Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

2018 WSGS Fall Seminar

Fine Tuning Your Genealogical Puzzle:
Using Different Techniques & Strategies 
for Organizing & Researching
Louise St Denis
Louise St Denis, PLCGS
Hosted by
Marshfield Area Genealogy Group
Saturdy, October 13, 2018
Hotel Marshfield
Best Western Premier Collection
2700 South Central Avenue
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Making the Mountains of Paper Disappear
Every genealogist or family historian learns two facts very quickly:  you will accumulate lots of paper, and you can't rely on your memory.  This lecture will show you how to organize all your bits of papers into your genealogical diary or into your computer.  Many simple ways to remind you of what needs to be done or how to organize your facts to deal with those difficult searches will be shown.  Setting up a filing system that enables you to retrieve your material quickly will be described.  And finally everything will be at your fingertips and you'll be completely organized.  The final portion of this lecture will be dedicated to organizing all your precious documents and photographs.  You will be shown how to take them out of the shoe boxes and organize them to be able to find what you want easily but at the same time protecting them in such a way to permit your family and friends to still enjoy viewing them.
I Found It Once, Why Can't I Find It Again?
I’m sure this has happened to you: you want to go back and get another copy of a document, but you just can’t find where you got the document in the first place. Citing your sources in a manner that will make finding that source again much easier is so important. Future generations or other genealogists may need to go back to your sources. How will they know where to look, if you have not documented this information properl? You need to report your evidence accurately and that includes your citations. Documenting and editing your family histories and the genealogical records included will be discussed.
Am I Doing Everything Right?
Just starting to research your family tree? Been at it for a while, but not sure if you are doing it "right?" You’ve heard the words citations, abstracting, extracting, proof standards, transcribing, etc. Do you know why these are an important part of your research? Do you think you are researching using acceptable standards? Here’s the problem: "we don’t know, what we don’t know." During this lecture we will discuss many topics with the purpose of getting you to "think" about what you are doing and how you are doing it -- or for that matter, are you actually "doing it!" Beginners, and those who may not consider themselves beginners, come for a review of the standards you should be considering as you climb your tree.
Adding Social History to Your Family Research
You’ve found the facts, and maybe some of the "juicy" stuff -- often "partly" false stories gathered from family lore. But there is another element to researching your ancestors -- the social history of your ancestors’ lives, in other words, how they lived, worked, worshiped, and entertained themselves. During this lecture we will discuss how to start researching the social history of your ancestors, why you would want to, understanding the time period and the events affecting them, and finally how to share your findings. If you are planning on writing a family book, adding social history to it will make it a best seller -- at least within your family!
About Our Speaker
Louise St Denis is a bilingual international speaker; produced an instructional video tape; publishes the HERITAGE BOOK SERIES with over 120 titles (www.genealogystore.com); authored 10 books; was founding President of the Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie-Toronto Branch, Past-President of its provincial organization; Past-Treasurer APG-Ontario Chapter; Past-Director of its international organization; studied Mathematics/Business at the University of Windsor; and, starting in 1984, researched her ancestors to the 1600s.
As Managing Director of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, she established an organization to offering comprehensive Certificate programs in Genealogical Studies (www.genealogicalstudies.comentirely online; over 40,000 course registrations have been received! 
Deli Lunch Buffet
Selection of sliced ham, turkey, roast beef, select Wisconsin cheeses, sliced tomatoes, onion, lettuce and dill pickles. Served on a deli-style hoagie. Meal also includes house salad, fresh-made chips and a choice of beverage (coffee, water, hot tea or milk). $14.50
Meals must be ordered by September 28th.
Hotel Accommodations
Rooms are available at Hotel Marshfield, Best Western Premier Collection, at the rate of $109.00 plus tax for a double queen (single or double occupancy).  Contact the hotel at 715-387-2700 for reservations by September 12th.  Please identify yourself as being with Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.
For more information, and to register for the Fall Seminar, please see the attached brochure. (Please note that the brochure is intended to be printed on 11"x 14" paper.) WSGS members will receive a copy of the registration brochure in the mail and may register with a check payable to WSGS via U.S. mail. Anyone may also register online. Reduced registration rates are available for WSGS members and by registering early. Attendees will receive an electronic syllabus. A print syllabus is available for an extra fee.
Early registration ends September 28th.
Vendor Registration
If you would like to vend at the WSGS Fall Seminar, please fill out our vendor table application form.
Online Registration
Make your selections for registration as a member or non-member, and for the optional lunch buffet and print syllabus below. You will be returned back to this page by clicking on the Continue Shopping link in the upper right corner of the PayPal shopping cart screen. If you are not already a WSGS member, you may join now and register at reduced member rates.
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Luncheon Buffet
Electronic Syllabus is Free
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