Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

About the Society

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is a statewide genealogical organization. Founded in 1939, WSGS now has members both within and outside of Wisconsin.

WSGS is a non-stock, nonprofit Wisconsin corporation whose basic purpose is to encourage, facilitate and improve the quality of genealogical study in Wisconsin and about Wisconsin families. To these ends WSGS:

  • Collects and publishes genealogical and historical material related to Wisconsin families and their forebears.
  • Conducts meetings and conferences for the instruction and interest of members.
  • Encourages the establishment of genealogical collections in libraries throughout the state.
  • Works to ensure public records in Wisconsin remain open for genealogical and historical research.

WSGS is proud to be a member of the Wisconsin Council for Local History, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and an organizational life member of the National Genealogical Society.

 WSGS Districts
The WSGS Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and an appointed District Representative.
The current Executive Committee is:
Vickie Schnitzler
  (Term expires December, 2018)
Lisa Christopherson  Vice President:
  (Term expires December, 2018)
Chris Klauer
  (Term expires December, 2020)
Tina Krummel
  (Term expires December, 2020)
Sharon Karow  District Representative:
  (Term expires December, 2019)

WSGS also has the following individuals that are involved with the running of the society:
Chris Klauer
  Administrative Assistant:
Sharon Karow  Advocacy Chair:
Mary Rieder  Communications & Technology Chair:
Cindy Nielsen  Finance & Development Chair:
Chris Klauer  Membership Chair:
Tina Krummel  Newsletter Editor:
Jonah Jung  Nominating Chair:
Gini Nichols  Pioneer & Century Certficates:
Mary Rieder  Webmasters:
Jonah Jung 
Each of Wisconsin's 72 counties belong to a WSGS District which has an elected Representative. The current District Representatives are:
Capital District (Columbia, Dane, Green and Rock Counties):
  (Term expires December, 2019)

Central District (Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood Counties):
Jonah Jung
  (Term expires December, 2018)

Coulee District (Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon Counties):
  (Term expires December, 2018)

East Central District (Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington Counties):
  (Term expires December, 2020)

Metropolitan District (Milwaukee County):
  (Term expires December, 2020)

Northeastern District (Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties):
  (Term expires December, 2020)

Northwestern District (Barron, Burnett, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties):   
  (Term expires December, 2020)

Northwoods District   (Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menomonee, Oneida, Shawano and Vilas Counties):
Sharon Karow
  (Term expires December, 2019)

Southeastern District (Kenosha, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha Counties):
 (Term expires December, 2018)

Southwestern District (Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland and Sauk Counties):
Shirley Randall
  (Term expires December, 2019)

Superior District (Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Iron Counties):
  (Term expires December, 2018)

West Central District (Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, Taylor and Trempeleau Counties):
Sue Beety
  (Term expires December, 2019)

Operating Year: January - December 2018

Governing Board
Exec Committee District Rep: SHARON KAROW
District Representatives
Capital District: RHONDA STEVENS
Coulee District: CYNTHIA NIELSEN
Central District: JONAH JUNG
East Central District: MARY RIEDER
Metropolitan District: CATHY DAILEY
Northeastern District: TONY LA LUZERNE
Northwestern District: MELANIE MEYER
Northwoods District: SHARON KAROW
Southeastern District: CLAYBORN BENSON
Southwestern District: SHIRLEY RANDALL
Superior District: MARLENE CASE
West Central District: SUSAN BEETY
Committee Chairs
Co-Webmaster: JONAH JUNG
Co-Webmaster: MARY RIEDER
Communications & Technology: MARY RIEDER
Finance & Development: CYNTHIA NIELSEN
Membership: CHRIS KLAUER
Newsletter: TINA KRUMMEL
Nominating: JONAH JUNG
Outreach: Vacant
Pioneer & Century Certificates: VIRGINIA NICHOLS
Program & Education: Vacant
Public Relations: Vacant
Publications: Vacant
Volunteers: Vacant
P.O. Box 5106
Madison, WI 53705-0106
E-mail WSGS at wsgs@wsgs.org
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