Local History & Geneaology

Digitized Rice Lake Chronotype 1874-1920

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We’re very excited to offer this indexed archive of digitized microfilm from our local newspaper.  Some of the microfilm used in this process was damaged, so please be aware that not all articles are as legible as we may wish.

Articles from the years 1920 to 2011 are available on microfilm at the Rice Lake Public Library.  We hope to continue to digitize this collection for your convenience, but only those years with an expired copyright will be placed on our website.  As we continue to digitize, we welcome you to visit us in person to access those collections as well as our historical databases.  If you wish to help support this project financially, donations are welcome as this is an expensive and time consuming process.

If you are looking for more recent indexed archives, please subscribe to the Chronotype Online at  There is a subscription cost associated with this service from our local paper.


Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only)

Genealogy resource with over 1.5 billion names. Includes records from U.S. census, military, court, land, probate, church records, and passenger lists.

Badger Link Sources for Genealogists 

Barron News Shield (In Library Use)

Blue Hills Geneological Society (Barron County)
BHGS has Directories, Church Databases, and other Barron County listings.

Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) – Gravesite Locator
This searchable database “contains more than three million records of veterans and dependents buried in VA’s 120 cemeteries since the Civil War.” It also has records of some burials in state veteran’s cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery from 1999 to the present.

Ellis Island Organization

Family Search
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ (aka Mormon or LDS) genealogical site.

HeritageQuest Online
Collection of genealogical research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Includes the U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

History of the Great Lake States

Free Online Books, Articles & Maps for the History of the Great Lakes Region and the States created there:  Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin spanning  the historical time period from  ancient ‘mound-builders’ of more than 1,000 years ago to about 1860, just before the Civil War.

Primary source for researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide.

Kartenmeister Database
Database of over 62,000 Prussian place names in German and Polish.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library’s History Search
This research tool will scan across all of L.E. Philips Memorial Library’s (Eau Claire, WI) local historical databases:

The Obituary Index – An index to obituaries found mainly in Eau Claire County, WI newspapers from 1858 to the present.
Cemetery – An index to many cemeteries in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.
Barland Biographies – An index to over 75,000 Wisconsin biographies from 124 sources.
Digitized Local History Documents & Books
Marriage Records – An index to Eau Claire County, Wisconsin marriages between 1854 and 1928. This is only an index to records found at the Eau Claire County Courthouse.
Local Biographies – A tool to help you find historic biographical information from the Eau Claire area.
1910 Atlas – This is an index to Standard atlas of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county, compiled and published by Geo. A. Ogle and Co., 1910.

National Archives’ (NARA) Archival Databases

Rice Lake Chronotype   (In Library Use)

Wisconsin Historical Society – Research Portal
This resource offers databases of historical and genealogical interest in Wisconsin.