Happy belated 166th birthday, Wisconsin! You don’t look a day over 160.
But you do have a rich and storied past. Home to a vibrant fur trade in the 1600s and 1700s, you drew the French, the British, and Native American tribes seeking an escape from the Iroquois Wars of the 17th century. Later waves brought immigration from the eastern U.S. and from countries like Germany, Ireland, Norway, and Canada (to name a few).
You gave us Kindergarten—and P. T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome! You also gave us the Green Bay Packers, but for this we forgive you. (Kidding! #BearsFan)
And your state gave birth to the first commercially successful typewriter, which meant that the records and indexes we rely on as family historians could be typed, eliminating some of those records written by clerks with chicken-scratch handwriting. For this, we are grateful. Thank you Wisconsin!
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About Juliana Smith
Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.