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Welcome to the Bay Area Genealogical Society!



Although we are headquartered in Green Bay, Brown County Wisconsin, our society's mission encompasses all of the surrounding counties. Our society was founded in 1975 to educate people in genealogical research techniques and to make historical and genealogical material available to the general public. We locate and compile original materials and acquire donations of genealogical books and other materials including cemetery listings. In addition to Brown County, Wisconsin we also welcome researchers interested in the  surrounding counties of Calumet,Door, Kewaunee, Oconto, Outagamie and Shawano counties.
  We are pleased to hold several educational sessions throughout the year, currently online via Zoom. If you are interested in learning more about our events, see our calendar page for more  information.
 Brown County is one of Wisconsin's original two counties, originally spanning the entire eastern half of the state.when created in 1818, so the area is rich in resources for you to discover.
 The society  also has a Facebook page where you can ask questions and seek help. Find us at Bay Area Genealogical Society on Facebook 

Coming Soon! Our 2023 Annual Conference!

Coming Soon! Our 2023 Annual Conference!
Those Records Are Where?
Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Two sessions with Paula Stuart Warren, Certified Genealogist®, FMGS, FUGA
Paula Stuart Warren
Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
So many researchers put up artificial brick walls because their ancestors weren't land owners, were perennial renters staying one step ahead of the bill collector, or didn't leave behind a ten page will listing all the children. Many researchers figure that the trail runs cold, but that is far from the truth. Our poorer relatives are traceable, and, because they were poor and often needed some kind of assistance, may have left more helpful records than one might think. Some of the record keepers made side comments about our poorer ancestors in these records which may lead to other sources and relationships. The various records, sources for tracking them down, and dealing with the sometimes-painful aspects of the information found will be discussed. Visuals will demonstrate the extensive information which may be found. The examples span many states and time periods and both private organizations and government agencies at many levels.

Where Are Those Records They Told Me To Check?

Genealogists are continually learning about different records that may hold the family history details they seek. In books and classes, at institutes, conferences, and online, records are described and illustrated. The excitement builds but then many are stymied. Sure that record looks good, but where should they go to find that record for their ancestral locality? Should they check online, go to the courthouse, the historical society, state archives, the Family Search Library or Center, or just keep on wishing they knew where to find the records now? Should they check close to the locality or might the record be four counties or three states away? This session details the many finding aids, publications, resource people, and online clues to where the records may be located today. It also details the differences in city, county, state, and federal level record responsibility in the assist the researcher in the direction of the correct place.
About Paula:
Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in railroads, the WPA, and Native American records. She has spent extensive
research time at libraries, courthouses, libraries, state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the U.S. National Archives. She is currently a coordinator and instructor for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, has presented courses for several other
institutes and academies, and continues present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional
Genealogists. She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada with many lines converging in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She currently has her own educational website and blog at and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

Upcoming Events
March 28, 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
BAGS board meeting
Contact the president if you wish to attend so we can send you the zoom link. If inperson we will meet at the second loor ...

April 22, 2023
9:00 am to 11:45 am
Those Records Are Where?
Join us Saturday, April 22 for our 2023 annual conference. Our speaker widll be Paula Stuart Warren, Certified Genealogist®, FMGS, FUGA. Paula will present two session, Tho’ They ...

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