Genealogy & Local History

Room Resources

Stone Smith Genealogy & Local History Room, 3rd level of the library.

  • Two microfilm reader-printers (15¢ per page.) ScanPro reader-printer can also generate digital (.pdf) files of microfilm images.
  • Obituary Index on microfiche to local newspapers on microfilm from 1875 to most recently filmed. 
  • Federal and State Census microfilms for Lincoln County from 1836 through 1940.
  • Print collections include Local & Regional History, Wisconsin Collection (featuring works by and about Wisconsin and Wisconsinites), Genealogy Collections (including over 50 volumes of the Germans to America passenger list index), & the North Pines Genealogy Group's collection (for onsite use).
  • Local & Regional History includes: family histories, City Directories from 1887 to present, histories of Merrill and Lincoln County, Lincoln County Plat books from mid-1890s to present, and a variety of material representing adjacent counties and the Upper Wisconsin River Valley.
  • A complete run of Merrill High School yearbooks from 1895 to present, in addition to partial runs of Lincoln County Normal School Mah Wahs from the 1920s to the 1940s, and Prairie River Middle School yearbooks from the 1990s to present, are available at the Reference Desk./li>
  • Wireless Internet access - (though printing available through wired units only).

Genealogy Contacts & Resources

Local Genealogist Contact Sharon Karow: SLKarow9@aol.com

North Pines Genealogy Group
P.O. Box 132
Merrill, WI 54452

Web Page: www.northpinesgenealogygroup.4t.com

Meets at 6:30 p.m. 3rd Thursday January through May and August through December at T. B. Scott Library. Dates subject to change. Membership brochure available from the P. O. box address above.


Ancestry Library Edition By subscription. In library use only.   Provided by WVLS, Wisconsin Valley Library Service. (Includes Social Security Death Index.)
Heritage Quest Online Provided through Badgerlink.

T.B. Scott Free Library Indexes to Pre-1907 Northern Wisconsin Marriages

Until October 1, 1907, it was not required by law to register marriages in Wisconsin at the civil level. It is estimated that about 50% of pre-October 1907 Wisconsin marriages were recorded at county register of deeds offices. Copies of records for those marriages were sent to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison. Sometimes the state’s copy of a record left out material in the original, e.g., bride and groom birthplace.

A volunteer project compared county-level and state-level pre-1907 Wisconsin marriage records. Some of this project’s data is available online at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website, but for a limited number of data fields. Results of this project for some, but not all, counties were published in print form.

One of the project coordinators, Joy Vancos of Rhinelander, has given T.B. Scott Free Library permission to publish print copies of pre-1907 marriage indexes for Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, & Oneida Counties for in-house use only. This is addition to other indexes from other coordinators covering Price, Richland, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties.

If you have ancestors who were married in 1907 or earlier in one of the above-named Wisconsin counties, you may email us with your simple lookup inquiry. If a match is found, we can email you the page(s) containing the information you seek. We can refer you a local genealogist if we determine your request is more complex.

It is requested that proper attribution be made to Joy Vancos, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and T.B. Scott Free Library, and any commercial application of this data be made only with permission of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

While T.B. Scott Free Library has no established fee for research done on a remote basis, the library accepts and welcomes donations in an amount you determine to be appropriate. Checks may be made to T.B. Scott Library, and mailed to T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 W. 1st Street, Merrill, WI 54452, Attn. Assistant Director Don Litzer.

Local History Contacts & Resources

Merrill Historical Society & Museum

100 E. 3rd St.
Merrill, WI  54452
715-536-5652

Web Page: www.Merrillhistory.org

Email : merrillhs@frontier.com

Office Hours: Tue. - Fri. 9-1


Wisconsin History Resources

Central Wisconsin Digitization Project  - Includes photos of the Lincoln and Marathon County railroads, schools, libraries. T. B. Scott Library was a major contributor to this project.

Wisconsin Blue Books online -  Published annually from 1879-1883 and then biennially since 1885 to the present day, the State of Wisconsin Blue Book is the primary one-volume reference source about the state, documenting the organization of the state’s three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial). Covers 1879 to current (the library also has print copies of the Wisconsin Blue Book).

Wisconsin Magazine of History ArchivesSearch, read and print past issues of the Wisconsin Magazine of History! This free online access to the Wisconsin Magazine of History is made possible by a generous grant from the Schoenleber Foundation of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin History Research

Local Historical Societies
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Historical Society Area Research Network 
Recollection Wisconsin

 

Tax Forms

January 27, 2015 Update:
Two IRS forms arrived today:

1125 F 1040 EZ
1500 F 1040 A

January 23, 2015 Update:
The following Wisconsin Tax Forms arrived today:

1-111 2014 Form 1 - Instructions
1-116 2014 Schedule -H/H-EZ - Homestread Credit w/ Instruction Booklet
1-010 2014 Form 1 - Tax Form
1-017 2014 Rent Certificate for Homestead Credit Claims
1-117 2014 Forms 1A and WI-Z Instructions
1-080 2014 Form 1A - Tax Form
1-090 2014 Form WI-Z Tax Form
1-050 2014 Form 1 NPR Nonresident & Part-Year Resident Income Tax Form

These are located on the third floor of the T.B. Scott Free Library.

January 12, 2015 Update: We have just been notified that, due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will stop sending most tax forms to libraries. As a result, T.B. Scott Free Library will be receiving the following federal tax forms: 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. These three forms are the only free materials offered this year. However, staff will be available at the library to help you find and print the forms and instructions you want at .15 a page. You may also visit the IRS website to print your own forms at home, or have forms personally sent to you by the IRS via postal mail.

Featured Library Events

Health Care Help 1/24/15 10:00-2:00, 2/9/15 3:00-7:00

The Affordable Health Care Act open enrollment period begins November 15. Ensure that you are prepared by meeting with a certified assister from Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau. Certified Application Counselors will help you learn important dates, terms, and help with any questions that you may have. Join us in the Community Room.

Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge Jan 2nd through Feb 27th 2015

The 2015 Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge is beginning! Scorecards are available in the Youth Services department to keep track of pages read. Reading 500 pages or more qualifies readers for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game, Bucks’ stickers, and a chance to win a prize in a local drawing. Readers who log more than 750 pages and attend one of the games may be randomly selected for special recognition at the game. Stop in at the library to register.