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Wednesday, January 15 through Sunday, June 28
Something Old, Something New? Historical Bridal Dress Showcase  (Affiliate Event)
Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, WI
 
Explore 100 years of bridal fashion history with the Washington County Historical Society. Something Old, Something New? shows us just how much is borrowed from generations before us. Style elements have a tendency to recur in bridal fashion over and over again. Enjoy the gowns and see how these dresses are all the same! This temporary exhibit is the private collection of Hannah Schladweiler and includes some from Washington County! Free for members or with regular admission.



Monday, March 2
Genealogy: Everyone's A Beginner  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Deerfield Public Library, 12 W. Nelson Street, Deerfield, 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 Deerfield Public Library is please to host Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian. Each time a researcher starts to look at a new ancestor the search starts with the same types of records. There are core records that need to be used to start the search. This presentation provides guidance on how to start the search, organize the results and where to go next. It will include information on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and records that include censuses, vital records and obituaries.

 

Lori 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 Deerfield Public Library's website.



Monday, March 2
German Interest Group - Wisconsin  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
St. Mark Lutheran, 2921 Mount Zion, Janesville, WI
 
Tim Anderson will talk about Wisconsin’s German POW camps during WW II.
 
The public is welcome to attend at no charge
For further information, contact John at 608-362-4311


Saturday, March 7
Irish Genealogy Workshop  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State Street, Madison, WI
 

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to host the staff of the Ulster Historical Foundation for the third year!  There are many roadblocks to researching your Irish ancestors.  Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will provide 5 lectures on strategies for breaking through these roadblocks and understanding the paper trail found in Ireland.  This workshop will encompass resources found for the whole of Ireland.  Here are the topics that will be presented.

 

1. Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family history research: This will include an overview of the three Cs – church (BMDs), civil (BMDs) and census, and Griffith’s Valuation.

 

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2. Understanding Irish townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions in Irish research.

 

3. Church administrative records for use in Irish genealogical research– vestry minute books, communicant rolls, etc.

 

4. Early nineteenth-century land records: Tithe applotment books, tithe defaulters, freeholders’ registers, etc.

 

5. Using the Registry of Deeds: an important source for the eighteenth century 

 

WSGS and WHS members receive discounted registration. For more information and to register, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Registration deadline is 2/28/2020.



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


Saturday, March 7
Bay Area Genealogical Society Spring Into Family History Event  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 651 Pinehurst Ave., Green Bay, W
 
SPRING INTO FAMILY HISTORY EVENT for everyone 8 yrs of age and older. Presented by the Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 651 Pinehurst Ave, Green Bay, WI, 1 pm to 5 pm. Learn from workshops by professional genealogists on topics such as Getting Started, Family Search, DNA testing, etc. Enjoy a variety of fun and educational genealogy related games and activities. Learn about local community genealogy organizations. Sign up for one-on-one sessions if you are stuck on part of your genealogy research using this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey23UHEivJ-YAcIRDC-lIYIrE3M7KikUuHCqOBv4_-gzE5iw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Or - email: ddtgbrff@gmail.com requesting a timeslot.


Thursday, March 12
Vernon County Historical Society's March Genealogy Class  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Blaine Hedberg will speak on Norwegian-American Genealogy.
 
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


Friday, March 13
Old Colonial Special Interest Group Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI
 

Old Colonial Special Interest Group

Register and attend the Old Colonial SIG monthly meeting at the Fitchburg Public Library (opens at 10am).

Old Colonials Special Interest Group invites all members of the Dane County Area Genealogical Society in honor of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower

This year is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower on our shores. Relatively few of the passengers left descendants. Yet, an estimated 35 million descendants are alive today. Some of those people are residents of Dane County, and even members of DCAGS.

Dr. William Hopkins of the Wisconsin Society of Mayflower Descendants tell us how to become a member of the Mayflower Society

 

For more information contact Katheryn Bush at klbush@tds.net.



Saturday, March 14
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Holly History & Genealogy Center, 321 Main Street, Waupaca, WI
 

Linda Durrant---Old Photo Detective Work



Saturday, March 21
Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am
McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
 
“Ten Common Mistakes Genealogists Make”.  Don Schnitzler of Marshfield will present how to recognize and avoid common mistakes including how to analyze contradictions between family records.


Saturday, March 21
BIGWILL/British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Community Church, 5714 Broadway, Richmond, IL 60071
 
Genealogy: A Means to What End?
 
Michael will describe the English Settlement in Racine County (Wisconsin) where one of his Scottish ancestors settled in 1841. He will share some of his biggest discoveries, and explain how genealogical research has led to new insights about the family, which has roots in Scotland, England, and Germany. The Racine County farm is still in his family. He will also discuss his work for the Wisconsin Historical Society at Black Point Estate as Lead Interpreter, active docent, researcher, writer and presenter of outreach programs.
 
Michael Rehberg, a BIGWILL member, grew up in Racine County, attended UW-Madison and earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing. He retired from the newspaper business after 38 years, turning his energy and attention to Black Point Estate and Gardens on Geneva Lake. His hobbies include gardening and remodeling houses with his son and his wife Monica, an interior designer.
 
The British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois (BIGWILL), a 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 60071. The public is always welcome!


Saturday, March 21
African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Villard Square Library located at 5190 North 35th Street on the corner of 35th and Villard.

The African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee is hosting its Annual Open House on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villard Square Library located at 5190 North 35th Street on the corner of 35th and Villard. 

The Open House begins at 1 p.m. with displays, members to help with research and at 2:30 p.m. a presentation on "Conducting Oral Histories."



Saturday, March 28
Censuses Genealogy Workshop with Thomas MacEntee  (Wisconsin Historical Soc Event)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State Street, Madison, WI
 

In celebration of the 2020 U.S. Federal Census, the Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to host Thomas MacEntee, Founder and CEO, High Definition Genealogy LLC.  Censuses are one of the core records used in genealogical research.  It is not as simple as finding a name on a page.  There are many strategies to use when trying to locate your ancestors on these reports.  Here is a list of the topics that will be presented.

   1. The Coded Census – Deciphering US Census Codes

   2. The Other Census: US State Censuses 

3. Secrets of the US Federal Census – How Did Enumeration Really Work?

 

4. Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and More

 

WSGS and WHS members receive discounted registration. For more information and to register, see the Wisconsin Historical Society website. The registration deadline is 3/20/2020.



Sunday, March 29
Family History Projects  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Town Bank Meeting Room, 15815 Hwy 81, Darlington, 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 Lafayette County Genealogical Society, a WSGS Affiliate, is pleased to host Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian. Sharing stories is what our family wants. After all the years of research, this is the way to preserve the work you have done as the family historian. This workshop will help you learn how to share the stories in an engaging and simple way. Lori Bessler will provide guidance on how to tell the story and share it with family.

 

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 Lafayette County Genealogy Society website.




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


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


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
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
Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State Street, Madison, WI
 

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 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 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


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


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, 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