Nov 292017

generationsAre you interested in genealogy but don’t know where to start with it all?  Can’t seem to find the time to work on your family history?

Generations is a group of people in and around Menomonee Falls who are interested in their family history and sharing family stories. Each month join us for an informative program followed by time for discussion and working on your personal family tree.  Ellen Rohr, genealogist, will be on hand to answer questions and help break down those brick walls.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Youth Program Room
Using Google for Genealogy
Learn tips and tricks on how to effectively use Google to research your family tree. Registration is requested. Register online, at the Adult Information Desk, or call 262-532-8920.

March 1-3 (times vary) – 2nd floor Computer Lab
Live Streaming of RootsTech Genealogy Conference 2018
Not able to attend the Salt Lake City Genealogy Conference in person? Here is your chance to learn from the pros! Sessions of the conference will be available for viewing in the Library Computer Lab. Last year’s topics included DNA Research, Religious Records Overseas, and Tracing Female Lines. Registration is not required.

The following sessions will be streamed:

Wednesday February 28

12:00 PM DNA – One Family, One World — This presentation explores a new project by Living DNA that is mapping the worlds DNA, building one world family tree through our genetics. Gain insight into how this will impact your family history.

2:30 PM Organizing and Preserving Old Photographs – Step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving, and cataloging photo collections for future generations and identifying, digitizing, and sharing collections using family trees and social media.

4:00 PM Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research — Fire destroyed many military and civilian service records. Alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records.

Thursday, March 1

2:30 PM Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share — Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing, and sharing. Users can also edit and create photo projects and automatically add their photos to the app from their digital devices.

4:00 PM Unlocking Roman Catholic Records — The Catholic Church is essential for uncovering the lives of millions of immigrants covering many nationalities. findmypast and the Catholic Church are working to make these records easily accessible.

5:30 PM A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story — Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness, and change. Don’t leave the task of finding the answers of your life’s history to someone else—take the time to write your life story.

Friday March 2

12:00 PM findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems — Myko Clelland explores some of the wonderful collections that can help you to break down those British brick walls, go back further, and add untold color and detail to your family story.

2:30 Finding the Right DNA Test for You — DNA testing is becoming an integral tool, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? If you are brand new to Genetic genealogy, this is the class for you!

Saturday March 3

12:00 PM Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales — England and Wales national indexes and recent innovations at the General Register Office have opened up some new possibilities as well as some completely new indexes not available anywhere else.

2:30 PM Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA — Learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 –6:30-8:00 pm – Youth Program Room
Guide to Oral History Research
We all have stories to tell, stories we have lived from inside and out. Learn some basics on how to conduct family interviews.
Registration is requested. Register online, at the Adult Information Desk or call 262-532-8920.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Youth Program Room
Organizing and Re-Re-Organizing Your Genealogy
Discover new ways to organize your family history research.
Registration is requested. Register online, at the Adult Information Desk, or call 262-532-8920.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Youth Program Room
Internet Archive – Wayback Machine
Have you ever gone back to a website and find the content has vanished? The Wayback machine has saved more than 308 billion webpages over time. Learn how to use the Wayback Machine effectively in your research. Registration is requested. Register online, at the adult information desk or call 262-532-8930.

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact Ellen Rohr or call 262-532-8930.

  6 Responses to “2018 Spring Genealogy Class Schedule”

  1. I would like to be added to the mailing list, thank you.

  2. I am interested in the Generations Genealogy Interest Group at the library. Could I be added to your mailing list.

  3. Do you have a city directory for 1958-1959? I am looking for a relative, Patricia Rein, who may have been employed at a men’s belt factory or have attended high school in the area. Also, a quarry was listed as an occupation. Is there a quarry in the area?
    Thank you, look forward to hearing from you.


    • We’ll look into it and get back to you.

    • Hi Fran,

      I am sorry we do not have any Village directories from that time. We do have old high school yearbooks that could be looked through and a historical archive of photographs. I have not heard of a belt factory in the area, but we did have a sugar beet factory. There are also many quarries in the area.

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