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The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society exists to:

  • Encourage and support genealogical researchers.
  • Promote the discovering, collecting, indexing, and preserving of valued genealogical resources of Winnebago and Boone Counties.
  • Encourage publication of county material and family histories.



For the time being, we are continuing with online meetings using Zoom.  Meeting invitations will be sent to all WBCGS members with an email address.  If you’re not a member and are interested in attending, please send us an email at wbcgensociety@gmail.com


Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
“A Recipe for Writing Family History”
Speaker: Devon Lee 

This writing 'recipe' will flood your mind with family stories and give you the confidence to put their lives in a readable form. 

Devon specializes in practical research, writing, and memory keeping. She has published over 60 books, including a memoir and four family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History. She’s a Texas Aggie with degrees in Marketing and Journalism. Currently, Devon is a home educator for five superheroes, having over 20 years of experience in genealogy and 10 years as a journalist.


Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
“50 Google Hints, Tips & Tricks for Genealogists”
Speaker: Dave Bradford 

This program provides a handout describing 50 Google search techniques that can supercharge your web research. It goes on to describe a dozen of the most powerful search tools in detail, so that your genealogical (and other) Google searches produce fewer and more relevant results. Using genealogical examples, it will demonstrate how to get a few hundred, rather than millions of results with your ancestors well-represented in the first 20.

Dave Bradford is a UW grad with degrees in medicine and business who speaks regionally to history and genealogy groups about technology and medical topics. He has been a member of the Rock County Genealogical Society and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center for more than 25 years and has served board chairperson and secretary of the RCGS. He is currently the long term webmaster for the Society. He and Janet Bradford have indexed multiple atlases, plat maps and out of print historical books. Along with many others, David assisted with the renovation of the Charles Tallman home in Janesville which serves as the current Library and Archives for the Rock County Genealogical and Historical Societies.


Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
“How to Find the Genealogy of a House and Those That Lived in It”
Speaker: Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

Using genealogy techniques of house architectural clues, local history, legal documents, and stories, to learn more about a building and all of its occupants.

Vicki Ruthe Hahn is a retired librarian and the creator of the blog "StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com" and founder of the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library. She has her BA and MLIS from the University of Illinois. Vicki designates herself as the "Stateline Genealogy Sorter" (SGS). With a background in anthropology, history, clothing history, and teaching, she sorts out mysteries, rediscovers histories, weaves stories, and helps people with their family genealogy and local history, specializing from Central Illinois to Central Wisconsin.


Check out our new Projects page with a link to the completed Cedar Bluff Cemetery database.