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August 16 - Wheaton, IL

Steve Szabados of the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will present "Researching your Chicago Ancestors." The program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Databases discussed will include vital records, church records, state records, federal records, employment records, histories of neighborhoods and many more. Sources that will be reviewed will be online websites, genealogy collections held at major libraries, collections held at local libraries, and collections compiled by area genealogical societies.

The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held this month on August 16 at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton 60187 from 10:30 to 12:30.


Aug. 23 - Chicago, IL

“An American's Genealogical Adventure on Swedish TV” with Eric Basir - Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to noon

Hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.)

Early this year, Eric Basir received the gift of a lifetime—an all-expenses paid trip to be the first in his mother's family since the early 1900's to return to Sweden. All he had to do was to be himself and tolerate a Swedish television show camera crew that would follow him and nine other participants from America as they traveled and learned about Swedish culture for the popular Swedish TV show, "Allt för Sverige." The grand prize for the Swedish-American who endured and persevered through the most cultural challenges was a family reunion with lost-and-found Swedish relatives.

Cost for this program is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may email the Genealogy Center at gro.camas|ygolaeneg#gro.camas|ygolaeneg to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

More details … Swedish American Museum Events http://www.swedishamericanmuseum.org/museuminfo/news/event/an-americans-genealogical-adventure-on-swedish-tv/


September 6 - Chicago, IL

A Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG

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The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

FREE ADMISSION, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The morning will begin at 9:30 with a brief tour and orientation to the Newberry's genealogy section for those who've not been here before. Starting at 10:00, Dr. David McDonald, CG, will present two talks:

Illinois Migration Patterns - Illinois Migration Patterns reviews paths into the state in the antebellum period and considers cultural and attitudinal mindsets that define Chicago and "Downstate" as something other than a political perspective. Where did the people who made up Mr. Lincoln's Illinois come from?

Lutherpalians and Presbygationalists - Lutherpalians and Presbygationalists looks at how American Protestants often moved between denominations as they moved across the country. Further, discussion of cultural clues which may offer insight into where or what type of church your forebears attended, and how to access church records that may exist if Grandma's church has closed.

Dr. David McDonald, CG, has nearly 40 years' genealogical research experience and has more than 30 years' experience as a lecturer and teacher in the field. Dave's formative years were spent in Buffalo Grove and he has been a frequent user of the Newberry's collections since 1979. His research interests include migration to, through, and within the United States, and in the records of churches and their utility for genealogical research. A trustee and immediate past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he has also served as a Director of the National Genealogical Society. Dave lives near Madison, Wisconsin, where he serves as a pastor in the United Church of Christ. With his wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd, an optometrist, he has three adult children. Their household serves two cats and an aging basset hound.

Directions and parking information


Sept. 10 - Bolingbrook, IL

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“Researching the Gift of Health: Compiling Your Medical Family Tree” with Marsha Peterson-Maass - Tuesday, September 10, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Genealogy Club at Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL

Compiling your Medical Family Tree might be easier than you think even if you don't have formal medical or genealogical training … anyone can do it! This lecture provides a basic understanding of what's crucial in compiling a Medical Family Tree chart and Predisposition Results Sheet. We'll also explore both traditional genealogical research methods to find family health records along with what today's medical DNA test results can offer. Genealogists are often amazed to discover that they might already possess many records that yield this family medical information. Topics are covered from Marsha's textbooks, Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Medical Family Tree Workbook and Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Basics for Everyone … textbooks are distributed before the lecture so participants can peruse them during the lecture and can optionally purchase to take home for $20/each (this price is a 20% discount).

More details … Fountaindale Public Library's Events http://host7.evanced.info/fountaindale/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=15694&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=9/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=Fundamentals of Genealogy Event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/601678006541937/Fundamentals of Genealogy Blog's Upcoming Events http://fundamentalsofgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/03/upcoming-fudamentals-of-genealogy.html


September 13 - Arlington Heights, IL

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"CGS 2014 Fall All-Day Genealogy Seminar" featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm - Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. central

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL … registration and lectures held in the Hendrickson Room, 2nd Floor)

Come join CGS and 'The Legal Genealogist,' Judy G. Russell, for a fun, informative day of lectures, networking and genealogical discovery!

  • 9;30 a.m. - Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. - "Don't Forget the Ladies - A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law"
  • 11:15 a.m. - "ABCs of DNA"
  • 1:30 p.m. - "Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing"
  • 2:45 p.m. - "Staying Out of Trouble - The Rights and Responsibilities of Today's Genealogists"

Seats are limited!
Brochure with program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/CGS%202014%20Seminar%20Registration%20Form%20Final.pdf
REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR AND PAY ONLINE HERE! http://formsmarts.com/form/1dui

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


September 13 - Northbrook, IL

Northbrook History Museum
1776 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, IL

North Suburban Genealogical Society public meeting

The meeting will feature Mike Karsen. topic: Write Your Family History NOW!
We genealogists are very good at doing research and collecting many facts about our families. For any of a number of reasons, however, most of us delay publishing the results of this research. Mike Karsen shows how you can publish your findings in books that vary from a simple 30 pages to one that contains detailed biographies and places your family in historical context. Your goal should be to organize your findings and share them with your family as soon as possible.

The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

Website: [http://nsgsil.org]


September 18, 2014

It Didn't All Go Up In Flames: Exploring Pre-fire Chicago at the Newberry

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The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

Thursdays, September 18 - October 16 (class will not meet October 9)
4 sessions, $160
5:45 - 7:45 pm
Led by Ginger Frere and Matt Rutherford

Worried that the Fire burned your chances of discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music. Selected primary source readings will further inform our discussions about what life was really like for early Chicagoans.

Ginger Frere, MLS, is a reference librarian and researcher. Matt Rutherford, MLS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry.

http://www.newberry.org/F14Fire


September 27 - Naperville, Illinois

The annual conference of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Naperville, Illinois. Lisa Louise Cooke is the featured speaker and will present the following lectures:

  • How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
  • Ultimate Google Search Strategies and Tips
  • Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
  • Genealogy on the Go With the iPad and Tablets

Registration is $35 for FVGS members, $40 for non-members, and $45 for everyone after September 12. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. There will also be genealogy vendors and door prizes.

For additional information about the conference or to register, visit the annual conference page on the FVGS website at http://www.ilfvgs.org/index.php/education/conference.


October 4 - Chicago, IL

Genealogy and Local History Orientation

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The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

9:30 am
Stop at the first floor information desk for meeting location.

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library. Afterwards, you are welcome to begin your research in the General Reading Room where a reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required. Free.

http://www.newberry.org


October 4 - Chicago, IL

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"Chicago Fire Bus Tour!" with your ever-popular tour guide and host, Craig Pfannkuche, CGS Board Member - Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chicago Genealogical Society

Back by popular demand … more details soon!

We look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


October 4 - Kankakee, IL

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“Little Known Essentials: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Genealogy” with Marsha Peterson-Maass - Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society (meeting at Kankakee Public Library, 201 East Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL)

“Little Known Essentials: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Genealogy” explores 10 genealogical concepts that are essential to your success in many genealogy endeavors. We’ll discuss the importance of knowing and using accredited research and process methods for: Establishing Identity; Determining Cousin Relationships; Building an Ancestral Profile; why you need to research using Timelines; the benefit of using Maps in your research; basics of Evidence Analysis; how to prepare Pedigree Charts for DNA and other networking; Final Genealogical Product ideas, Paper Storage, and; suggestions for Family Gatherings.

More details … Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society's Events http://www.kvgs.org/Fundamentals of Genealogy Event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/261892707316684/Fundamentals of Genealogy Blog's Upcoming Events http://fundamentalsofgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/03/upcoming-fudamentals-of-genealogy.html


October 5 - Elburn, IL

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“A 60-Minute Crash Course: Beginning Genealogy Using Accredited Methods” with Marsha Peterson-Maass - Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Genealogy Interest Group at Town and Country Public Library District, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL

This lecture is a fun look at accredited basics and research methodology suitable for everyone … if you're a beginner you'll take away a sense of what you need to be doing in your research … if you're an experienced genealogist you might be surprised to discover how much of the accredited methodology you only "sort of knew" and that knowing the accredited research precepts can actually help revitalize your current search. Topics are chosen directly from Marsha's textbook, Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Basics for Everyone, so it's easy to follow along with the talk … textbooks are distributed before the lecture so participants can peruse them during the lecture and can optionally purchase to take home for $20/each (a 20% discount).

More details … Town and Country Public Library District's Events http://www.elburn.lib.il.us/adult/elburn-historical-collection-genealogyFundamentals of Genealogy Event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1420418954857145/Fundamentals of Genealogy Blog's Upcoming Events http://fundamentalsofgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/03/upcoming-fudamentals-of-genealogy.html


Oct 11 - Northbrook, IL

Northbrook History Museum
1776 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, IL

North Suburban Genealogical Society public meeting

The meeting will feature Ginger Frere, MLIS Mining the National Archives
What’s in the archives that I can’t find online? Why make the trip? This session will
explore some of the lesser known holdings of the National Archives—at the Great Lakes Region and in Washington, D.C. Post Office records, Great Lakes Maritime records, passport applications and much more. Come learn about the ways you can find and access these genealogical gold mines.

The public is invited to attend the NSGS monthly meeting

The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

For more information:
http://nsgsil.org


November 1 - Chicago, IL

Genealogy and Local History Orientation

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The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

9:30 am
Stop at the first floor information desk for meeting location.

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library. Afterwards, you are welcome to begin your research in the General Reading Room where a reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required. Free.

http://www.newberry.org


November 1 - Chicago, IL

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"Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893 The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis" with Joseph Gustaitis - Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. central

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL)

"Cities are not buildings; cities are people." Joseph Gustaitis is an Emmy Award winning freelance writer and editor living in Chicago who will present from his recent book Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis (2013, Southern Illinois University Press).

This program is free and visitors are welcome … we look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


Fire Up Your Genealogy Workshop — Elgin, IL

The Elgin Genealogical Society is putting on a one-year long workshop to help a person get started…or restarted…with genealogy research. Each monthly program will cover a different topic important to helping you further your research. The workshops will be held on the third Thursday of each month in the Community Room, first floor of the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, Illinois 60120 and begin
at 7:00 pm. All EGS meetings are open to the public. The program schedule is:

Date Topic
March 20 — Turning Fiction to Fact: Using, Identifying and Citing Sources
April 17 — Making Sense of the Census
May 15 — Organizing your Research
June 19 — Using Libraries to Continue your Research
July 17 — Using Websites to Help Your Research
August 21 — Analyzing and Tracking your Research
September 18 — Digging into Land Records: The Neglected Resource
October 16 — Dusting Off those Old Court Records
November 20 — Fanning the Flames

While designed to be a one-year long workshop a person does not have to attend all programs. For more information please email moc.loa|SGniglE#moc.loa|SGniglE


December 6 - Chicago, IL

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"The Crash: How One Chicago Family Navigated Personal and Financial Loss in the 1930's during The Great Depression" with Patricia Desmond Biallas - Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. central

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL)

This presentation offers a glimpse into the realities of Depression era Chicago woven together with genealogical documents, family lore and photos from a family album. Pat Biallas is an award winning writer, editor and family historian who publishes a personal "GeneaJourneys" genealogy blog http://geneajourneys.wordpress.com/ and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Association for Personal Historians, and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

This program is free and visitors are welcome … we look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


December 6 - Chicago, IL

Genealogy and Local History Orientation

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The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

9:30 am
Stop at the first floor information desk for meeting location.

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library. Afterwards, you are welcome to begin your research in the General Reading Room where a reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required. Free.

http://www.newberry.org


February 7, 2015 - Chicago, IL

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"The Write Stuff: Family Histories with Substance and Appeal" with Debra Mieszala, CG - Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. central

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL)

Narrative genealogical writing does not need to be dull. Learn to artfully weave facts into passages that help to bring an ancestor to life. Debbie Mieszala is a Certified Genealogist who specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th Century research and the Midwest. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute f Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

This program is free and visitors are welcome … we look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


March 7, 2015 - Chicago, IL

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"Chicago's Hidden Genealogical Resources" an invitational event of the Chicago Genealogical Society - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL)

Chicagoland genealogical societies share their "Hidden Genealogical Resources" … more details soon!

This program is free and visitors are welcome … we look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni


April 4, 2015 - Chicago, IL

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"Chicago House History Research" with Lesley Martin - Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. central

Chicago Genealogical Society (meeting at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL)

"Chicago House History Research" … more details soon!

This program is free and visitors are welcome … we look forward to seeing you there! Program details: http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/event.html

Stay in touch with the Chicago Genealogical Society
Website: http://www.ChicagoGenealogy.orgBlog: http://chicagogenealogicalsociety.blogspot.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoGenealogicalSocietyTwitter: @ChicagoGenSoc Hashtag—> #ChicagoGenSoc … CGS FamilySearch Wiki Page: Coming soon! … YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoGenSocPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ChicagoGenSoc/Mail: P. O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160 … Email: gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni#gro.ygolaeneGogacihC|ofni



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