Free Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

9600 W. Grange Avenue
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53228
(414) 425-4182

Presented by the

Milwaukee Family History Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
and the
Milwaukee Personal Ancestral File Users Group

Online Registration deadline October 13, 2016

Optional: print and mail this registration form to Jane Orne, 3975 S. 124th Street, Greenfield, WI 53228.
Mail in registration deadline October 10, 2016.

(Please print legibly)

Syllabus of all presentations (Optional) $ 5.00 each paid at time of pick up. Orders must be received by October 10th.

First name: Last name:
Telephone Number: Email Address:
LDS Member: Stake and Ward:
MPAFUG Member: (Milwaukee PAF Users Group)
First time attending our workshop:
Syllabus: Number Ordered:

Select one presentation per hour:

   Check-in and Pick up Syllabus

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Orientation - Announcements and Room Assignments

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon
by Bruce Butterfield

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
by Bob Tatalovich
by Sam Colon

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Bring a bag lunch or eat at an area restaurant.
The Family History Center will be open all day during the workshop.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
by Jane Orne
by Bob Tatalovich

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
by Bob Heck

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
by Bob Heck

For additional information telephone the Milwaukee Family History Center (414) 425-4182.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 pm to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Note: Chairs are not padded, bring a cushion for your comfort

Presentation Descriptions


Genealogy Research on the Internet by Bob Heck
During this presentation we will explore the enormous amount of information that is available for genealogical research. We will mostly consider free web sites but will also look at some of the highly respected commercial sites as well. We will look at search techniques that will make your searches much more productive. We will look at topics ranging from newspapers, books, images, maps, census, vital records, passenger lists and much more. We guarantee that you will add new tools to your genealogy toolbox.

Beginning Genealogy - Part 1: Taking the First Steps by Sam Colon
This first program in the series of presentations is designed for the beginner genealogist. The first hour will focus on how to get started, and what tools to use. We will look at family group sheets and pedigree charts, how they help organize data and prepare you as you get ready to continue your research.

Genealogy and Military Record Research by Bruce Butterfield
This talk will place emphasis on three of the best sites that, happily, may be contacted through the local Family History Center in Hales Corners:, and Revolutionary War, 1812 War and Civil War pension applications are potential sources for family relationship information. WWI and WWII draft registration cards will indicate place of birth, birth date, residence, "next of kin", and occupation for each person, and include an autograph of each. Several other types of records will also be examined.


Passenger List Research by Bob Tatalovich
We all have immigrant ancestors, who traveled to this country. Finding the record of their arrival can provide hints on their name at birth, where they were born, and more. Starting with Ellis Island (1892-1924), we'll examine how to search and what you can find.

Genealogy Research - Part 2: Finding Your Family in Census Records by Sam Colon
This second session in the series of presentations will focus on basic research strategies. We will be discussing the how and why of researching your family, and how the census can become a valuable tool to find those missing ancestors.


Internet Cemetery and Funeral Home Research by Bob Heck
During this presentation we will introduce you to some of the best resources for cemetery research plus show you one of the most overlooked resources: Funeral Homes. We will look at sites that contain images of tombstones and show you how family members may be linked even if buried in a different cemetery. We will show how you can add information to your ancestor's records. Finally we will investigate the type of information that a Funeral Home may have on record and often is willing to share with you.

Genealogy Research - Part 3: Putting the Puzzle Together by Sam Colon
This last session in the series of presentations will focus on organization and documentation.


Introduction to the Family Family Tree by Jane Orne
FamilySearch is a free genealogy website which has been gathering, preserving, and sharing family records for over 100 years. This presentation will explore what the FamilySearch Family Tree has to offer. The Family Tree allows users to save, share and collaborate with others on a single free, shared, worldwide family tree as they search for their ancestors. There are now 1.1 billion persons in the FamilySearch Family Tree with more than 2.47 million contributors. The new user-to-user messaging feature in Family Tree simplifies collaboration with others doing research on the same specific ancestors. The tree will check for missing information, suggest records to search with links to the records and the ability to attach records to the people and families they pertain to.

Church Records - their role in genealogy by Bob Tatalovich
Church Records--today we are comfortable with public birth, marriage, and death records, yet those can be relatively recent in American history. Religious records often provide similar information, and they can take you back much further. We'll start with Milwaukee records, locating the denomination, the parish, and the records (what they show, how to read them, etc).


Google for the Genealogist by Bob Heck
Nearly everyone with access to a computer has used Google at one time or another. This presentation will show you the enormous amount of information that is available on Google and how to access it. If you found a web site written in a foreign language, why not let Google translate it for you? Let me take you for a ride down the streets of a tiny Village in the Czech Republic. Find images and videos hidden in cyber space. Find an ancestor in a book or on a web site. By the end of this presentation you will be shaking your head in bewilderment and you will be tempted to get your hands on a computer to try what you learned.


FamilySearch: Digital Records Collection by Bob Heck
During this presentation we will look into the digital records collection that you can access right from your own home for free. While you may have visited the Family Search web site in the past, during this presentation you will learn the techniques for finding the really great records. You will learn where and how to look for images and documents that are not obvious to the casual researcher. You will learn which databases have transcribed records and which have original records. You will learn some of the search secrets of records that can be browsed. The Family Search web site grows nearly every day and you need to add this powerful site to your genealogy toolbox.

This is not an official site of THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS or any of its stakes, wards, or missions.