Genealogical Research

Genealogical research is a specialized process that uses some traditional resources and some that focus specifically on the identification of ancestral lineages. The Waupaca Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) is a separate organization dedicated to this type of research. The Holly History & Genealogy Center (321 S. Main St., Waupaca) houses the collections of both the Waupaca Historical Society and the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society. Included in these collections are plat maps, family history files, cemetery records, obituaries, pre-1907 marriage indexes, naturalization indexes, Waupaca High School yearbooks, the Civil War Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, and numerous other sources of information on early settlers to Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

The Director for the Waupaca Historical Society staffs the building on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and can give patrons a quick orientation to the history library. However, she is unable to assist you with your research. Volunteers from WAGS staff the building on Saturday mornings (9 a.m. to noon) during the months of June, July, and August. If you are new to family research or have not visited the Holly History & Genealogy Center before, we recommend that you arrange for assistance with one of the genealogy volunteers.  Please contact them two weeks in advance of your visit to Waupaca.

There are also numerous resources available online on the "Waupaca County History and Genealogy Website" (, which is part of the statewide Wisconsin Genealogy Web Project ( 

Click on this link to visit the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society website - - and to contact them to make an appointment for genealogy assistance.

All genealogy and family history inquiries that are received through the Waupaca Historical Society's website will be forwarded to the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society. For more information about the Holly History & Genealogy Center, including open hours, please click on "Facilities" on our main menu.