Badgerlink refresher lays out path to historical knowledge

Want to find out how taxes were spent 70 years ago? Something more standard like a relative or major news story and the context? Maybe a picture of the fossil rocks found on County H in the early 50s?

With Wisconsin Badgerlink and a free library card, you can! Now going on two years since a digitization project brought the full

Clicking on the "Newspaper" tab in the left of the Badgerlink intro brings you to a list of options. For the one to choose, see page 10. Screenshot from Wisconsin Badgerlink. REFRESHER

From Page 9

force of Stanley Republican history to research- er's fingertips, a refresher of sorts is in order.

In the first place, but for other papers, not every newspaper ever published in the State of Wisconsin is available online in digital format, at least to its very beginnings. For those which aren’t a trip to the local UW Special Collections and Archives or (better yet) the State Historical Society in Madison, may be in order.

Many papers on microfilm have yet to make the digital listings, and carbon or microfilm cop ies (along with where these are stored) can vary. Because the paper you’re reading is online if full digitized format, the issue we cover is how to use this, rather than where to find. Here's the relatively quick rundown.

In the first place, find Badgerlink. This can be done via search engine or by typing https:// into the search bar.

Once found, the next step is to choose from among the many resources, in this case by clicking the “Newspapers” button on the left side of a list of “Top Resources” (see example image on page 9), the next step being to choose "Ar chive of Wisconsin Newspapers” from the top of the next screen listing. Our query is the Stan- ley Republican (named for the protective tariu) rather than the many other newspaper resources available.

From there, once is brought to a screen with several important features.

In the first place, there is time period. Locat ed in the upper right of the screen will be a button stating “Search Historical Newspapers.” See this and it means you’re in the historical listing, with fewer papers, but greater depth.

Click this button in turn, and it will switch to "Search Newspapers from 2005 to 90 days Ago." This gives you a longer listing, but less historical depth, as many of the older issues of the papers in this section will be on microfilm, rather than digitized.

To the bottom is a window listing publications. The easiest way to declutter the search here is by clicking “uncheck all” as an underlined option on the lower right hand side. Reference image at the end of this article.

Having unchecked all papers, you can then choose your inquiry, whether historical or more recent, meaning after 2005.

To the left, meanwhile, will be diuerent choices, including “search terms” (broader searches will result in automatically limiting the search to 1,000 results), “Range,” which allows one to choose from a series of options, and “Filter by County,” which allows one to search by county as opposed to one specific newspaper. Not sure what newspapers a county had or has? Choose “Filter by County.”

Last but not least is a box with "first pages

only” on it.

Click this, and it limits your search results to "first pages only," pretty much If your search is narrowed to a single publi- cation including but also expanding beyond first pages, then the “Range Button is your friend.

The best way to get results here is to click “Custom Date Range,” which brings one to drop down menus that allow choosing a “from” and “To” date.

A word of caution.

The Stanley Republican (named for the pro- tective tariu!) has not always been published on Thursdays. It was originally published on Sat- urdays, the first issue being Saturday, the third week of May in 1896.

Sometime in or around the second to third decade of the Twentieth Century, this changed to Friday, shifting to Thursday on or before the tenure of editor Walter Brovald, from 1949 to 1952.

Only those dates with an actual newspaper issue in them will show results. Should you be unsure of when a newspaper was published (broadly speaking), broadening the customized search window more than one week in sequence will likely bring up at least one issue, which will then allow you to zero in on whatever search terms your heart desires. So what can you find?

Lots of things. Among them is the baby pho – to of one Charles Phillip Arthur George, which made the local news back in the late '40s.

He’s due to give the opening speech at Parliament for a foreign government in just days time. In the meantime, a few last words.

First, not everything is always as it seems. Historical research can uncover things which— for reasons of the time—were potentially gloomed over. Second, not everything is in the local newspaper. We happen to know of a local grave (the headstone made from concrete) whose owner is the first burial in a local cem etery, but not styled as such because not in the newspaper. Records can be incomplete. Third and finally, however, a local newspaper is an invaluable tool to chronicle an area’s history— speaking of which, did you know there used to be a “Gilman Herald” in the area?

It's on microfilm, at Madison. Not all im portant records, are online.

Screenshots from Wisconsin Badgerlink.

Among the many resources listed under "Newspapers" at Badgerlink, the" Archive of Wis

consin Newspapers" at the top of the display is the one to look for. Screenshot from Wisconsin Badgerlink.

Clicking on "uncheck all" in the lower right of the publications display and then choosing your query in the search field, will help isolate search results and prevent missing the forest for the trees. Click search, be patient, and have fun! Screenshot from Wisconsin Badgerlink.

The designation above gives a smaller on line cache, but reaches much further back.

May 11, 2022