Libraries (Jackson County)

Black River Falls Public Library

Jackson County History Room
222 Fillmore St.
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone: (715) 284-4112
Web Address:
Jackson County History Room at the Black River Falls Public Library
Hours: Monday 1:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Resources Available

Books & Other Published Material

Library catalog

Family histories; local histories; complete 1996 International Genealogical Index (IGI) and 1998 Family History Catalog from the Mormon Library.

Cemetery Indexes (Jackson County)

Cemetery indexes for Jackson County

Census Materials 

Federal Census: Michigan (1820-1830); Wisconsin (1840-1860); Wisconsin [Jackson County portion] (1870-1920)

State Census: Wisconsin [Jackson County portion] (1855, 1860, 1905, includes Iowa Co.)

County Directories

 Jackson County directories (1938, 1964)

County Histories & Biographical Sketches

Clark & Jackson Counties (1891)
Jackson County Veteran (2 vols.)

Manuscripts & Public Record Collections

Clark County

Naturalization & citizenship records (1857-1952)

Jackson County

Land records: grantor index 1854-1901; grantee index 1854-1901; deeds 1854-1912
Naturalization & citizenship records, 1853-1941
Probate records/general index, 1860-1979

Newspapers & Genealogical Indexes

"Looking Back" series, 1990-present (published in Melrose Chronicle and Banner Journal)
Toddy Porath's biographical files
Toddy Porath's subject files

Melrose Chronicle and Banner Journal obituary index, 1953-present (will eventually go back to 1948)
Memorial card file & index

Newspapers published in Jackson County 

Alma Center: Alma Center Herald (1898-1899)

  Alma Center News (1906-1933)

Black River Falls: Badger State Journal (1867-1926)

  Banner Journal (1926-1997)

  Friday Evening Post (1891-1895)

  Jackson County Journal (1889-1926)

  Wisconsin Independent (1872-1888)

Melrose: Melrose Chronicle (1896-1999)

Merrillan: Wisconsin Leader (1877-1929)

Taylor: Taylor Weekly Herald (1920-1931)

Newspapers published in other counties

Clark County: Humbird Enterprise (1904-1949)

Eau Claire County: Augusta Eagle (1927)

    Eau Claire County Herald (1953-1958)

    Fairchild Observer (1905-1918)

Plat Maps & Books

State of Minnesota (1874)

Jackson County (1901, 1914, 1930-1933, 1946, 1953, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988)

Vital Records Indexes

Index to Jackson County deaths (1876-1947)
Index to Jackson County marriages (1854-1946)
Index to Jackson County births (1876-1907)


Black River Falls High School "The Breeze" (1922-1924, 1926, 1935, 1937-present)

Black River Falls High School Alumni (1875-1950, 1875-1961, 1875-1980)

Hixton High School (1948, 1957, 1961)

Melrose-Mindoro High School "Hoofprints," "Coulee Echoes" (1955-1959, 1963, 1966)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Special Collections & Area Research Center

Murphy Library
1631 Pine St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-8511
Web Address:
Hours: Academic Year: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Summer Session & School Breaks: Call ahead It’s always good to call ahead to check open hours!
UW-La Crosse ARC covers the territory of Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties, Wisconsin

Resources Available

Books & Other Published Material

Search the catalog book holdings: The Wisconiana collection of printed materials totals over 6,000 volumes.

Census Materials

Located in the microfilm area of the Government Documents Department

County Histories & Biographical Sketches

Jackson County (1891, 1976)

Public Records for Jackson County

Register in probate; index, 1869-1985
Naturalization records, 1853-1963
Tax rolls, 1857-1940, 1960-1975 (microfilm)
Circuit Court Criminal case files, 1877-1920

*For county tax rolls, every year available is kept until circa 1900; then generally every fifth or tenth year after that is kept.

Plat Maps & Books

Holdings for Jackson County include 1900-present

Vital Records Indexes

The ARC has the following indexes on microfiche. These were produced by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and are also available from the Wisconsin Historical Society online site

Index to Wisconsin Births, pre-1907
Index to Wisconsin Marriages, pre-1907
Index to Wisconsin Deaths, pre-1907
Pre-1907 registers/certificates of Wisconsin births, marriages and deaths for Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties on microfilm