Membership in the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is open to any person or organization who is interested in genealogy. You can join others that have an interest in Wisconsin genealogy and history. Gain access to resources and knowledge that can make your membership pay for itself.
Membership in the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society includes:
The WSGS membership year runs for one year from the date of joining WSGS. Memberships may be prepaid for a maximum of two years.
When purchasing a membership through PayPal please allow 2-3 business days for processing. You will receive an email confirmation with your log in and password once your membership has been processed.
The basic voting membership with all rights and privileges including the quarterly WSGS Newsletter in electronic format and access to the Members-Only Website (if you provide WSGS with your e-mail address).
Two qualifying individuals residing at the same address. Together they receive access to the Members-Only Website (if an e-mail address is provided; one login per membership), one copy of the WSGS Newsletter in electronic format, and each has one vote.
One individual under 25 years of age. Includes all voting rights and privileges, the quarterly WSGS Newsletter in electronic format, and access to the Members-Only Section of our Website (if you provide WSGS with your e-mail address).
These membership categories include all of the benefits and privileges of the Individual membership category but also provide extra support to the Society. Amounts above the Individual membership fee can be claimed as a tax deductible donation.
Any Wisconsin-based genealogical or historical membership society, or the like, may be granted affiliate membership upon application. Affiliated Societies will be entitled to the WSGS Newsletter in print, and to one vote. Additionally, they may identify themselves as, "An Affiliate of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society," on their communications, publications, website and advertising.
Affiliates of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive the following benefits:
- A vote in the election of WSGS Board members.
- The WSGS Newsletter in print.
- One member of an Affiliated Society may attend WSGS conferences at the member rate, even if they are not a personal WSGS member.
- FREE ADVERTISING
- Publication of Affiliate events on the online WSGS Events Calendar by notifying the WSGS office of them.
- A link from the WSGS Affiliates web page to the Affiliate's website.
- Mention of the Society's name, address, and website address in the syllabus of each WSGS conference.
- One free quarter-page advertisement per year in the WSGS Newsletter (or a discount on a larger ad).
(Please note that Affiliate Membership does not grant the Affiliate WSGS' tax exempt status. Each organization must file for its own tax exempt status per IRS guidelines.)
Please use the separate Affiliate Application Form to apply for this membership category.
Libraries, archives, and other genealogical or historical societies not based in Wisconsin may subscribe to the WSGS Newsletter. This is a subscription only, not a membership, and therefore comes without membership or voting privileges.
For those WSGS Individual, Family, Youth and Life members who choose to receive the quarterly WSGS Newsetter in print format. This surcharge is to help defray printing and postage costs.
All payments must be in U.S. funds. Credit cards can only be accepted with online membership applications or renewals.
Print and Mail in Membership Application Form or Affiliate Membership Application Form
Pay for your Membership Online
(If you wish to add the print newsletter to your membership, select your one- or two-year membership and add it to the cart, and then Continue Shopping to return to this screen and select your one- or two-year print newsletter option.)
PLEASE NOTE: While payment for membership and renewals may be submitted online via PayPal, the actual membership must still be processed manually by the WSGS Office. Please allow 7-10 days for processing. You will receive an e-mail from the Office when your membership or renewal has been processed. Thank you!