Genealogy Consultation and Programs by Vicki Ruthe Hahn, Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC
28 May 2019
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Vicki Ruthe Hahn – Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC, Retired Librarian. BA and MLIS -University of Illinois. Blog creator of “StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com” 2014; founder of Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library 2012. “Stateline Genealogy Sorter” (SGS), with a background in Anthropology, History, clothing history, & teaching. She sorts out mysteries, rediscovers histories, weaves stories, & helps people with their family genealogy & local history; specializing from Central Illinois to Central Wisconsin.
Short Program: 45 – 60 minutes. Long Program: 90 – 120 minutes
- “Reminiscing – Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Family”
Hands on exercises and 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. Learn how to see more about your ancestors’ lives by recording the stories you wish they had left.
- “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, And Me”
Genealogy Research Methods Used to Find a Family’s History of Regional Connections to Pioneers, trade, and the Mafia – East Troy, Troy, Eagle, and Elkhorn Wisconsin; AND Chicago, Meacham Grove, Freeport, Rockford, Macktown (Rockton), and Galena Illinois.
- “Getting Your Genealogy Paperwork Organized”
How to organize your paperwork and computer folders.
- “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When”
Bring photographs, pictures, or historic articles of clothing to learn how to identify the year.
- “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching an African-American (OR any) Family Life Story and Their Community”
- “Exploring Irish Ancestors Websites – (Based on Discontinued IrishAncestors.net’ created by Sean Quinn”)
Extensive web sites for anything Irish. Techniques of searching websites for any ancestry.
- “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”
Effectively find the most that you can about your family history with hands-on exercises, & examples. Be successful using basic and advanced genealogy research methods. Learn how to: search archives & on-line, record evidence, organize your genealogy, use timelines & “FAN” clubs, analyze records, & find missing clues based on what you know.
- “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond”
Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors’ information in U.S. records, in over-seas on-line genealogy databases, and in other, mostly-free, resources. Using histories and maps help track immigrations. What to do about language barriers. Emphasis on England, Ireland, Germany, and Norway.
- How to Find the Genealogy of a House and Those That Lived in It (coming soon)
- Stateline Travelers – Chicago Mafia in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin (coming soon)
- “Different is, As Different Does – Diversity & People’s Perception of Self”
- “Appreciative Inquiry: Application and Celebration – an Inclusive Approach to Change”
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. – (WBCGS) Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, at Springcreek United Church of Christ on Springbrook and Springcreek Rds in Rockford Illinois. – (topic to be decided)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (SLU) Society for Learning Unlimited, First Congregational Church, 801 Bushnell Street, Beloit, WI – “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”
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2006 – November 2 – WLA conference – “Appreciative Inquiry: Application and Celebration – an Inclusive Approach to Change”
November 8, 2016 (ETHS) East Troy Historical Society, East Troy Wisconsin – “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family – A Local Mystery Solved”
February 20, 2017 (BPL) Beloit Public Library, Beloit Wisconsin – “African-American History Month – Reminisce Beloit, “Beloit African Americans Lives – Laurence Ousley and Rubie Bond”
April 12, 2017 (BHS) Beloit Historical Society – annual Volunteers Lunch – “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When”
May 19, 2017 (BPL) Beloit Public Library, Beloit Wisconsin Staff Training – “Different is, As Different Does – Diversity & People’s Perception of Self”
AUGUST 19, 2017 Milwaukee Irish Fest, Milwaukee Wisconsin – “Exploring ‘IrishAncestors.net’ created by Sean Quinn”, AND “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When”
Sept. 25, 2017 (NSLD), North Suburban Library District, Roscoe Illinois – “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”
October 23, 2017 (NSLD), North Suburban Library District, Loves Park Illinois – “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond’”
February 5, 2018 (GIG) German Interest Group, Janesville WI “What They Wore When” is “Contemporary Fashion Through the Decades; How to Identify your Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore.”
June 11, 2018 (NSLD), North Suburban Library District, Loves Park Illinois –“Reminiscing – Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Families”
July 30, 2018 (NSLD), North Suburban Library District, Roscoe Illinois – “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, And Me”
Oct. 16, 2018, (RCGS) Rock County Genealogical Society, Janesville WI – “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, And Me”.
November 3, 2018. (WBCGS) Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, Rockford IL – “Research Your Overseas Ancestors without Going ‘Across the Pond'”.
March 2, 2019 (WBCGS) Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, Rockford Illinois – “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, And Me”.
Comments About Presentations:
“Thanks so much for presentation [“Research Your Overseas Ancestors without Going ‘Across the Pond'”] (to the WBCGS Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society on November 3, 2018). The new genealogist that came on Saturday said it was great. They really appreciated all the information on the basics. Others commented on the amount of information you gave on ways of finding information. New information was given and you made it easy to understand and enjoyable. Linda Robertson”
“Vicki – Thank you very much for presenting your William R. Graydon program [ “Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, And Me”] to the Rock County Genealogical Society last night (Oct. 16, 2018). It was very interesting to learn how you used many different search methods to unlock the mysteries of William Graydon’s life and family.
As you taught us, it often requires crossing state lines to find out where else a person may have worked and spent time. A comment that I heard from more than one person last night was the amazement at the lengths you went to research and write this story on someone who is not a family member and how close you feel to this family as a result. Hopefully, some of our members will go to Beloit to attend some of your other programs. I know that I will. Thank you again. Diane Miller RCGS Program and Publicity Coordinator”
Comments about my investigation/research on family history, & teaching genealogy:
“Thank you so very much for the time you spent with me this morning. I know that I am at the beginning of the learning curve, but you introduced me to some very good resources on your BLOG and today! Carole M.”
“Holy buckets, Vicki! You are amazing!! No only because you found something that I really didn’t know where to look for, but because you were so darn fast!I am eternally grateful to you! I don’t know much about blogs, but I’m definitely going to your site as soon as I get this sent to you. It sounds like a wonderful resource!
I have done a very extensive amount of genealogy, but despite checking newspaper sites and constant searches, I just didn’t turn anything up on our car thief. You are a wonderful resource, and I can’t thank you enough! Again, Thank you so much, Sandy”
(On genealogical information I found for a man looking for how his Beloit grandfather died) – “Oh I feel such relief now that I know what happened.” His wife – “Now you can sleep & eat again.”
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Picture Research- African American, Beloit, Wisconsin – both given to (BHS) Beloit Historical Society, “”…your gift (photo and your research) to the BHS…wow! What a piece of history for us to have! Thank you!”