Free Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, October 21, 2017
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 17, 2017

Optional: print and mail this registration form to Jane Orne, 7044 Breezy Point Rd., Waterford WI 53185.
Mail in registration deadline October 14, 2017.

(Please print legibly)

Syllabus of all presentations (Optional) $ 5.00 each paid at time of pick up. Orders must be received by October 1st.

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 - 10:00 am
by Bob Tatalovich
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon

10:15 - 11:15 am
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon
by Earl Capps

11:30 - 12:30 pm
by Bob Tatalovich
by Sam Colon
by Jane Orne

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch or eat at an area restaurant.
The Family History Center will be open all day during the workshop.

1:30 - 2:30 pm
by Bob Heck
by Pat Mundstock

2:45 - 3:45 pm
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

9:00 - 10:00 am

Polish Research by Bob Tatalovich
Many Milwaukeeans have Polish ancestors. How can we find when they came to this country? Did they emigrate from a large city, or a much smaller town? And once we know their town of origin, what records are available to us here and now?

Photo Magic by Bob Heck
During this presentation we will show what you can do using a simple scanner, a computer, and some simple software programs, to fix, restore and repair photographs and documents. Photos that are damaged, age deteriorated, badly faded, torn or with missing sections and considered useless to some can be salvaged revealing some hidden secrets. You will learn what scanners are recommended, which software is suggested and see actual live demonstrations of Photo Magic. This program is one of the most popular programs presented at MPAFUG meetings.

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.

10:15 - 11:15 am

Family Search's 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 day of microfilms will soon be gone and they are being replaced with digitized records. The Family Search web site grows nearly every day and you need to add this powerful site to your genealogy toolbox.

Beginning Genealogy - Part 2: Fishing For The Pieces Of The Puzzle by Sam Colon
This second session in the series of presentations will focus on basic research strategies. We will be discussing how the census can become a valuable tool to find those missing ancestors. You will learn about researching vital records, obituaries and probate records to verify your information.

Military Records by Earl Capps
This presentation will cover what kinds of military records are available, where to find them and what they contain.

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Passenger Lists by Bob Tatalovich
Nearly all of us have ancestors who came here from elsewhere, most often Europe. They came on ships. How can we find the person, the port of arrival, and the ship on which they traveled? Did they use the name by which we knew them, or was it quite different because of their native language, and what might these records tell us about where they came from.

Beginning Genealogy - Part 3: Assembling and Organizing The Puzzle by Sam Colon
This last session in the series of presentations will focus on what Genealogy software is available and proper documentation. We will also discuss researching local and state resources as well as searching the Internet.

Using FamilySearch's Family Tree for Research and Collaboration by Jane Orne
FamilySearch's Family Tree is a free genealogy database that everyone contributes to. This presentation will include adding to the tree and how to use the data to automatically find additional information. You will learn how to attach sources to verify data and as well as add new data from a source. We will also cover how to collaborate with other contributors, and automatically receive a notice when new information has been added to one of your ancestors.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

German Research by Bob Heck
This program is designed for researchers interested in working on German Research in Genealogy. We will begin by discussing where to start and walk you through some great resources that will help you find that ancestral village. We will discuss finding where your family came from using familiar resources and some that you probably never even considered. We will also look at Internet Resources where you can find original and transcribed documents. We will look at Meyers Orts to find where the church and civil records are kept for your village. You will learn how to use and understand those cryptic notes and abbreviations in Meyers Orts. We will discuss finding which house your ancestor was born in and learn all about the records that will lead you there. We will learn about what you might find in documents that may be on-line. While the main topic is Germany, much of what you will learn applies to other eastern European countries that were part of the Austrian-Hungary Empire, and Eastern Prussia.

Google Tools - Beyond The Basic Search Box by Pat Mundstock
Explore different tools offered by Google that are very useful to the genealogist. We'll explore how images, videos, maps, books and news tools can be used to add depth to your research.

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Newspaper Research by Bob Heck
During this presentation we will show you how to conduct Newspaper Research on the Internet using some simple techniques and web sites. Many people think that their ancestors never made it into the newspapers and are perfectly content in finding just a birth date, a marriage date, and a death date. What they are missing is what occurred during and between those dates. We will show you that the life story of those ancestors can be pieced together using a little clip here and a little clip there. Simple clues found in a few sentences buried in the social section can lead to the discovery of entire branches of a family that seemed to disappear from the face of the earth. Newspaper research is often overlooked as a resource because many are unaware that newspapers have been around for hundreds of years. Come and learn what you may have been missing.

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