(715) 425-0905 | Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm | 140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022



The River Falls Public Library has a small local history collection that does include UWRF and River Falls High School yearbooks.  The main source for local history is the University Archives and the Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, which has access to historical materials, local government records, manuscripts, and special collections from four northwestern Wisconsin counties: Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and Saint Croix.  Most genealogy and local history questions are best directed to:
UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center
170 Chalmer Davee Library
(715) 425-3567

Ancestry Library Edition

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story.

Use this resource on a library computer.

HeritageQuest Online

Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources for college-level and adult researchers.

Badgerlink – Genealogy Resources

Includes historical newspaper resources and the Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records.


Chronicling America
Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Includes the River Falls Journal and other local newspapers.

Find a Grave – Dan Geister’s River Falls Lists
Lists of River Falls people by census year, school, and more from local historian Dan Geister.

Pierce County Historical Association
PCHA collects and preserves archival materials, sponsors and supports various programs, events, and activities of historical interest, and educates the public about Pierce County history.

Pierce County at Rootsweb
Local history and resources for Pierce County, WI.

St.Croix Valley Genealogical Society
Collecting, preserving, and publishing genealogical and biographical materials relating to areas associated with the St. Croix River Valley and in particular, areas in Pierce and St. Croix Counties, Wisconsin.

St. Croix County at Rootsweb
A collection of genealogical information and resources for St. Croix County. Includes an index for Greenwood Cemetery.

Recollection Wisconsin
An expanding digital collection featuring thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from dozens of Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. Users can search across all content, browse sub-collections based on subject categories and types of material, or explore a map of content contributors.

Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site
(login with your River Falls library card at home)
Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site is a service of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. It provides access to the daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days. Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site provides access to its 235 daily and weekly member-newspapers. Each addition is covered cover to cover in a PDF, searchable format.  Provided by Badgerlink.
Included the River Falls Journal from 03-10-2005 to 08-01-2019.

Wisconsin State Historical Society
A great place to start for Wisconsin state history and records.