What's Simmering

Scheduled Power Outage

UPDATE: Power has been restored. All InfoSoup services should now be available. Thank you for your patience.

Due to a WE Energies scheduled power outage that will affect the Appleton Public Library building, the InfoSoup catalog will be unavailable from 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 17th until sometime Sunday morning (August 18th) around 7:00 am to 8:00 am. OverDrive users will also not be able to checkout new material during this time.

Local History @ InfoSoup

Check out our latest What's Simmering video! This video dives into some of the genealogy and local history resources available with your InfoSoup library card.

Resources mentioned in this video:


MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition

The library version of the popular MyHeritage.com provides access to a vast collection of historic records. This resource is available free with your InfoSoup library card. Here are just some of the resources available:

  • The full USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
  • Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images​
  • More than 3 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
  • 816 million US public records
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
  • More than 100 million gravestone photos
  • More than 474 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship and naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Exclusive databases
  • Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, BillionGraves, Canadian Headstones and many others
  • New collections containing millions of records added monthly​

One of the key features of MyHeritage, is the "Record Detective" technology that automatically finds additional relevant records. 

Once you find a record your are looking for, check at the bottom of that page for additional Record Detective results. In most cases, these results will contain records about the person, or relatives of the person, you are looking for. Check out the introductory video below to learn more about MyHeritage Library Edition.

Sorting "Refine by" in InfoSoup - UPDATE

UPDATE: The default sort for Location has been reset to alphabetical order. The only diffrence from before is "Children" is now also listed in alphabetical order, rather than as second in the list. 

There has been a recent change in InfoSoup that has been causing some minor confusion. After you do a search in InfoSoup, you can use the Refine by column to limit your results by format, location, genre, language, etc. In the past, the location list always began with Adult & Young Adult and Children, and then three libraries in alphabetical order. Clicking on more > would continue listing all the InfoSoup libraries in alphabetical order.

Like the other Refine by sections, Location now sorts by "hit count" rather than by alphabetical order.

Before Now

After clicking on more > the locations continue to list in order of hit count.

Fortunately, it is easy to put the list back in alphabetical order -- after you click on more >, just click on Name to reorder the list alphabetically.

If you want to return to ordering the list from most to least, you can click on Hit count. A number of other libraries have also complained to the vendor managing the catalog software that it makes more sense for Refine by: Location to sort alphabetically by default. They plan on addressing this issue in a future release of the software.

One area where this new feature might be useful is with sorting Format by Name. If you are looking for a DVD, and you don't care if it is a regular DVD or a Blu-Ray, it is easier to find all the DVD formats if you sort the format results by Name.

Check the formats you want, and hit Apply. As always, if you have any questions about using InfoSoup, just ask at your local library.

2nd Annual Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of the 2nd annual local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBook in Wisconsin.The 2019 contest is open and will be accepting submissions through May 31.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize donated by BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Wisconsin public libraries
  • Invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October
    • Winner and Runner Up
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Wisconsin resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

To learn more and to submit your work visit the Wisconsin Author Project page.

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Wisconsin in the statewide Indie Wisconsin eBook collection.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Author's Project, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) has contracted with BiblioBoards to make Pressbooks and Self-e available for free to all Wisconsin residence. Pressbooks is a self-publishing tool that you can use to create and/or format your eBook for submission to the Wisconsin Author Project.


Pressbooks is an easy to use self-publishing tool for creating professional print and ebook editions of your book. To get started, go to https://wplc.pressbooks.pub/. The Pressbooks Help Page provides a detailed users guide and video tutorials on how to use the service.


SELF-e is a way for you to share you eBook. Titles are reviewed by Library Journal. Notable titles will be chosen as SELF-e Select titles and be available to readers throughout the country. All submissions that meet the basic requirements of the program will be eligible to be included in our Indie Wisconsin Collection. To submit your book, please go to https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wplc/. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about SELF-e.

BiblioBoard: Indie Wisconsin collection and SELF-e Select.

BiblioBoard is a eBook collection free to all Wisconsin residents! No login required and all books are always available. BiblioBoard consists of a set of smaller collections, highlighted by Indie Wisconsin. Also included is a set of SELF-e Select titles, a curated collection of the best SELF-e submission from around the country. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about BiblioBoard or visit the BiblioBoard site. A BiblioBoard mobile app is also available. 

Author's Rights

With all of these programs, authors retain the sole rights to their work. Participation in the Wisconsin Authors Project, SELF-e, & Indie Wisconsin is non-exclusive and royalty free. Authors can share or sell their works on other sites and, on request, authors can have their titles removed from the SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin Collections.

Online Newspapers - Historic & Current

InfoSoup users have online access to thousands of historic and current newspapers, including hundreds of Wisconsin newspapers. These newspapers, unfortunately, are not all in one place. Whether doing genealogy and historical research or looking to keep up with the latest regional, national, or international news, our InfoSoup guide Online Newspapers: Historic & Current will help you identify the best resources for your task.