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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Crandon Public Library, Wisconsin

Crandon is located in Forest County, in northeastern Wisconsin. It is the county seat. The Crandon Public Library has made local history resources available on its website. The links to these collections are located in the Local History Holdings contents list on the right side of the webpage.

The library created and maintains the online Local History Obituary Database. The obituary data was extracted from the local newspaper, The Forest Republican. The database covers the following years: 1890–1925, 1992–1994, 2001–2003, and 2005– more recent years. Currently, there are 2,286 records in the database.

Scroll down to find the database search box, and enter a surname. The search results will appear below it. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, age, newspaper, date of publication, and page and column number. Click on the up or down arrow in the column header to change the sort order. Select the number of records per page from the Show Entries drop down list. You may order photocopies of obituaries from the library by mail for a fee.

The library also has a digital collection of Crandon High School yearbooks on its website. Click on the Yearbook Collection link to access them. The collection contains yearbooks for the following years: 1938, 1943, 1945–1948, 1950–1951, 1953, 1955, 1958–1961, and 1963–1964. Click on the thumbnail images to view the entire yearbook page by page.

Door County Library Newspaper Archive

Door County is located in eastern Wisconsin. Its county seat is Sturgeon Bay. The county lies entirely on the Door Peninsula, which separates the southern part of Green Bay from Lake Michigan. The Door County Library has digitized and uploaded to its website more than sixty years of local newspapers. There are more than 6,300 issues from twelve newspapers published between 1862 and 1923. Select the Click Here to Continue link to access the database.

You can view the collections by clicking on the newspaper title link under the Browse Collections tab or by selecting a title from the Browse Titles link. Next, click on the thumbnail image of an issue. This will open the image viewer that will allow you to read the newspaper page by page. Click on the Simple Search tab to open the search page. Enter a keyword in the search box and click the search button. You can limit your search to a specific newspaper by selecting a title from the dropdown list. You can increase the number of search boxes to three by clicking on the + sign. Remove them by clicking on the – sign. Again, you need to click on the thumbnail image of the issue to read it.

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