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Save the Date

19th MCGS Biennial Workshop is scheduled for April 18, 2015

More information will be published in the next issue of The Reporter, but here's a sneak peek at some of the Speakers and Sessions you'll enjoy:
*Wisconsin State Historical Society on Family
*Chicago regional office of the National Archives
*German genealogy

In the first hour the topics covered include:
*Population and Immigration Records
*Military Records
*Records Relating to Native American, African Americans, Merchant Seamen and Government Employees
*Land Claims, Passport Records, Court Records and other useful records.

In the second hour we'll cover court records. The vast majority of Archive Record holdings pertains to Federal Court Records and the presentation covers:
*What court records are held at the Archives?
*What types of cases can be found?
*What kind of information can be found in each type of court case?
*How to locate the court records you need.

To volunteer contact Ken Skare.

Upcoming Programs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meeting Room 1

Dawn McCarthy from the Milwaukee Soldiers' Home.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Meeting Room 1

Bobby Tanzilo, local author, whose books include: Hidden History of Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Police Station Bomb of 1917, Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses and three books in Italian that are related to emigration/immigration.

"Beginner" Genealogy Classes
Not Just For Beginners!

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, and take a fresh look at your old habits by signing up for the MCGS Genealogy Classes.

With sessions held one Saturday each month from September through June, on the day after our General Membership meetings, 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, and such communal “learning by sharing” is the warm heart of genealogy.

More details? Beginner Genealogical Classes


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Meeting & Class Locations

MCGS Membership Meetings and Classes are held in Meeting Room 1 near the main entrance of the Milwaukee Public Library   814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. See Calendar for dates. This room is located right next to the elevator (from the lower floor which is handicap accessable right off of 8th Street). First time visitors are welcome to the meetings. Membership information is available at all the meetings.

MCGS Board Meetings are currently held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Milwaukee Public Library. See Calendar for scheduled dates.

Beginner Genealogy Classes

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 starts every September. This link will take you to a page with more specific information on dates and times with links to printable forms.

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Map your route and know your options to make your meeting or research visit a pleasure! Links to up-to-date information and printable maps on downtown parking and current traffic conditions.

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General Information

We try to keep our members' contact information up-to-date, including current e-mail addresses. If you have changed addresses, are unsure if we have yours, or would prefer announcements be sent to a different email address, please forward this information to our Email Database. We use your email address in two ways. First, it allows our Reporter and Membership staff with a means to contact you individually. Second, it provides us with the means to contact our general membership to announce programs, call for volunteers and update you with last minute schedule changes. By using your e-mail contact as a resource, we can keep members up dated quickly while keeping mailing costs down. Reminder postcards are expensive. We welcome your use of email to us to advise us of changes in your current address, phone number and other membership information. The cost for newsletters returned and then resent to new addresses is enormous. Your email addresses are only used in these two ways.

Members only may attend the Area Research Groups and Society scheduled research trips. Pre-registration is required for the Beginner's Classes. Non-members are allowed one free query (which must follow Society guidelines) which will be published in online and in "The Reporter" at the discretion of the editors.

The Society does research for a fee for individuals (refer to Research Requests for details regarding specific information and international requester details). A list of persons for hire will be mailed upon request. When writing for information, include a self addressed stamped envelope and an email address, if you have one.

Mission Statement

The objectives of the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society, Inc. are to collect, exchange and preserve genealogical materials; to inform the general public about genealogy; and to purchase books of genealogical value to be donated to public libraries in the Milwaukee area. Any person who is interested in genealogy may become a member upon payment of dues for the current year. Membership and its benefits shall not be denied because of race, religion, creed, sex or national origin.


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