Milwaukee County Genealogical Society

Area Research Groups

Mexican, African-AmericanPolishItalian, Czech-Slovak

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: Work one-on-one with an experienced genealogist from the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society who will be available to answer your research questions and demonstrate search strategies to help find pieces of your family history puzzle.
If you are interested in doing Mexican and Mexican-American genealogy research and would like to share resources and discuss problems, then maybe you would like to participate in a Mexican Area Research Group. Free classes are held in the spring focusing on Mexican and Mexican American genealogy and web sites. The classes are held at the Mexican Fiesta Office and the Milwaukee Public Library.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact MCGS member Margaret Sandoval Skare.  
Helpful links for Mexican genealogy can be found on MCGS site at: Links: Ethnic - Hispanic
In addition to our spring classes, we provide a display on Mexican Genealogy at Mexican Festa, at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. 

African-American Area Interest Group
If you are interested in researching your African-American family history or have expertise or experiences to share, please contact Patricia Glover-Howard for details and information.

Have you been researching your Polish family history?

Are you interested in exploring resources and sharing information?
Join us at the meetings of the Polish Area Interest Group. Meetings are being held in various Milwaukee Public Libraries since fall 2019. 
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact via email Susan Mikos or call 414-332-1728.  Ask to be added to the mailing list for future meeting dates.  
Meetings hosted by Polanki the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee.
The Polish Area Research Group is still on hiatus. We hope you are using this time to advance your research online. If you haven’t yet signed up for our Google Group - Polska MKEGenealogy - email Susan Mikos , Terri Cieslak , or Jeff Perzan , and we will send you an invitation. We are monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and will notify you when we are able to safely schedule a meeting.
Helpful links for Polish genealogy can be found on MCGS site at: Links: Ethnic - Polish
More helpful links for reading those records in German script can be found on MCGS site at: Links: Ethnic - German

Also known as "Pursuing Our Italian Names Together", Chapter 22, (P.O.I.N.T.), also known as the Italian Community Center Italian Family History Club.
The Italian Are Interest Group are keeping in touch with our members by posting on our Facebook page at Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. 
Facebook group
Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
We welcome anyone with an interest in Italian family history. Please feel free to bring guests.
In addition to our meetings, we provide a display on Italian Genealogy at Festa Italiana, at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. Each year Festa Italiana features a different region in Italy.

If you are interested in starting or advancing your Czech-Slovak genealogy research and would like to share resources, discuss problems and learn how to access online records from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, then maybe you would like to participate in the Czech-Slovak Area Research Group. 
Also known as Czech/Slovak Genealogy Interest Group.
The Sokol/Sokolice Milwaukee website also includes the calendar of our research group meetings and other Czech/Slovak activities in the Milwaukee area.
Available on YouTube program as part of Appleton Public Library annual Find Your Ancestors series.
Program Topic: Introduction to Czech Archives
originally presented on September 10, 2022
Do you have ancestors that hail from what is now called the Czech Republic? In various records, your ancestor might have been listed as a citizen of Austria, Austro-Hungary, Bavaria, Czechoslovakia, or Germany or may have considered themselves Bohemian, Moravian, Silesian, Czech or German. This program will discuss locating parish vital records in Czech regional archives, how to get help with the language and what resources are available to learn more about your Czech ancestors! Please note to get the most out of this presentation, you will need to know the name of the village where your ancestors came from.
Presented by Sokol Milwaukee leaders Susan Chapman, Ann Cramer and Don Skarda.
Sokol Milwaukee hosts informal genealogy sessions via Zoom about six times a year. Susan Chapman has several years of genealogy research experience and is a member of Czechoslovak Genealogical International Society (CGSI), German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS), and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society (MCGS). Ann Vojta Cramer is of 100% Czech heritage. She has worked on the Czech genealogy of her four grandparents and is familiar with the Czech Regional archives in Litomerice and Prague. She has a working knowledge of Czech culture, history and language, and has visited the Czech Republic nine times. Don Skarda, a Czech descendant, is the technical resource person for Sokol Milwaukee and other groups.
Next research session: 
(fall 2024)
 Send us an email, if there is a certain topic you would like to discuss at the next research session.
Please contact: Ann Cramer; or Susan Chapman to be added to the zoom session invite list or to ask any questions.
Please contact: Susan Chapman; or Harold Kralik with any questions regarding your research and we will try to assist you with your research.
The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will hold its 20th Genealogical and Cultural Conference in Kansas City in October 2025.  For more information:
(Since CoVid, meetings have been only held via zoom. Previous meetings since 2014 had been held at the New Berlin Public Library, the former Norway House on Oklahoma Ave. and the Cudahy Public Library)
Please let us know if there is some topic of special interest that you would like to see a presentation on.
TRANSLATORS are always welcome and appreciated, to help translate old records/documents. Old records from the Czech Republic can be in Czech, German and Latin. Old records from Slovakia can be in Slovak, Hungarian and Latin.
Please feel free to bring guests.
Helpful links for Czech-Slovak genealogy can be found on MCGS site at: Links:  Ethnic - Czech / Slovak
More helpful links for reading those records in German script can be found on MCGS site at: Links: Ethnic - German

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