Milwaukee County Genealogical Society
BIENNIAL WORKSHOPS
 
Mark Your Calendar - Next Workshop
20th Biennial Workshop
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 
Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel
5105 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
414-769-2100
 
NOTE: Additional information will be added to this page, as the research about past workshops continues!
 
NUMBER YEAR PLACE SPEAKERS WORKSHOP COORDINATOR
         
20 April 22, 2017 Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel   Lisa Christopherson
19 April 18, 2015 American Serb Memorial Hall
Leslie Albecht Huber
Lori B Bessler
Douglas A Bicknese
Ken Skare
18 April 20, 2013 American Serb Memorial Hall
Loretto (Lou) Szucs and Juliana Szucs Smith
Caron Primas Brennan
Russell P Horton
Milwaukee Public Library - Jennifer Heidel
 
17 April 30, 2011 American Serb Memorial Hall
Colleen Fitzpatrick
James L Hansen
William J Forsyth
 
16 April 18, 2009 American Serb Memorial Hall
Debbe Hagner
Trudy Knauss Paradis
Mike Karsen
 
15 April 21, 2007 American Serb Memorial Hall
Cyndi Howells
Jim Hansen
Mike Karsen
 
14 April 23, 2005 American Serb Memorial Hall
Michael Edmonds
Robert Heck
Daniel M. Schlyter
 
13 April 26, 2003 American Serb Memorial Hall
Peter W Bunce
Tony Burroughs
Bob Heck
Richard L Pifer
 
12 April 28, 2001 American Serb Memorial Hall
Larry Jansen
Bob Heck
Adam Campbell
Patricia Keeney Geyh
 
11 April 17, 1999 Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library
James L Hansen
Maralyn A Wellauer
Bruce Butterfield
Bob Heck
Darlene Norman
 
10 April 12, 1997 American Serb Memorial Hall
Meldeon J Wofgang
Arlene Brachman
Bruce Butterfield
Darlene Norman
Bob Heck
 
9 April 30, 1994 Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library    
8 May 2, 1992 Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library
Larry Jensen
James Shirey
James Hansen
Russell Helwig
 
7 April 28, 1990 Cousins Center
John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
Juergen Eichhoff
Donald E Gradeless, Ph.D.
Russell Helwig
James Shirey
 
6 1988      
5 April 26, 1986 Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library Angus Baxter  
4 1984      
3 1982      
2 1980      
1 September 18, 1976      
 
 

 
Some of the PAST SPEAKERS
 
Leslie Albecht Huber - 2015 
"Crossing the Ocean with the Internet",
"Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research",
"Researching and Writing Your Family Story Part 1",
"Researching and Writing Your Family Story Part 2"
Is a genealogist, freelance writer and speaker. She has written over 100 articles for a variety of magazines and journals including The History Channel Magazine, Ancestry and Family Chronicle, as well as a narrative nonfiction book, “The Journey Takers”. She enjoys speaking to genealogy and history groups across the country and has appeared on Good Morning America, National Public Radio and other local radio and television stations.
 
Lori B. Bessler - 2015
- "FamilySearch.org Part 1",
"Family Search org Part 2"
Is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives in Madison, WI.
 
Douglas A. Bicknese - 2015 
- "National Archives Chicago, What's there",
"National Archives Chicago, Court Records"
Is Director of Archival Operations, National Archives, Chicago, IL He oversees the preservation of and access to historically significant Federal records, created in the Great Lakes region dating back to the 19th Century. He has worked for the National Archives since 2006 and has a Masters Degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan.

 
Loretto (Lou) Szucs - 2013
- "Search Tips for Getting the Most From Ancestry.com",
"Tips & Tricks for Getting the Most From All Census Records",
"Coming to America",
"Dead Men Do Tell Tales"
Ancestry.com Vice‐President of Community Relations, “Lou” has 40 years of experience as a researcher, author, archivist and speaker in the field of family history. She has served and continues to serve on a number of genealogical society boards.

Juliana Szucs Smith - 2013
- "Search Tips for Getting the Most From Ancestry.com",
"Tips & Tricks for Getting the Most From All Census Records",
"Coming to America",
"Dead Men Do Tell Tales"
Juliana has been with Ancestry.com for more than 14 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the “Computers and Technology” chapter of The Source. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University’s Online Genealogical Program and is working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Caron Primas Brennan - 2013
- "Fold3", "Social Networking for Genealogists"
Caron is the Vice‐President and newsletter publisher for CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois). She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a professional member of the Association of Professional Genealogist.

Russell P. Horton - 2013
"Finding Those Who Served"
Russell is currently a state Archivist for the Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs and he is employed at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, WI. Since 2001, he has worked as a graduate student doing cataloging, processing manuscripts and taking his current position in 2008.

Milwaukee Public Library - Jennifer Heidel - 2013
- "The Milwaukee Public Library"
The Zeidler Humanities Room is an excellent research source, closely associated with genealogy and its outstanding benefits, find out more. Staff Librarian Jennifer Heidel will provide the details on the library.

 
Michael Edmonds - 2005
- "Using Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Digital Resources",
"Using the Wisconsin Historical Archives Collections in Madison"
Mr. Edmonds is deputy director of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives Division. He hold degrees from Harvard University and Simmons College, and has worked at the Society since 1982. He has been map curator, reference librarian, head of public services, and acting library director. Since 1999 he has led the library's effort to share its collections and services using the World Wide Web. 
 
Robert Heck - 2005
"Internet Research Using the U.S. GenWeb - Part I",
"Internet Research Using the U.S. GenWeb - Part II"
Mr. Heck has been using computers for tracking his family history for over 32 years. He is an organizing member and leader of the Milwaukee PAF Users Group (MPAFUG), a computer genealogy group with over 450 members. He is responsible for directing the organization and teaching members all aspects of genealogical research using computers and the Internet. In addition, he teaches how to use the "tools" of computer genealogy including the latest hardware and software. Mr. Heck has lectured at many genealogical societies in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. He is the Web Master of seven genealogy web sites including the MPAFUG On-Line Bunch site with over 450 participants in 22 states and two foreign countries.
 
Daniel M. Schlyter - 2005
- "The Changing Map of Eastern Europe",
"Jan, Johann, John, Hans, Ivan, Juan, Jack",
"Understanding Germany and Its Records",
"Using Vital Records to Build Your European Pedigree"
Mr. Schlyter is a Collection Management specialist at the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, responsible for many nations in the Eastern Hemisphere including, especially Germany, east central Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union. He has been assisting library patrons in using the library collection since 1978 specializing in Eastern European, German and Jewish records. Mr. Schlyter is an Accredited Genealogist for Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. He has been a genealogical instructeo at numerous genealogical seminars and conferences throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand. His articles on Eastern European research have been published in several genealogical journals and he has produced numerous Family History Library instructional aids for Polish and other Easterh European research. He has also authored and co-authored several genealogical books.

 
John Philip Colletta, Ph.D, - 1990
- "Going Home: Following Your Immigrant Ancestor's Foorsteps Back To Europe",
"Part 1: Picking Up the Trail: The World of Materials in the Library of Congress",
"Part 2: Finding the Immigration Story: Ship Passenger Lists",
"Part 3: Where They Came From and When: An Overview of European Immigration to America",
"Part 4: Packing Your Genealogical Bags: How to Prepare for Your Research Trip to Europe"
 
Juergen Eichhoff, Proffesor - 1990
- "German Surnames and their American Offspring: Using surnames in tracing the origin of German ancestors"
 
Donald E. Gradeless, Ph.D. - 1990
- "Use and Selection of Computer Equipment for the Novice and the Genealogist"
 
Russell Helwig - 1990
- "Family Roots"
 
James Shirey - 1990
- "Personal Ancestral File and Roots III