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Evening meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the following months at 7:00 p.m.:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October.  An annual conference is held during the daytime on a Saturday in November.

Meetings are held at the Mundelein Park district, 1401 N. Midlothian, Mundelein, IL in the first building just northeast of the library.  The annual conference in November is held at another location. 

Everyone is welcome!

Date Program Speaker

10 Jan 2017

You, Too, Can Read Old Handwriting

Maureen Brady
14 Feb 2017

Finding Grandmother’s European Ancestors -
Germany and others

Steve Szabados
14 Mar 2017

"I” is for Identity Crisis

Dan Hubbard, Phd.
11 April 2017

It's Not All Online:
Chicago Repositories and What They Have

Ginger Frere, MLS, MBA
9 May 2017

The Underground Railroad in Lake County: Myths and Facts

Nancy Schumm

Program Description

January 12, 2016:  You, Too, Can Read Old Handwriting  - Maureen Brady

While today’s family records are most often printed or computer generated, records of the past were handwritten.  As handwriting styles have changed over time, and also differ from region to region, reading these records can be a challenge.  This presentation will offer ideas for “breaking through” the handwriting barrier, including online and printed resources.

Maureen Brady is a former school librarian and computer educator. She has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist, and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Maureen has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical societies, libraries, conferences, and workshops. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.

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February 14, 2017:   Finding Grandmother’s European Ancestors: Germany and others - Steve Szabados

Finding European ancestors is a challenge but this program covers a method that tries to simplify this daunting search. The program will focus on German resources but will also include other countries where the author has done extensive research for records in Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic. The program covers tips to find where your ancestors left, where to find the European records and gives tips on translating most records. He has also been successful researching for Jewish, Scandinavian, Irish, Scottish and English records.

Steve Szabados is a genealogy lecturer and author. He has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. His goal is to share his passion for Family History and has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Illinois and has a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He is a member for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, Illinois State Genealogical Society, and member of for the Polish Genealogical Society of America. He is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. Steve is the author of eleven books on genealogy and is the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

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March 14, 2017:  "I” is for Identity Crisis - Dan Hubbard, Phd.

We think of identity as something fixed and simple, but as we try to reconstruct the identities of long gone people we need to realize that identity is a much slipperier concept. The things we use to define a person’s identity can change during that person’s lifetime. There are also questions of how a person self-identifies, the motivations they can have for changing how they self-identify, and how those changes affect the records they leave behind. 

 Dr. Daniel Hubbard has been seriously researching his family history since he was 11 years old. He is a former particle physicist who lived in France and Sweden for 20 years before returning to Libertyville with his family. He is now a full-time professional genealogist, book designer and writer. He is the owner of Personal Past ( with research concentrating on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He is President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago.

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April 11, 2017:  It's Not All Online: Chicago Repositories and What They Have - Ginger Frere

Good genealogical research means we must do “reasonably exhaustive” searches for information about our ancestors, going beyond the data we find online. In this session, we will discuss the importance of using non-digitized materials, learn about the holdings of various Chicago-area repositories, and get acquainted ArchiveGrid and Explore Chicago Collections, two online resources that will aid in finding records relevant to one’s research.

Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists. She was one of the driving forces behind the development of In addition to researching, Ginger is a frequent speaker in the Chicago-land area and a regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education seminar program. She is also a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence.

May 9, 2017:  The Underground Railroad in Lake County: Myths and Facts - Nancy Schummb

This program summarizes a project Nancy Schumm has been working on for over three years to trace the path, mythology, facts and families involved in the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois, and particularly Lake County.

Nancy Schumm is the award-winning author of five books on regional history and has written numerous articles for magazines and news media. As a self-professed history geek, Nancy has been lecturing and presenting professional papers on historic topics nationally and internationally since 1997 including two programs on historic studies for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership in Manassas, Virginia. Schumm has been featured in four national videos on Midwestern history and interviews on Wisconsin Public Radionand WGN news. She is featured in the newly released documentary by Fourth Wall Films entitled, The Barn Builders.

Schumm Consulting LLC conducts property studies for owners of historic properties, writes family histories, produces family legacy videos and recently completed a study on the history of the landscapes for the University of Chicago.

Schumm is the president of the Ela Historical Society and serves as an advisory member of the Wisconsin Barn Preservation Association to protect the rural heritage of Wisconsin. She also works with Landmarks Illinois to network on activities that promote our heritage in Northeastern Illinois.

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