Genealogy Webinars, Workshops and Classes | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Genealogy Webinars, Workshops and Classes


 See all of our workshop offerings, and register online here.

 See other genealogy events here.


These workshops are sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Society members and members of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society receive discounts on registration fees. Learn how you can Become a Member.

WSGS members use code ten4wsgs.

September 26: DNA and Genealogy -- Have you wondered about the newest angle to genealogical research-DNA testing? Are you trying to decide whether to take the test, which company to choose and what results to expect? This all-day workshop will provide information for the genealogist who has not yet taken a test or has taken a test and wants help interpreting results.

Our main speaker is Mary Eberle, JD, from DNA Hunters, LLC.

October 24: Genealogy in the British Isles -- Do you have ancestors that lead you to England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales? There are more and more online resources for researching your ancestry in the British Isles. This all-day workshop will provide lectures about all 4 countries. You will learn what records exist, where to locate them and how to interpret the information found on those records. 

Our main speaker is Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG.

November 7: German American Genealogy -- If you have ancestors from German-speaking Europe, you will enjoy this all-day workshop. Combining history and genealogical strategies, this program will help you research your German-speaking ancestors. It will also give tips on how to find and interpret records on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Our main speaker is Antje Petty, Assistant Director and Senior Outreach Specialist for the Max Kade Institute for German American Studies

December 19: African American Genealogy -- We are privileged to have the acclaimed author, Thulani Davis, who will speak about her book “My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty First Century Freedwomen Discovers Her Roots." Ms. Davis will provide information on how to use history and genealogy to tell personal stories with more depth and understanding of the lives of our ancestors.

Our main speaker is Thulani Davis, an interdisciplinary scholar and writer.


Check out our genealogy workshops and webinars offered each spring and fall. Topics vary each semester.  Register early — space is limited. 

  • All workshops are held on Saturdays at the Memorial Library on the UW Madison campus.  They provide an opportunity to focus on your research with other researchers, sharing ideas and moving forward with your family history research.  Lunch is provided.
  • Our workshops always feature hands-on learning opportunities led by specialists in North American history and genealogy.
  • Experts in genealogy teach you how to best use the Society's nationally recognized collections of published and unpublished materials for researching family histories as well as the newest online products for historical and genealogical research.
  • Programs are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced.

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Have Questions?

Contact Lori Bessler by phone at 608-264-6519 or by email below:

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