The Nature of Genealogy
A successful genealogist is not one who knows all the records. The Nature of Genealogy dictates researchers must be adept at why records are created, what they were created for, how and when to use them, how they interrelate to the circumstances of their ancestors, and how to execute a successful strategy. This presentation will cover understanding history, research, repositories, records, theory development, results analysis and publishing findings. It is woven around a case study discovering a new ancestor by an experienced genealogist.
The ABCs of ARCs: Wisconsin's Area Research Centers, Partners in Family History Research
Learn about the unique partnership between Wisconsin's Area Research Centers, the Wisconsin Historical Society and UW System to distribute local history and genealogical materials across the state.
It's Christmas in the Museum
Did your grandmother write her biography for 8th grade English class? Was your grandfather recognized in his employer's newsletter for his bowling championship? Did your ancestor bring his home-made mousetrap back from Andersonville prison? Discover the unusual treasures that await you in local museums and archives that can be used to tell the story of your family.
Why the Basics are Important
Genealogists often get ahead of themselves. Genealogy is very exciting and enthusiasm can often catapult us beyond our skills. We need to return to the basics like professional ball players do every year in Spring Training. The basics build strong foundations for research. But what are the Basics? There are basic sources and basic methodology. They both are important but too often we concentrate on sources as if methodology is not important or non-existent. How you research may be more important that what you research.
Meet Mrs. George H. James: How to Write a Biographical Sketch
There are ancestors who already come with a biographical sketch. Most of our relatives need someone who will write their story. A biographical sketch is a manageale and brief story that can put these ancestors into the light. Lori Bessler will provide guidance on how to uncover the information and then put it into a biographical sketch.
Creating a Family Tree From All of Your Stuff: Genealogy Software for the Beginner
You’ve been researching your family history for a while now and have started accumulating lots of pictures and information from relatives, websites, and research. Now that you have all of this stuff, you’re ready to start creating your family tree so that you can share what you’ve learned with others. We’ll talk about a few of the more popular genealogy software programs, and give you ideas on how to find the one that’s perfect for your needs.
Genealogists Never Die, They Just Lose Their Census
Tracy will teach you how to use the census to your best advantage to uncover hidden clues on your family. Learn how to enhance your family tree using pre-1850 census data, as well as how to analyze the data on an agricultural census, and why you should never forget to check mortality schedules.
Mayflower 101 - Lineage Societies
Your tour of the Mayflower includes a discussion of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and its Wisconsin chapter, along with the lineage society application process.
Processing Family Papers
You inherited old letters, documents and photographs that were passed down through your family. What steps should you take to insure your family papers survive your life? What preservation techniques can you apply at home? What supplies do you need? How should these documents be organized and catalogued? This presentation will cover these issues for the genealogist.
Putting the Pieces Together: A Case Study in Researching a Civil War Veteran from Birth to Death
Starting with an unidentified poem and some photos, Horton will show how a variety of sources fleshed out the Civil War veteran behind them.
Every House Has a History: The Genealogy of Your House
"If these walls could talk." Our walls may not talk, but we can get them to whisper a few of their stories in our ears.
Creating Order Out of Chaos
Have you searched in every courthouse, every library, and every archive and still haven't solved your riddle? One of the keys to success in genealogy is doing more with what you have. Sometimes the pieces are there, we just need to look at them in different ways. Reorganizing and analyzing may solve your riddle.