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.



(Subject to change)

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

Overview of Collection

Online Resources

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.

treeGenealogy 101
Saturdays, January  – March

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.


Annual Local History Series

Thursdays in October.
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

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


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