Fox Footprints: local history

The Appleton Public Library is very interested in preserving local history and collecting our shared stories. Here you will find unique photos and stories, updates on our projects and information on our programs in local history and researching your family history. If you have a great photo or story, let us know!   -Diana

Family reunions and your family history

Summer is a good time for family reunions. If your family has one, it probably makes you wonder about where your family originated and how they lived. If you’d like to find out, you can find a lot of information at the library.

We have books telling how to research your family or describing other countries and events from history. There are maps that show where they lived or how the boundaries of counties and countries changed over time. Sometimes there are local history books that mention your family or even have a picture. Some of these materials have been scanned and can be viewed on your computer—explore our Digital Images Collections!

You can search Heritage Quest or World Vital Records for census listings, history books from other areas and images of original documents like passenger lists and World War draft registration cards by using your library card to log in. Access old newspapers at Newspaper Archive. Search for an local area obituary in our index (we have the Appleton newspapers on microfilm back to 1853).


Old Family Photo

If you are able to come to the library we have even more resources - use Ancestry Library Edition for free or view unique books and maps that are not available online. If you are new to genealogy, we have booklists that explain how to use the tools and where to start; or sign up for a 1:1 session to learn about library resources that may provide answers.

What a thrill to know more about your ancestors’ lives!

P.S. Check the events calendar for genealogy speakers starting in November, for the third season of Find Your Ancestors.

Incredible India

Experience the culture of India with photos and narration, make a craft and get a henna tattoo*. Watch traditional dancers, then learn to dance Bollywood style. There will be food to taste and art to view. Come learn more about this amazing country on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in lower level meeting room A/B/C.

Incredible India is a joint program by Appleton Public Library and IndUS of Fox Valley, with support from Bemis. All ages are welcome!

*Children under 18 will need a permission slip signed by their parent for application of henna.  Forms are available in the Information Desk at the library.  Temporary tattoos will also be available.

Mini Comic Con Saturday, April 23

Attention science fiction and comic book fans! Next Saturday, April 23, we will have a Mini Comic Con as part of the Fox Cities Book Festival, with two speakers.

John Jackson Miller is an award-winning author who, besides writing his own original books and graphic novels, writes books in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes. This year several books will be released, including his first in the Halo universe: Tales from Slipspace; Star Trek: Prey; and Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire. He will speak at 1:00 with a book signing afterwards.

Our other guest speaker is Zachariah Wilson, owner of Power House Comics. He is very knowledgeable about the history of comics and has a wonderful collection. At 2:30 he will talk about EC Comics and the beginning of the Comics Code Authority.

Throughout the event there will be “Create your own” comic panel booklets and comics coloring pages available. We hope to see you there!

Making sense of complicated family trees

Local historian, Lawrence University Music Librarian and Associate Professor Antoinette Powell will guide us through Untangling the Spaghetti--Making Sense of Complicated Family Trees. This presentation takes us through the process of researching related families in the Fox Cities.  Learn more about local sources and how to follow families through generations.

Join us March 12 from 2:00-3:30 in Lower Level Meeting Room C for the latest program in the Find Your Ancestors series. 

Free and open to the public. Funded by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

Find Your Military Ancestors

Many of us have military ancestors, but we often don’t know much about their service.  Russ Horton, archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison will explain how to find their service records and what sort of personal information might be available in them.  Join us Saturday, February 13 from 2:00-3:30 in Lower Level Meeting Room D.

Free and open to the public.  Support provided by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

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