No MCGS Meeting for December 2018—Next MCGS Meeting: Jan. 8, 2019

No MCGS Meeting for December 2018—Next MCGS Meeting:  Jan. 8, 2019

Program:  “Share Your Research”.  Bring what you have been researching and share it with us.

6pm, Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI

Also, free Genealogy help in the local history area of Manitowoc Public Library, Tuesdays from 3pm-5pm

& at “Genealogy Club” at the Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, WI   Thursdays, Nov. 29th & Jan. 17th, 10:15am – 11:45am.

(We do at times cancel our meetings due to inclement weather.  Please check with this website for possible cancellations, or listen to the local radio stations.)


November Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6pm in the Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI

Program: “A Look at Old German Records”, with Karyl Rommelfanger.  Now is your chance.  Bring in a photocopy of an old German document and have some help translating it.  (Please don’t bring in any original documents. They are too precious.)  Karyl holds degrees in German and History and has taught German in the public schools for 36 years, most of those years here in Manitowoc.   She’s a true wealth of information.  Visitors Welcome!  MCGS volunteers generously offer genealogy help on Tuesdays from 3pm–5pm in the Local History Area of Manitowoc Public Library.

“Genetically Speaking: a DNA Workshop” with Mary Eberle was wonderful!

If you wanted to get up to speed on DNA and Genealogy this workshop was the place to be on Saturday!

Mary Eberle’s presentations were excellent.   I am so grateful that we (Manitowoc County Genealogical Society) and the Manitowoc Public Library were able to cosponsor this event for our community!   I hope everyone that attended had a great experience and learned a lot.   I know I did.   If you were unable to attend this event, check out   Mary’s website provides many valuable tips, resources & links.

Upcoming Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Meeting!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:00pm, Balkansky Room at Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI.

The program for the night will be “Understanding Land Records & Using them in your Genealogical Research”, with Alan Wambold, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists who will guide us through the process.  It should be a very informative program.   Public welcome.  MCGS also offers genealogy help on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Local History Area, Manitowoc Public Library.

DNA Workshop will have Online Registration!

DNA Workshop Registration Update

“Genetically Speaking: a DNA Workshop” with Mary Eberle on Sat., October 13, 2018

New development:  Registration now open & you can register online! Go to  Then click event banner to find the registration form. Or go directly to

Scroll down this page for more information on the DNA Workshop, or go to or Manitowoc Public Library on Facebook.

Upcoming Manitowoc County Genealogical Meeting

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. in the Balkansky Room at Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI.

Program:  “Stories from Stats:  Turning Genealogy into Family History”, a recorded presentation by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA.  Learn how to turn your genealogy information into family history stories that grab the interest of your non-genealogist family & friends.

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA (DBA Circlemending), has been involved in family research for over 40 years.  A former Board Certified genealogist, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and is or has been on the following Boards:  the California State Genealogical Alliance (now disbanded), the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the So. Calif. Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (current President and past APG board member), and the Corona Genealogical Society (President and webmaster). She maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, articles, projects, etc.:  Jean is associated with the Corona California Family History Center (former director, current staff trainer); she was the lead researcher for the 2013 Season of the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow and did research for Follow Your Past, appearing on Travel Channel 2016.  A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college speech professor, she holds a master’s degree in speech communication and doctorate in folklore. Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations, and is a frequent writer for various genealogy publications.  With Gena Philibert –Ortega and Sara Cochran, they form Genealogy Journeys®, hosting genealogy events and a series of podcasts (launched in 2016), dealing with Social History. Their blog is where information on both of these endeavors can be found. A former square dance caller, Jean has been playing guitar for about 50 years, learning a variety of other folk instruments along the way. She sees a connection between family history and music because, in learning about our forebears, we try to piece together the various elements of our ancestors’ lives in an effort to create a complete (or as complete as possible) picture of who they were in their homes, families, occupations, religions, and activities. Their musical interests/involvement should be considered part of this whole picture, or circle, of their lives and that is the primary focus of much of her writings. Jean’s philosophy is that “who we are is a compilation of our experiences and associations as well as our biological connections. When we understand our ancestors we can better understand ourselves. By doing this, we can complete our personal family circles.” This connects to her mission statement: “My goal is to assist others in their efforts to connect generations (past to present), completing the family circle.”

Manitowoc Public Library & Manitowoc County Genealogical Society co-sponsor a DNA Workshop!

 “Genetically Speaking: DNA Workshop” with Mary Eberle

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00am -2:30pm, Balkansky Community Room ABC  Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI                                                       DNA Workshop & lunch provided for free.  Registration Required.

Registration now open! starts September 1, 2018Register by calling (920-686-3010) or stopping by Manitowoc Public Library service desk. (No email or mail registrations–sorry.)  Space limited to 100. DNA Workshop Registration Update: New development:  You will be able to register online!  Go to  Click event banner to find the registration form. Or go directly to

Join Mary Eberle, an experienced genealogist and DNA expert, for a workshop to help you understand your DNA results.  This workshop is designed for beginners, but also covers more advanced topics.  Presentations include:

1. Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy Research: This talk covers DNA basics, available tests, and how to develop your DNA testing plan.
2. Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy Research: Autosomal DNA provides the most useful information for most genealogists. Learn how to analyze your test results and find common ancestors with your DNA matches.
3. Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research: Understanding when these types of DNA can help (and when they won’t) is crucial. Learn how these types of DNA can be used to answer your genealogy questions.

4. Hands-on Exercise: This exercise will go through interpreting one person’s DNA results from Ancestry. Learn some tricks for clarifying and making the most of your DNA test results.

About Mary Eberle:
Mary Eberle – Owner of DNA Hunters, LLC
Mary Eberle is an experienced genealogist and a DNA expert. She’s a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience.  Mary began her work in the field of DNA research 30 years ago.  She developed DNA tests to match transplant donors and recipients.  She wrote and published many scientific papers on this work and presented at scientific conferences.
She honed her writing and communication skills during her subsequent work as a biotech patent attorney.  She has 13 years of writing complex patent applications and corresponding with clients.  After leaving the practice of law, Mary participated in many genealogy workshops, including: CeCe Moore’s Advanced Genetic Genealogy for Unknown Parentage at the Forensic Genealogy Institute (2015 and 2016), Angie Bush’s Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques for Genealogical Research at SLIG (2016).  This background contributed to her successful genetic genealogy practice, which offers several services.

Registration now open! starts September 1, 2018.  I have attended some of Mary Eberle’s DNA Workshops and can attest that they are very informative & well done.  If you would like to know some general information on the workshop feel free to send me your questions & I’ll try and answer them.   A listing of the event is also on the Library website at:   >  Events    >   October

Ancestry Update

I mentioned last week that Ancestry Library Edition may be available to use inside the building at your local public library for free.  Not all libraries have the funding available for Ancestry, but yours might. The next time you’re at your local library stop in and inquire at the reference desk for more information.

Find out now!  Start at your local library’s website.  Look for “Ancestry” or a logo for it.  You might be lucky & find it on the home page.   If not, check out tabs or links for key words like:  Research, Resources, References, Databases, Genealogy, Local History, etc.     Still no reference to Ancestry?  Try doing an internet search for “Your Library’s name genealogy”.  Look through links that might be applicable.  It’s great if your library offers Ancestry Library Edition, but remember it will only be available at your local library.  Lastly and unfortunately, your library may not offer Ancestry to its patrons.

Update:  Libraries vary in how they allow access to their databases.  Check with your local library about their procedures.  Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, WI offers access to Ancestry Library Edition, but patrons must use library computers.  At Manitowoc Public Library a patron can use the in house computers, or their own laptop, tablet, etc., but must be connected the MPL Wi-Fi & then connect through the Manitowoc Public Library website as explained in an earlier post.  It is wonderful that some libraries offer this database to the public.

I did of bit of searching and as of today & if their websites have been updated recently these libraries have Ancestry Library Edition listed as being available to their patrons (in building only):  Appleton, Beaver Dam, Brillion, Brown County Central-Green Bay, Chilton, Door County-Sturgeon Bay, Fond du Lac, Kaukauna, Kiel, Manitowoc, Elisha D. Smith-Menasha, New Holstein, Neenah, Carter-Omro, Oshkosh, Mead-Sheboygan, and Lester-Two Rivers.  (Branch libraries not included in search.)  Each library has its own rules for use & access to this database so you will need to check with the specific library for its policies.  This is for “In Building Use” of the database.  (Disclaimer:  The list above took me quite a while to do, & is only a survey of some of the libraries in the area.  Please verify information provided above before planning a visit to a select library.  Changes can occur.)

May MCGS Meeting

Our Manitowoc County Genealogical Society meeting is coming up soon!     It will be on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library 707 Quay Street, Manitowoc, WI.   

We will have our annual elections and social. You’re also invited to bring in your genealogy questions and we will share genealogy websites and sources that might help you in your research.  We do not meet during the summer months, so our next meeting will be September 11.   We also offer genealogy help on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Local History area of the Manitowoc Public Library.