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Upcoming events

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (gym), 4505 Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin

    Using Standard Histories to Find Elusive Relatives
    with George Findlen

    Many of us have studied only political and military history, both at the K-12 level and later undergraduate level of our education. If we studied history at the graduate level, it was of our occupation with courses like educational history, music history, the history and philosophy of science, and so forth. As a result, when we work on our family’s history we often overlook industrial, regional, and local histories as sources of information about our families. (And this is not to mention the rich resource of social histories, which describe different aspects of how our ancestors lived daily life.)

    In this presentation, I will tell the story of Michael Findlen. Living Findlen elders know only that he just left town. Period. Traditional genealogical documents (vital records and census records) helped to track his movements from Maine to British Columbia to Montana to Washington and finally to Alberta. However, state histories, industrial histories, and local histories all proved useful in helping me explain why he moved and pin down exactly when he moved. In one local history, I even found a photo. Without these histories, I'd only have a set of footprints, not a story. Hopefully, Michael's story will inspire listeners to turn to this rich resource more often than before.

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Past events

08 Dec 2018 DCAGS December meeting
10 Nov 2018 DCAGS November meeting
13 Oct 2018 DCAGS October meeting
08 Sep 2018 DCAGS September meeting
11 Aug 2018 DCAGS August meeting
21 Jul 2018 DCAGS Summer Outing
09 Jun 2018 DCAGS June meeting
12 May 2018 SIGs are Coming to DCAGS
14 Apr 2018 DCAGS: History of Photographic Formats
10 Mar 2018 DCAGS: 2018 Czecho/Slovak Centennial
10 Feb 2018 A Morning with Lori Bessler
13 Jan 2018 Research in Norway
09 Dec 2017 DCAGS Show and Tell
11 Nov 2017 What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research
14 Oct 2017 Strategies for World War I Era Genealogy
09 Sep 2017 Commission Records
12 Aug 2017 Webinars and On Line Genealogy Websites
08 Jul 2017 Summer Outing
10 Jun 2017 Finding Your German Origin and Old German Script
13 May 2017 There’s a Lot of History in Your Old Recipe Box
08 Apr 2017 Memory Keepers - Stories Our Heirlooms Tell: Stories, Care and Documentation
11 Mar 2017 Secrets of
11 Feb 2017 Digging for Doughboys: World War I Genealogy
14 Jan 2017 Military Records and Other Genealogical Resources in the WHS Archives
10 Dec 2016 Show and Tell
12 Nov 2016 German-American Resources for Genealogists
06 Oct 2016 Family History for Kids
01 Sep 2016 Resources at the Family History Center
09 Jul 2016 DCAGS Visit to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library
02 Jun 2016 Mining Obituaries
05 May 2016 Breaking through the Brickwalls
07 Apr 2016 Finding Connection to the Old Country: Looking for a German Connection & Beyond
03 Mar 2016 Discovering the DAR Website: Ancestors, Descendants, and More
04 Feb 2016 Collections and Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives
07 Jan 2016 Writing and Presenting Your Family History
03 Dec 2015 December Member Show & Tell
05 Nov 2015 Preserving our Ancestors' Gravestones
01 Oct 2015 DNA and Genealogy
03 Sep 2015 Future Goals and Function of Our Society
06 Aug 2015 The German Presence in Wisconsin by Professor Mark Louden
11 Jul 2015 July Outing at Livsreise, Norwegian Heritage Center
04 Jun 2015 Dutch Immigration to Wisconsin in the 19th Century by Mary Risseeuw
07 May 2015 Land and Survey Records in the Archives of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands by Randy Bixby
11 Feb 2015 FGS 2015 - Two Conferences, One Location!
04 Dec 2014 Third Annual Show & Tell Social
06 Nov 2014 Religious Records: More than Hatchings, Matchings & Dispatchings
04 Oct 2012 Introduction to New DCAGS Website / WorldCat
05 Jul 2012 Tour of Wisconsin Veteran's Museum & Ian's Pizza
08 Oct 2011 Dane County Area Genealogical Society Bi-Annual Genealogy Fair

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