Many of our Friends have ancestors who came from German-speaking Europe. The Max Kade Institute helps family historians by offering general information on the immigrant experience, gazetteers and maps to help locate European town and villages, and a local referral list for transcription and translation services.

If you have written your family history, the Max Kade Institute would be happy to add a copy to the Family History Collection in the Max Kade Institute Library. Please make an appointment with an MKI staff member for assistance with specific materials. Patrons who wish to explore the resources of the Institute on their own, are welcome during regular library hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 4pm.

Trauschein_LouisWestphal&MarieRode_1886_smallThe Friends also cosponsor workshops for family historians who research their German-speaking ancestors. Topics include:

Genealogical Resources for German-American Ancestry—Online and Off

German Resources in America for Genealogists

Reading Old German Script

Tracing Your Jewish Roots from German Speaking Europe, and others.

PREVIOUS Workshops:


Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Library – room 126, 728 State Street, Madison
$30, box lunch included, 10% discount for Friends of the MKI and members of the WHS.

Join Lori Bessler (Wisconsin Historical Society) and Antje Petty (Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies) as they share tips and strategies to help you research your ancestors from German-speaking Europe.

Registration online at the Wisconsin Historical Society:…

For details see the attached PROGRAM or CONTACT
Lori Bessler:, 608-264-6519 or
Antje Petty:, 608-262-7546

GERMAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8am – 5pm, Madison

The Friends of the Max Kade Institute and the Wisconsin Historical Society are co-sponsoring a German Genealogy Workshop “Our German Ancestors and Their World”  on Saturday, May 9, 8am – 5pm, in Madison, WI, Memorial Library, room 126.
Seats are limited, so sign up early!  Members of the Friends and the WHS will receive a special discount!
  See the attached brochure for details and registration information.