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Searching In The Vital Records Maze


Searching In The Vital Records Maze


by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

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I took the opportunity to go to the Rock County WI Courthouse in Janesville with friend, Debra Ramsey.  Debra has done a lot of research in different vital records offices in several counties/states.  I have not done much other than on-line. Time to get with it!  Only 20 % of the genealogical information that we want is on-line.  80% is in courthouses, churches, libraries, funeral-homes/cemeteries, and people’s homes.

Searching physically on-site takes a whole different approach.  I appreciate learning from Debra’s in-sight and experience.  I arrived first so that I could get an understanding of the facility expectations and assistance.  Each facility has their own rules.

I had to show my ID and fill out a form of personal identity information that is required each yearly visit.  Then I filled out a day visit form including the date and time, and the surname(s) and year (approximate) that I would be searching that day, .  They issued me a locker and key for my purse and cellphone.  I had to turn off my cellphone first as the ring is amplified in the locker.

I had to look on my cellphone first for the search information that I would need.  It was hard to be not be able to have the search information with me from my Family Tree App,, the email client requested names/dates,, and my Legacy Family Tree TelGen Families app, etc.

Pens, cellphones, scanners, cameras, and photocopying are not allowed.  They do supply sharp pencils with no erasers, and (full-size) scrap paper!  I was able to take my notebook in with me.  It was hard to get used to bringing in only printed out family name/date information.  I quickly realized that pre-printed blank forms for birth/marriage/death would have been easier to fill in rather than transcribing every word from the vital record to my notepaper.  I will be more prepared next time.

There are large index books for birth, marriage, and death records, and grouped by type and by year ranges. The staff member helpfully guided me on how to use their records organization. Debra showed me more details, and how to use the Excel spreadsheet indexes on the computer (which she noticed are sometimes incorrectly transcribed from the hand-written book indexes.)  Key word searches are not easy on the spreadsheet, and the format is clunky to use.  Most of the hand-written book indexes are clearly written and readable except for some letter flourishes.

Marriage records, within a book index,  are listed in parallel columns by surnames for several pages of each first letter.  All of the “C” s for example are listed roughly by year and not exact alphabetical, but as they entered the names.  It is necessary to skim through all of the names.  The same page has a column on the left for Groom’s names – last, first, middle; and on the right for bride’s names – maiden, first, middle.  The names do not necessarily line up with each other as couples.  One has to look at the columns to the right of each name for the month/day/year of the marriage, and then to the next column for the vital record number.

We found one case where the groom’s name was listed three times in a row, within a 3-year span, next to three bride’s names.  Two of the names were apparently the same bride with a different (married) surname.  She must have married the first man again after having been married to a second man.   The usual index arrangement is to have the bride’s name within a list (on a different section) alphabetically by her surname(s).  We may have seen this example in the computer Excel spreadsheet index.

The record number refers to the actual vital records kept in books on space-saving (slightly claustrophobic) bookcases that may need rolled apart.  The order of the books is by type – birth, marriage, death; record # range; and year range.  The actual order was mixed up and didn’t make total sense to this librarian.  Yet we found what we were looking for.  Later amended or years-after-the-fact vital records may be kept in more current books.  (I.E. – people without a birth certificate who wanted later to file for social security.)

We noticed that older records forms have more information required on them than the newer ones.  Older marriage records have date and address of marriage; ages and full names of bride and groom (including birth family maiden name of the bride); township/city where they each live; when the license was issued by which county agency; names of two witnesses that were present at the marriage; marital status, number of marriages, relationship, occupation, nationality, and race of groom and bride;  and birthplace and (maiden) name of mother and father for bride and for groom.  More recent records do not have all that, but what a gold mine to have even most of that information!

One has to rely on a staff member to access Winnebago County vital records in Rockford, Illinois.  (Though I think that they told me by phone that it is possible to search yourself?) It takes a long time for the person to scan and print out portions of microfiche for a record.  They may not have indexes, and may not realize the importance of source information to be attached to that printout.

Well worth the trip to anyplace for vital records, if not available on-line.  Some government entities do have vital records that you can look at on-line.  It will cost you to get an official print copy – $20 in Rock County.

Some facilities require you to make an appointment first.  Most have specific hours or days open, some restrict when genealogists can do research.  Each state may have several different facility locations for where they keep vital records, dependent on how old they are.  When records were legally required, and then actually kept, varies.   Some states may duplicate or rely on County level records. The on-line databases are digitizing more vital records, but it seems disjointed, hit or miss. ( Refer to the chart linked below.)

Local, county, state, federal government offices/agencies can be closed at irregular times with planned furlough days to balance budgets, or in-service days for staff training.  The holidays closures are not uniform across agencies, even within a county.  There may be partial or whole closure days adjoining a regular holiday closure. The hours open may change with what day of the week it is, or closures for staff lunch break, etc.  There may be seasonal variations.

Also keep up with possible un-planned closures due to frozen budget/government shut-downs.  There will be vacations and medical leave absences if you need a particular staff person or specialized service.  You may need to look on-line at the agency homepage, or phone/email ahead.

Rock County Courthouse, 608-757-5650, 51 South Main Street Janesville, WI  53545

 8 – 5 weekdays. Staff assistance is available from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
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Genealogists are often the lowest in order for the busy staff to help.  The day that I was there, the courthouse was very busy with requests from the public for getting current vital records registered, and active current needs.  One request was for a vital record that a sister wanted of a brother – even though she had a different last name, she was able to get the record with proof of her relationship.  (More information on state’s rules is on the chart linked below.)

Too bad most of my family’s records will not be in close-by facilities.  We can appreciate what genealogists only had before computers and Internet – traveling to the agencies/ facilities, and requests for information by mail with payment by check.  I have been actively doing genealogy research for 7 years, and have been able to get by on online computer only so far.  Now I will be more prepared for on-site research.

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(Vicki’s note – click on the title for a link to the full related article from ):

Wildly varying access rules and availability make a tangled maze of your ancestors’ state-level vital records. Let us guide you through….
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Also see the handout that I got at the Courthouse on the

Wisconsin law for searching death records:

WI Vital Records Law

German Interest Group GIG Workshop Saturday July 20, 2019 Janesville WI

German Interest Group GIG Workshop                    Saturday July 20, 2019                                       Janesville WI

Vicki’s Note – Sorry for the late notice.  Here is another conference/workshop close by, inexpensive, and good speakers!

Click on this link to download a copy of the Workshop flyer and Registration form – 

Green County Genealogical Society (GCGS) Workshop Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Monroe WI


Green County Genealogical Society (GCGS) Workshop Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Monroe WI


Vicki’s Note – Another Conference/workshop close by, inexpensive, and good speakers. Click on the registration form here –  GCGS Workshop Brochure 2019 (1) :

Green County Genealogical Society workshop to be held on Saturday, September 7.

Morning sessions feature Lori Bessler, Wisconsin Historical Society Reference Librarian, presenting “Organizing & Analyzing Your Research” and “Meet Mrs. George H. James: Writing a Biographical Sketch.”

Afternoon sessions include discussions on “Publishing Ideas and Costs” (Sharon Mitchell) and “Using Social Media, Blogs, Etc” (Ginny Gerber).

Lunch is guaranteed for those who register by the early bird deadline of August 23. The workshop registration fee is $25 before August 23 and $30 after.

Details on the sessions, lunch, directions, and online registration with credit card payment are on the GCGS website


Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC

Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC

June 7, 2019

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

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I retired as a Reference Librarian in March, and wanted to continue my work helping people with genealogy and stateline Wisconsin/Illinois local history.  It is important to me that I am able to continue the Stateline Genealogy Club, meeting at the Beloit Public Library that I founded in 2012.

Below is information about the  new genealogy business I formed.  It is from my new Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC brochure that I just created.  ( The actual brochure is not fuzzy like the first snipped/pasted/enlarged version on the BLOG.  I added the brochure in a second clearer, but smaller font as well.)  I can email the brochure to you.

Beloit Public Library has contracted with me to continue organizing, leading, and presenting the monthly (newly named) “Beloit Public Library Genealogy Classes” there.

I will see you at the Library for the June 14 program –

“Crossing the Border, French Canadian Ancestors”, by speaker George Findlen. The steps, resources & aids that one needs to successfully identify the parents of an immigrant who settled in the U.S. from Quebec,

and every second Friday of the month!  The patent/brand “Stateline Genealogy Club”  and logo now belong to me.

I continue to do presentations at various stateline Libraries, and Historical/Genealogical Societies, etc. –  (see tab above “Presentations by Vicki” for the calendar).  I will let you know of other libraries in the area that contract with me for more regular programs.

My work searching an individual’s family genealogy will be limited, as I will concentrate on consultation with teaching/helping people who are researching their own history, doing local presentations, contracting with Libraries, and writing this BLOG.  (As you know, it takes a lot of time to “do” genealogy.)

Most questions about specific Beloit, Wisconsin family/local history questions should be answered by phoning the Beloit Public Library directly at (608) 364-2905.   I have done some basic genealogy training with the staff, and will be doing more training.

Only contact me if more detailed or extensive research is needed.  I will be at the Beloit Public Library after the monthly programs for 1 hour, if someone wants to briefly get help from me in person without paying me a fee.

It is not as easy now that I am not working at the Library 40 hours a week as the “Resident Librarian Genealogist”.  My Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC company will be part-time as I want time to do the many hobbies I enjoy, including researching my own family history!










Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Picture Research – African American, Beloit, Wisconsin

Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Picture Research-

African American, Beloit, Wisconsin

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

15 May 2019

I was very happy and honored to be given the photograph below (as the Beloit Public Library genealogist and historian), so that it could be preserved and more people could see it.  After researching the photograph, I donated both the photo and the research to the BHS Beloit Historical Society, Beloit Wisconsin to fulfill their request for more Beloit African American photographs and artifacts.
“…your gift (photo) to the BHS…wow! what a piece of history for us to have! Thank you!”
That photograph has the best chance of being preserved and properly displayed at BHS, (especially after it’s rough physical history – story below) .
Prince Hall Photo panoramic stitch1925 Prince Hall Masonic Lodge African American Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin
I had to scan the 36 x 8 photograph (and back) in 2 sections on the Library photocopier (free for the public).  The panoramic picture above is after I “stitched” the 2 overlapping photographs/scans into one on my computer.  I used the free Microsoft App Image Composite Editor  (more information and download here)
There is an initiative to gather and to archive more materials from Beloit families related to the Black Great Migration to Beloit 1910-1970, and the history of the black community in BeloitBeloit College students under Professor Beatrice McKenzie and the Beloit Historical Society are collaborating to find items that can be digitally photographed and returned.
There was a History Harvest Community Collection event on March 22, 2019 at New Zion Baptist Church Beloit, Wisconsin.  Attendees shared letters, photos, objects, and/or stories of their own or their family member’s migration from the South to work in Beloit’s factoriesStudents digitally captured the artifacts that community members brought to the harvest and are making a digital exhibit that will be housed on the Beloit College and Beloit Historical Society websites.
The 1925 Prince Hall Masonic Lodge African American Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin photo (copy) and research will also be filed in the Beloit Public Library Local History Collection Pamphlet File under – GEN – Organizations and Clubs (The Prince Hall Masonic W.B. Kennedy Lodge No. 106 (later #3)
Here is the story of that photograph, which was ironically found in a Beloit African American church!:

Beloit African American Organization Convention Photograph

May 9, 2018

“This photograph comes from the estate of Richard J Walsh, delivered by his trustee and sister Bridget Walsh (to Beloit Public Library.)

Richard found the photo in the rubble of a church being torn down, the old Emmanuel Baptist Church, at Athletic and E. Grand in Beloit.  The photo had slid down a wall.

James Caldwell copied this photo when his family visited our farm (Walsh Family Farm, was Walsh Brothers Farm).  His wife Cheryl Johnson was related to the Ben Gordon family, who lived and worked on our farm for decades.  The Gordon’s had moved here from Alabama.”  Bridget Walsh

Further notes:

– Ben Gordon’s son Jerry Gordon, California, has done his family’s genealogy, per Bridget Walsh.  The Walsh children played with the Gordon children on the farm.

Bridget Walsh identified Ben in the photographs from the Beloit Oral History Project by Louis Koch – African American Up North – Fairbanks Flats (1976).  (Note – the photograph numbers on the on-line Index don’t seem to match the numbers on the photographs now.) Photographs are available world-wide on-line on the Beloit Public Library homepage , and in two Blue notebooks in the Library Local History Collection:

Shelf Location
Shelf Number
Beloit Public Library Genealogy GEN 977.588 K811 V.1
Beloit Public Library Genealogy GEN 977.588 K881 V.2

Bridget Walsh told me the story of  Ben Gordon’s first wife Etta May.  Etta May died from a chicken scratch infection that the doctor mis-treated. .  They lived (in a house provided by) and worked on Walsh Brothers Farm.  Ben moved to Fairbanks Flats and worked for Fairbanks Morse after Etta May died.  He remarried later.


The 134 photo caption says, “Ben Gordon holding photograph of himself & his first wife from Ross Hill 1921” (near Houston, Mississippi)

– On the back of the panoramic 1925 Prince Hall Masonic Lodge African American Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin photo is written in pencil – an O symbol with 2 lines through it, the number “380”and “Mr. Creighton”. (Hint – look at the back of historic photographs for clues to their origin or identification.)

Prince Hall Photo back rotated

-The Prince Hall Masonic W.B. Kennedy Lodge No. 106 (later #3) Beloit Wisconsin was chartered by the Grand Lodge in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 1, 1925.  Maybe the 1925 Prince Hall Masonic Lodge African American Convention photograph documents the men that attended that charter ceremony.  Bridget mentioned that she had been told that there were men from several states at this convention.

– Beloit Oral History Project by Louis Koch – African American Up North – Fairbanks Flats (1976) photographs show a similar (later?) Beloit African American Organization photograph with fancier aprons and vestments in photograph 110.

110lThe caption is “Odd Fellows Lodge, including Revered Ogiss Dillon; ca 1940. (AB) This looks like Prince Hall Masonic Organization (see the aprons & white gloves), rather than Odd Fellows, added by K. Simmons 08-01-2006”

I looked at both the 1925 and the 1940 photos to see if I could see any men that were the same, but could not see any resemblances.  The clothing for each year does match the fashion for that year.  (Hint – look at people’s eyes, ears, noses, foreheads, other facial features, and stances to see the same person of a different age.)

How about this for a little known fact? – “In March, 1775, Prince Hall and fourteen other free Negroes of Boston Massachusetts were made Master Masons in an Army Lodge attached to one of General Gage’s regiments, then stationed near Boston.”  (This was the beginning of of the Masonic organization that led to the Beloit Chapter.)”   and “

-James Caldwell may have used the panoramic Organization Convention photograph in their DVD.  “Through their eyes: the history of African Americans in Beloit, WI from 1836 – 1970”, [videorecording (DVD)] Author Caldwell, Jim. Caldwell, Cheryl. Harris, Paulette Ivy. Lamont, Tony.  Publisher Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation, Publication Date 2011; Shelf Location – Beloit Public Library     Non-fiction DVD 977.588 THROUGH


Follow-up on Using Evernote vs OneNote

Follow-up on Using Evernote vs OneNote

20 March 2019

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

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Vicki’s note – At the March 8, 2019 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program., we talked about using various gadgets, and apps, to assist you in genealogy organization/searching.  The Legacy Family Tree webinar by Thomas MacEntee included using Evernote, which is equivalent to OneNote.  I am looking into using Evernote vs OneNote for myself.

The following articles are helpful, but I still have not decided which one to use. And there are other note-taking apps available.

It may help to read about the few different features, and the comments in the articles below:


1) Evernote vs OneNote: Note-Taking to the Extreme

By Joseph Gildred
— Last Updated: 27 May’18

Both apps are evaluated and compared point by point in the first article.  Andddd – both are good!  They are declared to be the best two of any note-taking apps.

“Microsoft OneNote has 8.2 points for overall quality and 97% rating for user satisfaction; while Evernote has 8.0 points for overall quality and 98% for user satisfaction…. Facebook Microsoft OneNote has 122668 likes on their official profile while Evernote profile is liked by 424835 people.”


2) Compare Microsoft OneNote vs Evernote

by Finances On-line, Reviews for Business, Jan 22, 2019

Wrike is another app which is evaluated and contrasted to Evernote and OneNote in this second article.  The article compares the features of each of the three apps side by side.

3) OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps

I still have not decided whether to use Evernote or OneNote.  There are free versions (and paid versions) of each, but it would be easier to invest the time into learning and using just one.  However, this third article is by someone who uses both, and has for years.  Why not?  He says:

“Although Evernote and OneNote are both note-taking tools, they have very different emphases and can be used for quite different purposes.

If you’re primarily looking for a tool that lets you easily capture, organize and find content from the web, you’ll want Evernote, because its tools for doing that are exemplary. If you instead want to create notes from scratch and have them in well-organized notebooks, OneNote is the way to go.

Then again, you may be like me. I’ve been using both of them for years. OneNote is my go-to tool for organizing and taking notes for projects such as books and articles. I use Evernote for research.”


MCIGS McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society 2019 Summer Conference

MCIGS McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society 2019 Summer Conference

10 March 2019

Vicki’s note – my favorite stateline conference to attend. Great world-class speakers, nearby, inexpensive.  Speakers – Lisa Louise Cooke, Jay Fonkert, CG,

Michael Lacopo, DVM, and Diahan Southard.

I have gone the last few years and will be there this year:


MCIGS 2019 Summer Conference

Saturday, July 13, 2019
​8:00 am-3:30 pm
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Download a brochure


Early registration: (February 15, 2019 – June 15, 2019)

  • Members $50.00
  • Non-members $50.00*

​       * Due to an error in our marketing materials, all early registrants will receive the price of $50.00.

Late Registration: (Postmarked after June 16, 2019)

  • Everyone: $75.00

(Lunch not guaranteed for registrations received after 6/30/19)

$20 Fee will be charged for cancellations prior to 6/16/2019.
No Refunds after 6/16/2019.

We encourage you to register online for the event.  Alternatively, you may download a registration form and send in your payment.

Feb. 8, 2019 Program on Maps


Feb. 8, 2019 Program on Maps


Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Here is the handout for the Stateline Genealogy Club February 8, 2019  program on maps.  Unfortunately, I will not be there due to not coordinating well from one year to the next.  I did not have my 2019 calendar when I planned a vacation to Arizona based on the schedules of my children and their families.  Guess what? February 8 is the second Friday of the month! Duh. Sorry about that.

The program will go on with some Beloit Library staff member starting the webinars.  I just wanted members to have an electronic copy of the links, so that you can access them more easily if needed.

BYU Brigham Young University is a great new resource that I found for learning how to do genealogy.

Have fun learning, and see you next time on March 8.  I endured the bitter double digits cold last week in Wisconsin, but I am avoiding the ice storms and cold again this week in sunny balmy 40 – 60 degrees Arizona.  Drive safely and stay warm.


February 8, 2019 Program “Using Maps in Genealogy” Handout

Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library

Play these videos:

Maps – BYU Family History Library (YouTube):

  • Locating Your Ancestors Exactly From Maps and Gazetteers – James Tanner = 56 minutes

  • Land Ownership Maps – Nicky Smith (11 minutes; only play minutes 2 – 11) = 9 minutes.

  • S. Land Records – John Hendrix = 49 minutes

  • Sanborn Maps – Bonnie Barker= 6.30 minutes (turn down the volume to minimize hum)


Other BYU videos – Using Maps, (and other topics) are at:

Sanborn Maps:

BYU Family History Library Resources, unless otherwise noted, these are available on internet.

Book – “Fire Insurance Maps: Their History and Application”, by Diane L. Oswald

Maps Links:

Library of Congress –

David Rumsey Map Collection –

University of Iowa – Counties Histories Atlases –

Google the Place Name plus Cadastral, Parcel, Land Ownership, Survey, Plat, Atlas, (plus Map)

WISCAT –  – Interlibrary Loan thru your public library

OCLC World Cat –  –  Interlibrary Loan thru your public library




Julian Calendar vs. Gregorian Calendar

Julian Calendar vs. Gregorian Calendar

Vicki’s note – article from FamilyTree magazine.  The various timing of countries converting from one calendar to another may be one reason for difficulties matching up the dates/days/months/years of historical or family events.  It took over 300 years for most all countries to finally adopt the Gregorian Calendar.

Why do Russian Orthodox Christians and the Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas so much later than Western Christians?  The Russian Orthodox Church (and these others that comprise the Eastern Orthodox Church) still observe the Julian calendar.  Their Christmas is Jan. 7. rather than Dec. 25 on the Gregorian calendar.

During the Soviet era, the celebration of Christmas in Russia was banned (along with the celebration of other religious holidays) so the traditions were changed to New Year’s to fit within the law. Since 1991 Russian Orthodox Christmas has been a public holiday in Russia.

Although the Russian Orthodox Church still uses the Julian calendar, the Russian government uses the Gregorian calendar just like the rest of the world.

Some Eastern Orthodox Churches – Greek, Cyprian, American, and Romanian are among the churches that use the Revised Julian calendar; introduced in 1923 to be closer to the Gregorian calendar. 

Read the entire article here.

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Map of Gregorian Calendar Adoption Dates

“Most modern countries use the Gregorian calendar to trace the passage of time. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s when each country adopted the Gregorian calendar—and why it matters for researchers.

Have you ever looked at a record and seen the letters O.S. or N.S.? You can thank (of all things) calendar systems for the strange nomenclature. During the Renaissance of the 16th century, the Catholic Church switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. As a result, predominantly Catholic countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Poland and Portugal skipped 10 days ahead. The rest of the world stayed behind.

The Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar, was imprecise, making it difficult for the Church to determine when to celebrate the Easter holiday. This presented problems for the clergy, astronomers and long-term recordkeepers. As a result, Pope Gregory XIII introduced a new, more precise timekeeping system. Under the “Gregorian calendar,” every fourth year is a leap year, allowing the calendar to more closely follow the Earth’s revolution around the sun.

Adopting the new calendar presented some difficulties, however. To “catch up,” countries adopting the calendar had to skip ahead several days. Citizens of these Catholic countries that switched to the new calendar fell asleep Oct. 4, 1582, and woke up the next day on Oct. 15, 1582, having lost 10 days from the calendar year.

This map shows Gregorian calendar adoption dates by country.

The map above illustrates the year each country adopted the Gregorian calendar, and the number of days dropped upon adoption…”

2019 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library


Hot off the presses.  These are the programs for 2019.  I am excited to learn more at these programs next year.

There will be a 2019 Programs tab on  the BLOG in 2019 when I move the 2018 programs to the “Previous Programs” tag.  I will have copies printed as bookmarks available soon at the Library, and next week at the December 14 Program:

December 14, 2018 – “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching and Writing an African-American Family Life Story”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

 I hope to see you there.       


2019 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club

@ Beloit Public Library

605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI 53511                                  

2nd Fridays of the month 10 a.m. – noon.

All are welcome. Free resources and support to those learning or doing research on their family history.

BLOG“” for Contact Information, Links & Helps

January 11 – “NEHGS New England Historic Genealogical Society – ‘Get the Most from”, Legacy Family Tree webinar by Claire Vail. In Classroom.

February 8 –”Using Maps in Genealogy”, various webinars from BYU:

Understanding Maps, Land Ownership Maps, Locating Ancestors from Maps and Gazetteers, Sanborn Maps, U.S. Land Records

March 8 – “You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools” Legacy Family Tree webinar by Thomas MacEntee – How to Use Google, Copyright, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Blogging, Dropbox, Social Media for genealogy.

April 12 – “Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital”, by speaker Kathy Meade from  Swedish Church Records and other Historical Records online.  In Classroom.

May 10 “Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records”, by speaker Jarod Williams, , Rosman Funeral Home (rescheduled from 2018.) In Classroom

June 14 “Crossing the Border, French Canadian Ancestors”, by speaker George Findlen. The steps, resources & aids that one needs to successfully identify the parents of an immigrant who settled in the U.S. from Quebec.

June 28, 2019 – Bonus 2nd Friday Tour & Research at WHS Wisconsin Historical Society.  Van Galder Coach Bus So Beloit IL FastMart/McDonalds 8 a.m. boarding to Madison WI/UW Campus Langdon/Park.  Return early evening.

July 12 “Finding the Genealogy of Houses, and Those that Lived In Them” by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn

August 9 “An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree” by speaker Marty Acks.    A community of genealogists growing an accurate single family tree using DNA & traditional genealogical sources.

September 13 – “NARA; Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration” on-line Slideshow by Claire Kluskens (presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn)

October 11 – “Reminiscing – Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Family”, by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn. Hands-on exercises & suggestions on how to reflect your own life through words, photos, and mapping.  Bring a photo or picture from your past that you want to write about.   Part 2 -“Soda Fountains to Robots”, amusing stories and vignettes of local personalities in local family owned pharmacies with author Connie Sveum.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

November 8 – “Stateline Travelers – Chicago Gangsters Connections to Northern Illinois & Wisconsin”, by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn

December 13 – “Lineage Groups – Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, Etc.”  A group presentation by local experts, and using ->search>Wiki> lineage societies