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Bay Area Genealogical Society 2022 Virtual Conference – Bay Area Genealogical Society
Bay Area Genealogical Society

Bay Area Genealogical Society 2022 Virtual Conference

Saturday, April 30, 2022
9 am – 2 pm
Reservations by Thursday April 16, 2022
Featured Speaker 1:
Gena Philibert-Ortega & Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jello Molds, Peacocks and Turtle Soup History of Food & Genealogy
Learn more about how food history interacts with your family history including food availability, food during war time, and what our immigrant ancestor ate. Gena Philibert Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food Family Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank blog. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her current research includes women’s repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women’s material culture.

Featured Speaker 2:
Jean Wilcox Hibben

The 1849 Wisconsin Asiatic Cholera Epidemic and its Implications for Genealogical Research
Americans took a while to get familiar with how diseases were spread, what precautions could be taken to minimize exposure, and why vaccinations were so important. While the medical community promoted sanitation and healthy lifestyles and the US government got involved in encouraging the eradication of diseases, in 1849 and lasting about two years, Wisconsin was overtaken by a cholera epidemic that was quickly at pandemic level. Did your ancestor die of the disease? So many did that a lot of deaths escaped being recorded. Many statistics were disguised so that public panic would be minimized. Learn the facts surrounding the outbreak as well as the effect politics and economics had on how the pandemic was handled; it just might solve one of your family history dilemmas.

The Role the Great Lakes Played in Wisconsin’s Involvement in Prohibition
If your ancestors lived in Wisconsin anytime between 1920 and the early 1930s, there is a chance that their lives were impacted by Prohibition, specifically if they lived in Milwaukee or Green Bay. During those times, the Great Lakes were a virtual thoroughfare of illegal liquor transportation and the state’s access points on Lake Michigan became destinations for those transporting, obtaining, and stopping the movement of alcohol, most often imported from Canada. Learn more about how the state’s residents were affected, including how the state’s beer industry, on a large scale, survived the dry period (1920-1933).

Download Registration form:  2022 Virtual Conference Registration