Genealogy Workshop

Finding Our Ancestors: American Indian Genealogy in the 21st Century

Friday, April 27, 2018

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Researching your genealogy entails using a variety of resources that shed light on the family histories that may not have been handed down through the generations. The paper trail of the American Indian is created by a variety of authors and located in many different places. This workshop will help you find out if you have American Indian ancestry and how to find more about that ancestry. Here are the 3 topics that will be presented.
1. Doing Indian Genealogy
2. Upstreaming: How to Go Backwards
3. How to Search and Use Records
Dr. Theresa Schenck, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Blackfeet/Ojibwe. Dr. Schenck has taught American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington State University and First Nations Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She was a recipient of the Native American Fulbright Scholarship to Canada in 1997. Dr. Schenck is the author of The Ojibwe Journals of Edmund F. Ely, William W. Warren: The Life, Letters and Times of an Ojibwe Leader; All Our Relations.
Lori B. Bessler, Reference Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society-Library, Archives and Museum Collections. Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on genealogical topics for over 30 years and has been researching family history for over 40 years. She specializes in breaking down brick walls and finding hard-to-find resources.

Date: Friday, April 27th, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Location: Martin Hanson Theatre, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (29270 County Hwy G, Ashland, WI)
Cost: Free

Schedule of Events:

12:00-12:30 - 
Meet and Greet with Refreshments
12:30-1:30 - Doing Indian Genealogy (Lori Bessler)
1:30-1:45 - Break
1:45-2:45 - Upstreaming: How to Go Backwards (Dr. Schenck)
2:45-3:00 - Break
3:00-4:00 - How to Search and Use Records (Dr. Schenck)

Please email or call 608-264-6519 with questions. 


Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Hwy G
Ashland, WI 54806

Location Information

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center features a regional history center and archives, gift shop, art gallery, theater and a five-story observation tower offering a panoramic view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands region. Hike our trails! We have a 3/4-mile boardwalk interpretive trail that's not to be missed. Your cost is only time well spent.

Accessibility Information

Fully accessible to individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility.