Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

2019 Fall Seminar

When You've Hit a Brick Wall,
Go Around It!
Using Collateral Line Research to Further Your Family Lines
Lois Mackin
Lois Mackin, Ph.D.
Hosted by
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ramada Waupaca
110 Grand Seasons Drive
Waupaca, Wisconsin
Many Paths, One Goal
Genealogical research is a process. Like all processes, it involves a series of sequential steps, but, unlike some processes, the steps don’t always need to occur in the same order. This lecture presents several different sequences of research steps for a family history problem, and illustrates how all ultimately arrive at success, showing how, in genealogy, there are many paths to one goal.
Using DNA for Genealogical Research
DNA is an exciting new tool for connecting with cousins and researching family history, but, unless you have training in biology or genetics, it comes with a learning curve. This talk will help you discover what you might learn from testing, explore the options available for tests and testing companies, and figure out how you might be able to use DNA testing in your genealogy research.
Planning a Genealogy Research Trip
Genealogy research trips are exhilarating, fun, and rewarding. Learn tips and tricks to make your trip successful. Lois will talk about planning and preparation, as well as technology to help you on the road and in your research locations.
The Case of Rob Leedle: Yorkshire to Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Canada
This case study illustrates how genealogists use expanding circles of people, places, and sources to uncover the stories of their research subjects. Rob Leedle was born in Yorkshire, emigrated to Wisconsin, moved on to Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and died in Canada. Sources for Rob’s story include English, American, and Canadian church records, vital records, census records, military records, passenger and border crossing lists, naturalization records, county histories, and land records.
About Our Speaker
Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA. She volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Minnesota, and the Irish Genealogical Society International. She is a past president of the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a past officer and education chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
Hotel Accommodations
Rooms are available at Ramada Waupaca, at the rate of $89.00 plus tax for a double queen (single or double occupancy).  Contact the hotel at 715-258-9212 for reservations by September 4th. Do not go online!  Please use the code WSGS ROOMS.
Taco Lunch Buffet
No Longer Available for Purchase
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. Reduced registration rates are available for WSGS members and by registering early. Attendees will receive an electronic syllabus the week of the Seminar. If you want a print syllabus, please order it with your registration.
Online Registration
Online Registration is Now Closed
On-Site Registration May Be Available Dependent Upon Early Registration.
Please contact the office at wsgs@wsgs.org before coming on Saturday.
If the WSGS Office has verified that space is still available for the conference, please print out this form and bring it with your payment to the venue.