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Wisconsin Historical Society Offering Free American Indian Genealogy Workshop in Ashland

Ashland, Wis. – On April 27, the Wisconsin Historical Society will be offering a free American Indian Genealogy workshop at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.  Presented by Dr. Theresa Schenck, this workshop will help participants discover if they have American Indian ancestry and learn more about those ancestors.

“Dr. Theresa Schenck is knowledgeable, experienced, and has taught American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as several other universities,” said Lori Bessler, reference librarian with the Wisconsin Historical Society.  “We think that this workshop provides participants with new tools, resources, and strategies for overcoming obstacles in their research.”

Researching genealogy entails using a variety of resources that shed light on the family histories that may not have been handed down through the generations.  This free, half-day, American Indian Genealogy Workshop will include:

  • Doing Indian Genealogy (Lori Bessler)
  • Upstreaming: How to Go Backwards (Dr. Schneck)
  • How to Search and Use Records (Dr. Schenck)

The event will be held in the Martin Hanson Theater in the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (29270 County Hwy G, Ashland, WI) from 12 pm to 4 pm and light refreshments will be included.  Registration for this event is required.  Find workshop details and registration information at

Dr. Theresa Schenck has taught American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington State University and First Nations Studies at the University of Winnipeg.  She was a recipient of the Native American Fulbright Scholarship to Canada in 1997.  Dr. Schenck is the author of The Ojibwe Journals of Edmund F. Ely, William W. Warren: The Life, Letters and Times of an Ojibwe Leader; All Our Relations.

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