(Sold Out) Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe

(Sold Out) Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe
(Sold Out) Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe
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Sold Out -- Unfortunately, we do not maintain a waiting list, and registration for this class has reached capacity. We are happy to learn the class is popular, and we hope you will be able to attend it when it is offered again (to be determined)

Date: Saturday, February 23

Time: 9:00-3:00

Location: Memorial Library Room 126

Fee:  $40

Discounts: 10% discount for members of WHS, the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, or Friends of Max Kade Institute. 

Discount Codes:
Wisconsin Historical Society Members: Use your member number.
Wisconsin State Genealogical members: Use code WSGS19 
Friends of Max Kade Institute: Use code KADE19

Contact: Lori Bessler 608-264-6519 or lori.bessler@wisconsinhistory.org

Lecturer:  Antje Petty, Associate Director of the Max Kade Institute for German American Studies.  Antje shares the resources of the Institute with the community through lectures and workshops and has done extensive research on German-speaking immigrant families.This workshop always sells out.  Be sure to register early!

  • "All I know is they were from Germany”  Before you can do any meaningful family research in Europe, it is crucial to know where your ancestor lived at a certain time.  This session will give advice on how to identify your ancestral hometown in the context of Central Europe’s complex territorial history.

  • Lives lived and documented.  Vital records are usually the first ones we try to find when researching our ancestors in Europe, but people’s lives were documented in many more ways.  Whether our ancestors owned land (or not), paid taxes, attended a school or a church, joined the military, had a business or a bank account; were members of a guild, club, or community organization; etc. – chances are, they left traces that can help us discover their stories.

  •  Finding documents from German-speaking Europe.  This session is an introduction to finding historical records from German-speaking Europe online and off.  It will include tips on how to do archival research as well as on how to navigate and use the ever-growing online selection of German and other European historical documents and genealogical resources.
  •  Working with historical German documents.  You found a family document.  You made a copy.  But now what? In this session you will learn strategies to efficiently interpret historic German documents, even if you do not speak the language and cannot read the script.


  • Box 1: Ham, Swiss, Dijon Ailoi, Spring Mix, Rye Bread
  • Box 2: Smoked Turkey, White Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Aioli, Multigrain Bread
  • Box 3: Butternut Squash Spread, Grilled Vegetables, Greens, Spinach Tortilla-vegan

*Gluten free bread is an option as well.  Just let us know.

Each box lunch includes the following:

All of these come with a mixed salad/balsamic dressing (packaged separately), a chocolate truffle, kettle chips and soda/water.  The drinks will be a mixture of some sodas and water.  Attendees may bring their own beverage of choice, if desired.