Milwaukee County Genealogical Society

Free Beginner Genealogy Classes

Next Class: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 9:30am 
in person at Milwaukee Public Library Central
"More than Just Names: Census Records"
NOT just for Beginners
For more information please see the  Class Registration Information and Schedule for the 2023-2024 session


3969 N 74th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Have you wanted to learn more about your family history, but don't know where to begin?
Have you started researching your family, but need ideas of new places to look for information?
Join us for Ask A Genealogist with MCGS and MPL!
Work one-on-one with an experienced genealogist from the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society.
MCGS members will be available to answer your research questions and
demonstrate search strategies to help find pieces of your family history puzzle.
Presented in partnership with the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society.


Salt Lake City Trip 2024

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 to
Sunday, June 9th, 2024
Save the Date
A MCGS Genealogy Research Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah!
After a 5+ year hiatus, MCGS’s biannual genealogy research trip is back!!!  Over the decades this trip led to profound genealogical discoveries for dozens of MCGS members.
What?  Genealogical research for a week at the largest genealogical library in the world!
Where? FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City,
When? June 2-9, 2024  a Sunday-to-Sunday trip, the library is closed on Sundays.
How Much?  For hotel + airfare from MKE we are expecting cost to be in the upper ~$900 range +/- per person for a double-occupancy hotel room at the Plaza Hotel by Temple Square adjacent to the library; single occupant supplement will be likely in the ~$375 range +/-.  Exact pricing will be finalized in the next couple months after June 2024 airfare prices are published.
Final details to come in the November Reporter along with a sign-up form!  We are trying to gauge interest since at least 20 people are needed to make this trip viable, so if you are tentatively interested (no obligation at this time), email:
Why?   To have a world-class genealogical research experience and break down those ‘brick walls with assistance from library genealogical experts, as well as great comradery with your fellow MCGS members!  You will not regret coming on this trip, it’s an unbelievable experience!!!
(To be determined) per person, double occupancy,  (To be determined) per person single occupancy
Inital deposit will be due in 2024.
Further information will be posted here when available:
Trip - Salt Lake City


MCGS Volunteers Needed

MCGS is run by volunteers, please consider helping!
Recording Secretary
To All Members: We need your help! - A new Recording Secretary must be found!
Please consider volunteering. Rest assured that help and guidance will be provided. To apply, send your contact information, and a short bio to: 
It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to record the Minutes of the meetings of the Society in a book to be kept for that purpose. The Recording Secretary shall sign his/her name on all bank accounts held by the society.
MCGS was established in 1935, we need everyone’s help to keep it going strong into the future.
Volunteers Needed to assist at:
"Ask a Genealogist with MCGS and MPL! at Capitol"
3969 N 74th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
"Ask a Genealogist with MCGS and MPL! at Bay View"
2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Please send MCGS an email at or to inquire more about volunteering to help!
Attend a general meeting or board meeting, to explore volunteer opportunties available.


Join us at MCGS events!

Join us at MCGS:  monthly meetings (in person and online) and beginner genealogy classes (in person)!
Join us in MCGS board meetings to plan and organize our events! 
Join MCGS and become a member for website access to the "Members Only" features!
Please see this link for a listing of all MCGS events.


Article Submission Deadlines
Do you have a genealogy research story to tell or research tips to share? How did you break through that brick wall? Do you have a suggestion for an article topic that you would like to know more about?
Our quarterly newsletter, the MCGS Reporter, not only goes out to our members, we also share it with other Genealogy Societies and Research Libraries in the U.S.
If you would like to submit an article to appear in the MCGS Reporter, please send it for review to the editor at
The submission deadlines are:
February issue - January 1st
May issue - April 1st
August issue - July 1st
November issue - October 1st

Milwaukee Central Public Library - Meeting Room

Friday afternoon MCGS monthly general meetings are held in person at Milwaukee Central Library 1st floor Rotary Club of Milwaukee Community Room and Zoom Online. The next meeting will be on Friday, October 27th at 1:00pm. 
Starting in September 2023, Saturday morning 9:30am MCGS genealogy classes will be held in person at Central Library.

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September 30
Scandinavian Fest
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October 17
Czechoslavak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) Conference
  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will hold its 19th Genealogical and Cultural Conference in the Milwaukee area. Presentations will explore the history, culture, traditions, and genealogical research in the present day Czech Republic and Slovakia.   Available are ...

October 27
MCGS Board Meeting
Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue   Thinking about getting involved?    Be a guest at our board meeting. If you would like to attend, please ask to be invited to the Board Meeting by sending ...

October 27
MCGS Membership - An Introduction to Locating Polish Vital Records Using On-Line Resources
Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue   - MCGS membership meetings are in person at the Central Library (and also zoom online). The meetings will start with a short business meeting, followed by our speaker presentation about 1:30pm. ...

October 28
Class - More than Just Names: Census Records
  IN PERSON at Central Library 1st Floor Rotary Club of Milwaukee Community Meeting Room   More than Just Names: Census Records   by Diane Piedt   Census records are one of the major sources of genealogical information and it's ...