Local History and Genealogy

The Brown County Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department was created when the current Central Library was opened in 1974. Since then, the Local History & Genealogy collection has grown from 300 volumes to over 10,000 volumes, books, atlases, maps and periodicals.  In addition, the microfilm collection includes over 4,400 reels of census, newspapers, county histories, indexes, etc.  Although the library cannot perform census searches for people, staff will do limited research in other areas for questions received.  Any photocopying fees will be billed to you.  Call for further information.


Monday-Tuesday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm – 8 pm
Thursday-Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Overview of Collection

Online Resources

Genealogy: If Not Now, When?

Make 2019 the year that working on your family history becomes a reality!  Learn where to start and what resources are available at this introductory program taking place prior to the annual Genealogy 101 series that starts on January 26 (see below).


Tuesday, January 8 | 1-2:30 pm | Weyers-Hilliard Branch
Tuesday, January 8 | 6:30-8 pm | East Branch
Wednesday, January 9 | 1-2:30 pm | Southwest Branch
Thursday, January 10 | 1-2:30 pm | Ashwaubenon Branch
Friday, January 11 | 11-12:30 pm | Kress Family Branch

treeGenealogy 101 –
Saturdays, January 26 – March 30, 2019

Tracing one’s ancestors is a rewarding opportunity to discover and preserve a family history for generations to come. The Local History Department’s Genealogy 101 series focuses on the best methods of searching a variety of resources that may reveal very interesting or little-known information about a family. These methods apply to genealogical research across the United States.

This series of classes is offered on consecutive Saturdays, January through March from 9:10  – 10:45 a.m. in the Central Library auditorium. Bonus programs are scheduled from 10:45 a.m. – Noon.


Annual Local History Series

Thursday, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2018
6:15 – 7:45 p.m. (The library closes at 8:00 pm)

515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay
Free parking after 6 p.m.

Hearing Loop Logo

The Central Library’s lower level auditorium and meeting rooms are now equipped with a hearing loop.  When a hearing aid user selects the “T-coil” setting, the listener receives a clear signal without any background noise resulting in improved speech understanding.

For more information, call 920-448-5815.


The Local History Series is supported by the Friends of the Brown County Library.

Contact Us

Email: BC.Library.LHG@co.brown.wi.us
Phone: 920-448-5815
Address: 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301