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JANUARY 23, 2014

GOT ILLINOIS ANCESTORS? A GUIDE TO PRAIRIE STATE GENEALOGY

(WEBINAR PRESENTATION)

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

(WEBINAR PRESENTATION)

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 ARCHIVISTS NOTEBOOK:  FAMILY HISTORYS 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

SCOTTISH ANCESTRY

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

Meeting Information:

Meeting Location:

 

Geneva History Center

113 S. Third Street

Geneva, IL

 

Meeting Time: 7:30 PM