Monday, November 3, 2008

University of Wisconsin -Kenoska County History

This collection spans the years between 1830s-1940s and contains materials covering the history of Kenosha County, Wisconsin. This county is located in the southeastern most part of Wisconsin right along the border with Illinois. In about 1835 settlers started arriving from New York and New England. Until the 1880s the area was mostly a farming community and after the 1890s experienced industrial growth through the 1930s. The collections sub headings include: People; Homes and Buildings; Business and Industry; Churches; Recreation and Special Events; Transportation; Local Government; Cityscapes; & Books.
Under books you find such popular references as "J.H. Beers and Co. Commemorative biographical record of prominent and representative men of Racine and Kenosha counties, Wisconsin, containing biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early settled families (1906)" I always warn people to be careful with books like this as they are often examples of what I call very early "vanity press." Often the material contained in these publications is paid for by the family being written about and may or may not be 100% accurate. Or, lets say information may have been carefully omitted.

The link:

uwdc.library.wisc.edu/index.shtml

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