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Rock County Genealogical Society
RCGS Home Page

An Affiliate Member of The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 936, Janesville, WI 53547-0936
Library & Archives New Location: 430 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI
Hours: Wed - Fri, 10AM - 3PM (call ahead)
Phone: (608) 752-5891
Email: Research Inquiries
Note: Research fees apply:
- $20 per hour;
- Copy cost: $1/page (Members $0.50/page)
Email: Webmaster
RCGS Program, Tues. Sept. 15, 2015, 6:30PM: "HIRING A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST" by Bob Rettammel, APG (click for Info)


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Society Meetings:
The Rock County Genealogical Society meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month, September through May at 6:30 PM. The December meeting, if any, is a holiday social event and there are frequent summer field trips and hands-on training, so check the RCGS newsletter, our web page, and local newspapers for details. Most meetings are held at the Helen Jeffris Woods Museum Gallery Room, 426 N. Jackson Street, in Janesville, WI. and are open to the public. RCGS Board of Trustees meets at 5 P.M. on the same dates and at the same location. Board meetings are open to the membership three times yearly at the April, October and November meetings.

Society Contact Information, Location and Library Hours:
Volunteers Needed ! We need your help to staff hours at the library. If you can spare a couple hours per week as a volunteer helper at the RCGS library, the Society welcomes your help. No special training is required. Click here for Volunteer Information.
MAILING ADDRESS: Rock County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 936, Janesville, WI 53547-0936

NEW LOCATION: The RCGS library and office are located at the newly renovated Charles Tallman Home, 430 N. Jackson St. adjacent to the Tallman House Restoration in Janesville, Wisconsin.

HOURS: The RCGS library and RCHS archive are open to the public from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Wednesdays & Thursdays and 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Fridays. Contact us by phone to confirm we will be open on a particular day or to request special accommodation.

EMAIL: The RCGS webmaster can forward your email questions or requests to the Society Librarian, our staff of researchers, the Society newsletter editor or others.

PHONE NUMBERS: RCGS library at 608-752-5891.

Society Newsletter:
RCGS members receive the Society Newsletter quarterly. The newsletter provides timely tips and research suggestions to aid you in your genealogical research. We also publish the latest news and events in Rock County and the Midwest. Members may submit queries about their Rock County ancestors at no charge.

Society Membership:
Joining the Rock County Genealogical Society provides you with an opportunity to connect with others dedicated to collecting and preserving genealogical and local historical materials. Current projects include copying and indexing of Rock County public documents including area cemeteries and newspapers. To join the RCGS call 608-752-5891, or view a Printable Membership Application form
or write the Society at the address at the top of this page.

  • Individual/Couple Membership: $20
    (single address)
  • Lifetime Membership: Details Soon
  • Priority Response to Research Requests of the RCGS Library and RCHS Archive,
  • 10% discounts on purchases of RCGS publications and Indexes,
  • Waiver of the $10 per day admission & research fee when visiting the RCGS Library and RCHS Archives,
  • 50% discount on photocopies of Library/Archives materials,
  • Members-Only Look-up Service from among Rock County Genealogical Reference Books,
  • Four Quarterly Issues of the RCGS Newsletter in which You may Post Your Research Queries,
  • Post Your Ancestors' Names, Locations, Dates Online plus Your Contact Info to the RCGS Ancestral Surname Index,
  • An Annual "Genealogy Jump-Start": A free once a year search of occurrences of a single Rock Co. surname in the Library & Archives.

Search this RCGS Site:
use the dialog box below to search all RCGS pages simultaneously:
This is a quick way to find your surnames among all the online RCGS indexes.

REMEMBER: Our ancestors (and county clerks) were devilishly creative when writing surnames.
If you get "no hits" using this method, you can still manually scan each alphabetized index individually in the INDEX Menu, above in order to look for even more creative spelling variations.

Smart Search the Web for Ancestors:
use the link below to create a menu of smart searches of the World Wide Web:

This is an easy way to research specific ancestors. Enter a little family information and receive a list of focused Google searches that are both wickedly intelligent and conveniently pre-formatted.

Smart Search Link

Society Meeting Dates and Speaker Information

Sept., 2015 Program
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Program Title: Hiring a Professional Genealogist; Looking to Discover Your Family Roots

Location: Meet at Helen Jeffris Woods Museum Gallery Room, 426 N. Jackson Street, in Janesville, WI which is two doors south of the Lincoln Tallman Restorations. (Click for map & directions). There is handicapped parking in the rear of the building with additional parking at the Charles Tallman House, 430 North Jackson Street, or across Mineral Point Avenue at the Mercy enclosed parking ramp. There is no charge for parking in the Mercy parking ramp.

Cost and Invitation: Free and Open to the Public.

Program Presenter(s): Bob Rettammel, Member of Association of Professional Genealogists. Rettammel has been interested in genealogy since he was 14 years old. He was working with his Uncle Art, who found boxes of old pictures in the old Rettammel house. Looking at those pictures brought his family to life, many of whom he had never met. That summer he put together an album, which he still has, and that was the start of how he became a professional genealogist. Rettammel is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Dane County Genealogical Society. He has visited Europe a number of times and Germany in 1990 (Austria, Bavaria and southern Germany), and spring 2014 went to Berlin and Hamburg, where he visited some German genealogists who continue to help him with his own family search. Rettammel has a Masters degree in Sociology from Marquette University. He lives in Madison, WI with his wife Amy, cats Jake and Ellie, and new arrival pug-mix dog named Daisy.

Program Summary: Some people have the time, money, and skills necessary to do their own genealogical research. Some do not. If you, for whatever reason, are unable to pursue all the resources that are available, you may want to enlist the help of an experienced professional genealogist. Rettammel will discuss the hiring process, and what you need to do if you want assistance from a professional. You must have a clear goal of what you want the genealogist to undertake. Rettammel will explain what should be in a “Letter of Agreement” and who holds copyright to the research reports. He will describe the many services offered by professional genealogists, along with fees and how to control your costs.

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