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Upcoming Events

    • 3 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • online only


    • Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023
    • Time: 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. CDT (with breaks and time for Q&A)
    • This event is an online-only webinar
    • Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 12:00 p.m.  
    • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.


    Join Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, as we discover how to organize, analyze, collect and write the stories of your ancestors. Learn how to document these stories for your family in a format that will help them preserve your research for future generations.

    This online workshop includes four, hour-long sessions and a 15-minute Q&A, with time for breaks and lunch.

    Starting or expanding your family history research can be a daunting task! Don't worry, our genealogy workshops will give you all the tools you need to start filling out your family tree while avoiding common roadblocks. These workshops are a great opportunity to blend family stories with historical backgrounds to explore and get to know your ancestors even deeper.

    Know before you go

    • A link to the webinar will be emailed after registration closes. If you do not see the email, please check your spam folder. A computer with internet access is required to participate.
    • If you do not have internet access, you may be able to call in for audio-only access.
    • A recording of the webinar will be available to registrants for 30 days following the event.
    • Buying multiple tickets? Each registrant is advised to check out individually to ensure that the webinar link will be emailed to the customer name entered at checkout.


    Discount codes must be applied in the shopping cart before proceeding to payment. They cannot be applied or refunded after checking out.

    • Society members: Enter your WHS member number in the discount code field in the shopping cart.
    • WSGS members: Use the discount code WSGS in the shopping cart, before checking out.


    Register today!

    • 3 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • second-floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave
    The meeting will be held in the second-floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave at 10 am, on the first Saturday of the month.   Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to attend. You may call Ginny at 608-426-1796 or Donna at 608-921-1537 if you have any questions. The GCGS Research Center (located in the lower level of the Monroe Public Library) is available to the public for research each Tuesday from 10 am to 3 pm.
    • 3 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library
    Where can data sometimes be found concerning individuals who are not well represented in the mass of available paper records? Grandma’s Privy! This presentation will show that not everything that went into privy holes, latrines, and outhouses was a mixture of … organic wastes. Into these holes went bones, bottles, toys, money, clothing, jewelry, dishware, cutlery, and watches among many other things; in fact, a wide variety of inorganic material which represents a full spectrum of the artifacts (articles of use) used by the people who made use of the privy.

         “Hundreds and thousands of those privies, treasure troves of a variety of family artifacts, remain safely buried in both city and countryside. Using basic archaeological techniques, a minimally trained excavator can build from these artifacts both a picture of who deposited the materials, when they deposited those artifacts and how they lived. Information that cannot be found in paper records. Join us and learn.
         Craig Pfannkuche is President of Memory Trail Research, Inc. since 1993, and is the Genealogical Archivist for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Historical Society since 1984. He is on the Board of Directors of the McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society & the Chicago Genealogical Society. He has presented numerous workshops in history, historical & genealogical research & archaeological techniques at both the local and national level.

    The meeting will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library at 10 am, Saturday, June 3. Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to attend. You may call Ginny at 608-426-1796 or Donna at 608-921-1537 if you have any questions. The GCGS Research Center (located in the lower level of the Monroe Public Library) is available to the public for research each Tuesday from 10 am to 3 pm, other times available by appointment by calling 608-325-7436 on Tuesday or Bill at 608-325-2990.

    • 24 Jun 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Join the volunteers of your Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, with the support and cooperation of the Milwaukee Public Library Central and the fantastic librarians of the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library, in taking a fresh look at your old habits. Sign up for the MCGS Genealogy Classes. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops to in-person classes.

     With sessions held one Saturday each month from September through June, taking the classes is a wonderful way to reinvigorate your research, to look at old habits with new eyes and possibly meet new cousins (which happens more often than you might think!). Many of us have taken the Beginner Classes more than once, and thereby gained more than a refresher; we’ve gained new perspectives and new friends.

    The classes are free; however to cover printing costs, there is a $2 fee for handouts at each in person session. Class handouts contain information and forms used in the class, and to assist you in your research. Classes meet once a month from September until June between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Starting ONLINE and IN PERSON on Saturday September 24, 2022. Meetings will be held at Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, with convenient on and off-street parking. Metered street parking is available around the library building. Parking is free at metered spaces on Sundays city-wide. Parking is free on Saturdays in specific areas downtown, but may have time limits. There is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library. MCGS Classes are held in the 1st Floor Rotary Club of Milwaukee Community Meeting Room near the main entrance of the Milwaukee Central Public Library. This room is located right next to the elevator. For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street and take the elevator to the first floor.

    Register for the class series at Zoom Registration:

    After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the online meeting. (Check your spam folder.)

    This class is also being held in person at the Milwaukee Public Library Central.

    You are welcome at any in person or online session.

    Email MCGS  with any questions.

    Contact information requested:

    name and email (optional - address, state, phone)

    Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to each online class.

    Class Syllabus 2022-2023

    Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am (In Person and Online)

    September 24

    Getting Started: Organization and Software

    Learn the best way to get started on your family history (or what to do if you've already started). We'll also spend some time discussing the various software programs available for managing your growing collection of data.


    October 29

    More than Just Names: Census Records

    Census records are one of the major sources of genealogical information and it's important to know how to make the most of this important source.

    by Diane Piedt

    November 19

    Getting it on Record: Courthouses and Archives


    From Cradle to Grave: Church and Cemetery Records

    Learn about two different sources for important genealogical information that may not be available anywhere else -- local courthouses and cemeteries.

    by Diane Piedt

    January 28

    Starting at Home: Milwaukee Public Library

    A spotlight on the special resources found at the Central Library in Milwaukee.

    by Milwaukee Public Library Librarian

    February 25

    More than Just Books: General Library Records

    Learn about the many ways that libraries can be useful to the family historian.

    by Margaret Sandoval Skare

    March 25

    Asking Questions, Finding Answers:

    Queries, Newspapers, and Social Media

    To get an answer, you must first ask the question. Find out what goes into a successful query -- whether you mail it or post it online. Also discover all the wonderful material to be found in historic newspapers.

    by TBA

    April 29

    Travelling Abroad (or Not):

    Foreign Research and Professional Help

    by Karen Jegen

    May 20

    Don’t Jump to Conclusions: After the Research

    So you've been finding documents, collecting information --- but what does it all mean? Learn how to use the information you find as evidence to support a sound genealogical conclusion.

    by TBA

    June 24

    DNA for Genealogy: What It Can and Can’t Do

    by TBA
    • 27 Jun 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Oak Grove Cemetery

    Cemetery Day: Cleaning & Transcribing at Oak Grove Cemetery 3pm-6pm

    See our website at for additional information.

    • 12 Aug 2023
    • 13 Aug 2023
    • Irishfest, La Crosse, WI

    Volunteer Genealogy Research at Irishfest-LaCrosse

    See our website at for additional information.

    • 17 Oct 2023
    • 21 Oct 2023
    • The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, W

    The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International will be holding its 19th Genealogical and Cultural Conference October 17-21, 2023 at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI. 

    Registration for our Conference opens on Monday May 1.

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