Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine looks into the science of genealogy with our guest Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Finding information about your own family history can result in a lot of detective work, similar to that of a scientist trying to prove an hypothesis. The work has been simpler today with online websites like ancestry.com, familysearch.org, myheritage.com, and findagrave.com. But not all websites are equal, and most don’t contain all the necessary information online. Lori says that ancestor hunters will likely need to travel to the source of valuable records that have not been digitized for online access. And Lori also recommends that someone in every family should research and collect as much personal memorabilia about past and current family members as possible, things like stories, memories, letters, journals, and photos.
If you have any genealogical questions about searching your family history, you can contact Lori at email@example.com or by calling 608-264-6535. Also, the Wisconsin Historical Society holds seminars in the Spring and Fall. Click the link to the Genealogy Workshops for more information.