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)
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.
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.