Genealogy and Local History

Section of the Columbus Post Office Mural

Columbus Public Library Local History Collection

Stop by the library to access our local history collection that includes:

  • AncestryLibrary database (in-library use only)
  • Columbus High School Yearbooks -1901 through 2012 with some years missing
  • Hillside Cemetery Records on microfilm - Division I, II, III;  Addition I, II, III, IV; & Addition 1915, 1950, 1971
  • Columbus Journal Microfilm - ask at the front desk about years available
  • Fred Stare's Columbus history articles
  • U.S. Census records on microfilm - ask at the front desk about years available
  • Plat Maps - these maps can help provide information on where people lived
  • Microfilm Reader

Our library will also do limited genealogy research as time permits. Please send requests to the library by mail to our address below. There is no charge for this service, although donations are gladly accepted.

Columbus Public Library
223 West James Street
Columbus, WI 53925

History Collection Cabinet       History Collection Display Case       History Collection Microfilm Reader


Local Historical Societies

Columbus Historical Society Facebook Page

Dodge County Historical Society Facebook Page

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.