Milwaukee County Genealogical Society

Area Research Groups


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.

Free Beginner Genealogy Classes
Focusing on Mexican and Mexican American Genealogy
June 3, 2017 Saturday-Class 1,  Mexican Fiesta Office--- 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   2997 So. 20th St.
Milwaukee WI  53215,  (Just North of 20th and Oklahoma)  414-383-7066, Free parking available
  • Gathering Information from Family Members, Citing Sources, Organizing your family history
  • Document types, Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, Death)
  • Research Guides, Libraries, Societies, Organizations, Websites
  • Using Pedigree Charts and Family Group Record Sheets
  • Overview of  (free online)                    
  • Demonstration searches for Vital records from Mexico and U.S.
        June  10, 2017 Saturday- Class 2,  Mexican Fiesta Office--- 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • demonstration using the 1930 or 1940 U.S. Census
  • Overview of ($ International Version or use free at Milwaukee Public Library) 240 million indexed Mexican records
  • demonstration using the 1930 census from Mexico
  • demonstration using indexed Border Crossing Records from Mexico into the U.S.
  • Using the Milwaukee Public Library County Catalog (
         June 17, 2017 Saturday—Class 3, Milwaukee Public Central  Library,  814 West Wisconsin Ave.
         9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Free street parking surrounding the building, Humanities Room, 2nd floor
  • Brief librarian presentation on the materials that can be used for genealogy pertaining to Milwaukee, U.S.  and Mexico.
  • We will assist you with your research using books, databases, and free Ancestry Library.
  • Bring your laptops, tablets, etc. to access the databases and Ancestry Library using the excellent free WiFi at the Milwaukee Public Library.
R.S.V.P.   by  May 26th, 2017
Margarita Sandoval Skare
414-476-6702   or
Seating Limited to 20 People

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 classes, we provide a display on Mexican Genealogy at Mexican Festa, at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. 
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 1pm - MCGS meeting - Milwaukee Central Public Library: 
Margaret Skare, speaker on the Irish/Mexican Connection in the Mexican American War  
Irish and German immigrants and freed African slaves deserted the United States Army to fight with the Mexican military in the St. Patrick's Brigade or El Batallion de los San Patricios. Margaret Skare, MCGS Board member, will talk about this unique connection between the Irish and Mexican communities.

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.
Our WEBSITE. The website includes the surname list, calendar of meetings and the most recent meeting minutes.
Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22, The Italian Area Interest Group, has set its calendar for 2016. The meetings will take place at the Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturdays, starting at 10:00 a.m. and concluding with the formal meeting at noon. 
Our 2017 schedule:
August 26, 2107
November 4, 2017
We welcome anyone with an interest in Italian family history. Please feel free to bring guests.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact George Koleas or by calling (262) 251-7216 after 7:00 p.m.
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.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 1pm - MCGS meeting at Milwaukee Central Public Library :
George Koleas, speaker - Italian Immigration

If you are interested in doing 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 website also includes the calendar of our research group meetings and other Czech/Slovak activities in the Milwaukee area.
Please contact: Susan Chapman; or Harold Kralik with any questions regarding your research and we will try to assist you with your research.
Our 2017-2018 school year schedule:
To be determined. Please check website for update of future meeting dates in the 2017-2018 school year.
Czech/Slovak Genealogy Research Group: Our last meeting was held March 26, 2107.  The school year 2016-2017 meetings took take place at the Cudahy Public Library, Ladish Room, 3500 Library Ave., Cudahy, Wisconsin. Located 1 block west of Packard Ave., and 2 blocks south of Layton Ave. (Previous meetings since 2014 had been held at the New Berlin Public Library and the Norway House on Oklahoma Ave.)
Bring your research problems and notes and let us know if there is some topic of special interest that you would like to see a presentation on.
We welcome anyone with an interest in Czech-Slovak family history. Beginner researchers are welcome. Experienced researchers are available to assist with research. 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.
If you are interested, please contact MCGS member Susan Chapman; or Harold Kralik.
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
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 1pm - MCGS meeting at Milwaukee Central Public Library:
Susan Chapman, speaker - Czech Immigration