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Upcoming Webinars

June 2022

Swedish-American Church Books - Great Genealogical Resource!

  • Presenter: Kathy MeadeKathy Meade
  • Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Many Swedish emigrants to North American joined a Swedish-American Church. While most of these churcheswere Lutheran, there were also Baptists, Methodists, Swedish Covenant and other denominations. Many ofthese churches kept detailed records similar to the church records within Sweden. These records can help oneidentify where in Sweden one's Swedish ancestor emigrated from as well as trace moves within North America.They can also serve as a substitute for the missing 1890 U.S. Census.The presentation will highlight the history of the Swedish American churches, the types of records kept andwhere you can find these records both online and offline. We will review some of these records so that one canthe great detail recorded in some of these record as well as a short case study.
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July 2022

Wisconsin Germans: How they Kept the Ties that Bind

  • Presenter: Jean Wilcox HibbenJean Wilcox Hibben
  • Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Germans flocked to Wisconsin and settled in communities of like-minded, and like-speaking, fellow ex-pats. How did they manage to keep close to their kin in the old country (or did they)? How did they keep their faith and culture in the new world? What occupations, activities, and lifestyles were hallmarks of the Wisconsin Deutsch? What were the greatest challenges in the new country, with others who immigrated from various cultures? These and others, including some research suggestions, will be addressed
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August 2022

Researching a Wisconsin Soldier in the Civil War

  • Presenter: Craig R. ScottCraig R. Scott
  • Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Using a case study approach participants will learn about what records along with the Compiled Military Service Record and pension should be evaluated in researching a Wisconsin soldier before, during, and after the Civil War.
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September 2022

Moving Forward by Looking Back - Break Down that Brick Wall!

  • Presenter: Kimberly Ormsby Nagy 
  • Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: We often feel that we are facing a brick wall, when in fact, we already have the information needed to burst through it. We will discuss techniques to revisit that information in order to move forward with our research. We will discuss reviewing records for previously overlooked information, as well as techniques to look at records through a different lens.
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October 2022

Women and Courthouse RecordsJanice Lovelace

  • Presenter: Janice Lovelace
  • Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Until the 20th century, women were often “lost” in records. This presentation will explore what can be found in records often found at the courthouse – land records, court proceedings, probate documents and vital records.
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November 2022

It’s not just about your Ancestors! Preserving your Family History!

  • Presenter: Kate Townsend
  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022Kate Townsend
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Preserving your family history starts with you! What's the point of calling yourself a family historian if you don't make it easy for future generations to know about your life? Gain some ideas on how to organize your personal archive beyond the family treasures of your ancestors including the following: (1) dealing with physical photographs and papers (preserving old photographs and making sure photographs form today are also preserved digitally and physically); (2) digitization (photographs and old film); and (3) social media (how to incorporate social media into your personal archive for future generations).
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December 2022

Entering the Old Northwest Territory

  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens LauritzenPeggy Clemens Lauritzen
  • Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: When we think of settling the West, our minds will often turn to the broad expanses of the American West that conjures up scenes of broad prairies and herds of buffalo and antelope. Such was not the case in the First American West. Summary: After the signing of the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, Britain ceded land that would eventually comprise the Northwest Territory. Just five years later, the first settlers would leave their homes in New England and begin their journey to the “Territory Northwest of the River Ohio,” and establish their first city – Marietta. Eventually the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota would be included.
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