The History Room is located on the second floor of the Jack Russell Memorial Library and is staffed by a part-time library staff member.  A dedicated group of local volunteers spends countless hours documenting, filing, indexing, labeling, and organizing the collection.  View the Hartford History Room Policy here.  

Monday  9 AM - 3 PM

Thursday 3 PM - 8 PM
Other days/times may be available by appointment.  Please call 262-673-8240 and select 4 to speak with a history room staff member or leave a message. 

Citizens, genealogists, historians, and researchers are invited to visit and access the collection.  While research fees are not charged, donations are appreciated.  

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

The JRML and Hartford History Room welcome donations of items and/or artifacts for the collection.  Donors are asked to fill out a deed of gift form  which transfers any rights the donor may have concerning ownership or in most cases copyright to the JRML.  
Monetary gifts are greatly appreciated as well and will help in the preservation of materials in the Hartford History Room. Please note any checks for the Hartford History Room must be made payable to the Jack Russell Memorial Library. In the note field of your check please write Hartford History Room. 
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 obituaries)
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Dodge County Plat Indexes
  • Township History books
  • War records - Civil War/WWII
  • General and German research aids
  • Germany maps before 1890
  • Surname Exchange
  • Ship lists
  • Photobook of ships
  • "Kit" house information and books

On-going Projects

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

Books Available for Purchase about Hartford, WI

  • The Heritage of Hartford Commemorating the Centennial Celebration of Hartford, WI 1883-1983 - Copies available for purchase in the History Room, as well as at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library, cost $12.  
  • Hartford Happenings 1983 - 1998:  A supplement to the Heritage of Hartford History Book on the first 100 years - Copies available for purchase in the History Room, as well as at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library, cost $2.


  • 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 (Hartford Times Press)
  • Washington County Republican
  • Slinger Botschafter

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

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