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December 2023

Creating Google Earth Tours

  • Presenter: Karen A. Fortin
  • Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This class will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the web-based Google Earth projects feature.
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Welcome to the new Wisconsin State Genealogical Society website!

Candidates Needed for the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Board Elections

  The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is looking for members interested in becoming part of the leadership team.  In December, we will be holding elections for eight open board positions; the majority of these are for three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2026.  One of the positions on the ballot will be completing open terms.

The WSGS governing board consists of sixteen elected officers, including president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and twelve district representatives.  We meet four times a year; currently, these are in virtual format. 

The positions to be included in the December ballot, as well as the corresponding counties for each of the district representatives are:


Vice President (Term expires December 31, 2024)

District Representatives:

 1)         East Central: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties

 2)         Metropolitan: Milwaukee County

 3)         Northeastern: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties

 4)         Northwestern: Barron, Burnett, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties

 5)         Southwestern: Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland and Sauk Counties

If you are interested in joining the WSGS leadership team, I would be happy to discuss the corresponding duties for each position with you.  If you live in any of the counties listed above, the district representative position is a great way to get to meet fellow genealogists who live in your “neck of the woods.”  As we need to publicize the nominations to the membership prior to the election, your response to this request is required no later than October 30, 2023.

An organization needs diverse voices and opinions to become stronger -- please consider being part of the WSGS Board.  If you would like to reach out to me regarding these opportunities, my contact information is below.Thank you for supporting the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

John Fassbender
Communications and Technology chair, WSGS

WSGS is proud to offer our members 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!

Have You Checked Out the WSGS Store?

Our Products Make Great Gifts for Your Genealogy Friends and Yourself!

Wisconsin: Its Counties, Townships and Villages Cover Image

The 2nd edition of Wisconsin: Its Counties, Townships and Villages 

(the "Cow Book") is a must-have research companion.

Picture of items in the beginner's toolkitNeed a little help to get started with your genealogy?  Our "How to Get Started in Genealogy - A Beginner's Kit" will help answer many of those questions.  The 90-page book included in the kit, includes information on how to get started, what forms to use to keep organized and how to fill them out.  Also are many printed and online resources to keep you on your path to success.

How to Get Started in Genealogy - A Beginner's Kit

   Visit our online store today for these and more WSGS products!

Support WSGS!



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