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Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, November 26
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Lowell Damon House  (Affiliate Event)
2107 Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street), Wauwatosa, WI.
 
Lowell Damon House Hours:
Tours are available on Sundays (March through November): 1 to 5pm
Closed holidays
 
Construction started on this home in 1844 by Oliver Damon and was completed in 1847 by his son, Lowell. The house, believed to be Wauwatosa’s oldest residence, stands as a classic example of a colonial home. In 1941, the sons of Alexander Rogers, a former owner, gave it to the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Since then, it has operated as a museum.
 
Admission fee:  $2/person.  For additional information, please call (414) 273-8288.



Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Jeremiah Curtin House  (Affiliate Event)
West Grange Avenue and South 84th Street, Greendale, WI
 
Jeremiah Curtin House:
Open by appointment only:  May 15 thru October 15, 2017
 
David Curtin, his wife Ellen, and infant son Jeremiah were among a group of Irish immigrants who settled in the old Town of Greenfield in the mid-1830s. With help from a stonemason, David built the first stone house in the community. In 1866, it was sold to the Trimborn family and remained occupied until the 1920s. The Milwaukee County Historical Society acquired the house in 1952 from the federal government, and it was selected as Milwaukee County’s Bicentennial Project in 1976. Funds raised by various community organizations helped restore the site in the late 1970s. The house was officially dedicated on the 150th anniversary of Jeremiah’s birth, September 6, 1985.
 
Guided tours are by appointment only; tour fee is $2/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 414-273-8288.


Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Trimborn Farm  (Affiliate Event)
8881 West Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI
 
Trimborn Farm Hours:
Open May 15 thru October 15, 2017
Trimborn Farm Park Grounds:  10am to 10pm
Trimborn Buildings:  Open with guided tour only
 
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Trimborn Farm is also a State Historic Site and Milwaukee County Landmark. Except for the farmhouse, buildings on Trimborn Farm are accessible to the physically challenged. Packed gravel drives and lawn may be difficult for those using wheelchairs or walkers. Two wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
 
Guided building and/or grounds tours for groups are by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please call at least two weeks in advance. Tours are $5/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests; children under age six are free.  Admission to the park grounds is free.
 
Photography permits are required year-round
 
For more information, visit:  http://www.trimbornfarm.com/ or call 414-273-8288.


Thursday, May 18 through Friday, September 29
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Summerfest 50 Exhibit  (Affiliate Event)
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
 
This comprehensive exhibit celebrates Summerfest’s 50th Anniversary.  Visitors will be able to dig deep into festival’s history, from its founding fathers to the world-class musicians that make it the event it is today.  Complementing this display will be the exhibit -- Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music.
 
The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5pm, with a limited version on Saturdays from 9:30am to 2pm.  Admission is free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members.  General admission is $7; children 12 and under are free.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, September 30
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Kilbourntown House (Benjamin Church House)  (Affiliate Event)
4400 North Estabook Drive (Estabrook Park), Shorewood, WI
 
Kilbourtown House/Benjamin Church House:
June through September 2017
To confirm hours of operation, contact the Society at 414-273-8288.
The house is located just north of the Estabrook Park entrance on East Capitol Drive.
 
Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York, built Kilbourntown House in 1844. A Greek-revival architecture design, the house was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. It was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project.
 
The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts, as well as a neighboring kitchen herb garden. The Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Parks, and the Colonial Dames maintain the house jointly. Kilbourntown House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Admission fee is $2/person.
 
For more information, please call 414- 273-8288.  


Sunday, June 4 through Thursday, December 14
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium  (Wisconsin Event)
100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Driftless Historium Public Access Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Newly opened, the $1.7 million, three-building history center is located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb.  It’s presence represents the culmination of nearly a decade of community-based efforts – from drawings, fundraising campaigns, to ultimate construction.  In addition to the historium’s archival collections, the facility features educational exhibits, a research center, and special program offerings.
 
Tour groups of all ages are welcome – please contact the Historium staff to schedule an appointment.  For more information, call 608-437-6486, visit www.driftlesshistorium.org, or email: mthorebmuseum@mhtc.net



Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Irish Fest   (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Irish Fest Hours:
Thursday, August 17, 2017:          5 to 10pm.
Friday, August 18, 2017                 4pm to Midnight
Saturday, August 19, 2017:           12Noon to Midnight
Sunday, August 20, 2017:              11am to 10pm
 
As the largest Irish music and cultural festival in the world, Irish Fest celebrates all things Irish – food, music, and heritage.  Need help locating your Emerald Isle ancestors? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm


Sunday, August 20
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Civil War History - Tour II
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Margaret Berres and Tom Ludka brings to life the stories of Civil War soldiers laid to rest at Forest Home Cemetery.  It is the second part of the Civil War Veterans’ Tour. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Wednesday, August 23
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Summer, ice cream and live music – what could be sweeter?  Grab your spoon and head to the Historical Society building located along the scenic Milwaukee River in the heart of downtown for their annual ice cream social event.  Enjoy a refreshing treat on the patio overlooking Père Marquette Park while listening to the music of the River Rhythms’ concert series.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288


Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Mexican Fiesta  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Mexican Fiesta Hours:
Friday, August 25:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Saturday, August 26:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, August 27:  12Noon to 12Midnight
 
Mexican Fiesta brings the unique sound, culture, and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront. Visitors will be able to experience the country’s rich history, art, music and food while wandering throughout the festival grounds.  Want to explore your Hispanic ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.  
 
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.mexicanfiesta.org/home.php


Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27
Annual Slovak Festival in Sterling Heights, MI  (Out of State Event)
Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI
 
The 27th Annual Slovak Festival guarantees fun for the whole family!  In addition to live entertainment and Slovak dancing, the festival will be serving authentic Slovak food, including:  klobása, stuffed cabbage, pork loin dinners, dumplings, goulash, and specialty beers and liquor.  Be sure to leave room for their homemade desserts – yum! 
 
For more information, visit:  www.saintcyrils.org/slovak-festival.html


Saturday, August 26
Italian Genealogy Interest Group - Research Meeting  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Known as "Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (P.O.I.N.T.) – Chapter 22”, the Italian Area Interest Group welcomes anyone to their meetings with an interest in Italian family history. For more information, kindly contact George Koleas:  GeorgeJK676@wi.rr.com or call 262-251-7216 after 7pm. 
 
Visit their website for additional details on meetings, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference - Building Bridges to the Past
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference - Building Bridges to the Past  (National Conference/Institute)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that the 2017 FGS Conference program is now available in an 8-page pdf download.
 
This year’s conference theme “Building Bridges to the Past” references not only the many bridges in Pittsburgh but also the bridges between the old world and new, as well as our journeys to discover our past. The conference program brings you a wide variety of topics presented by many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.
 
Learning Tracks
A variety of tracks fill the program, including:
  •         Immigrant/EthnicRecords
  •         Regional
  •         DNA
  •         Methodology
  •         Analysis
  •         Skills
  •         African American
  •         Land & Taxes
  •         Religion
  •         Occupations
Workshops
Four traditional two-hour workshops:
  •     Caring for keepsakes
  •     Research planning
  •     Storytelling
  •     Transcribing and Analyzing
Plus, two special four-hour DNA workshops:
  •    “Connecting the DNA Dots”
  •   “Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash through Brick Walls”
Focus on Societies
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is Focus on Societies day, with sessions that are packed full of  ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that focuses on “Creating, Packaging, and Sharing Your Society to Non-Genealogists.”
 
Librarian’s Day
The 2017 Librarian’s Day, sponsored by ProQuest, is themed “Digital Initiatives in Western Pennsylvania. This-pre-conference event will be on Tuesday, August 29 and will include a full day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals who serve family history researchers.
 
Whether you are a novice, an expert, or anywhere in between, the FGS 2017 Conference has something for you!
 
Online registration will open soon. Stay tuned. We can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh!
 



Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Wisconsin Highland Games  (Affiliate Event)
Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd. (Highway FT), Waukesha, WI
 
Wisconsin Highland Games Hours:
Friday, September 1:  5 to 10pm
Saturday, September 2:  9am to 10pm
Sunday, September 3:  9am to 9pm
 
The Wisconsin Highland Games offers a weekend of Scottish and Celtic fun for the whole family, featuring music, dance, athletics, food, drink, living history, and much more.  Want to explore your British Isle roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.  
 
For admission fees, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.wisconsinscottish.org/


Saturday, September 2
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
GREAT GRANDPA FERDINAND STRIEF IN THE CIVIL WAR- Peter Ott will portray his great-grandfather who served in the Civil War.
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Sunday, September 3
Annual Slovak Festival in Parma, OH  (Affiliate Event)
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
St. Anthony of Padua Church: 6750 State Road, Parma, OH
 
Live music and dancing will highlight the 46th Annual Slovak Festival.  Bring your appetite – Slovak food and pastry will be available for purchase.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
For more information, call:  440-885-1994 or 440-845-0282.
 


Sunday, September 3
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee Abolitionists
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Anita Pietrykowski will visit gravesites and recount the history of Milwaukee’s abolitionist movement. Significant to the movement were Caroline Quarlls and Joshua Glover, two escaped slaves whose paths to freedom were closely tied to Milwaukee. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Monday, September 4
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee History
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Paul Haubrich highlights the individuals who are responsible for creating Milwaukee’s history. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Monday, September 4
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Tuesday, September 5
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction, WI
 
Using Social Security Records for Genealogical Research - presented by Don Schnitzler.


Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Indian Summer  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Indian Summer Hours:
Friday, September 8:  4pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, September 9:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, September 10:  11am to 8pm
 
The Indian Summer Festival provides a welcoming venue for education, preservation, and promotion of American Indian cultures. Fest-goers will experience an up-close view of the rich Native American culture through art, music, food, and activities. Want to explore your Native American roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.
 
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.indiansummer.org/


Saturday, September 9
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Quarterly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1185 Concord Street North, South St. Paul, MN
 
Quarterly meeting presentation:  Using DNA to Solve Family Mysteries by John Vanek
 
For further information, visit:  www.cgsi.org


Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, September 10
Milwaukee County Historical Society's Trimborn Farm Harvest of Arts and Crafts  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Trimborn Farm Historical Park, 8881 W. Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI
 
Trimborn Farm's Annual Harvest of Arts and Crafts Hours:
Saturday, September 9:  10am to 4pm
Sunday, September 10:  10am to 4pm
 
From wearable art and holiday decorations to flawlessly detailed jewelry, paintings, and sculpture, the Trimborn Harvest Festival features some of the most exceptional handcrafted work in the Midwest. Wine, beer, and picnic food can be purchased as you wander through the beautiful Trimborn Farm grounds. Limited visitor parking will be available on-site at the farm; additional parking with shuttle bus service will be offered from Southridge Mall. Shuttle bus service to run every 20 minutes with pick-up and drop-off near Macy’s. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Amanda Balistreri, Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 414-273-8288 or abalistreri@milwaukeehistory.net
 
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Trimborn Farm is also a State Historic Site and Milwaukee County Landmark. Except for the farmhouse, buildings on the Trimborn Farm are accessible to the physically challenged. Packed gravel drives and lawn may be difficult for those using wheelchairs or walkers.  Two wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
 


Wednesday, September 13
Milwaukee PAF User Group September Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Victorian Mourning & Funeral Practices by Steve Person and Funeral Home Research by Bob Heck.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Saturday, September 16
Dozinky Days/Fall Harvest Festival in New Prague, MN  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
111 East Main Street, New Prague, MN
 
Patterned after its “old country” origin, the Dozinky Festival in New Prague honors its agricultural roots during this traditional harvest celebration.  The event includes a parade of antique and modern farm equipment, open-air market on the city’s Main Street, traditional Czech food, a Czech Village with live music and dancing, and a beer garden serving authentic Czech beer.  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will also be at the festival with genealogical tools to help further your Czech and Slovak research.
 
For more information on the festival, visit: www.newprague.com/events/dozinky-festival/


Sunday, September 17
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee’s Beer Barons
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Bob Giese introduces you to the Milwaukee families responsible for brewing the beer that made the city famous. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Tuesday, September 19
Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Cari TaplinCari Taplin
  • Webinar Description: This program will examine the rich history of the Great Lakes region, particularly its role in U.S. expansion, through transportation, economic growth and defense. We will look at the geography of the Great Lakes through early explorers' reports, maps and tales. There will be an examination of influences throughout the regions such as Native Americans in the area, commerce, and shipping routes. The program will examine routes into and out of the Great Lakes such as the Erie Canal, railroad lines, and others. The roles that the lakes played in war and defense during the “Sixty Years’ War” will be discussed. An examination of major ethnic groups that traveled through the region including immigrants from the British Isles, Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and others. The session concludes with a survey of records useful for tracing Great Lakes ancestors from census, naturalization, homestead, passenger lists, border crossings, and other records.
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3501731608073294083
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Saturday, September 23
Johnstown Slavic Festival in Johnstown, PA  (Out of State Event)
Cambria City at the Discovery Center, Johnstown, PA
 
The 3rd annual festival will honor the Slavic spirit through live music and dance performances, homemade Slavic food, Slavic beer, cultural exhibits, workshops and ethnic vendors.  The event honors the community’s Slavic ancestors who began arriving in Johnstown over 135 years ago to find employment in the area’s mills and mines.
 
For additional information, visit: http://www.jaha.org/events/johnstown-slavic-festival/


Saturday, September 23 through Sunday, September 24
Doors Open Milwaukee - Forest Home Cemetery Participating Venue  (Affiliate Event)
Forest Home Cemetery, 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Doors Open Milwaukee Participating Venue:
Saturday, September 23:  10am to 4pm
Sunday, September 24:  12Noon to 4pm
 
The Doors Open Milwaukee event provides free-of-charge access to more than 150 wonderful buildings showcasing Milwaukee’s history, architecture and preservation of the “built” environment.  During the weekend event, Forest Home Cemetery will be offering tours of their Landmark Chapel completed in 1892, as well as Wisconsin’s first crematory located in the lower level of the chapel.  No longer in use, the crematorium was operational between1896 and 2000.
 
For additional information, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Saturday, September 23
Swedish Genealogy Workshop  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State Street, Madison
 
The Wisconsin Historical Society welcomes the SwedGen Tour to Madison! Come learn about Swedish genealogy from the experts! Consultations with the SwedGen Tour instructors will be available throughout the day along with the following program:

Kathy Meade- Swedish Records online with Arkiv Digital
Charlotte Börjesson- Swedish DVD and Online Resources
Anna-Lena Hultman- Swedish Culture and the emigration from Sweden
Anneli Andersson- How to Find Living Relatives and Tips for Your Sweden Trip
Olof Cronberg- Swedish Historical Maps and Disbyt

Date: September 23
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 (WHS and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive 10% off! Use code: WSGS17)
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Each attendee has the choice of the following box lunches:
  • Choice 1: Ham, Swiss, Dijon Aioli, Spring Mix, Rye Bread
  • Choice 2: Smoked Turkey, White Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Aioli, Multigrain Bread
  • Choice 3: Butternut Squash Spread, Grilled Vegetables, Greens, Spinach Tortilla--vegan

  • Please select if you would like Gluten Free bread

    Each lunch box contains the following:
    Mixed salad/balsamic dressing on the side, chocolate truffle, kettle chips and soda/water. Feel free to bring your own drink.
 


National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Workshop
Saturday, September 23
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Workshop  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, 211 E. 2nd Street, Marshfield, WI, First floor meeting room
 
Are you a descendant of an ancestor who lived and served in one of the Original Colonies prior to 1701? Come join us to become a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century!
 
Prospective members for the Marshfield NSCDXVIIC Chapter are invited to the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library first floor meeting room on Saturday, September 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch, your laptop computer, and $5.00 for handouts.
 
Registration deadline: Saturday, September 16, 2017
 
For more information, contact Margaret Miskulin, Marshfield Organizing President at 715-486-8424 or e-mail cold1776@yahoo.com.
 
 


Saturday, September 23 through Saturday, September 23
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, 211 E. 2nd Street, Marshfield, WI 54449, 1st Floor meeti
Cost: $5.00 for handouts
Bring: Brown bag lunch, your laptop computer, $5.00
Objective:  Join National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century     
Contact: Margaret Miskulin-Marshfield Organizing President at 715-486-8424 or cold1776@yahoo.com
Registration deadline: Saturday, September 16, 2017
 
Are you a descendant of an ancestor who lived and served in one of the Original Colonies prior to 1701?
 
Come join us to become a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.


Sunday, September 24
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee History
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Paul Haubrich highlights the individuals who are responsible for creating Milwaukee’s history. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Tuesday, September 26
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
Using and Preserving Church Records by Hannah Scholze


Saturday, September 30
Milwaukee River History Kayak Tours  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Kayak Company (located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard), 318 South Water Street, Milwaukee
 
Learn about Milwaukee’s past and present from a very unique “water” perspective as you paddle down the Milwaukee River.  Led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the outing will address the famous names, buildings, and bridges that make Milwaukee special.  Your trip also includes a quick stop at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located along the banks of the river for a short tour of the museum. 
 
Space is limited; online pre-registration is required.  Tickets are $35 each, with $20 of each to be donated to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Use of kayak or canoe is included in the fee.
 
For additional information, contact Beth at the Milwaukee Kayak Company at (414) 301-2240 or info@milwaukeekayak.com.  To make your reservation, visit:  https://milwaukeekayak.com/event/milwaukee-river-history-tour-w-milwaukee-county-historical-society


Saturday, September 30
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  The Streets and Parks of Milwaukee
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, the free 90-minute tour led by Sally Merrell will visit the gravesites and recount the stories of Milwaukeeans who have been recognized with streets and parks named for them. Among the list of honorees are:  Lapham, Gillespie, Brown, Burnham, Layton, Zeidler and Halyard. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com



Monday, October 2
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Tuesday, October 3
Northern Waters Genealogical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction, WI
 
Using Google Earth in Genealogy Research - presented by Susan Fassbender.


Saturday, October 7
Green County Genealogical Society Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
Founder's Hall, Monroe Clinic, 515 22nd Avenue
 
Maureen Brady will be presenting four programs:
  • Researching Canadian Records
  • The First Frontiersmen: the Scots Irish
  • Researching Religious Records
  • Analyzing your Research.
Details will be announced later. You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Saturday, October 7
Fall Green County Genealogical Society Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Monroe Clinic Founders Hall, Monroe, WI
 
Maureen Brady will present four programs: The First Frontiersmen - The Scots-Irish, Researching Canadian Records, Researching Religious Records, and Analyzing Your Research. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am (registration) to about 3:30 p.m. in Monroe Clinic Founders Hall in Monroe, WI. Lunch will be provided. Details with descriptions of the programs and the registration form will be in future newsletters and then posted on our website - http://www.greencogenealogywiorg/. Call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Saturday, October 7
Drafting a Source Citation without Anxiety  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 126
 
Writing a source for the documents we use as genealogists has become confusing, even frightening. It need not be when you focus on five words. The workshop leader (George L Findlen, CG, CGL) will demonstrate how five basic components apply to every kind of document genealogists use, from a vital record to an interview with a great aunt to a photo of a headstone. Workshop attendees will be given five documents to practice writing a source citation. 

Date: October 7
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 (WHS and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive 10% off! Use code: WSGS17)
Location: Memorial Library 126

Each attendee has the choice of the following box lunches:
  • Choice 1: Ham, Swiss, Dijon Aioli, Spring Mix, Rye Bread
  • Choice 2: Smoked Turkey, White Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Aioli, Multigrain Bread
  • Choice 3: Butternut Squash Spread, Grilled Vegetables, Greens, Spinach Tortilla--vegan
Please select if you would like Gluten Free bread
 
Each lunch box contains the following:
Mixed salad/balsamic dressing on the side, chocolate truffle, kettle chips and soda/water. Feel free to bring your own drink.
 
 


Saturday, October 7
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Scandinavian Fest  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 South Calhoun Road, New Berlin, WI
 
The annual Scandinavian Festival includes arts & crafts, music, ethnic dancing, and, of course yummy food!  Interested in discovering more about your Scandinavian roots? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family history.


Wednesday, October 11
Milwaukee PAF User Group October Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Who and What You’ll Find in the US Census and City Directories by Cathy Dailey and Land Records That Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Gary Haas
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Sunday, October 15
Annual Free October Czechfest in York, NE  (Out of State Event)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Holthus Convention Center: 3130 Holen Avenue, York, NE
 
The 13th annual free festival includes an authentic Czech dinner, accordion jamboree, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a vendor area.
 
For additional information, visit:  www.nebraskaczechsofyork.org


Tuesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 21
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2017 Genealogical & Cultural Conference  (Affiliate Event)
Hyatt Regency Hotel -- Pittsburgh International Airport, 1111 Airport Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA
 
The biennial CGSI Conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in the areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics.  The event features local, national, and international speakers, along with workshops, field trips, entertainment, and access to CGSI’s traveling resource library with on-site assistance.
 
For more information on the 2017 conference, visit: http://cgsievents.com


Tuesday, October 17
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Rich Venezia Rich Venezia
  • Webinar Description: A-Files? AR-2 Forms? C-Files? Oh my! Wade through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship & Immigration Services holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding. In addition to handling current immigration into the USA, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds indispensable genealogical records for anyone with post-1906 immigrant ancestors. This lecture explores a bit about how USCIS came to be, but more importantly, the valuable records it holds. Participants will learn who is likely to show up in which USCIS file set, how the index searching and ordering process works, and see examples of each record set held by USCIS. The files that will be discussed are: 
  • • A-Files (Alien Files) (including which files are held at HARA and which are held by USCIS) 
    • AR-2s (Alien Registration Forms) 
    • C-Files (Naturalization Certificate Files) 
    • Registry Files 
    • Visa Files 
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892342449943476993
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Saturday, October 21
Milwaukee PAF User Group's FREE Genealogy Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Family History Center, 9600 W. Grange Avenue, Hales Corners, WI
 
Need a new strategy for breaking down a brick wall?  Learn how to enhance your genealogical research by attending this FREE workshop presented by Milwaukee PAF User Group, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Milwaukee South Family History Center. 
 
Details and registration information to be posted on the website when available.  For more information, please call the Milwaukee South Family History Center at 414-425-4182.
 


Saturday, October 21
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Fall Color/Best of Bob and Paul
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association and led by Bob Giese and Paul Haubrich, the free 90-minute tour will showcase the cemetery’s amazing fall color palette as you learn about the individuals and families who made Milwaukee a great place on a Great Lake. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Tuesday, October 24
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
Family Tree Maker 2017 by Terry Micks


Friday, October 27
2017 WSGS Fall Seminar Preconference Workshop  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center, 3340 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire
 
What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
A Pre-Conference Workshop with
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA
 
From the analysis of known information to the creation of research goals for finding the elusive answers, your research success ratio is improved with careful planning and use of proven techniques. Taking and dissecting raw data so that a detailed research plan evolves is easier than you might think. What do you do next with those documents, letters, family stories, and other items you found or were sent by your aunt? Failure to make a research plan runs the risk of overlooking important clues in the records we already have and repeating the same research. This session includes hands-on exercises. A research plan is truly not a daunting task.

This three-hour pre-conference workshop will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the workshop starting at 1:00 p.m. This workshop will be limited to 50 people. The workshop will be held at the Best Western Plus, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is strongly suggested that registrants bring a laptop or tablet with Internet access and their Wisconsin library card to access databases. Passwords for other subscription databases would also be useful.