Genealogy & Local History

The Local History Room in the Library contains many publications of interest to patrons researching local families and historical events. The room also houses publications owned by the Iowa County Genealogical Society.

Genealogy (Family History) Support Group facilitated by Eileen Arndt, local genealogist. Just beginning? Not sure where to look next? Want to compare family history software, or just need to talk to other researchers for support or ideas? Join us on the third Monday of each month from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Dodgeville Public Library. Anyone interested in family history, local history or genealogy is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Find a list of available Local History & Genealogical collections retained by member libraries of the Southwest Wisconsin Library System here.

Resources for Sharing and Lifelong Learning is our clearinghouse for statewide interlibrary loan. The RL&LL website is full of great resources. Visit their page! Also, take a look at these FREE Open Access Resources.

When WE were New: Walking in the Footsteps of our Immigrant Ancestors Watch below for new resources as we explore different ethnic groups in our series.
Japanese Heritage Book and Website List
Japanese Heritage Movie and Art List


Notes and web site resources for Tracing Your German Ancestors.


VANISHED: German-American Civilian Internees, 1941-48

During WWII the U.S. Government interned 15,000 German-American civilians, including citizens and 4,058 Latin-American Germans brought here and later exchanged for Nazi-held Americans. Perhaps the least known chapter of American WWII history, its legacy has implications for today.

If you would like to learn more about the German-American Civilian Internment during WWII the library has a list of resources available on this topic. Contact us if you would like further information.


Digital Sanborn ® Maps, 1867-1970 ™ provide access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. No maps are consulted more in academic and public libraries. Our edition covers Wisconsin maps. (Available on library computers only.)


Ancestry is now available FREE on computers in the Dodgeville Public Library. The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time. (Available on library computers only.)

HeritageQuest Online™ is available from your home computer!


HeritageQuest Online™ provides libraries with a unique and growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians. It includes the digitized UMI Genealogy & Local History Collection, 1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman's Bank records and Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions from the Lexis Nexis® U.S. Serial Set.

Click on the image or click here and you will be directed to a login page. Enter your 14-digit library card number and begin your search.

Read about the Library's wooden American flag display.

Updated 08 February 2012

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