Hartford History Room

Hours and Location

By appointment only as of 9/27/2021.  Please call 262-673-8249 or email [email protected] to pre-arrange your visit. 
1st and 3rd Thursday: 10:00AM to 7:30PM
Remaining Thursdays: 10:00AM to 4:00PM

No Evening Hours in December
Appointments on additional days by request, please call 262-673-8249 for more information.  

The History Room is located on the second floor of the
Jack Russell Memorial Library.
100 Park Avenue
Hartford Wisconsin 53027

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The Hartford History Room is located on the second floor of the Jack Russell Memorial Library. It is staffed primarily by individual volunteers, not by genealogical, historical societies or other organizations. The History Room staff will gladly assist researchers.

There are no "fees" for using History Room resources other than for copies and /or postage.

Researchers are encouraged to work on their own research, as others doing your research might not recognize allied surnames, variant spellings or other research challenges.

Queries via mail and email: "Limited" research unless other arrangements are made. Please do not include an envelope.

Genealogies, family info, photos, etc., (originals or copies) are welcome donations.  Monetary donations enable the purchase of research materials.

History Room Resources

  • Church and Cemetery records
  • Family Files, Obituaries
  • Family, Business, Building, and Organization Histories
  • Newspapers and Plat Books
  • Postcards and Photographs
  • Washington County 1892 Plat Index
  • Dodge, Jefferson, and Washington County Naturalizations
  • Dodge County Pioneer Obituaries (translated German obits)
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Dodge County Plat Indexes
  • Township History books
  • War records - Civil War/WWII
  • General and German research aids
  • Germany maps prior to 1890
  • Germans to America CD's
  • Surname Exchange
  • Ship lists
  • Photo book of ships
  • Ports of entry  - CD's
  • "Kit" house info and books

On-going Projects

  • Updating family files
  • Copying, clipping, and filing area past and current newspapers
  • Translating and indexing obits from the Dodge Co. Pioneer covering Dodge and Wash. Counties and other parts of Wisconsin.

Books Available for Purchase

  • Hartford Heritage
  • Hartford Pictorial Booklet
  • various other books


  • Washington County Naturalizations (index available)
  • Dodge County Naturalizations (index for final papers only)
  • 1790 - 1930 Dodge and Washington County Federal and State Census
  • Hartford newspapers
  • Washington County Republican
  • Slinger Botschafter

Library Genealogical Resources

  • Genealogical section
  • Wisconsin section
  • Genealogical reference section

Pre 1907 Wisconsin Vital Records
Complete set of books covering the "missing" marriages for 21 Wisconsin counties