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In addition to the resources below - many of which are now available digitally through our website - the local history & genealogy section contains other useful materials such as plat books, old city directories, genealogical society newsletters, historical atlases and much more.

Please visit the Ripon Historical Society for additional information about the history of Ripon.

Pedrick Collection Digitization Project

The Ripon Public Library is conductiing an extensive project in cooperation with the Ripon Historical Society to digitize the Pedrick Historical Collection for both preservation and online accessibility. The collection consists of numerous historical and genealogical records kept by local historian Samuel Pedrick, a long-time Ripon resident and prominent figure in the city's history. For more information on the collection left by Samuel Pedrick, please visit the Pedrick Collection Guide at Ripon College. Biographical information is also available from the Ripon College website.

City and County Directories

Our local history collection includes local city and/or county directories dating back to 1901. There are some gaps in the collection.  These directories are for in-library use only.

Obituary Database

For obituaries published after 1961, the Ripon Historical Society has compiled an obituary database using information from the local newspapers and countless volunteer hours. The index is now searchable by name and date, and will indicate either the death date or the actual newspaper date for the obituary of the person in question.  Issues of the Ripon Commonwealth-Press from 2005 and newer are currently searchable online at http://badgerlink.newsmemory.com/wna/badgerlink/

Ripon Newspapers

A collection of back issues of Ripon newspapers on microfilm is available at the library, dating back to the mid 1800's. Visit our Library Services page for a complete list of newspapers and dates.

Local High School Yearbooks

Included in the library's local history collection are local high school yearbooks. Please note that there are a number of gaps in the collection. If you would be willing to donate copies to help fill in the missing years, please contact the library.

Digital Yearbook Collection

Follow the link to view our digital yearbook collection, including digitized issues (which the library believes to be in the public domain) of the RHS Tiger starting from 1917.

Genealogical Resources

The library owns a large number of genealogical reference books of interest to those seeking information about the central Wisconsin area, as well as books related to immigration records and state history. The city directory collection stretches back to the turn of the century.

Books in the local history collection are for in-library use only and may not be checked out.

Cemetery Records

Ripon residents Joann and Melvin Ingram have spent many years cataloging the permanent residents of many area cemeteries. The library's copies of these records included several ring binders which were quickly falling into disarray. The contents have been scanned and digitized, and are now available online. Use the text links or the image maps below to select the cemetery of your choice.

Warning for dial-up users: A few of these files are 3 MB or larger in size, and may take 10-30 minutes to download over a dial-up connection.

Additional information on cemeteries located within the city limits may be found at the City of Ripon Department of Public Works website.


Cemeteries in or near the city of Ripon

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