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For those not attending the Beginner Genealogy class, on September 27, 2014, the Burlington, Walworth County and Kenosha County Genealogical Societies will be holding their annual Tri-county Genealogical Regional Family History Fair.

Burlington High School Gym
400 McCanna Parkway-Burlington, WI 53105
Time: 9AM-3PM

Keynote speakers this year will be:
Rochelle Pennington An award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books. She will speak about her books and hints for writing your own stories.
Russell Horton Reference & Outreach Archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison. He helps researchers ranging from genealogists to professional historians learn about the stories and sacrifices of Wisconsin veterans.

  • There will be two breakout sessions, with a choice of two programs at each. The speakers will be announced:
    • Writing Skills
      Basic research for Genealogy.
      DAR Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution organization.
      Family History Center with what's available at the LDS Churches and how to use the Family Search program.

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

    Speakers will present: by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The Chicago office of the Nat'l Archives will have 2 hours of resource information. Plus an emphasis on German genealogy will be the main subject for this event.

    To volunteer contact Ken Skare.

    Upcoming Programs

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Rare Book Room

    The New MPL Website - Take a Tour. Humanities Librarian, Jennifer Heidel will be showing us how to navigate the recently updated Milwaukee Public Library website. The new site is significantly different from the previous version and this presentation will cover the new features as well as the genealogy resources found on the site.


    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Meeting Room 1

    Gravestone Symbolism Just in time for Halloween, Betty Storey, will give a presentation on the symbolism found in cemeteries.

    "Beginner" Genealogy Classes
    Not Just For Beginners!

    September is just around the corner and as sure as Autumn means Fall color it also heralds the start of school. But don’t let your kids and grandkids have all the fun — 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.

    First class is Saturday, September 26th, 2014

    This first class will be held in the Rare Books room and starts at 9:30am. Registration can been done that morning, however in advance would be appreciated.

    More details? Beginner Genealogical Classes

    MCGS Beginners' Class Registration: Ms. Norma Bruss     (414) 461-3660


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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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    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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