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Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 4
CANCELLED - 2020 WSGS Gene-A-Rama  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
 
Investigating Your Roots - Becoming a Genealogy Super Sleuth!
 
Featuring The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
 
Also featuring:
  • Deb Anderson, Director of the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center
  • Hannah Patten, Karen Duvalle and Carol Gibson, Wisconsin Maritime Museum
  • Russell Horton, Reference & Outreach Archivist, Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives
  • Andy Barnett, Director of the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
  • John Berg, Retired Wisconsin Rapids teacher
More details available here: https://conference.wsgs.org.


Saturday, April 4
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room
Learn About WWI
 
Mark Peterson will provide a look at Europe in 1900 and examine the causes that led to the Great War (WWI) at the April 4 Green County Genealogical Society meeting. Included will be a review of tactics used, conditions of trench warfare, actions taken on the Eastern Front, Lusitania, Jutland, and the U-boat war. Various battles, the final German offensive, the American army’s arrival, the Armistice, and the Treaty of Versailles will be discussed.


Tuesday, April 7
Vernon County Historical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
La Farge Community Temple/Center, 202 N. State St., La Farge, WI
 
The Enduring Families Project, sponsored by the La Crosse County Historical Society, will be presenting a historical re-enactment of the challenges faced and overcome by people of color in the area, including the Alga Shivers family.
 
 


Thursday, April 9
Vernon County Historical Society's April Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Program to be announced.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Tuesday, April 14
Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street, Manitowoc, WI
 
Census in Wisconsin: Territorial, State, Federal, & Native American, with Mary Jane Herber, of the Brown County Library.
 


Tuesday, April 14
CANCELLED Writing a Biographical Sketch  (Affiliate Event)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Tallman Carriage House, 450 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for our historians, curators and authors to visit your community and share the stories of our great state.

 

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The Rock County Genealogical Societya WSGS Affiliate, is pleased to host Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian.  There are many ways to share your genealogical research with family members.  One of the most effective methods is to write a biographical sketch.  This presentation makes writing this sketch a fairly simple project that will catch the attention of most of your family members.

 

Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on genealogical topics for over 30 years and has been researching family history for over 40 years. She specializes in breaking down brick walls and finding hard-to-find resources.

 

For more information see the Rock County Genealogical Society's website.



Saturday, April 18
Scottish Genealogy Workshop  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Webinar
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to host Christine WoodcockGenealogy Tours of Scotland.  Researching Scottish ancestors can be a bit daunting.  This workshop will focus on the paper trail here and in Scotland.  It will also provide background on emigration from Scotland to America.  The topics are described below.

 

1. In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors – Getting Started

 

2. Brick Walls Busters for Scottish Genealogy Research

 

3. Step Away from Your Computer – Genealogy Gems in the Scottish Libraries, Archives and Family History Societies

 

4 We’re Away to America – a look at historic events that led to Scots emigration

 

WSGS and WHS members receive discounted registration. For more information and to register, see the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Registration closes 4/10/2020.



Saturday, April 18
Bay Area Genealogical Society Annual Conference  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Legends / Swan Club, 875 Heritage Road, De Pere, WI
 
Featured speaker is Steve Szabados, genealogy speaker, author, and columnist. He has been researching his ancestors for about nineteen years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia, and Slovenia. He is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, a genealogy volunteer at Arlington Heights Illinois Library, and a genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal. He will speak on “European Immigration to the America from 1800 to 1939: When, Where, Why, and How,” and Practical Tools to Use with DNA Results in Your Genealogy Research.” He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Reservations due April 10, 2020 – see the attached registration form.



Saturday, May 2
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Tuesday, May 5
Vernon County Historical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Vernon County Museum (Norman School Museum), 410 S. Center Ave., Viroqua, WI
 
Patrick Jung will present a program, Bad Axe: The Story of a Massacre, Not a Battle.
 


Saturday, May 9
Ancestry.com  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Alicia Ashman Public Library, 733 North High Point Road, Madison, WI
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for our historians, curators and authors to visit your community and share the stories of our great state.

 

The Alicia Ashman Library is pleased to host Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian.  Ancestry.com is vital to genealogical research and even though it has a lot, there are many records that are not found on the site.  This presentation will provide guidance on how to use the site’s various levels of collections and services as well as what you cannot expect from the site.

 

Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on genealogical topics for over 30 years and has been researching family history for over 40 years. She specializes in breaking down brick walls and finding hard-to-find resources.

 

For more information see the Alicia Ashman Public Library website.



Tuesday, May 12
Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street, Manitowoc, WI
 
Lineage Societies, with Betty Henry, along with MCGS Elections and Pie Social.


Thursday, May 14
Vernon County Historical Society's May Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, May 16
Ozaukee County Historical Society World War II Living History Event  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 

On Saturday  May 16, 2020, the Ozaukee County Historical Society and the 1st Allied Airborne Living History Re-enactors will transform Ozaukee County Pioneer Village into a European Village in the midst of World War II. Get ready to step back in time and experience, first-hand WWII. Attendees can expect to see the military encampments of U.S., German and French units, to name a few. They will see the Veteran’s Military Museum military vehicles on parade, plus demonstrations, uniforms, artifacts and weaponry of the time. They will visit a French café, a USO canteen in a 1907 railroad station and the battles in the village.

The event runs from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students (13-17) and Seniors and $5 for all veterans and children 5-12. World War II veterans and small children (under 5) are free. Wrist bands will be provided, so those who attend can see the event.  Food and beverages are available both days. Pioneer Village is located at 4880 Highway I in the Town of Saukville. 



Saturday, May 23
DNA Basics Genealogy Workshop  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State Street, Madison, WI
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to host Mary EberleDNA Hunters, LLC.  Millions of people have participated in DNA testing through various companies.  Whether you did the testing or not, this workshop will help you to understand how to use test results to find out more about your ancestry and find more living relatives.  Here is a  list of the topics that will be presented:

 

1. AncestryDNA

 

2. 23andMe

 

3. GEDMatch

 

4. Understanding Ethnicity Estimates

 

WSGS and WHS members receive discounted registration. For more information and to register, see the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Registration deadline is 5/15/2020.




Saturday, June 6
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Thursday, June 11
Vernon County Historical Society's June Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, June 13
Ozaukee County Historical Society Blacksmithing 101 Class  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 
Hands on Blacksmith class with Eugene Durban, resident blacksmith. Did you ever want to create your own iron item? Learn the skills of a blacksmith of the past and now. Class is from 8AM to 2PM with a lunch break. Preregistration is required-Class size limited. Sign up now!


Sunday, June 14
Ozaukee County Historical Society National Flag Day at Stony Hill Schoolhouse  (Affiliate Event)
3:30 pm
Stony Hill School, 5595 County Highway I, Fredonia, WI
 
Celebrate our National Flag Day at Stony Hill School, the birthplace of Flag Day. The program at 3:30 will include Music, Presenting the Colors, Avenue of Flags, Free flags and mementos. More information to come!


Saturday, June 27 through Sunday, June 28
Ozaukee County Historical Society Annual Rummage Sale  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hazel Wirth Archives & Research Center, N57 W6406 Center Street, Cedarburg, WI
 

The Annual Rummage Sale will take place June 27-28 at the Hazel Wirth Archives and Research Center back parking lot during the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival Weekend.

When you are spring cleaning, downsizing and just reorganizing, don't throw it way or give it away... Give it to the OCHS Rummage Sale! Starting in April, items can be dropped off at the Hazel Wirth Archives and Research Center on Tuesdays from 9AM-3PM. If another time needs to be arranged or to arrange a pickup, call (920) 377-4545.

Volunteers are also needed to help pickup, sort, price, set up and tear down during the sales.

 

See the attachment for further details!



Saturday, June 27
Writing a Biographical Sketch  (Affiliate Event)
12:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Central Library, Community Room 1, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for our historians, curators and authors to visit your community and share the stories of our great state.

 

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The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, a WSGS Affiliate, is pleased to host Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian.  There are many ways to share your genealogical research with family members.  One of the most effective methods is to write a biographical sketch.  This presentation makes writing this sketch a fairly simple project that will catch the attention of most of your family members.

 

Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on genealogical topics for over 30 years and has been researching family history for over 40 years. She specializes in breaking down brick walls and finding hard-to-find resources.

 

For more information see the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's website.




Thursday, July 9
Vernon County Historical Society's July Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, July 11
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Saturday, July 18 through Sunday, July 19
Ozaukee County Historical Society Antique Tractor Show and Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 

The Antique Tractor Show and Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion will be held July 18-19. Tractors, equipment, threshing, baling, kids activities plus a tractor parade 2PM both days. Enjoy delicious pies, ice cream, food and music.

 

Shop till you drop at the OCHS Second Chance Rummage Sale. Great fun for the whole family!

 

Both days 8AM-5PM. Admission $6.00.



Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1
Celtic Connections 2020  (National Conference/Institute)
Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090

The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) are co-sponsoring a genealogy conference, Celtic Connections 2020, which will take place July 31-August 1, 2020, at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL.  (www.celtic-connections.org).  The conference will include two full days of lectures covering aspects of Celtic genealogy, history, and music. International and national genealogists will present sessions on using resources in the United States and abroad. Watch their website for more information as planning continues.




Saturday, August 1
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Sunday, August 9
Ozaukee County Historical Society Bluegrass at the Village  (Affiliate Event)
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 

The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Bluegrass at the Village on Sunday, August 9th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 11:00-5:00PM. Now one of the largest bluegrass festivals in this area, Bluegrass at the Village will host four bluegrass bands that will take the stage on the old Cedarburg Train Station platform. Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss Bluegrass at the Village 2020!

We are pleased to introduce this year's line up! From Milwaukee first up will be Pickin' Up Speed, an all-time favorite of the festival; second will be from Madison, Wheelhouse with their version of bluegrass/Americana; third will be our featured band from Illinois, Special Consensus which will be a special treat; fourth from Milwaukee, Chickenwire Empire with their high-energy, fast-pickin' bluegrass.

 

This year’s featured band is Special Consensus from Illinois. Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. The band is led by Greg Cahill, banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and includes Rick Faris (guitar), Dan Eubanks (bass), and Nate Burie (mandolin). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The 19th band recording, Rivers and Roads (Compass Records, 2018), was nominated for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award and received the 2018 IBMA award for Album of the Year! Greg Cahill will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, Tennessee in February, 2020!

 

Those who attend will be greeted by young fiddlers from the area who will play a tune or two. They can stroll through the outdoor living history museum to learn what life was like in rural Ozaukee County between the years of 1840-1920. At 2:00 PM anyone who wants to show off their talents can join in an old fashioned "Kitchen Band" on the porch of the Maronde Cabin.

 

There will be a wide variety of food and beverage selections that will be served throughout the day and people who “love to win" can participate in the huge fundraising raffle for some awesome prizes donated by local businesses. 


Over 500 seats under the tent. Picnic tables, additional chairs are shaded by trees. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  (No pets, coolers, carry-in food or beverages are permitted). Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & Students.



Thursday, August 13
Vernon County Historical Society's August Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Mayflower Celebration Cruise – Journey of Genealogy in Association With Ancestry
Friday, August 14 through Friday, August 21
Mayflower Celebration Cruise – Journey of Genealogy in Association With Ancestry  (Affiliate Event)
Cruise from Southampton, England to New York City
 
In celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to the New World, join Wisconsin Mayflower State Society Governor Dr. Bill Hopkins and his wife Mary for a seven-day cruise from Southampton, England to New York City aboard the Queen Mary II.  The cruise is sponsored by AncestryProGenealogists and will feature several genealogy lectures including DNA research.  Prior to sailing, there will be a gathering in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England, the birthplace of Stephen Hopkins, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.
 
For additional information, please contact Dr. Hopkins: doch609@aol.com; phone/text message: 715-703-3271 or by USPS: Dr. Bill Hopkins, 900 W. Chippewa St., Cadott, WI 54727.



Thursday, September 10
Vernon County Historical Society's September Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, September 12
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Saturday, September 12
Ozaukee County Historical Society Harry Potter at the Village  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 

The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Harry Potter at the Village on Saturday, September 12th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 10AM-5PM. 

 

Harry Potter makes a visit to Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, with magic, wizardry and fantasy. Dress in your Harry Potter costume and parade around the village with Harry Potter. Put on your robes and house colors to help us celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter. We will have fun Harry Potter themed activities for the whole family including a sorting hat, wand decorating, trivia, a costume parade, Quidditch tournament, and much more!

 

Kids and adults will be able to interact with some of their favorite characters, hunt fantastic beasts, enjoy lunch at the Great Hall, and have their picture taken at Platform 9 ¾. This celebration will take place rain or shine, and is sure to be a good time for all Harry Potter fans. 

Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15.00 at the event.




Saturday, October 3
Ozaukee County Historical Society Autumn at the Village  (Affiliate Event)
Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville, WI
 

The Ozaukee County Historical Society brings you the sights, smells and sounds of fall at their Autumn at the Village fall festival on Saturday, October 3rd at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village in Saukville.  Enjoy a great day in the country that is fun for the whole family. Rain or shine, we'll have a good time. Most of the activities can be brought inside the buildings, so don't let the rain keep you away!

 

Visitors will see historic demonstrations of blacksmithing, wood cutting, basket making, wool making, candle making, spinning, corn shelling and embroidery, to name a few. The smells of mulled cider, seasonal foods cooking on the wood stove, and bread baking in the Summer Kitchen will fill the air. Poul and Linda Sanderson from, Pickin' Up Speed will demonstrate old time instruments such as an auto-harp, dulcimer and stand up bass to play a few tunes. Special guests from Old World Wisconsin will demonstrate drying fruits and vegetables among the things folks did to get ready for winter.

Everyone can take part in a 15-minute wagon ride, compliments of the Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion, through Hawthorne Hills Park. Pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and hand-made brooms will be available for sale.

 

Children can participate in craft activities which will include, rope making, corn-husk doll making, wooden puzzle making, stamp art, weaving and more. The Oscar Grady Library of Saukville will provide spooky stories and Halloween legends in the Liberty Schoolhouse.

 

Finally, families can relax and enjoy a warm bowl of homemade sausage stew, chili with cornbread or chicken with dumpling soup. Some of the other fall foods that will be served are hot cider, pumpkin pie, apple pie with pumpkin or apple ice cream.

 

Admission is $5 and Children 5 and under are free. Children who wish to show off their Halloween Costumes will receive a sweet treat!

 

 All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Village Hall capital campaign.



Saturday, October 3
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Thursday, October 8
Vernon County Historical Society's October Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Saturday, November 7
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room


Thursday, November 12
Vernon County Historical Society's November Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Saturday, December 5
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI, Second Floor Meeting Room