by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
July 31, 2016
Trip to WHS Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison Wisconsin
Twelve members of Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library went on the field trip July 22, 2016 to WHS Wisconsin Historical Society. All were successful in finding new connections – to each other and to the great archives from nationwide.
Even though the genealogy database companies and societies are doing frequent updates, the experts estimate only 15 – 20% of the historic archives and vital records are online. That means that field trips like this (and to the local historical/genealogical societies, county courthouses, and libraries) are essential to getting the whole story of our ancestors from the physical books, maps, and records that have not been digitized. It cost $5,000 to digitize the 29 books on the Beloit Public Library homepage “Beloitlibrary.org” > ‘Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History” > “Beloit Local History Digitization“. And a lot of hard work on my part to get the LSTA grant to pay for it.
Not all of us got to lunch at the same time, but here are the ones that went to the University of Madison Lake Menona Terrace when I went. As you can see, we start them young on the family history search thing. (Duplicate photos, cause we didn’t ask anyone else to photo all of us at once, and I liked both photos.)
And it was really hot – ice cream cooled us 🙂 Then I went back to my Morgan County, Ohio history book to “talk” with my 4th (?) grand grandfather Mr. Campbell. Very neat stories to come, and lots cheaper than traveling to Ohio (this time.)