Fox Footprints: local history

The Appleton Public Library is very interested in preserving local history and collecting our shared stories. Here you will find unique photos and stories, updates on our projects and information on our programs in local history and researching your family history. If you have a great photo or story, let us know!   -Diana

Find your military ancestors

Researching a Wisconsin ancestor who is a veteran? Russell Horton of the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum will explain what types of military records are available and how to access them Saturday, February 13 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Learn more about the museum here.

Thanks to the Friends of Appleton Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Learn About Polish Genealogy

Steve Szabados, author of ten genealogy books, genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal and lecturer on Polish genealogy will appear at the Appleton Public Library on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 pm in Lower Level Meeting Room C. Learn ways to research your Polish family tree, how Polish history and border changes affected your ancestors and where to find records. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. 

The Find Your Ancestors series of genealogy programs, funded by the Friends of Appleton Public Library, take place in Lower Level Meeting Room C, from 2:00-3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month from November to April.  February 13 will feature Russell Horton, Reference & Outreach Archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, with a class called Find Your Military Ancestors.

Using Court Records to Find Ancestors

Do you have a “black sheep” ancestor or hard feelings in the family stemming from someone’s will? 

After exhausting vital records, the census and newspapers, resourceful genealogists turn to less-used historical records to develop their family histories. UW Oshkosh archivist Joshua Ranger will talk specifically about the American civil, probate and criminal court records that may still exist and how they might help you learn more about your ancestors. 

Saturday, December 12, from 2:00-3:30 in Lower Level Meeting Room C.  Free and open to the public.

Part of the Find Your Ancestors series of genealogy programs, funded by Friends of the Appleton Public Library.  

Step-by-Step - Back to Your Norwegian Ancestors

Wisconsin was a primary destination for immigrants from Norway. In 1900, one quarter of Norwegians who had immigrated to America lived in the state of Wisconsin. If your ancestors came from this Scandinavian country, please join us for the first Find Your Ancestors program of the year.  

Experienced Norwegian researcher Mary Ellen Petersen will present Step-by-Step - Back to Your Norwegian Ancestors on Saturday, November 14, from 2:00-3:30 pm in Meeting Room C.

Funded by the Friends of Appleton Public Library. 

Steampunk Saturday is October 10

Ladies and gentlemen, rogues and explorers - mark your calendar for Saturday, October 10!  That is the day steampunk comes to the library, with presentations by Cassie & Jerry Beyer, steampunks of style and discernment.   You will have a chance to talk with role-playing game designer/author, Ken Vinson. Be present for our first tea dueling demo and learn about the importance of tea in the world of steampunk. 

Dress in your best retro-futuristic style if desired; the costume contest (for all ages) begins at 2:00, or you may pose for a souvenir Victorian-style photo. We will have plenty of steampunk crafts and prizes, so bring your friends!  We hope to see you then.

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