Genealogy and History

Explore your personal family history, or study the histories of other locations and cultures. Gain insights into similarities and differences as they change over time, and you will see the world in a different way. Enjoy instructor-led presentations and group discussions via live web meetings.

Genealogy Intro

Learn how to begin researching your family tree. Use family group sheets and pedigree charts as tools to build your tree. Find out how to identify clues in various records so you can go back through the generations of your family history. Explore different record types (vital, baptism, probate, burial, census, immigration, naturalization, military, and newspaper) to make the story of your family come to life.

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Genealogy Intermediate

You’ve started to research your family tree. You’ve filled in all of the information you know, and you’ve talked to all the relatives and studied all of the family documents. Where do you go from there? How do you fill in the spots in your family tree with the records that are available? In this intermediate class we will explore how census records can build a framework for your tree. We’ll talk about cemeteries and what they can tell you about your ancestors other than just birth and death dates. We’ll find documents that are tied to the immigration process and learn what they can reveal. Find out how many of your ancestors served in the military and possibly find out what battles they fought in. Continue digging deeper into your family history.

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Discovering Ancestry Online

Wondering how to use Ancestry.com to research your family tree? Let us help you! Join us in discovering how to use Ancestry’s millions of records to their fullest extent. Use its vital, census, naturalization, immigration, military, and newspaper records to create a framework for your family tree journey. Access to Ancestry.com is recommended but is not necessary for the class.

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Discovering FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org is a website which offers people FREE access to over 2 billion images of genealogical records held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Learn how to make your own family tree on their site by using the many resources available in their catalog, historical records, and online books sections. Learn how to research ancestors from other countries in a methodical way that will help you find results more quickly and easily.

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Wisconsin's Beginnings

This two-session class explores Wisconsin's earliest history, from ancient times through the year 1830. Learn about the indigenous Hopewell, Effigy Mound, Mississippian, and Oneota cultures that lived here before us and their relationship to today's native nations. Explore short selections written by French explorers, Jesuit missionaries, British soldiers, and the natives who resisted them. Find out how harvesting furs and mining lead brought the first settlers into "Ouisconsin," including the state's earliest African American residents. This is expected to be the first of three classes on Wisconsin history.

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Global Religions in the Modern World

Would you like to gain insight into other cultures and motivations behind human interactions? For many people around the world, and throughout history, religion has been a major factor of how they see the world and why they do the things that they do. In this course we will explore six major religious traditions in the world today:  Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. We will discover what membership in these religions means for the people who follow them and explore some of the diversity that can be found within a single religious tradition.

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Ancient History: Egypt, Greece & Rome

Are you fascinated by ancient history? For centuries people have looked back to the classical civilizations of the Mediterranean for inspiration and guidance in the fields of philosophy, political thought, art, and mathematics. We will look at the civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, consider how they have influenced the modern thought, discuss what lessons we can learn from them, and also look into some common misconceptions about them. We will use primary sources, such as art objects and writings, to help us understand the civilizations we are studying.

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