Free Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 2018
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 10, 2018 October 20, 2018

Optional: print and mail this registration form to Jane Orne, 7044 Breezy Point Rd., Waterford WI 53185.
Mail in registration deadline October 10, 2018.

(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:
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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 Cathy Dailey
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon

10:15 - 11:15 am
by Cheryl Heck
by Bob Tatalovich
by Sam Colon

11:30 - 12:30 pm
by Cathy Dailey
by Bob Heck
by Sam Colon

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 Cathy Dailey
by Bob Tatalovich

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

Census Records and City Directories - Looking Beyond the Address by Cathy Dailey
Census records and city directories provide a unique "snapshot" of your ancestors within a specific date, time and place. By venturing beyond the address, you can add texture to the individuals comprising your ancestors' community "cluster".

Finding Your German Ancestors 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, Poland, and Eastern Prussia.

I. Beginning Genealogy by Sam Colon
What is Genealogy all about? How do I get started? What do I need to find my ancestors? Get answers to these questions and more in this introductory class.

10:15 - 11:15 am

Social Media and Genealogy Research by Cheryl Heck
During this presentation you will learn about using social media on the Internet to connect and communicate with your family and friends. You will learn how to share information about your family research using Facebook Groups and other systems. Social media has opened new and exciting ways of researching nearly any subject pertaining to family history and location research. Examples of materials that are available will astonish you. You need to add this powerful tool to your genealogy toolbox.

Finding Your Polish Ancestors by Bob Tatalovich
Many Milwaukee-ans are descendants of Poles who came to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll consider what information you might have, and look for records you can check to find their place of origin, whether a present-day country like Poland, or a now-defunct one like Prussia, a Polish town or one with a German name. With that place name, we'll explore that place and the records that are available. We'll check some present-day indexing efforts, and look at the sources to which they point, especially Catholic church records.

II. Genealogy Research Strategies by Sam Colon
Learn the 5 steps to successful research of your family history. What records are available and how to put together a research plan.

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Using Newspapers and Alternative Resources to fill in the Blanks by Cathy Dailey
Missing vital records should not stop your search - it just means that you'll be taking a slight detour. By using alternative research methods, including local newspapers, you'll discover another option for filling in the blanks of your family's stories.

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.

III. Organizing your data and Sources by Sam Colon
Now that you have a start to your family history what do you do with the data you accumulate. How do you keep it all organized and documented.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

The Hidden Gems in Property Records by Cathy Dailey
Property records may contain more than land description and ownership. Unlike a street address that may change, a property's legal description remains consistent. These records may identify additional family members/heirs, as well as migration patterns and timelines.

What the Feds Have on our Ancestors by Bob Tatalovich
All of us have ancestors who lived in the 20th century, people whom the government tracked. From enumerating them every ten years in the census, to requiring them to have Social Security numbers, to filling out draft cards, and more. What kind of a profile can you create for your ancestor from readily available sources? What if they were in the military? Or if they immigrated, and filed to become citizens? Additional records are constantly coming online, and we'll try to get a handle on that.

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Google: A Powerful Tool for the Genealogist by Bob Heck
This program will concentrate on and how it has become an important part of the Genealogist's toolbox. While over 1.2 billion people use Google for their primary search system, a surprising number of genealogists and family history researchers have no idea of its capability. We will dig into some of the most powerful aspects of Google and by the end of the hour you will have acquired a new tool for your research. You will learn how to use 28 country codes to strengthen your searches in other countries and how to translate them to English. How would you like to "drive" down the street where your ancestors lived? We will show you how during this presentation. Sit back, relax, and buckle your seat belt and prepare to take a ride of a lifetime.

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