Genealogy & Local History

Room Resources

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

  • Two microfilm reader-printers (15¢ per page.)
  • Internet Computer with scanner. (15¢ per page.)
  • Obituary Index on microfiche to the local newspapers on microfilm dating from 1875 to most recently filmed. 
  • Census microfilms from the time Wisconsin was a territory through 1930 Federal Census for Lincoln County. 1940 Census will arrive soon.
  • Print collections in this room include the library's Local History, Wisconsin History, Genealogy Circulating and Reference Collections, & North Pines Genealogy Group's reference collection. 
  • Local History includes: local family histories, older City Directories, histories of Merrill and Lincoln County, and some older Lincoln County Plat books.  
  • A complete collection of high school year books from 1895 to present are shelved nearby at the Reference Desk.
  • Wireless access - to Internet, but not to a printer.

Genealogy Contacts & Resources

Local Genealogist Contact: Sharon Karow – email:

North Pines Genealogy Group

P.O. Box 132

Merrill, WI 54452

Web Page:

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


Web Page:

Email :

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 through 2003/2004 books.

Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives Search, read and print past issues of the Wisconsin Magazine of History! More than 2,000 feature articles totaling over 30,000 pages, exactly as they originally appeared, will be available here shortly. About a third of them are online now. Volumes 1-35 are available now (over 13,000 pages issued 1917-1952). All back issues will be accessible later this year. Your search results will vary day to day as we add more issues and improve performance in coming months. This free online access to the Wisconsin Magazine of History is made possible by a generous grant from the Schoenleber Foundation of Milwaukee.

Other History Research Sources
Local Historical Societies   (Wisconsin) 

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Area Research Network  (Wisconsin)

Recollection Wisconsin