Research and Resources

Otto Schroeder Records Center

The Dane County Historical Society manages its archival collection at the Otto Schroeder Records Center, located in the basement of the Lussier Family Heritage Center. The Heritage center is located at the southern edge of the City of Madison at 3101 Lake Farm Park.

Beginning in 2020, the Otto Schroeder Records Center will have office hours on Mondays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Please note that the Otto Schroeder Records center will be closed for holidays recognized by the Lussier Family Heritage Center, so please call ahead to make sure we are open. Appointments can also be made by contacting the Dane County Historical Society by email or by phone (608 224 3605). Website inquiries usually have a quicker response rate.

Online Resources

The Dane County Historical Society offers a number of online resources:

For more information about our resources, and where you can find more information, visit the Online Resources page.

The Dane County Historical Society has very little information to help genealogists.

Genealogists seeking specific family or ancestor information will not usually find much indexed family information in our catalog. with that in mind we would like to make the following recommendations.

The Dane County Register of Deeds has records for births, deaths and marriages, as well as land records specific to Dane County.

The Dane County Area Genealogical Society might also have the type of information genealogists are often looking for.

It might also be useful to contact the local historical society that might information specific to your search. A list of local historical societies in Dane County can be found by clicking here.