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Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Meet MKE Exhibit
Monday, November 20 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Meet MKE Exhibit  (Affiliate Event)
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
 
Meet MKE explores Milwaukee's history from bridges and breweries to founders and festivals, including some of the most iconic artifacts housed at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Treasures on display may not see the light of day very often, but are historically relevant or significant in some manner.  One of the most interesting pieces within the collection is a Lincoln Lithography Plate.  Created shortly after Lincoln's assassination, the Gugler (Lithograph) plate is one of the most famous renditions of the former president. 
 
Admission to the exhibit is free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members.  General admission is $7; children 6 - 12 are $3; and youngsters under 5 are free.
 
Exhibit hours:
Monday – Saturday:  9:30am- 5pm
Sundays:  Closed
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Mount Horeb Driftless Historium
Tuesday, January 1 through Sunday, January 5, 2020
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium  (Affiliate Event)
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium
Public access hours:  Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm
(For holiday hours, please contact the historium.)
 
Permanent Exhibit:  “Life and Change at the Edge of Driftless” provides visitors with a fascinating walk through history.  From the time of the great glaciers to present day, you’ll meet American Indians, miners, innkeepers, farmers, cheese makers, and Civilian Conservation Corps participants as you discover their stories through words, documents, photos, and hundreds of artifacts.

The exhibit incorporates all levels of the museum experience from diorama settings, hands on stations, interactive questions and media outlets.
 
Temporary Exhibit:  Creators, Collectors & Communities:  Making Ethnic Identity through Art
 
In partnership with UW-Madison’s Material Culture educators and students, the exhibition aims to create a layered multi-media experience that examines the evolution of ethnic identity in Southwestern Wisconsin.  From folk art carefully transported here by the area’s first immigrant residents, to the troll statues that greet visitors to Mount Horeb’s Main Street, the area’s ethnic evolution is traced through the creative expression of local artists and artisans. 
 
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.mthorebhistory.org or email: mthorebmuseum@mhtc.net



Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, May 12
Driftless Historium presents Bauer & Beckwith: Paintings and Mosaics, An Exhibition of Art  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
The Driftless Historium is honored to host an exhibition of paintings and mosaics by Wisconsin artists Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith.  This free fine arts show will be on display in the Kalscheur Family Foundation Community Education Room & Gallery. 

For more information, call 608-437-6486 or email: mthorebhistory@mhtc.net


2019 WSGS Gene-A-Rama Conference
Friday, March 29 through Saturday, March 30
2019 WSGS Gene-A-Rama Conference  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska
 
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society’s
2019 Spring Gene-A-Rama
Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30, 2019
Uncovering Resources I Wish I had Known about Sooner
Featured Speaker:  Amy Johnson Crow, CG
 
This year’s event promises to be a great learning experience for all levels of genealogists.  Our featured speaker is nationally known genealogist: Amy Johnson Crow.  Additionally, with help from The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Wisconsin, we will be offering free ten-minute private genealogy consultations (details to be provided at check-in).
 
Location
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd.
Onalaska, WI
800-659-2220
 
Conference description
You’ve hunted for years looking for any clue that could help to fill in your family’s history. Then, by sheer coincidence, you learn about a rarely used, but available resource that could help break down your brick walls – of course, you wish you would have known about it sooner. Join us -- we'll introduce you to a variety of untapped resources that can help advance your family research.
 
Conference details and registration:  https://conference.wsgs.org



Tuesday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 2
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center 5392 Park Street Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Were your Ancestors Friends? -  A pre-recorded Webinar with Speaker Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.


Saturday, April 6
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
Coming to Green County on the Erie Canal – Duane Freitag of Green Dale WI will present a program on how the famed canal was used by European immigrants in the 1800’s as they traveled from New York City to Milwaukee and on to Green County. The program will include a discussion of building the canal as well as some of the families who came from Switzerland in 1846, went west on the canal, and settled in New Glarus. Freitag, a retired reporter and editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is a native of New Glarus and has written several books about the Swiss of Green County. 


Mount Horeb Area Historical Society and Driftless Historium host author Caitlin PenzeyMoog
Saturday, April 6
Mount Horeb Area Historical Society and Driftless Historium host author Caitlin PenzeyMoog  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI -- Education Room
 
Presenter:  Caitlin PenzeyMoog , authoer
On Spice:  Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness
 
Meet author Caitlin PenzeyMoog, whose new book, On Spice:  Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness, combines history, recipes, and memories of growing up in the family’s spice business located in Wisconsin.  Besides a chat about the book, there will also be some spicy baked goods to sample.
 
PenzeyMoog is currently the managing editor of The A.V. Club, The Onion's pop culture sister site.  She lives in Chicago.
 
Call 608-437-6486 for more information.


Monday, April 8
Driftless Historium presents 3rd Annual "Flavor of the Year" Ice Cream Tasting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
The Driftless Historium asks for your help in deciding their site-exclusive, can't-get-it-anywhere-else 2019 Ice Cream Flavor of the Year.  With community input at the event, board members and staff of the Mount Horeb Historical Society will determine a flavor winner.
 
Here’s your chance to taste test fabulously unique ice cream concoctions prepared by UW Platteville students in Dr. Tera Montgomery’s Dairy Science class.  The winning flavor will be publically debuted on June 1st and June 2nd during the "Native Art Marketplace" weekend.

The event is open to all with a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/household.  All proceeds will benefit 2019 children's programming.
 
To learn more, call 608-437-6486 or email mthorebahs@gmail.com


Monday, April 8
Kenosha County Genealogy Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Gateway Technical College, Inspire Building, Room i131 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144, USA
Cordelia Perine Harvey with Jessica Michna
Cordelia Perrine Harvey came to Wisconsin as a young girl. Trained as school mistress, she would would meet and marry Louis Harvey who would rise to the governorship of Wisconsin. Cordelia's life unraveled when she was widowed after less than three months in the Governor's Mansion. Her husband's tragic drowing left Cordelia rudderless and without purpose. She would set aside her grief to become the healing angel of a nation wracked by the Civil War.


Tuesday, April 9
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
It's All Online! Or Is It? - Lori Bessler, Wisconsin Historical Society


Wednesday, April 10
Milwaukee PAF User Group April Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Program:  Member Show and Tell
You'll never know what tips and tricks you'll learn when the audience shares their stories of discovery!
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Friday, April 12
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital by Kathy Meade from https://www.arkivdigital.net.
 
Swedish church records and other historical records online. This program will be held in the Classroom.


Saturday, April 13
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s 21st Biennial Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Best Western Plus – Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 5105 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Join them for this jam-packed day of genealogy learning.  Their speaker line-up includes:
  • Katherine Willson, nationally-known genealogist, educator and author
    • Founder/president of the Virtual Genealogical Society
    • Member, Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
    • Secretary for the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild 
  • Jovanka Ristić, senior academic librarian, AGS Library a UW- Milwaukee
  • Suzette Lopez, executive director of the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and caretaker of the Great Lakes Marine Collection located within Milwaukee’s Central Library
  • Christina Zahn
    • President of the Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of AHSGR (American Historical Society of Germans from Russia)
    • National board member, Huguenots
  • Mary Patricia Voell, personal historian, author and theatrical producer
    • Owner of Legacies, LLC – personal family and organizational historian


Saturday, April 13
Stories in the Soup Pot: Writer's Workshop & Lunch at Driftless Historium  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Presenter:  Catherine Young, writing instructor and naturalist, will lead exercises and prompts to help you craft delectable written creations.  Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/ ​
 
Have you ever told a story about a great meal?  Or perhaps a food disaster?  Food is great writing inspiration because it's an essential ingredient in life and in story.  Food engages our senses and helps us to develop relationships to places and each other.

This experience will be fittingly capped by including a lunch from Sunn Cafe (covered in your workshop fee).  This workshop is for all writers --those who have never written, to those who write regularly and seek new ideas, inspiration and sympathetic authorial companionship. 

The Fine Print: 
•  Ages 17 and up
• Non-refundable $35/person workshop fee, includes lunch
• Class maximum: 12 students.
• Reservations close on Friday, March 1st, 2019. 
• Rain date (in the case of inclement weather): Saturday, April 27th
 
Make your reservation today by calling 608-437-6486 or email: mthorebhistory@mhtc.net


Saturday, April 13
Mount Horeb Area Historical Society presents Taboo Topics - Explorations of Uncomfortable History  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Taboo Topics:  Explorations of Uncomfortable History
PTSD: Healing through Storytelling
 
Presenter:  Karl Stewart, author, educator, former US Army Green Beret, 2nd generation combat veteran and PTSD survivor, will share his personal journey with post-traumatic stress disorder as translated into a literary theme.  He has incorporated PTSD into his last two award-winning novels, The Seventh Cruise and Up Harvey’s Creek.
 
Mr. Stewart’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the author immediately before and after the presentation. 

As part of the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society’s series, “Taboo Topics: Explorations of Uncomfortable History", the program strives to respectfully explore cultural and historical themes that are generally misunderstood or misrepresented.
 
This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
 
For more information, call 608-437-6486 or email:  mthorehistory@mhtc.net


Saturday, April 20
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - April  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com


Saturday, April 27
Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Meeting Room of Century Hall, 213 E Front St # B, Wauzeka, WI
 
Meeting subject pending


Saturday, April 27
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International - Live Webinar featuring Slovakian authors  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Live Webinar
 
Join the Czech Society for this live webinar featuring Slovakian authors Gabriela Bereghazyova and Zuzana Palovic 
 
Topic:  The Linden – A Tree’s Cultural Roots.  The presentation will include content from the authors'  book:  Slovakia – The Legend of the Linden, as well as their recent research trip to the Czech Republic. 
 
As available, additional details to be posted at www.cgsi.org
 


Saturday, April 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginner's" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Topic:  Travelling Abroad (or not): Foreign Research and Professional Help
 
MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at: http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.


Saturday, April 27
Italian Genealogy Interest Group — April Research Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center 531 East Chicago Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
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 meeting dates, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Saturday, April 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting and Program - April  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1, Library Computer Room
 
Program to follow membership meeting.
 
Topic:  Fine Tuning Your Search Techniques presented by Lisa Christopherson, president of Milwaukee County Genealogical Society
 
The internet is constantly changing.  The amazing number of new and improved websites should make searching easier, but users continue to have difficulty conducting online research.  This computer lab program features a combination lecture and hands-on presentation that will provide new approaches to making use of Google to enhance your family history.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room.  Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.
 
For additional information visit:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.



Saturday, May 4
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
History of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) – Mark Peterson - Learn about the public relief program in the U.S. for unemployed, unmarried men ages 17-28. The CCCs was the most popular of the New Deal programs and led to greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation’s natural resources. Enrollees planted nearly 3 billion trees and constructed trails, lodges, and related facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide among other tasks.


Sunday, May 5
Nebraska Czechs of Lincoln Annual Czech Festival  (Out of State Event)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 West O Street, Lincoln, NE
 
Enjoy all things Czech at this annual celebration.  The event features authentic food, vendors, and entertainment, including an accordion jam and dancing.  Free admission.  Learn more at:  http://www.lincolnczechs.org/festival.html


Tuesday, May 7
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center 5392 Park Street Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Finding French Ancestors - pre-recorded Webinar with Speaker Luana Darby.


Wednesday, May 8
Milwaukee PAF User Group May Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Two programs to be presented:
  • Finding the Trail to Europe presented by Bob Heck
  • Tracing Military Deaths by Louise Stack
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Friday, May 10
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records by speaker Jarod Williams, Rosman Funeral Home (rescheduled from 2018).
This program will be held in the Classroom.


Monday, May 13
Kenosha County Genealogy Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Gateway Technical College, Inspire Building, Room i131 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144, USA
Native American Genealogy and its Sources: An Overview
Speaker: Mark G. Thiel, Archivist, Marquette University


Tuesday, May 14
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
Elections and Pie Social


Saturday, May 18
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginner's" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Topic:  Don’t Jump to Conclusions:  After the Research  
You've found documents, collected information --- but what does it all mean?  Learn how to use the information you find as evidence to support a sound genealogical conclusion.
 
MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at: http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.


Saturday, May 18
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting and Program - May  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Program to follow membership meeting.
 
Topic:  Caring for Family Papers presented by Alison Bridger, cataloger – Library, Archives and Museum Collections Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society and instructor at UW-Madison
 
Many of us have family documents stored in old shoeboxes, suitcases or plastic tubs, but don’t know what to do with them.  They might be letters from the war front, scrapbooks your grandmother put together, photographs, genealogies, financial documents, or legal records.  This workshop will go over what is worth keeping and how best to organize and store them for future generations.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room.  Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.
 
For additional information visit:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.


Saturday, May 18
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - May  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com



Saturday, June 1
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
The Role of Our Ancestors in Building a Great State -- Ken Germanson, president emeritus of the Wisconsin Labor History Society in Milwaukee, will present the story of how workers struggled to create better lives for their families and for generations to come that has long been overlooked. Hear how workers organized into unions and struggled and even gave up their lives to win equity while their labors helped to make Wisconsin. There will also be discussion of the resources available for probing ancestral backgrounds.


Tuesday, June 4
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center 5392 Park Street Boulder Junction, WI 54512
What on Earth is Genelogy, anyway? with special guest Speaker George Findlen.


Monday, June 10
Kenosha County Genealogy Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Gateway Technical College, Inspire Building, Room i131 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144, USA
Annual Business Meeting, and elections


Wednesday, June 12
Milwaukee PAF User Group June Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Program:  Research Strategies presented by Jane Orne
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Polish Fest  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Polish Fest Hours:
Friday, June 14:  12Noon to 12 Midnight
Saturday, June 15:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, June 16:  12Noon to 8pm
 
As America’s largest Polish festival, Polish Fest celebrates the art, culture and traditions that are uniquely Polish. The festival features traditional entertainment, authentic food, cooking and folk art demonstrations, vodka tastings, Polish-Sukiennice Marketplace, Mass, as well as a variety of children’s activities. Want to know more about your Polish ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees, discount offers, and other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.polishfest.org/


Friday, June 14
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Crossing the Border: French-Canadian Ancestors  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Crossing the Border: French-Canadian Ancestors by speaker George Findlen
The steps, resources and aids that one needs to successfully identify the parents of an immigrant who settled in the U.S. from Quebec.


Saturday, June 15
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - June  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com


Friday, June 28
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Tour & Research at Wisconsin Historical Society  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
South Beloit, IL, FastMart/McDonald's
 
Bonus Second Friday! Tour and Research at Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Van Galder Coach bus boarding at South Beloit, Illinois, FastMart/McDonald's at 8:00 AM for Madison, Wisconsin/University of Wisconsin campus Langdon/Park. Return early evening.


Saturday, June 29
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginner's" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Topic:  DNA for Genealogy:  What It Can and Can't Do  
 
MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at: http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.


Saturday, June 29
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting and Program - June  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Program to follow membership meeting.
 
Topic:  Twenty Five Years in the Streets of Milwaukee After Dark reviewed by Tracy Reinhardt, Thornton Library Director at the Galloway House & Village of the Fond du Lac County Historical Society
 
Tracy brings to life the 2018 publication:  Twenty-five Years on the Streets of Milwaukee After Dark; Together with Sketches of Experiences as Newsboy in the Army, Capture and Imprisonment in Libby Prison, and Other War-time Notes and Incidents.   Selected by scholars as being culturally important, this work was reproduced from the original artifact.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room.  Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.
 
For additional information visit:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.



Tuesday, July 2
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center 5392 Park Street Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Black Sheep Genelogy with NWGS member Carole Goetz as featured Speaker.


Saturday, July 6
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
Did Grandpa Go Fishing? Collecting Old Wood Fishing Lures – Jerry Pardus, retired Stephenson County Sheriff, has been collecting antique fishing lures about 18 years. His collection consists of, but is not limited to, what is referred to as the “Big 5” lure companies – Creek Chub, Heddon, South Bend, Shakespeare, and Pflueger. He also has lures from other companies including some made in Wisconsin. He is now trying to locate lures made in Rockford, IL by the J.L. Clark and Fred Keeling companies. 


Wednesday, July 10
Milwaukee PAF User Group July Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Program:  World War I Genealogy Research presented by Debra Dudek, Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL
(Full evening presentation)
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Friday, July 12
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Finding the Genealogy of Houses and Those that Lived in Them  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Finding the Genealogy of Houses and Those That Lived in Them by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn


Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Festa Italiana  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Festa Italiana Hours:
Friday, July 19:  3pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, July 20:  11:30am to 12Midnight
Sunday, July 21:  11:30am to 11pm
 
At Festa Italiana, everyone’s Italian! Live, eat and play Italian – enjoy traditional entertainment, authentic food, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, and Italian games and activities.  Want to know more about your Italian 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://festaitaliana.com/


Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at German Fest  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
German Fest Hours:
Friday, July 26:  3pm to 12Midnight
Saturday, July 27:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, July 28:  12Noon to 9pm
 
Since 1981, German Fest has been celebrating all things German - food, travel, history, music, tradition and much more!  Want to explore your German 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://germanfest.com


Saturday, July 27
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting and Program - July  (Affiliate Event)
12:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Join them as they celebrate the 84th Anniversary of the "Picnic In Ancestral Grove" indoor picnic.  Do you have some great genealogy finds that you’ve encountered during the past year?  If you’re ready to "strut your stuff" for the group, contact the society to reserve a 10-minute slot to share what you’ve found and learned about in the process. 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room.  Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.
 
For additional information visit:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org



Saturday, August 3
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
History of Photographic Formats: Date and Identify Images –Simone Munson, archivist and Librarian at the Wisconsin History Society has worked closely with the Society’s photographic collections for over 10 years. A picture is worth 1000 words, but often those words are difficult to read. Simone Munson will present tips and tools for photo identification. She will provide a brief history of photographic formats and a deeper examination of resources, tools and strategies for dating and identifying photographs. If you have inherited a collection of unidentified family photographs, this presentation will provide information for tackling this daunting project.


Friday, August 9
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree by speaker Marty Acks
A community of genealogists growing an accurate single family tree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources.


Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18
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 15, 2019:          5 to 10pm.
Friday, August 16, 2019                 4pm to Midnight
Saturday, August 17, 2019:           12Noon to Midnight
Sunday, August 18, 2019:              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


Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25
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 23:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Saturday, August 24:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, August 25:  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/


Saturday, August 24
Italian Genealogy Interest Group — August Research Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center 531 East Chicago Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
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 meeting dates, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1
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, August 30:  5 to 10pm
Saturday, August 31:  9am to 10pm
Sunday, September 1:  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/



Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8
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 7
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
WORKSHOP – (time, cost, and other details TBD)  Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at Wisconsin Historical Society, will present two programs: 
 
Organizing and Analyzing Your Research –Whether you have been researching 1 year or 30, this program will provide guidance on how to document, store, file and digitize your genealogical materials. You need to know what you have and easily access your research to make the most of your time. Otherwise you may recreate the wheel over and over again. This lecture will help you simplify your record keeping and show how to analyze documents to uncover more stories.
 
Meet Mrs. George H. James: Writing a Biographical Sketch If you have had fun “hunting” your ancestors, you will have even more fun sharing those stories through writing. Many researchers are intimidates at the prospect of writing when it turns out to be a lot easier than they would think. This program shows you how a few documents on an ancestor could put a lot of story together by following a few simple steps. We owe it to our ancestors to tell their stories.
Following lunch there will be discussion on various ways to share your family history and stories through self publishing and smaller projects. Examples of self-published books will be available to view.


Friday, September 13
Stateline Genealogy Club - Intro to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
NARA: Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration online slideshow by Claire Kluskens (presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn)


Saturday, September 21
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - September  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com



Friday, October 4 through Saturday, October 5
2019 WSGS Fall Seminar and Pre-Conference  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Ramada Waupaca Hotel, 110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca, Wisconsin
 
More information to come!


Saturday, October 5
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
Searching through the Windows of Your Ancestor's Home - member Linda Schiesser Ever wonder who built my house or my ancestor's home?  What existed on this land before?  What can I learn about the property?  These questions can be answered by you if you have the right tools.  This talk will give you some of the tools and clues to start you on your way.


Saturday, October 5
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.
 
For admission fees, discount offers, and other information on the festival, visit: http://www.vasaorder.net/calendar.cfm?lodge=492


Friday, October 11
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Reminiscing--Life Writing Your Story for Posterity  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Reminiscing - Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Family by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn
Hands-on exercises and suggestions on how to reflect your own life through words, photos, and mapping. Bring a photo or picture from your past that you want to write about. Learn how to see more about your ancestors' lives by recording the stories you wish they had left.


Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2019 Genealogical & Cultural Conference
Tuesday, October 15 through Saturday, October 19
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2019 Genealogical & Cultural Conference  (Affiliate Event)
Lincoln, NE
 
Searching Czech or Slovak roots?  Save the date and make plans to attend this international conference.
 
17th Annual Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)
Genealogical and Cultural Conference
October 15 - 19, 2019
Lincoln, NE
 
The biennial CGSI Conference is the premier genealogical research event for the areas now known as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The conference features local, national, and international speakers, along with workshops, field trips, entertainment, and access to CGSI’s traveling resource library with on-site assistance.
  • Nearly 60 breakout sessions, including five speakers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Parade of Kroje and area cultural tours
  • Hands-on folk craft workshops and mini-language classes
CGSI membership and conference registration details to be posted at:  www.cgsievents.com


Saturday, October 19
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - October  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com



Saturday, November 2
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
Using FamilySearch Wiki to Research English Ancestors – and Others  Member Sharon Mitchell will show us how to find those elusive British (and other) ancestors with help from FamilySearch.


Saturday, November 2
Italian Genealogy Interest Group — November Research Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center 531 East Chicago Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
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 meeting dates, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Friday, November 8
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Stateline Travelers--Chicago Gangsters Connections  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Stateline Travelers - Chicago Gangsters Connections to Northern Illinois and Wisconsin by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn


Saturday, November 16
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - November  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com


Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Holiday Folk Fair International  (Affiliate Event)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, 8200 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI
 
Holiday Folk Fair International Hours:
Friday, November 16:  2 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 17:  10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 18:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Known as America’s premier multi-cultural event, the Holiday Folk Fair International provides visitors with a world of music, food, dance and arts under one roof!  Interested in your family history? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society will be partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library to man an on-site genealogy booth to help you trace your roots.
 
For additional information on the fair, visit: http://www.folkfair.org/



Saturday, December 7
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566 second floor meeting room
 
Women’s Suffrage videos and discussion 


Friday, December 13
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Lineage Groups: Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, etc.  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Lineage Groups: Proofs for Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, etc.
A group presentation by local experts, and using FamilySearch.org > Search > Wiki > Lineage Societies.


Saturday, December 21
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting - December  (Affiliate Event)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Library – Villard Square Branch; 5190 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee
 
The group meets on the third Saturday of each month (except during July and August).  Open to the public, the meetings provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers, learn helpful hints on research techniques, and share ideas to further your genealogical pursuits.
 
For more information, visit:  Aagsmilw.webs.com