Genealogy & Family History

Whether you’re an old pro or just starting out, the Weyenberg Library can help you with your genealogy research!

We have in-library access to databases like Ancestry.com: Library Edition and Jewish Data. Our local history collection includes yearbooks from Homestead High School. Plus, the local history room features a computer and a scanner for up to three hours of research per day.

We’ve also compiled two guides to help you with your research:

The Family History Records Guide

The Family History Records Guide describes several key categories of genealogical information, like death dates or immigration dates. You can jump directly to different categories by clicking the respective links near the top of the first page.

Under each category, you’ll find suggestions for what to search for, like obituaries or passenger lists. You’ll also find suggestions for where those materials might be found, like FamilySearch.org or a local historical society. Click on any link to visit the relevant site.

Ready to get started? First, click here. Then, to download the guide, click on the arrow near the top right corner of the screen.

The Genealogy Resource Guide

The Genealogy Resource Guide lists detailed information about major genealogical hubs. It’s divided into two categories: local resources, like records centers and historical societies; and online resources, like Ancestry.com. You can jump directly to either category by clicking the respective links near the top of the first page.

Under each local resource, you’ll find a link to that resource’s website; its physical address and contact information; and a short description of the materials available in its collection and how to access them. All of the local resources are based in Wisconsin and organized roughly according to their distance from Mequon and Thiensville.

Under each online resource, you’ll find a link to that resource’s website. You’ll also find a description of the materials available in its collection and how to access them. Online resources contain Wisconsin records, but also records from the United States and the rest of the world.

Ready to get started? First, click here. Then, to download the guide, click on the arrow near the top right corner of the screen.