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Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Thanks to everyone who came to Genealogy 101:  Where to Start last Saturday.  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are links to Appleton Public Library publications and websites related to genealogy.

Find Your Family:  Selected sources for genealogy work at the Appleton Public Library
Digitized Resources:  Lists of the city directories, platbooks and histories which have been digitized
Genealogy (for elementary students)
Genealogy 101:  Where to Start

Trace the History of Your House

 Fox Valley Memory logo

Fox Valley MemoryA collaborative digital library of local history information for the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin.

Historic Photos Index:  A partial index to photos from books in the Wisconsin Collection, generally scenes from Appleton history. The photos may be viewed in the library or requested as photocopies for a fee. Photos are not available online.
Obituary Index:  a partial index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. You may search the microfilm yourself or apply (for a fee) to have copies sent to you.

Platbook Index:  This is a name index to four plat books for Outagamie County: Platbook of Outagamie County, WI (1889), Platbook of Outagamie, WI (ca. 1910) Standard Atlas of Outagamie County (1917) and Atlas of Outagamie County (1942). The originals are shelved in the Wisconsin Collection at the Appleton Public Library.

Veterans' Grave Registration:  This database contains information on over 500 Fox River area deceased veterans from the War of 1812 to World War I.


The Appleton Public Library also provides access to Ancestry Library Edition (in the library only) and Heritage Quest (in the library or at home using your library card).  They provide access to vital records, census records and images, military records and so on. 

Heritage Quest logo  Ancestry logo


For U.S. government websites which help you find family information, a list is here.  

One good place to look for sites on a topic is Cyndislist.  


There are many ways to find your ancestors, from visiting cemeteries to traveling to other countries; armchair research or calling distant cousins.  Enjoy your quest to find out more about your family's history!

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