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    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Union Presbyterian Church at 2707 5th St, Monroe WI

    Annual Meeting; Hosted with Monroe Public Library: Goode Rebeka, Trial by Fire "The Salem Witch Trials" presented by Jessica Michna, First Impressions
    It was a new world. The settlers from England had gained a foothold in the verdant land called "Amerika". Old traditions would be laid aside, new ones instituted. Greed, jealousy, suspicion would still persist. Were these at the root of "The Salem Witch Trials"? Innocent residents of Salem, Massachusetts were tried and many executed in perhaps the most infamous chapter in early American history. Meet Goode Rebeka, an elderly woman hanged as a witch in 1692, but was she really a witch.? Perhaps by the end of the program you will be able to answer that question.


    Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of history at an early age. She and her family visited many historic sites throughout America.
    Her love of theater and history would eventually bring Jessica to found her company, “First Impressions''. Since its founding in the year 2000, Jessica has
    expanded her repertoire to include seventeen historic figures.
    In 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Service Center’s Distinguished Service award for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies. While she has appeared before a wide range of audiences, including appearances at the National Churchill Museum, the Lincoln Boyhood Home National Site and Valley Forge. Jessica is particularly fond of performing for senior groups and communities. The life experiences of those in her senior audiences enhances her understanding of life stories. She often reminds her audiences that everyone has a history and encourages them to record their own stories.


    Please join the Green County Genealogical Society and the Monroe Public Library for this immersive performance and presentation by Jessica Michna. The meeting will be held at the Union Presbyterian Church at 2707 5th St, Monroe WI at 10 am.

    • 6 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM

    Swedish Heritage with Maureen Brady

         Swedish immigration. (Via Zoom)

    • 11 Jun 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Tomah Room, Milton House Museum

    The Rock County Genealogical Society offers a FREE (IN PERSON AND VIA ZOOM) Program, Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:30pm, local time, in the Tomah Room, Milton House Museum. The Milton House Museum is located at 18 S. Janesville Rd, Milton. Ample free parking is available. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. 


    Attendees can also access the Zoom link at home. For the free Zoom link and to download the program handout, see the RCGS home page at and click on Upcoming Speakers and Events. PLEASE NOTE. BEGINNING WITH JUNE 2024 PROGRAM: A PASSWORD IS REQUIRED TO LOG IN VIA ZOOM.  THIS IS FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE UNDER THE ZOOM LINK.




    PRESENTER :  David Bradford, is a UW grad with degrees in medicine and business who speaks regionally to history and genealogy groups about technology and medical topics. He has been a member of the Rock County Genealogical Society and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center for more than 30 years, and has served as board chairperson and secretary of the RCGS. He is currently the long term webmaster for the Society. 


     Dave will explore the community hysteria and social panic that infected New England Colonial America, with emphasis on Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay Colonies, including the notorious Salem Village (now Danver, MA). Dave traces his family's connection to witch trials, and then, using selected witch trials between 1647 and 1697, discusses the likely root causes of the hysteria, the peculiarities in the Colonial legal system, various "witch tests", the kinds of punishments meted out to Colonial transgressors, the factors that lead to the end of the trials, and modern-day exoneration efforts. 


    Please join us for an interesting and informative program!
    • 18 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    Breathing New Life Into Your Boring Ancestors

    • Presenter: Melissa Barker
    • Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: There is no such thing as a boring ancestor! Many genealogists will say they have boring ancestors because they can’t find records or information for them. Learn from a seasoned genealogist and archivist how to locate records and information to bring those boring ancestors back to life!
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    • 16 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    Using U.S. Land Records in Genealogy

    • Presenter: Karen A. Fortin
    • Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: Land records are an important part of your genealogical toolkit. This presentation will provide an overview of common terms and concepts, explore how land records can help your research, and assist you in locating these valuable resources. The presentations will also share examples showing how to go from finding a deed to finding the land described in it on the modern landscape.
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    • 1 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM

    Family Search, Hands On with Maureen Brady

    Bring your laptop.for hands on experience. (Via Zoom)

    • 20 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    Mysterious Codes: Passenger Manifests Letters and Numbers

    • Presenter: Christine Cohen   
    • Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: What do those letters, numbers, stamps, and pencil marks mean on Immigration Passenger Manifests? Does your ancestor have the letter "D" or "X" next to their name? Do you know what V/L, # 404, USB, Transit, CL, N.O.B, C/A, LPC, SI, NQIV, BSI, PV or C-XXXXX mean? We will learn if and when to contact the US National Archives or USCIS to get more genealogical information from these codes.  Plus what insight we can learn about your ancestor's immigration experience based on these notations.
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    • 7 Sep 2024
    • 1:30 PM

    DNA Behind the Scenes with Dan Hubbard  
    DNA testing has become part of genealogy but what does it really mean? What are the different tests? Why do they tell us different things? (Via Zoom)

    • 17 Sep 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    The Art of Slow Genealogy

    • Presenter: Tara Shymanski
    • Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: Are you a genealogy tortoise or a hare? The hare rushes to find new documents and add to its tree but genealogy tortoises slow down create more accurate, thorough family trees. This method suggests ways to slow down by using a research log to enter all your findings, reading and transcribing records, citing your sources, analyze the records. As you slow down and consider each finding you will build a more accurate family history
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    • 5 Oct 2024
    • 1:30 PM

    "Italian-American Immigrants and the Chicago Mafia Connections in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin" with Vick Hahn

    Learn more about Italian-Americans immigration to the United States, the organization of the Mafia, overcoming the difficult search for genealogy of its members, the influences it had on local history, and its connections to people in area communities.  (In person and Zoom)

    • 15 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    Navigating Maritime Internet Research Resources: Uncovering Wisconsin's Seafaring

    • Presenter: Peter McCracken
    • Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: Navigate Wisconsin's maritime history with Peter McCracken, co-founder of This webinar unveils the significant role of maritime resources in understanding migration and economic patterns, and how these enrich genealogical research. McCracken will demonstrate how to uncover ship records and personal narratives using and various online tools. Beyond, the journey expands to include strategies for comprehensive maritime research, ensuring a full exploration of your ancestors' seafaring histories. Concluding with a Q&A, this session is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of maritime history and broaden your genealogical toolkit. Join us to set sail into the past and discover your history like never before.
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    • 2 Nov 2024
    • 1:30 PM

    Newspapers Research with Jean Lythgoe

         Learn the ins and outs of researching with and GenealogyBank.  (In person and Zoom)

    • 19 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    400,000 German POWs in the U.S.: How did they affect your community and family?

    • Presenter: Mary Risseeuw
    • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: For millions of rural Americans, farmers and owners of small businesses, POW labor was a life-saver for a country where a labor shortage had been created by the war.  Abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camps built during the Depression were the sites of the first camps as boat loads of German POWs were brought to the U.S.  There were over 700 camps established throughout the country.  This had a huge affect on the communities where these camps were located.  The stories of the interactions between prisoners and civilians and their impact were not talked about for decades.  The stories are still being uncovered.
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    • 17 Dec 2024
    • 7:00 PM

    The American Revolution Beyond the US: French Canadian Patriots

    • Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
    • Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2024
    • Time: 7:00 PM Central
    • Webinar Description: The battle for control of the American colonies went beyond the current US colonies and into what we now know as Canada. This presentation will introduce the history of the French Canadian patriot and describe how to document their service
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