links to the Best Online Genealogy Resources
for Rock County, Wisconsin

This posting provides a list of the most helpful web sites and other resources available to researchers of Rock County, WI genealogy

This posting provides a list of 82 of the most helpful web sites and other resources available to researchers of Rock County, WI genealogy. As the webmaster of the Rock Co. [WI] Genealogical Society (RCGS), I am often asked where to begin online and where to visit if one is planning an on-site research trip to the Rock County area. I tried to include Rock County-specific "free sites" (or sites whose advanced search features allow narrowing results to Rock County). A couple commercial sites are included, not because I have any financial interest in them, but because they are too good to exclude. Apologies in advance for any important sites or resources I may have overlooked. Additions and suggestions are welcome by email to the webmaster (click below to open a new pre-addressed email).

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The Rock Co., WI Genealogical Society Searchable Online Surname Indexes

The Rock Co., WI Genealogical Society List of Published Indexes

RootsWeb's List of Online Genealogical Databases for Wisconsin

USGenWeb - Rock Co., WI – Many Online Searchable Genealogy Databases

Rock Co., WI - Official Government Site

Rock Co., WI - Immigration Project

1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer - A Searchable Online Book

1931 Janesville City Directory - A Searchable Index of Names

1836 WI State Census - Milwaukee Co. (the parent of Rock Co.) - A Searchable List of Names

The WI Electronic Reader – View Old Janesville Post Card Images

The WI State Historical Society – Search 1,000’s of Old Images by Key Word

The WI State Historical Society – Search 112,000 Old WI Obituaries

The WI State Historical Society – Civil War Roster of WI Volunteers

The WI State Historical Society – 16,000 Biographies & Historical Articles from 50,000 Newspaper Clippings

The Wisconsin Biography Project – Searchable List of 2,100 WI Biographies

US Land Patent Records - Searchable Database

US Geological Survey Search - Find Cemeteries and Other Map Features

Wisconsin Division of Health, Vital Records (608) 266-1371, Fax: (608) 255-2035

Wisconsin Digital Map Library

Hamrick Surname USA Census Map for 1850, 1870, 1880 and 1920 gives Migration Picture

Taking the Long View - Library of Congress Panoramic Photos

Mormon (LDS) Site – Wisconsin Vital Records Research Strategies

Mormon (LDS) Site – Wisconsin Vital Records Search Page

Mormon (LDS) Site – 1880 Federal Census – Indexed and Searchable

Mormon (LDS) Site – US Social Security Death Index Search Page

RootsWeb's "Books We Own" - Lists Look-Up Volunteers and their Wisconsin Books - Wisconsin Resources List (some free)

Orphan Trains of Wisconsin - The site of local Author and Researcher, Clark Kidder




Linkpendium - A Compendium of Links to Rock Co., Wisconsin Resources

Cyndi's List - A Collection of Links to Rock Co., Wisconsin Resources




The Rock Co., WI Genealogical Society Home Page

Rock Co. Historical Society Home Page and Lincoln-Tallman Museum

The South Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Genealogical Society

D.A.R. - The Wisconsin Chapter

The German Interest Group of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Society of Mayflower Descendants

The Wisconsin Black Historical Society

The Polish Genealogy Society of Wisconsin

Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, Box 13766, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53213-5564, U.S.A.

The Beloit Historical Society, 645 Hackett, Beloit, WI – (608) 365-7835

Luther Valley Historical Society, PO 162, Footville, WI – (608) 752-1104

Milton Historical Society, PO 245, Milton, WI 53563 – (608) 868-7772

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society




Family History Catalog - Rock Co., WI - 100's of Books & Periodicals - Available thru Family History Centers

LDS Family History Centers - Locate an FHC near Rock Co., WI

LDS Family History Library Holdings for Rock Co., WI

Beloit Public Library, 409 Pleasant Street, Beloit, WI - (608) 364-2905

Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill Street, Clinton, WI - (608) 676-5569

Eager Free Public Library, 39 West Main Street, Evansville, WI – (608) 882-2260

Edgerton Public Library, 101 Albion Street, Edgerton, WI – (608) 884-4511

Hedberg Public Library, 316 South Main Street, Janesville, WI– (608) 758-6588

Milton Public Library, 430 East High Street, Milton, WI - (608) 868-7462

Orfordville Public Library, 203 West Beloit Street, Orfordville, WI - (608) 879-9229

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives, 816 State Street, Madison, WI, 53706 - Search the Catalog

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Library, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706 - Search the Catalog

Newberry Library - 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-7324 312–943–9090 - Search the Catalog

Allen Co. Public Library - 200 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46801 - Phone: (260) 421-1200 - Search the Catalog




Janesville Assessor's Office – Searchable Database of Home Images and Detailed Descriptions

Rock Co. Courthouse, 51 South Main St., Janesville, WI 53545 - (608) 757-5510

Rock Co. Courthouse – Register of Deeds – (608) 757-5656

Rock Co. Courthouse – Clerk of Courts – (608) 757-2200

Rock Co. Courthouse – Probate Courts Office – (608) 757-5635 (no web site)

Rock Co. Courthouse – Planning & Development – (608) 757-5587 (no web site)

Rock Co. Courthouse – Surveyor’s Office – (608) 757-5608




Origins Genealogy Book Store – 1521 East Racine St., Janesville, WI 53545 - (608) 757-2777

Making Of America, (MOA) – U of Michigan Online Books – Search Page

Online Book - Searchable Wisconsin Gazetteer, 1853

Used, Secondhand, Rare and Out of Print Books - World-Wide Online Search




Subscribe to Subscribe to the Rock Co. Mailing List to receive Email Copies of Messages each day (choose List or Digest Format)

RootsWeb's Searchable Archive of Messages for WIROCK Mailing List (1999 to Present)

RootsWeb/Ancestry's Searchable Rock Co., WI Message Board of 7,000 Current Posted Messages

US-GenWeb's Rock Co., WI Smaller Archive of Genealogical Information

US-GenWeb's Searchable Rock Co., WI Message Board of 500 Current Posted Messages

CousinConnect's Searchable Rock Co., WI Smaller Message Board of Current Posted Messages




AAA (American Automobile Asscociation) - Wisconsin

Explore Wisconsin's Rock Co. Historic and Visitor's Resources

Cyndi's List Travel & Research Trip Links's Planning a Research Visit on the Internet (Part I)'s Planning a Research Visit on the Internet (Part II)




MapQuest Detailed Scalable Maps and Driving Directions

USGS/TerraServerUSA Zoomable Aerial Map of Southern WI

1895 Wisconsin State and County Atlas

RootsWeb WI-Rock Historical and Current Maps and Plats

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