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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/


Saturday, July 20
German Interest Group - Wisconsin  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
UW-Whitewater at Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, WI
 
Best Practices for Genealogy Research and Documentation
 
Lori Bessler -- Ancestry.com: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Jerry Paulson -- Organization and Documentation: The Two Cuss Words in Genealogy
 
For more information and to register, please see the attached brochure.


Saturday, July 20
I Took a DNA Test -- Now What?  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Community Church, 5714 Broadway, Richmond, IL
Have you recently tested your DNA with Ancestry, 23andMe, My Heritage or FamilyTreeDNA? Michelle Bray Wilson will help you gain a firm understanding of DNA results at the British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois meeting on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Community Church, 5714 Broadway, Richmond, IL 60071.

Now that your results are in, how can you make the most of them?  Michelle reviews the basics of autosomal DNA and the best practices that will help your testing company deliver the best experience for you. You will gain a firm understanding of your autosomal DNA results and how you can use them to enhance, and perhaps correct or extend, your family tree.

The British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois (BIGWILL), a genealogical special interest group for those who wish to research family history and ancestry in the British Isles, meets at 10:00 am on the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November at the Community Church, 5714 Broadway (2 blocks west of Hwy 12) in Richmond, IL.


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, 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.


Tuesday, August 6
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Manitowish Waters
 
 Members and Guests Annual Picnic
For additional information, please contact Carol Williams at 715-686-7339.


Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
601-615 2nd St. N, La Crosse, WI
 
Irishfest La Crosse - Genealogy volunteers will staff the genealogy area at IrishFest – La Crosse on Saturday, August 10 from 10 am – 6 pm and on Sunday, August 11 from 11 am – 4 pm. 


Saturday, August 10
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Holly History & Genealogical Center, 321 South Main St., Waupaca, WI
 
Roundtable - Bring your brick walls, new finds to share, etc. Let's share and help each other!


Tuesday, August 13
Grant County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Pioneer Ridge Retirement Village, 1510 Bears Court, Platteville, WI
 
Bernita Jenkins and Alice Shaw (topic to be determined)


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
MCGS 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/



Tuesday, September 3
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction, WI
 
Learn about Family History Research in the British Isles from presenter Maureen Brady.
 
For additional program information, please contact Carol Williams at 715-686-7339.
 


Saturday, September 7
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, 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.


Saturday, September 14
Rock County Genealogical Society 2019 Scholarship Conference  (Affiliate Event)
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
UW-Whitewater at Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, WI
 
The Rock County Genealogical Society would like to invite you to join us at the 2019 Scholarship Conference on September 14, 2019. The event will be held at UWW-Rock County, Williams Hall, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be four presentation during the day in Lecture Hall 103. Please see the attachment for more information.
 
All revenue from this conference is designated towards the 2020 high school graduate scholarship award.


Saturday, September 14
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main St., Waupaca, WI
 
Special workshop - Genealogy DNA Research  - Guest speaker, Mary Eberle
As a retired attorney, Mary started DNA Hunters, LLC in 2015. Mary is a DNA expert and genetic genealogist with 30 years of DNA experience.


Tuesday, September 17
Rock County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:30 pm
Rock County Historical Society Carriage House, 450 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI
 
Leaving Europe for the New World: Documents of Emigration from German-Speaking Europe with Antje Petty
 
Your ancestors decided to leave German-Speaking Europe for America - what did they do at home before they were able to embark on their journey? This presentation will look at the different requirements and conditions prospective emigrants faced over three centuries, and the documents they left behind during the emigration process and the transatlantic journey. Changes in travel routes and means of transportation will also be addressed.
 
Antje Petty is the Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She shares the resources of the Institute with the community through lectures and workshops and has done extensive research on German-speaking immigrant families. Ms. Petty holds a B.A. in International Studies/Russian and Eastern European Studies and an M.A. in Germanics, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.
 
(The Carriage House is located behind the Lincoln-Tallman House.)


Saturday, September 21
MCGS 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


Tuesday, September 24
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street, La Crosse, WI
 
Laura Godden will speak on "Declarations and Petitions: Investigating US Naturalization Records of Immigrants." Laura is a Special Collections Historian at UW-La Crosse's Murphy Library.



Tuesday, October 1
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presque Isle Community Center, 8306 School Loop Road, Presque Isle
 
Confused about which software is the right one for your genealogical research?  Make plans to attend this meeting where members of NWGS will introduce you to:  Genealogy Software to help Organize your Genealogy Research - Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic and Legacy.
 
For additional program information, please contact Carol Williams at 715-686-7339.


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, Second floor meeting room
 
Searching through the Windows of Your Ancestor's Home - Presented by member Linda Schiesser.
Ever wonder who built your house or your 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


Saturday, October 12
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Holly History & Genealogical Center, 321 South Main St., Waupaca, WI
 
25th Anniversary Celebration - Watch for details.


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  (Out of State 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
MCGS 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
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Black River Beach House, 1433 Rose St., La Crosse, WI
 
Fall Genealogy Workshop – Beginning and Intermediate genealogy Workshop. Topics include Organizing Research, Using Ancestry.com for Research, Gadgets, US Census Records, Sanborn Fire Maps, and a DNA Overview. Free & open to the public, donations requested. Contact La Crosse Park & Recreation Department to pre-register.


Saturday, November 2
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second floor meeting room
 
Using the 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
MCGS 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/


Tuesday, November 5
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park Street, Boulder Junction
 
Trying to locate your ancestors' Catholic records?  Join NWGS for a pre-recorded webinar on Finding Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas.
 
For additional program information, please contact Carol Williams at 715-686-7339.
 
 


Saturday, November 9
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Holly History & Genealogical Center, 321 South Main St., Waupaca, WI
 
Annual elections and by-law revisions.


Saturday, November 16
MCGS 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/


Tuesday, November 26
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street, La Crosse, WI
 
Ethnic Treat Night:  The Biggest Obstacle You Have Encountered Doing Family Research
Those attending are encouraged to bring an ethnic treat to share with the rest of the group.



Tuesday, December 3
Northern Waters Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Manitowish Waters Community Center, 5733 Airport Road, Manitowish Waters
 
Time to share your favorite family stories and folklore!  Join them for an afternoon of audience participation at:  Saint or Sinner - who was your most memorable female ancestor? 
 
For additional program information, please contact Carol Williams at 715-686-7339.


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


Saturday, December 21
MCGS 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



Friday, April 3, 2020 through Saturday, April 4, 2020
2020 WSGS Gene-A-Rama  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
 
More information to come!