Newspaper Obituaries:

  • Search in LINKcat
  • Recent obituaries from 11/19/2004 to present can be viewed, many without images, at the Wisconsin State Journal web site (as can recent birth announcements).
  • NewspaperArchive covers Madison history from 1838-2013 and allow you to further understand an ancestor's place within their local community to research your genealogy.  A valid library card is needed to access NewspaperArchive outside of the library.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society offers a newspaper obituary search service for a fee.

Magazines we carry in library:

  • Family Tree

Viewscan Microfilm Reader

Read about our history on film. Check out our computerized microfilm reader.
Our microfilm reader also can read microfiche, scan camera slides and old photographs.
We have the Oregon Observer from 1881- 2011 on film and US Census Dane County for 1850-1870 and Dodge County for 1850.  Current year and one year previous are available in print format in library.


  • Ancestry Library (Available in-library only.)
    Genealogy information, including census data, passenger lists, and more.
  • Family Search Search FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about your family history.
  • HeritageQuest Genealogy records and books, including census data, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, etc.
  • NewspaperARCHIVE  Searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.

Local Marriages and Deaths index file

For Cemetery Records for deceased Oregon area residents click here or read below.

Village of Oregon Cemeteries:

Prairie Mound Cemetery:

Cemetery records are at Village Hall. They are on index cards and organized by owner of the grave, obituaries, and section of the grave. The index cards are accessible by Village Hall staff who are willing to make copies.

For Prairie Mound cemetery records, contact:
Village of Oregon
Village Hall
117 Spring Street
Oregon, WI 53575

Phone: 608-835-3118
Fax: 608-835-6503

St. Mary’s Holy Mother of Consolation Church Cemetery:
(across from Prairie Mound Cemetery).

For Catholic records, please contact:
Holy Mother of Consolation Church
651 N. Main Street
Oregon, WI 53575

Phone: 608-835-5763

If you want a specific marriage notice or obituary for a deceased Oregon resident, the Oregon Public Library has an Obituary File and Marriage index file by last name available during normal library hours. The marriage file is by last names as found in the Oregon Observer 1881-1945. Full marriage notices can then be viewed on the microfilm reader.

Home History

Want to know more about a home's history?

Check out these books:

House histories : a guide to tracing the genealogy of your home / by Light, Sally .

Tracing the history of your house /by Barratt, Nick .National Archives (Great Britain)


House History Research Guide, Milwaukee Public Library (includes both Milwaukee County specific, and statewide resources)

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Wisconsin Historical Society (search by community)

1. Check old city directories, locating names of past owners.

2. Contact past owners for pictures/information.

3. Contact local or state historical society for pictures/information

4. Check the county's property tax records of the property


Other Genealogy Resources