JANUARY 23, 2014
GOT ILLINOIS ANCESTORS? A GUIDE TO PRAIRIE STATE GENEALOGY
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
While Illinois genealogy research is no easier or more difficult than other states,
there are special resources with which many genealogists are unfamiliar. Learn about
the history of the Prairie State and its migration patterns to understand how your
ancestors lived and how to find them!
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
ANCESTRY.COM: TIPS AND TRICKS
Speaker: Jane Haldeman
Ancestry.com, one of the largest genealogy sites, offers a wide variety of resources
for the genealogist. This continually evolving website can be personalized to suit
the needs of the researcher. Tips for easy navigation, successful searches and personalization
will highlight this presentation
MARCH 27, 2014
SILENT VOICES: TELLING THE STORIES OF YOUR FEMALE IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS
Speaker: Liza Alzo
While most historical records have been created for and/or about men, this session
will demonstrate: effective ways to discover your female ancestors and how to document
the important roles their lives played in culture/society, Various methods for writing
about your female ancestors (from short, informative biosketches or profiles to writing
a complete book), along with options for publishing your family history will be discussed.
APRIL 24, 2014
AN ARCHIVIST’S NOTEBOOK: FAMILY HISTORY’S NAVIGATIONAL TOOL-GPS
Speaker: Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana
MAY 22, 2014
ADVANCED SEARCH TECHNIQUES: A CASE STUDY OF ONLINE RESEARCH
Speaker: Stephen Szabados
Mr. Szabados reviews various advanced search techniques that he used to find the
documents for a family that had their name mis-spelled on most documents plus they
eventually changed their surname. Steve discusses how he used “Advanced Search Pages”,
“Wild cards”, Spelling variations and soundex to find the records of your ancestors.
JUNE 26, 2014
FINDING YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS ARRIVAL RECORDS ONLINE
Speaker: Mike Karsen
With the advent of Ellis Island database, as well as those for other key immigration
ports, more records have been made available to genealogists around the world via
the internet. This lecture provides the basics for searching these databases using
case studies to illustrate various techniques.
JULY 24, 2014
Speaker: Tina Beaird
Based upon her many years of experience, Ms. Beaird, will share her experiences and
tips regarding family history research in Scotland, its people and immigrants. If
you have ancestry associated with Scotland, do not miss this presentation.
AUGUST 28, 2014
MAKING THE MOST OF LAND RECORDS
Speaker: Linda Eder
A long-time KCGS member, Ms. Eder will share her extensive knowledge on the use and
importance of land records in family history research. Examples and case studies
will be included where possible.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
FINDING MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVES
Speaker: Sarah Kirby
Miss Kirby will review why archives are important, the thought process one should
use when searching, and a couple of useful online tools for finding archives (ArchiveGrid,
NUCMC, and WorldCat). In addition, useful print resources will be discussed.
OCTOBER 23, 2014
REAL RESEARCH ON THE WEB
Speaker: Jeff Bockman
Reviews the basic steps of genealogical research using Internet sites that contain
images of "real records," indexes, or information about obtaining records. See the
results from contacting new cousins and researchers.
DECEMBER 4, 2014
HOLIDAY SOCIAL / YEAR IN REVIEW
While bringing in the holiday season, KCGS members and guests will look back at 2014
research and society accomplishments