Genealogy and Local History

Section of the Columbus Post Office Mural

Local Historical Organizations

Columbus Historical Society Facebook Page

Dodge County Historical Society Facebook Page

Dodge & Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society

Wisconsin Historical Society


Local History Websites

Columbus Area Personal War Sketches

Access photos and transcriptions of the bound volume Personal War Sketches that was presented to the Frank A. Haskell Post No. 146 of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1890 by ex-Governor James T. Lewis. This includes Civil War registrations for Columbus in June 1863 and biographies of Civil War veterans living in Columbus. Special Thanks to Bob and Mary Jane Ferrett for their talents in making this happen for Columbus!

Historic Mapworks

Find historical atlases and plat maps for Columbia and Dodge counties.

Recollection Wisconsin

Search this online collection of photos, documents, and audio files submitted by Wisconsin museums and historical institutions.

South Central Wisconsin Local Histories

Read the digitized version of Fred A. Stare's The Story of Columbus (volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4). You can also find great information including on the history of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood counties.


Genealogy Websites

Cyndi's List

Love links? Then this is the site for you! Find lots and lots of links to genealogy websites organized by region and topic.


Search census records, marriage records, birth and death records, and more for free.

National Obituary Archive

Search for obituaries contributed by North American funeral home directors.

National Archives: Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians

Access genealogy guides and resources from the United States National Archives.