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January Board Meeting
Friday, January 25
January Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class - Starting at Home: Milwaukee Public Library
Saturday, January 26
Class - Starting at Home: Milwaukee Public Library  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1
A spotlight on the special resources found at the Central Library in Milwaukee.


January Membership Meeting -- The Different DNA Tests and What They Mean
Saturday, January 26
January Membership Meeting -- The Different DNA Tests and What They Mean  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
THE DIFFERENT DNA TESTS AND WHAT THEY MEAN
Jacques Du Plessis, Chair of the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
With all the recent hype about DNA tests to help in one’s genealogical search, how do you distinguish which
one to choose? Genetic ancestry testing is the use of DNA information to make inferences about someone’s
"deep" ancestry, hundreds or thousands of years into the past. Genetic genealogy on the other hand combines
DNA testing with genealogical and historical records, and typically makes use of large databases to identify
matches. Take a closer look and learn about the  products presently marketed to genealogists and the general
public alike. Become an Informed Genealogist.
 
Jacques du Plessis, Associate Professor has been on the faculty at SOIS since 2002. His research includes Web technologies in the following areas: Online learning tools for blind students; improvement of early math and music education; and open courseware for foreign language learning (www.openlanguages.net). He is currently writing a book about the macro objectives of education. In 2010 Dr. Du Plessis launched the first online foreign language course at UWM for Afrikaans, his native language. 



Czech-Slovak Area Research Group
Sunday, February 10
Czech-Slovak Area Research Group  (Area Research Groups)
1:15 pm to 3:45 pm
New Berlin Public Library, 15105 W Library Ln, New Berlin, WI
Heritage Room  (in main entry hallway)
1:30pm - 2:30 presentation: Cemetery Symbolish & Imagery - Grave Markers, Headstones, Tombstones, Stelae by Cathy Dailey
Do the images engraved on your great-grandparents' tombstones have special significance?  Beyond the words "matka" and "otec", what can a headstone tell us about the deceased?  Join Cathy as she "wanders" through the cemetery in search of the meaning of various symbols and images included on and next to headstones, monuments and obelisks. Featured throughout the presentation will be photos of Czech markers, monuments and medallions from within the Bohemian National Cemeteries in Caledonia and Chicago.


February Board Meeting
Friday, February 22
February Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class - More Than Just Books: General Library Records
Saturday, February 23
Class - More Than Just Books: General Library Records  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1
Learn about the many ways that libraries can be useful to the family historian.


February Membership Meeting -- Recollection Wisconsin
Saturday, February 23
February Membership Meeting -- Recollection Wisconsin  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
RECOLLECTION WISCONSIN | A partnership for institutions and people
Recollection Wisconsin brings together digital cultural heritage resources from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies and shares them with the world in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. This presentation will highlight resources for family history research from Recollection Wisconsin and DPLA. It will also showcase one of Recollection Wisconsin's current initiatives, Listening to War: Digitizing Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Histories, an effort to preserve and provide access to more than 1,100 oral history interviews documenting the lives of Wisconsin veterans and civilians during wartime.

Cathy Markwiese. Cathy has been with the Milwaukee Public Library for 33 years and currently serves as the Management Librarian for Cataloging, Processing and Electronic Subscriptions. 
 
Shawn Vesely.  Shawn graduated from the iSchool at UW-Madison in 2016 with an MA in Library and Information Studies in 2016, with a focus on archives and cataloging. As a Wisconsin wartime veteran himself, this project is very important to him. It is a real privilege to be working to extending the life, reach, and visibility of these materials.  Shawn is currently the Audiovisual Project Archivist for WiLS.



Czech-Slovak Area Research Group
Saturday, March 9
Czech-Slovak Area Research Group  (Area Research Groups)
9:15 am to 4:45 pm
New Berlin Public Library, 15105 W Library Ln, New Berlin, WI
Heritage Room (in main entry hallway)
9:30am - 10:30am presentation: Heirloom: Translated Letters by Anna Cookova
Old letters and journals written by our ancestors are what we call "Primary Sources". Many family stories, historical events from a first hand perspective, addresses, and names are among the things that you may find. Join us at this lecture by Czech translator, Anna Cooková, to get inspired to leave your family with a legacy and heirloom of translated letters from Czech to English!


March Board Meeting
Friday, March 22
March Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class -  Enrich your Research: Newspapers, Queries and Social Media
Saturday, March 23
Class - Enrich your Research: Newspapers, Queries and Social Media  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1
Discover all the wonderful material to be found in historic newspapers and how to use social media to enrich your family history research.


March Membership Meeting -- German Genealogy For The Non-German Speaker
Saturday, March 23
March Membership Meeting -- German Genealogy For The Non-German Speaker  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
GERMAN GENEALOGY FOR THE NON-GERMAN SPEAKER
Learn how to find your German origins without needing to know fluent German. We will learn what records are helpful in finding your ancestors hometown, and what to do once you have discovered where to look. We will also discuss online German resources and German-American resources.  

Carolin Kauten’s interest in genealogy started as a child asking her grandma about taking a horse and buggy to school in her rural Iowa community school. Carolin grew up asking questions and collecting family stories. She has centered her career around archives and museums earning an M.A. in museum studies and a MLIS in library and information science. She loves teaching others how they can bring their own family stories to life through research. Carolin has a blog, podcast and is active on social media through her website memorykeeperguide.com 



MCGS 21st Biennial Conference
Saturday, April 13
MCGS 21st Biennial Conference  (Conferences - Workshops)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel, 5105 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI
For more information
Registration is now open.


April Board Meeting
Friday, April 26
April Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class - Travelling Abroad (or not): Foreign Research & Professional Help
Saturday, April 27
Class - Travelling Abroad (or not): Foreign Research & Professional Help  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1


Italian Area Research Group
Saturday, April 27
Italian Area Research Group  (Area Research Groups)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 531 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI


April Membership Meeting -- Fine Tuning Your Search Techniques
Saturday, April 27
April Membership Meeting -- Fine Tuning Your Search Techniques  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1, Library Computer Room
FINE TUNING YOUR SEARCH TECHNIQUES
Lisa Christopherson. President of Milwaukee County Genealogical Society
The internet is constantly changing offering new and improved sites to make our searches easier yet users continue to have difficulty conducting efficient online genealogy searches.  Our April computer lab program features a combination lecture/ hands-on presentation that will give you new approaches to making use of Google to enhance your research.

Lisa Christopherson has been researching her family history for over 10 years. As a former Reference Librarian, she has years of experience learning and teaching how to locate and evaluate information from different sources. A graduate of the Boston University online genealogy program, she is current President of the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society and Coordinator for the Beginning Genealogy classes.



May Board Meeting
Friday, May 17
May Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class - Don’t Jump to Conclusions: After the Research
Saturday, May 18
Class - Don’t Jump to Conclusions: After the Research  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1
So you've been finding documents, collecting information --- but what does it all mean? Learn how to use the information you find as evidence to support a sound genealogical conclusion.


May Membership Meeting -- Caring for Family Papers
Saturday, May 18
May Membership Meeting -- Caring for Family Papers  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
CARING FOR FAMILY PAPERS
Alison Bridger, University of Wisconsin Madison
Many of us have family documents stored in old shoe boxes, suitcases or plastic tubs but don’t know what to do with them. They might be letters from the war front, scrapbooks your grandmother put together, photographs, genealogies, financial documents, or legal records. This workshop will go over what is worth keeping and how best to organize and store them for future generations.
 
Alison E. Bridger currently works as a Cataloger at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the Library, Archives and Museum Collections Division. She teaches “Archival Arrangement and Description“ at UW-Madison.  She has worked at the UCLA -Berkeley Bancroft Library where she handled many family collections, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. where she cataloged manuscripts from before the year 1700, including many legal documents.



MCGS Genealogy Booth - 37th Annual Polish Fest at Summerfest Grounds
Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 37th Annual Polish Fest at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI


June Board Meeting
Friday, June 28
June Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


Class - DNA for Genealogy: What It Can & Can't Do
Saturday, June 29
Class - DNA for Genealogy: What It Can & Can't Do  (Genealogy Classes)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Central Library Community Room 1


June Membership Meeting -- Twenty Five Years in the Streets of Milwaukee After Dark
Saturday, June 29
June Membership Meeting -- Twenty Five Years in the Streets of Milwaukee After Dark  (Membership Meetings)
1:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN THE STREETS OF MILWAUKEE AFTER DARK BY DOC AUBREY
Tracy Reinhardt, Thornton Library Director at the Galloway House & Village of the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.
Tracy brings to life the 2018 publication of, Twenty-five Years on the Streets of Milwaukee After Dark; Together With Sketches of Experiences as Newsboy in the Army, Capture and Imprisonment in Libby Prison, and Other War-time Notes.  This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible.
 
Tracy Reinhardt is a native of Fond du Lac Co.  With an Associate degree in Civil Engineering, she is presently Library Director for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.  Tracy received the "Alice Weber Creativity Award" from the Wisconsin Rural Artists Association State Show (1974), and self-published the Mahoney genealogy (1972), Reinhardt Road genealogy(1982), Keilberg Carousel (1986), Pickled Turkey Eyebrows Mahoney Style genealogy (2006), The Night the Churches Burned (2008), and A Boy From Eden (2014).  She has been the editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter for 5 years.



MCGS Genealogy Booth - 42st Annual Festa Italiana at Summerfest Grounds
Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 42st Annual Festa Italiana at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI


MCGS Genealogy Booth - 38th Annual German Fest at Summerfest Grounds
Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 38th Annual German Fest at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI


July Board Meeting
Friday, July 26
July Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
9:30 am
Central Library Conference Room 2b
All those interested are invited to attend. Please contact Lisa Christopherson, MCGS President, if you will be there.


July Membership Meeting - Strutt Your Stuff! - Annual Indoor Picnic at the Library
Saturday, July 27
July Membership Meeting - Strutt Your Stuff! - Annual Indoor Picnic at the Library  (Membership Meetings)
12:00 pm
Central Library Community Room 1
Summer Picnic! CELEBRATE our 84th Anniversary of the "Picnic In Ancestral Grove" indoor picnic.
STRUTT YOUR STUFF
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Members
What have you been working on over this past year?  It’s time to bring your projects into the light of day.  We’d love to see the creative projects that have been filling your winter time.  Let us know if you’d like a 10 minute slot to share what you’ve found and learned about the process.  Today, you’re the star.



MCGS Genealogy Booth - 38th Annual Irish Fest at Summerfest Grounds
Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 38th Annual Irish Fest at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI


MCGS Genealogy Booth - 46th Annual Mexican Fiesta at Summerfest Grounds
Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 46th Annual Mexican Fiesta at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI


Italian Area Research Group
Saturday, August 24
Italian Area Research Group  (Area Research Groups)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 531 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI


MCGS Genealogy Booth - 18th Annual Wisconsin Highland Games at Waukesha Expo Center
Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 18th Annual Wisconsin Highland Games at Waukesha Expo Center  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Waukesha Expo Center, Waukesha, WI



MCGS Genealogy Booth - 34rd Annual Indian Summer at Summerfest Grounds
Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 34rd Annual Indian Summer at Summerfest Grounds  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI



MCGS Genealogy Booth - 29th Annual Scandinavian Fest
Saturday, October 5
MCGS Genealogy Booth - 29th Annual Scandinavian Fest  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
Ronald Reagan, Elementary School, 4225 South Calhoun Road, New Berlin, WI



Italian Area Research Group
Saturday, November 2
Italian Area Research Group  (Area Research Groups)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 531 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI


MPL Genealogy Booth - 76th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International
Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24
MPL Genealogy Booth - 76th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International  (MCGS Booths at Festivals)
State Fair Park Exposition Center, 8200 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI
Milwaukee Public Library Genealogy Booth. For more information: