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December, 2015

Patricia Walls Stamm

Railroad Records Across America

  • Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm
  • Date:  December 15, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  During the 1800s, railroads quickly grew. The railroad network was plentiful in Wisconsin. Besides lines like Union Pacific Railroad, Wisconsin Northern Railroad, and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, other defunct lines were Northern Pacific, Chicago & North Western Railway, and Green Bay & Western Railroad, crisscrossed Wisconsin. As the railroads expanded, they transported people, raw materials, and manufactured products from city to city. The railroads created jobs, spurred area growth, and produced records. This session will discuss the various records, railroad libraries, and the methods to access their information.​

November, 2015

World War I Military RecordsRussell Horton

  • Presenter: Russell Horton
  • Date: November 17, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  We are in the midst of the 100th anniversary of World War I, and the centennial of America’s entry into the Great War is just around the corner. Roughly 4 million Americans—often referred to as Doughboys—served in the military during the war, including 120,000 men and women from Wisconsin. In this session, Horton will walk you through the steps to researching the World War I veteran in your family tree, from draft registration to service records to unit histories. He will discuss records specific to individual veterans as well as broader sources that can be used to provide perspective on the veteran’s experiences. Learn how to properly research and honor your ancestor’s World War I service!

October, 2015

National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch

  • Presenter: Jane HaldemanJane Haldeman
  • Date:  October 20, 2015
  • Webinar Description: “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.” The National Archives at Chicago holds Federal records from agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin dating from the 1800’s. There are Territorial Papers, Farming and Agriculture, Naturalization, Military, Taxes, Postal Service, Court Cases and many more records that can be invaluable when researching your family history.  Learn what’s available and how to access these rich resources.

September, 2015

C. Ann Staley

Black Sheep Ancestors and their Records

  • Presenter:   C. Ann Staley
  • Date:  September 15, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  Let's just admit it - we all have them! So, let's use the records they have created to our benefit - and what wonderful records they left. Court, prison, newspaper and census records and all types of other records. I will provide tips starting with what you already know (or at least "think" you know) and follow through with trying to prove the story.


August, 2015

Church Denomination Archives

  • Presenter: Valerie Eichler LairValerie Eichler Lair
  • Date:  August 18, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  Are you still not finding that particular church record that will hopefully provide a date, a name, and a place for your ancestor? It might be a matter of not simply finding a church and its records; but the need to go beyond. Most of the church denominations have archives where records have been placed. This presentation should take the mystery out of this under-used source. Explanation into the location of select church denomination archives will be given and what you need to know about them.

July, 2015

Researching Your Wisconsin Polish - American AncestorsAnne Kasuboski

  • Presenter: Anne Kasuboski
  • Date:  July 21, 2015
  • Webinar Description: Immigrants of Polish ancestry were one of the major groups making their way into Wisconsin in the second half of the 19 th century. Learn what’s unique about Wisconsin’s Poles, how history shaped their migration, and tips and techniques for tracing your Wisconsin Polish ancestors back to their place of origin.

June, 2015Jeanne L. Bloom

Lost Children:  Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted

  • Presenter: Jeanne L. Bloom
  • Date:  June 16, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  As the views of society toward children evolved, the types of records and where these records might be located changed.

May, 2015

Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy StepsEric Basir

  • Presenter: Eric Basir
  • Date:  May 19, 2015
  • Webinar Description:  Eric Basir of Photo Grafix will walk everyone step by step through the basics...  scan, restore and print a photo like the pros from beginning to end.  In addition to sharing important tips and techniques about photo restoration, he will also be addressing problems found in many family photos relevant to genealogists.

    April, 2015

    Genealogy Do-Over:  A Year of Learning From Mistakes

    • Presenter: Thomas MacEnteeThomas MacEntee
    • Date:  April 21, 2015
    • Webinar Description:  It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologis and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

    March, 2015

    The New and Improved Wisconsin Historical Society WebsiteLori Bessler

    • Presenter: Lori Bessler
    • Date:  March 17, 2015
    • Webinar Description: has changed tremendously in the last 11 months.  There are many more ways to find out what resources we have for researching your family history.  Attend this webinar and you will learn how to navigate this new website and the many enhancements that have been added to the site.  WHS staff has been listening to the feedback from the public since the rollout of the new site in May 2014.  Many ideas have been implemented and some search strategies have returned to the site that had been removed.  Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian will show you how to use the site and what the site can do for your research.

    February, 2015

    Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters: Researching Your Female LinesLisa A. Alzo

    • Presenter: Lisa Alzo
    • Date:  February 17, 2015
    • Webinar Description:  Most historical records have been created for and/or about men, making it more challenging to research and write about female ancestors.  This session will demonstrate effective ways to discover the females in your family tree.  Learn about the key sources for determining maiden names, how to overcome the most common obstacles for researching female lines, and the best methods for documenting and sharing “her” story. A sample case study will be provided.

    January, 2015

    Researching Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigitalKathy Meade

    • Presenter: Kathy Meade
    • Date:  January 20, 2015
    • Webinar Description:  Learn how to research your Swedish Hertiage using ArkivDigital Online, an online service that provides access to newly photographed color images of Swedish historical records.  This product demo will familarize you with the types of records that you will find on ArkivDigital including the Swedish church books, estate inventories, military records, tax registers, passenger ship manifests, prison records and other types of records. 


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