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"Using Alternative Resources to Fill in the Blanks"

  • 8 Apr 2023 11:57 AM
    Message # 13161115

    Friday, May 19, 2023

    "Using Alternative Resources to Fill in the Blanks" by Cathy Dailey, Milwaukee County Genealogical Society  (MCGS Membership Meetings)

    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Central Library 1st Floor Rotary Club of Milwaukee Community Meeting Room - and Online Meeting, Milwaukee Central Public Library Downtown, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue

    MCGS membership meetings are back in person at the Central Library (and will continue to be also online). The meetings will start with a short business meeting, followed by our speaker presentation at 1:30pm. Look forward to seeing MCGS members and guests at the library! Cathy will be speaking in person at the library.

    "Using Alternative Resources to Fill in the Blanks"

    By Cathy A. Dailey

    When ancestors’ vital records are missing, where do you go to fill in the blanks? By tapping alternative resources, we’ll discuss “round-about” problem-solving methods for locating those pesky “hidden” family members. 

    The conversation will provide direction, options and techniques for finding resources that can result in a richer ancestral landscape. Getting to the resource is the first step – “mining the find” completes the process.

    The presentation includes case studies that visualize the usage of substitute resources, including newspaper collections, city directories, property records, probate files, coroner’s reports, church/diocesan records, cemetery and funeral home archives to piece together the details involving two shipwrecks; the poisoning and subsequent death of her 2X great grandfather; and a lawsuit filed by her 2X great grandmother following the construction-site death of her immigrant husband.

    About Cathy A. Dailey:

    Knowing only his name and profession, my research uncovered the mystery of the Captain's death, as well as an earlier shipwreck of a fishing tug he owned with his brother while battling a storm on Lake Erie. 

    When researching my family, I met an uncle accused of robbing a bank in Green Bay and learned of the heroics of my grandfather and 2X great grandfather as they both rescued a child from icy river water in Green Bay -- these courageous events occurred twenty years apart within calendar days of each other in 1907 and 1927.  

    Thankfully, genealogy gave me a way to bond with my father while discussing stories of his childhood and sharing finds from my research.

    My presentations meld a learning component with actual case studies to illustrate research techniques. My goal is to teach skills you can use to help break through your brick walls.

    Join us: IN PERSON or ZOOM ONLINE for meeting.

    Registration for Zoom Invite: - Register in advance for the meeting/presentation at Zoom Registration

    After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the online meeting. (Check your spam folder.)


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