Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

May 2021 Webinar

Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode Them
Karen Fortin
  • Presenter: Karen Fortin
  • Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: The story of the orphan trains, which relocated children from Eastern cities to rural farmlands, has become a part of American popular culture.  This presentation explores the facts behind the legends; follows a group of children "placed out" to Nebraska in 1880, and provides information on what resources are available for learning more abut the orphan trains and their riders. 
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/266281236955045903


2021 Fall Seminar

Save the Date!
2021 Fall Seminar
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
October 9, 2021
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen 2019
Hotel Mead &
Convention Center
451 E. Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
As of now we are planning for the Fall Seminar to be an in-person event. If conditions change because of the pandemic, however, we may switch to virtual. Watch this space!


Check Out the 2021 WSGS Webinar Series!

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The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is proud to present our 2021 Webinar series! The lineup features some of your favorite webinar presenters from the past, as well as several new speakers, covering a wide variety of topics including resources, methodology, tools, various ethnic groups, and how to prepare for the release of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census!


DNA Boot Camp

WSGS is proud to present a series of webinars available to members on our website, the
DNA Boot Camp Webinar Series
Presented by
Mary Eberle and Thomas MacEntee
Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy Boot Camp
The DNA Boot Camp is a series of 12 webinars giving a basic introduction to genetic genealogy, discussing some of the most popular websites currently being used, and how to use DNA as evidence in your research. The webinars include:
• Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy Research
• Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy Research
• GEDMatch — Powerful Tools for Analyzing DNA Results and Finding New DNA Matches
• Combining DNA and Non-DNA Evidence — A Case Study
• Using X-DNA for Genealogical Research
• X-DNA Case Studies
• Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results
• AncestryDNA Hands-On Exercises
• Intepreting Your FamilyTreeDNA Results
• Interpreting Your 23andMe Results
• Researching Difficult DNA Matches
• Understanding Ethnicity Estimates
To access the DNA Boot Camp, log into your WSGS member account and a link will be available under the Webinars tab.
We hope you enjoy this membership benefit!
If you're not already a member, join us today!

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Our Products Make Great Gifts for Your Genealogy Friends and Yourself!
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The 2nd edition of Wisconsin: Its Counties, Townships and Villages (the "Cow Book") is a must-have research companion. WSGS Recipes and Remembrances is a treasury of over 200 family recipes from our members.
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