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JANUARY 26, 2017

YOUR NEXT STEP:  ORGANIZE AND SHARE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Speaker:  Steve Szabados

The focus of organizing your genealogy research should be to make it easy to find your information when you need it. Steve Szabados, genealogy speaker, author and columnist, will share how he organizes files, documents, etc. for easily use and retrieval.  Come learn his secrets!

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

BUILDING A RESEARCH TOOLBOX

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, via webinar

Are overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere. This session is a webinar and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

 

MARCH 23, 2017

DISCOVERING YOUR UK / IRISH ROOTS ONLINE

Speakers:  Debra Dudek

This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques of the three big UK and Irish databases: Find My Past, Scotlands People and  Roots Ireland. Learn what’s new within these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.

 

APRIL 27, 2017

FILE ORGANIZATION FOR THE GENEALOGIST

Speaker:  Carole Magnuson

 Information gathered from a multitude of sources is most useful and easily found again when it’s organized in an orderly and logical way. This class will demonstrate various ways to organize a collection, reduce piles of paper, and put information in a format that can be used as a foundation for a family history book or CD/DVD. Evernote, the note-taking, organizing and archiving app will also be discussed.

 

MAY 25, 2017

ADVANCED GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Speaker:  Tina Beaird

 Time to start utilizing the information you have collected while tracing your family tree. This course will show you how to interpret records for more accurate results. Plus, learn about lesser-known family history resources, like city directories, yearbooks and more.

 

JUNE 15, 2017

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL—FINDING ANCESTORS AMID THE RUBBLE OF DISASTER AND MISFORTUNE

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, in person

Horatio Spafford, author of the hymn It Is Well With My Soul, overcame immense tragedy, misfortune and disaster (the death of his only son, the Great Chicago Fire, a shipwreck which killed his four remaining daughters) to not only stay true to his values but to help others and still keep a positive outlook on life. How did our ancestors persevere and survive in the face of disaster – natural, manmade and financial – so that we could be here today to tell their stories? Learn how to not only locate your ancestors amidst the rubble, but give voice to their stories.

Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library; meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library

 

JULY 27, 2017

SWEDISH GENEALOGY IN A COMPUTER WORLD

Speaker:  Kathy Meade of ArchivDigital

This presentation will focus on the many free and subscription sites offering a variety of records associated with Swedish history.  This is a do not miss presentation for anyone who has Swedish ancestors.

 

AUGUST 24, 2017

ORGANIZING DIGITAL PHOTOS

Speaker:  Caroline Guntur

As a Professional Organizer, Caroline helps people just organize, digitize, and preserve their photos, slides, home movies and other family treasures, so that future generations can enjoy them too!

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

MIGRATING TRAILS INTO AND OUT OF VIRGINIA

Speaker:  Peggy Lauritzen, via webinar

Our ancestors were on the move a lot.  Land was precious to them and influenced when and where they lived.  This lecture will focus on the varied groups that populated the Shenandoah / Ohio Valley Region, the culture and customs, where they came from, and what influenced them to move in, stay, or move on.

This session is a webinar and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

 

OCTOBER 26, 2017

OVER THERE—CIVILIAN SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR

Speaker:  Sarah Kirby

Often we think of only military service when we consider ancestors in war.  Sarah will share a different perspective as she shares resources and strategies for researching civilian service.

DECEMBER 7, 2017

HOLIDAY SOCIAL / YEAR IN REVIEW

  Join us as we share holiday cheer and camaraderie as we complete our annual year-end review of activities.

 

 

 

Meeting Information:

Meeting Location:

 

Geneva History Museum

113 S. Third Street

Geneva, IL

 

Meeting Time: 7:30 PM