Free Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 14, 2015

Optional: print and mail this registration form to Jane Orne, 3975 S. 124th Street, Greenfield, WI 53228.
Mail in registration deadline October 10, 2015.

(Please print legibly)

Syllabus of all presentations (Optional) $ 5.00 each paid at time of pick up. Orders must be received by October 10th.

First name: Last name:
Telephone Number: Email Address:
LDS Member: Stake and Ward:
MPAFUG Member: (Milwaukee PAF Users Group)
First time attending our workshop:
Syllabus: Number Ordered:

Select one presentation per hour:

    Check-in and Pick up Syllabus:

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Orientation - Announcements and Room Assignments:

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Bring a bag lunch or eat at an area restaurant.
The Family History Center will be open all day during the workshop.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

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 a.m.

Internet Research for the Genealogist - Bob Heck     This presentation will assume that you are relatively new to doing genealogy research on the Internet. We will look at some of the basics starting with the many search engines available to you. We will learn how to make your searches more effective by using a few simple techniques. After finishing the basics we will dig into the many web sites and on-line databases available for free and learn how to use those techniques to find your ancestors. By the end of the presentation you will have the tools and knowledge to effectively advance your own research.

Polish Research for the Genealogist - Jerry Dominski     This session is intended for researchers who wish to find records and resources for their Polish ancestors. Since the boundaries of many areas of Europe changed hands many times, understanding where and what to look for can be a great help. Knowing a bit about the history of Poland can get you going in the right direction. Church records, civil records, and other records can be a big help.

Beginning Genealogy Part 1, Taking the First Steps on the Journey of Discovery - Sam and Sandi Colon      This first program in the series of presentations is designed for the beginner genealogist. The first hour will focus on how to get started, and what tools to use. We will look at family group sheets and pedigree charts, how they help organize data and prepare you as you get ready to continue your research..

10:00 a.m.

Church Records - Their Role in Genealogy - Bob Tatalovich      This session is intended for beginners and advanced, covering Christian denomination records in the US and Europe: how to find them; how to read them; what they can tell you about your ancestors. and, A Comparison - Sister Lenhard      FamilySearch is the largest non-profit genealogy company in the world. FamilySearch provides free access to thousands of record collection from around the world. is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. They also provide online access to thousands of records for a fee. Family History Centers offer free access to the records. This presentation will compare and contrast the features of the two websites.

Beginning Genealogy Part 2, Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle - Sam and Sandi Colon      This second session in the series of presentations will focus on basic research strategies. We will be discussing the how and why of researching your family.

11:00 a.m.

Internet Graves, Cemetery and Funeral Home Research - Bob Heck      This presentation will begin with a real life example of using Church and Cemetery records to make a connection to European ancestors. We will then learn how to use some of the free web sites to locate the burial places of ancestors and even find photos of their tombstones. We will learn how to research funeral homes and show what type of information you may find there. Funeral homes are often called the "Forgotten Resource" for genealogical research. Adding this tool to your genealogy toolbox will be a very significant step in finding information about your family.

Introduction to the Family History Center - Jane Orne      The Family History Center in Hales Corners is the largest in southeastern Wisconsin. We will cover the resources are available at the Family History Center in Hales Corners. Included are the Pre 1907 Wisconsin Vitals Records and the Milwaukee Archdiocese records that are available on microfilm, the free records and websites that are available and the areas of expertise and experience provided by our volunteer staff.

Beginning Genealogy Part 3, Putting the Puzzle Together - Sam and Sandi Colon      This last session in the series of presentations will focus on organization and documentation.

Noon    -    Bring a bag lunch or eat at an area restaurant.
                   The Family History Center will remain open during lunch.

1:00 p.m.

FamilySearch: Digital Records Collection - Bob Heck      During this presentation we will look into the free FamilySearch web site and the millions of records available in the digital records collection right from your own home. There are areas of the site that are not known to many researchers. We will look at the type of records available and learn how and where to access them. Records are available from all over the world and new ones are being added nearly every day.

Census Research: Federal and State - Bob Tatalovich      Intended for beginning researchers and advanced, covering the federal census (1790- 1940) and various state censuses.

2:00 p.m.

Google for the Genealogist, More than Search - Pat Mundstock      Google – Using the Google applications for genealogy. The topics discussed will include images, you tube, blogs, maps, translate, books, and news. The focus of this overview is on how genealogists would find the Google apps helpful in their research.

Passenger List Research: Castle Garden, Ellis Island and other Ports of Entry - Bob Heck      During this presentation we will learn about the history of passenger lists, where to find them and what information may be available in the records. We will also learn about the "To America" series, which can be a great help in finding your immigrant ancestors. We will learn what those cryptic numbers mean on a passenger list and how they can lead you to naturalization documents of your ancestors.

This is not an official site of THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS or any of its stakes, wards, or missions.