Milwaukee County Genealogical Society

Beginner Genealogy Classes 2021-2022

Online "Beginner" Genealogy Classes NOT just for Beginners! 
Are you interested in starting to research your family tree? Or have you started, but aren't making as much progress as you'd like? Milwaukee County Genealogical Society can help with FREE Beginner Genealogical Classes which start every September.
Join the volunteers of your Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, with the support and cooperation of the Milwaukee County Public Library 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. And your insights may help someone else, newbie or veteran. We all learned from someone else; such communal learning by sharing is the warm heart of genealogy.
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 on Saturday September 25, 2021. When coronovirus safeguards allow, future meetings will be held at Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, with convenvient 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 - always read the posted parking sign to ensure you are in compliance. Smart meters are currently being installed in locations with multi-space Luke meters.  These meters service up to 2 parking spaces and utilize coin or credit card payments at the meter, in addition to payments made with the MKE Park App. There is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library. MCGS Classes are held in Community Room 1 near the main entrance of the Milwaukee 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.
You must sign-up in advance!
Email MCGS  that you plan to attend so we can invite you to the online class meeting.
Please provide contact information:
name and email (optional - address, phone)
Handouts and webinar link will be emailed to you prior to each online class.

2021 - 2022
Class Syllabus
Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am (Online)
September 25
Getting Started: Organization and Software
by Lisa Christopherson
October 23
More than Just Names: Census Records
by Lisa Christopherson
November 20
Getting it on Record: Courthouses and Archives
From Cradle to Grave: Church and Cemetery Records
by Diane Piedt
January 29
Starting at Home: Milwaukee Public Library
by Milwaukee Public Library Librarian - Heather Smith
February 26
More than Just Books: General Library Records
by Margaret Sandoval Skare
March 26
Asking Questions, Finding Answers:
Queries, Newspapers, and Social Media
April 23
Travelling Abroad (or Not):
Foreign Research and Professional Help
May 21
Don’t Jump to Conclusions: After the Research
June 25
DNA for Genealogy: What It Can and Can’t Do

**Note: Check the MCGS website for cancellation of classes, meetings, and programs due to inclement weather.
Please sign-up in advance!