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Researching Your Family Tree

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Investigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. Held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room on Thursday, April 18th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Reservations are not required. Please call Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 with any questions.

Researching Your Family Tree
Date: Thursday, 4/18/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas) / Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave


Start Researching Your Family Tree @ The Library

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Ahnentafel_Herzog_Ludwig.jpgInvestigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. This hour long class will be held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room. Reservations are not required, but you can call the Humanities desk at (414)286-3061 if you have any questions about the program.

Location: Central Library Krikelas Room
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


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William H Donner receiving cargo in Milwaukee.jpgLearn about a different aspect of the Milwaukee Public Library's Great Lakes Marine Collection each month. Of special interest to divers and genealogists, the program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Great Lakes history. There is no registration required. Please call Ready Reference at 414.286.3011 with any questions.

Location: Central Library's Krikelas Rm. (Conference Room 2A)
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM


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Investigate your family history with help from Humanities librarians and a brief introduction to library resources available for beginning genealogists. Held in the 2nd floor Krikelas Room. Reservations are not required.

Location: Central Library Conference Room 2A (Paul Gottfried Krikelas)
Date: Monday, February 20th, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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Introduction to Genealogy at Washington Park Library

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branch_washington.jpgJoe Williams of the African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee will present a program on the basics of genealogy and how to get started doing genealogical research. This general introduction will be applicable to people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, September 10, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Explore strategies for discovering your ancestors and hear how to:

• Begin your search
• Interview family and family friends and learn what to look for in your home
• Search the census, death records, and indexes
• Discover other useful records and indexes to search


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Two new digital collections

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The Milwaukee Public Library proudly presents its two latest digital collections: the Horace Seaman Wisconsin Infantry collection and the Milwaukee County Marriage Certificates.4th Wisconsin Infantry Officers
The Horace Seaman Wisconsin Infantry collection is comprised of 127 images from Colonel Horace M. Seaman. Most of the photos are of the 3rd and 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry units that served in the Spanish-American War. A number of the photos are from Colonel Seaman's service in the Wisconsin National Guard. A few personal photos of Colonel Seaman's father are also included.

A Milwaukee County marriage certificate
Milwaukee County Marriage Certificates is a collection of 20,000 marriage records and certificates from Milwaukee for the years 1822 through 1876. The records were discovered in the 1960s in a box at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The box also included some miscellaneous documents pertaining to the marriage such as permission to marry slips, authorizations, and land deeds. Many of these documents were not in very good condition. Research by the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society (MCGS) indicates that most of these certificates are not recorded at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Some of the records appear in the Wisconsin Pre-1907 Marriage Index and some do not, as such these records are a significant addition to Milwaukee genealogy resources.

In 1999 the MCGS arranged to have the records refilmed, adding location citations. In 2000 MCGS volunteers created alphabetical indexes for bride and for groom. Roger Cobb with Lois Molitor acted as project coordinators. Over 42,000 names were put into the database that produced the indexes. Unfortunately, the original copies that were filmed in 1966 have vanished. In 2009 the microfilm copy of the marriage certificates was digitized. The digital images of the certificated were combined with the index created by the MCGS to produce this digital collection.


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Alex Haley and Roots

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Alex Haley Coast Guard.pngOn February 10, 1992, American author Alex Haley died at the age of 70. Haley was best known for Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which, combining fact and fiction, described the history of his family beginning in mid-18th century Africa. Haley's fame grew after an eight-part dramatization of the book appeared on television in 1977. That same year, he received the Spingarn Medal, awarded annually by the NAACP for the highest achievement by an American of African descent. If you're inspired to research your own family tree, the Milwaukee Public Library has many books, as well as websites highlighted under Genealogy at the MPL home page's Recommended Links.

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