Basic genealogy resources at the UW-Superior Archives:
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Finding Aids are available for many Wisconsin Historical Society Materials, including some held at the Superior ARC. To see finding aids for collections held here, select "Search" and then Limit to: UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library / Superior Area Research Ctr.
Vital records are official records of birth, death, marriage, divorce, and domestic partnerships. The Wisconsin Historical Society provides a searchable index of pre-1907 vital records for the state of Wisconsin.
Post-1907 Wisconsin vital records are in permanent retention by the Wisconsin Vital Records Office, and are NOT held by the county or by the Wisconsin Historical Society. By state statute, the WI Vital Records Office requires a written application and a fee for searching for any vital record. They do not provide free searches.
City Directories are annual bound volumes which list the names and addresses of people residing in a city during a particular year. Older City Directories also list residents' occupations. They can be very useful for learning where someone was living, who was living with them, and how they were employed.
The UW-Superior Archives has City Directories for Superior and Duluth dating from 1902, with some volumes missing.
If your ancestor was a sailor of Norwegian decent, and worked on the Great Lakes before 1928, you may be able to find information about him in Norwegian Sailors on the Great Lakes: A Chapter in the History of American Inland Transportation by Knut Gjerset. This book is available in the UW-Superior Special Collections.