Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Max Kade Intstitute periodically offers workshops for family historians who research their German-speaking ancestors. Topics include Genealogical Resources for German-Amerian Ancestry, Online and Off, German Resources in America for Genealogists, Reading Old German Script, Tracing Your Jewish Roots from German Speaking Europe,and others.

Genealogy Workshops

Saturday, October 19, 2019 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Session I “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...

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

This four-session workshop covers the following topics:

1) "All I know is they were from Germany:" finding and pinpointing your ancestor's hometown in Europe; exploring the ways your ancestors travelled to America

2) ...

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Saturday, November 3, 2018 -
9:00am to 3:30pm

This workshop has reached the maximum number of participants, and registration is now CLOSED. ...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:30pm


Are you a historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? A genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors? In this workshop, sponsored by the...

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Saturday, March 12, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

At the annual DuPage County Genealogical Society conference, Antje Petty will present four sessions on German genealogy topics:

  1. Introduction to German Genealogy
  2. Working With Documents in America and Germany...
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Saturday, November 7, 2015 -
8:30am to 4:00pm

Do you have ancestors from German-speaking Europe? Then you will enjoy this all-day workshop. Combining history and genealogical strategies, this program will help you research your German-speaking...

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 -
8:00am to 5:00pm

This all-day workshop will be conducted by Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian for the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Library Archives, and Antje Petty, Assistant Director of the Max Kade Institute. You will learn how to find your family’s...

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 -
9:00am to 4:00pm