Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Upcoming Webinars

August 2021
Shaky Leaf Syndrome: Using Website-Generated Hints More EffectivelySara Cochran
  • Presenter: Sara Cochran
  • Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Indexing, optical character recognition, and computer algorithms make finding obscure records about our families easier than ever! Unfortunately, computers can’t distinguish between people of the same name who lived in different places or in different times. Using real examples, we’ll practice evaluating hints and attaching the keepers to our trees.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2781351413330828303

September 2021
Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin: Dutch Colonies in the mid-1800s
  • Presenter: Mary RisseeuwMary Risseeuw
  • Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: This lecture will examine the reasons for emigration from the Netherlands in the 19th Century and the establishment of three major Dutch colonies in the Midwest. The Dutch were not unlike other ethnic groups in that they stuck together and sought each other out after arrival in the U.S. But, who were leaders of these emigration groups and why were these locations chosen? Comparisons between the three colonies study the religious leaders, or lack thereof, and what shaped and sustained them. The formation of these colonies was the basis for migration within Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin; but also a catalyst for the migrations west. Understanding the basis for this emigration group can be critical to researching your Dutch ancestors.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7592991317850909711

October 2021
No More Excuses: Ten Tips to Finally Write that Family History
  • Presenter: Lisa AlzoLisa Alzo
  • Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Often the most difficult part of writing a family history is getting started. If you feel stuck due to information overload, lack of time, or writer’s block, you are not alone. In this webinar, learn ten simple tips to stop procrastinating and start writing! The session will cover: * How to organize your project with outlines and storyboards * Tips for overcoming writer's block * Starting your story and engaging your reader * Methods for sticking to a writing schedule.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7273287421354357261

November 2021
Norwegian Naming Customs Pre- and Post-Immigration
  • Presenter: Dana Kelly, Norwegian American Genealogical Center - Naeseth Library
  • Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM CentralDana Kelly
  • Webinar Description: Norwegians often followed a very specific naming pattern during the 1700s and 1800s that genealogists can take advantage of to grow their family trees. This webinar will include examples of common first and last name customs. Since Norwegian families didn’t typically have an inherited surname prior to the 1920s, this webinar will discuss the misunderstandings many researchers have about Norwegian last names by explaining the patronymic naming system and the farm name Norwegians often used as a last name. We will explain how patronymics and farm names worked in conjunction with each other and how those different traditions played out in the United States after immigrants arrived and had to adapt to the American surname system. We will discuss how some customs differ from our contemporary traditions and the common misconceptions genealogists have when beginning to search for their Norwegian ancestors.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/776927422244792590

December 2021
The 1950 U.S. Federal Census: Are You Ready?
  • Presenter: Thomas MacEnteeThomas MacEntee
  • Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April, 2012 around the release of the 1940 U.S. Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 U.S. Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to U.S. genealogy research! Participants will get up to speed on the history of the 1950 U.S. Census, why the 1950 U.S. Census form is radically different than previous forms, and how the data will be accessed. In addition, we’ll cover what you can do NOW to prepare for the release of the 1950 U.S. Census as well as volunteer projects related to indexing and finding aids. Finally, we’ll cover how you can always get the latest information related to the release of the 1950 U.S. Census data!
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7877661475352706319