L. E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has made some online resources available through its Local Genealogy section. The city of Eau Claire is located in the west-central part of the state and is the seat of Eau Claire County. A portion of the city is in Chippewa County, which lies to the north. Barron County is located north-west of Chippewa County.
Eau Claire Historical Search
This tool will search across all of the library’s local history databases at the same time. The databases include the obituary and cemetery indexes maintained by the Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire (GRSEC); biographical sketches and research notes of Lois Barland, an Eau Claire author and amateur historian; local history sources; marriage records; Wisconsin biographies; and the 1910 atlas .
To search the databases enter a last name, first name, or maiden name in the search boxes and click submit. The results returned are sorted by database and a green dot will appear on the tabs of the databases in which records have been found. To view the specific results returned in your search, click on the database tab. Descriptions of the obituary, marriage, and 1910 atlas databases follow.
The obituary index covers the period from 1858 to the present. The records have been extracted from more than twenty newspapers. The data fields include last name, first name, maiden name, birth date, death date, age, images, and newspaper source/date. Click on the Source/Date link to view the list of newspaper abbreviations. Click on the deceased’s surname link to view the detailed record. There are additional data fields in the detailed record. They are nickname, notes, spouse, burial place, burial zip code, and headstone image. There is also a link to a map showing the location of the cemetery. In some cases there are gravestone images as part of the detailed record.
The marriage records database is an index to marriages that occurred in Eau Claire County between 1854 and 1928. It indexes records found at the Eau Claire County Courthouse. The data fields in the index are groom’s last name, groom’s first name, bride’s last name, bride’s first name, marriage date, volume, and page number.
The 1910 atlas database provides information about property and property holders in Eau Claire County. The data fields in the search results include last name, middle name, first name, suffix, page town range and section.
Barron County Historical Search
The Barron County database is an index to birth, death, divorce, and marriage notices found in local newspapers. The newspapers include the Rice Lake Chronotype, the Barron News Shield and the Cumberland Advocate, from approximately 1900 to 1950. In addition, the database also includes some more recent notices from the above newspapers and from the Chetek Alert.
Obituary Index: The data fields in the obituary index include last name, first name, maiden name, birth date, death date, age, images, and source/date of the newspaper. Click on the deceased’s surname link to view the detailed record. The additional data fields in the detailed record include nickname, notes, spouse, burial place, burial zip code, and headstone image. There is also a link to a map showing the location of the cemetery.
Birth Index: The data fields in the birth index include last name, first name, notes, source information (newspaper title), and source date (publication date). Information in the Notes field includes date of birth and parents’ names.