Local History & Geneaology

We are in the process of archiving and digitizing our local history collection in order to make it more easily accessible.  Many thanks to the local historians who've gathered this information for us to share. 


Architectural and Historical Survey of New Glarus

Completed in 2015 by Carol Lohry Cartwright, this 102 page document includes pictures and histories of many historical buildings in town, both commercial and private residences. (Be patient, the PDF can load slowly.  Color photograph section begins at page 78.)

Bank of New Glarus Calendars

We'd like to thank the Bank of New Glarus and Sugar River Banks for sharing their wonderful historical calendars with us.

Bob Elmer's Family History Notes

Many thanks to Bob Elmer for his local history and family history research and for sharing the information and stories found in his newsletters.

Family Histories

A collection of books that have been donated to us over the years.  Most were compiled by family members who were researching their own genealogy.

Family Tree Charts

Genealogy charts for many of the first settlers who came to New Glarus in 1845.

The Glarian - New Glarus High School Yearbooks

High School staff and students have been working together to digitize and archive yearbooks dating back to 1917!  The library also has a selection of yearbooks available in our reference collection.  (Do you have an old Glarian yearbook that you'd like to donate?  We are missing the following years:  1910-1916, 1918-1941, 1943-1945, 1959, 1960.)

The Glarner Collection

This is a collection of books that have been donated to the library over the past few decades.  They include books on Swiss & German history, travel, politics, and literature, as well as local and family histories of Swiss & German immigrants.  Most of these books are written in German.  A few of the books are quite old and delicate, so those are available for in-library use only.

Glarus Family Tree

The Glarus family tree website is the result of long-term research and is a project which will still be further expanded on a regular basis. The web site shall provide a one-stop-shopping platform for interested researchers with as much a possible information about the genealogy of Glarus families. Immerse and experience a highly interesting piece of contemporary history and search for your Glarus ancestors in a database which includes more than 190,000 persons.

Historical Society Newsletter Archive

PDF links to back issues of the New Glarus Historical Society newsletter.  We currently have newsletters for 2016-2021.

Index of Death Notices 

This is a list of death notices/obituaries that appeared in the New Glarus Post, beginning in 1912 with the first English editions of the paper.  This is an ongoing project, started in June of 2021, so please be patient with us as we work on updating the listings.

Monticello Area Historical Society

The Monticello Area Historical Society has a large digitial archive featuring local obituaries, full-text publications, cemetery records, and family histories.

New Glarus and Green County Local History

Hosted by UW Archives, this collection focuses primarily on the first 100 years of New Glarus's history. It includes narratives about the settlement and early history of the village, family records from the first church in New Glarus, tax rolls of the Town of New Glarus, old maps and plat books of Green County, the first yearbook of the New Glarus High School, and photographs of individuals and families, school groups, community organizations, events, street scenes, businesses, and agriculture. The New Glarus Public Library, the New Glarus Historical Society, and the Swiss United Church of Christ of New Glarus have collaborated to make available to the public these selected materials documenting the history of New Glarus and the surrounding area.

New Glarus History/Timeline

Created by the historians at the Swiss Historical Village.

New Glarus Post (1912-1933)

Old issues of the New Glarus Post have been digitized and are available through the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers.  For a quick guide to searching the database, click here.  (This project was made possible by a grant from the New Glarus Community Foundation.)

Recollection Wisconsin

Thousands of local history resources, including photographs, maps, letters, diaries, oral histories, and more!

The Swiss Center of North America

Located just minutes from the public library, the Swiss Center has an ever-expanding collection of books and documents pertaining to Swiss history and genealogy.  For access to the Swiss Center's archives, please call 608-527-6565.

Swiss Church Cemetery

A complete index of people buried in the New Glarus cemetery from the town's earliest days through present times.  (The index will open as a Microsoft Excel document.)  You can also find a map of the cemetery to help you in locating graves of interest.



Are you interested in researching your family tree?  The New Glarus Public Library provides free in-library access to Ancestry.com!