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December, 2014

Lost in Your Cemetery Research? FindAGrave Can Help Unearth Your Answers

  • Presenter: Vickie SchnitzlerVickie Schnitzler
  • Date:  December 16, 2014​
  • Webinar Description:  “Find-a-Grave” may be an overlooked and under appreciated resource for basic on-line genealogical research.  Find-a-grave volunteer, and WSGS president, Vickie Schnitzler, will share information about the organization, website and how to search the more than 111 million graves already posted.  She will also share how Find-a-Grave can possibly help you with your genealogical research.


November, 2014

Time Travel with Google EarthLisa Louise Cooke

  • Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Date:  November 18, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  Get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos coming together to create stunning time travel experiences in the free Google Earth program. We'll incorporate automated changing boundaries, and uncover historic maps that are built right into Google Earth. Tell time travel stories that will truly excite your non-genealogist relatives! You’ve never seen anything like this class!


October, 2014

Pre-1850 Tic MarksPeggy Lauritzen

  • Presenter: Peggy Lauritzen
  • Date:  October 21, 2014
  • Webinar Description: Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees.  Just what do they mean, and how can they help me?




September, 2014

Norwegian Genealogy: A Ten Step Program to Get You Started and AddictedJerry Paulson

  • Presenter: Jerry Paulson
  • Date:  September 16, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  Confused by the naming patterns in Norwegian genealogy?  This class will help to clear up some of the mysteries associated with this ethnic group. Topics to be discussed include naming patterns, using Norwegian and Norwegian American church records, relationship of church and state in Norway, websites of value for doing Norwegian and Norwegian American research and migration patterns.


August, 2014

The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper

  • Presenter: Cyndi IngleCyndi Ingle
  • Date:  August 19, 2014
  • Webinar Description:  When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.

July, 2014

World War I Draft CardsTim Pinnick

  • Presenter: Tim Pinnick
  • Date:  July 15, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  World War I draft registration cards contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers.  Identify relatives and potential friends, establish familial relationships, locate previously unknown migration locations, and more!​

June, 2014

Applying for Your Irish Passport: An Introduction to Irish ResearchDonna Moughty

  • Presenter: Donna Moughty
  • Date:  June 17, 2014 
  • Webinar Description:  Before you buy your ticket to Ireland you need to look at the roots your ancestor planted in America.  Focusing on U.S. resources can give you a real passport to finding your way to the right place and time in Ireland.




May, 2014

Genealogy Research in BadgerLinkKara Ripley

  • Presenter: Kara Ripley
  • Date:  May 20, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library which provides access to licensed content such as magazines, newspapers, census records, full text family histories, videos, and images. These resources are provided exclusively for use by all Wisconsin residents and are materials that are not available through regular search engines such as Google. In this session, learn the basics about using BadgerLink to conduct genealogical research!​

April, 2014

German-American Resources for GenealogistsAntje Petty

  • Presenter: Antje Petty      
  • Date:  April 15, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  Researching one’s ancestors from German-speaking Europe comes with many challenges. The quality and availability of resources may differ greatly, depending on an immigrant’s place of origin, time of departure, and more. The investigation is further complicated by the fact that documents—including many created in America—were not only written in German, but also in a script that even native speakers cannot easily read today. This webinar will offer suggestions on how to use German-American resources in genealogy, including those available at the Max Kade Institute. ​

March, 2014

DNA and Genealogy

  • Presenter: Colleen FitzpatrickColleen Fitzpatrick
  • Date: March 18, 2014   
  • Webinar Description:  DNA is not as difficult to understand as you might think!  Whether you are having trouble spelling DNA or you are an old hand at genetic genealogy, this talk is for you! Understanding your DNA results, connecting with long lost cousins, and gaining insight into family history through DNA has become easier than ever. And what if your DNA is different from the rest  of the members of your family? Should you hide under the bed? Refuse all incoming phone calls? No! You have a terrific opportunity to discover the interesting family history if your DNA doesn't match anyone else's. In this talk, you will learn the basics of DNA, how to ‘do’ genetic genealogy, and what you can derive from your DNA results. Colleen explains how DNA can be combined with paper genealogy to provide a more powerful toolbox for solving genealogical mysteries. Colleen also gives success stories in tracing otherwise lost family history-unexpectedly connecting a group to a geographical region and to historical evebnts occurring there. This talk on DNA is very different from others you might have heard. No matter what level of understanding you have about genetic genealogy, this talk is for you!

February, 2014

Probate Will Not Be the Death of YouHarold Henderson

  • Presenter: Harold Henderson
  • Date:  February 18, 2014
  • Webinar Description:  Everybody dies. Many have probates. Few write wills. Fortunately, probate records are not as scary as they sound, and they offer all kinds of wonderful opportunities for the well-prepared genealogist.


January, 2014

Building a Research Toolbox

  • Presenter: Thomas MacEnteeThomas MacEntee
  • Date:  January 21, 2014
  • Webinar Description:  Are you overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.​

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