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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. 

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

Everyone is welcome!

Date Program Speaker

12 Jan 2016

Tapping the Power of Family Search®

Maureen Brady
9 Feb 2016

Read the Tabloids:  German Church Records

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin CG
8 Mar 2016

Winding Your Way Through the Web:  Popular Sites for the Genealogist

Ginger Frere
12 Apr 2016

The Journey to America:  
Federal Passenger-Ship Records

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
10 May 2016

County Courthouse Records

Cynthia Pruim Haran
14 June 2016

Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors

Tina Beaird, MLIS
12 July 2016

Delving Deeper into the Census

Jane Gwynn Haldeman
9 Aug 2016

Over There:  Civilian Volunteers in WWI

Sarah Kirby
13 Sep 2016

Study Up on School Records for Success

Grace Dumelle
11 Oct 2016
Preserving Your Life Stories
Dan Gelfond
12 Nov 2016
Annual Workshop:
Using Ancestry® for Your Ancestry

Juliana Szucs

Program Description

January 12, 2016:  Tapping the Power of Family Search - Maureen Brady

Maureen's presentation will provide a "tour" of the website and will also discuss search strategies and helpful hints for organizing your research time at Family Search®.

Maureen Brady is a former school librarian and computer educator. She has over 25 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, as well as presenting at the 2002 National Genealogical Society Conference.  She is co-director of the Crystal Lake, IL Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.

February 9, 2016: German Church Records - Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

German church records are a key resource for determining our ancestors' family relationships. Sometimes, though these records deliver extra information that was not required.  In these instances, they read similar to modern-day tabloids.

  • Make sure to read all of the fine print in a record.  The juicy details hide there.
  • Consider the new research opportunities implied.
  • Consider the underlying social implications of the information found.
  • Learn how laws in some areas increased rates of illegitimacy.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has actively researched her German ancestry, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish roots.  She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations.  She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has taken college-level German courses.  Teresa was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies.  She is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban council of Genealogists.

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March 8, 2016 - Winding Your Way Through the Web:  Popular Sites for the Genealogist - Ginger Frere

The internet can be an overwhelming place for beginning genealogists.  Which websites are reliable?  Which will help you discover when great-grandpa was born or how he came to the United States?  This session will introduce novice genealogists to several websites that will launch their cyberspace searches in the right direction.

Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where her responsibilities include providing reference services and working on digital projects.  Ginger is co-director of, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.  She is a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Illinois Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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April 12, 2016 - The Journey to America: Federal Passenger-Ship Records - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM

As immigration leglislation in the Unite States Became more restrictive, the information on passenger-ship records became more robust.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories.  She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers.  Her clients are international and include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  On behalf of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, Jeanne searches and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

May 10, 2016 - County Courthouse Records by Cynthia Prium Haran, J.D.

Cynthia will be discussing county courthouse records, such as birth and death records, marriages, deeds, and cemetery plats.

Cynthia is is the Chief Deputy Recorder of Deeds for Lake County, Illinois and a former Lake County, public defender.  She recieved her law degree at the Chicago Kent University of Law.  

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June 14, 2016 - Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors by Tina Beaird

Our ancestors traveled so much, if not more, than we do today.  Explore what types of maps and property records exist for pinpointing your ancestor's whereabouts across the United States, from plat maps to Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to Google maps.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library.  She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University.  Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation.  Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 10 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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July 12, 2016 - Delving Deeper into the Census by Jane Gwynn Haldeman

The U.S. Federal Census records are more than just names and dates. The data was processed into statistical tables, maps, and published reports.  Find out what data is available and how you can use it.  Learn more about your ancestors by delving deeper into the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

Jane Gwynn Haldeman has been a genealogical researcher for more than 20 years.  She is the past president of both the Illinois Genealogical Society and the Fox Valley Genealogical Society.  She is also the past registrar for the Fort Payne Chapter of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

August 9, 2016 - Over There:  Civilian Volunteers in WWI by Sarah Kirby

In addition to the troops we sent, many thousands of individuals served as volunteers in WWI. Some were soldiers in other armies, but most were in non-combat roles.  This presentation will review some of the organizations that they were in and how to locate records of service.

Sarah Kirby has been researching her family since 1994 and has had a surname website since 1997.  She has a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, a MLIS degree, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering.  She is currently a member of APG and NGS andhas been on the APG's Publications Advisory Committee since 2007.  She is also a member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, NEHGS, NYGBS, Lake Co (IL) GS, and Detroit SGR.

September 13, 2016 - Study Up on School Records for Success:  by Grace DuMelle

Birth date, residence, and parents’ names are some of the gems in school records. Learn the genealogical value of registration cards, yearbooks, graduation lists and more; get tips for obtaining copies. 

Grace DuMelle is a professional researcher and serves on the genealogical reference staff at the Newberry  Library in Chicago.  She is the author of "Finding your Chicago Ancestors:  A Beginner's Guide to Family History Research in the City and Cook County."  That book won awards from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and the Illinois Woman's Press Association.

October 11, 2016 -  Preserving Your Life Stories by Dan Gelfond

Many cherished stories have been lost because they haven't been written down nor recorded.  Learn how to preserve your legacy through various methods. Topics will include stories of Holocaust survivors and others.

Dan Gelfond Dan Gelfond is a former interviewer for Steven Spielberg's foundation, which interviewed Holocaust survivors around the world.  He owns Keepsake Family Video, a company that preserves life stories of parents and grandparents on film and is the President of Personal History Interviews, Inc.

November 12, 2016 - Annual Workshop: Using Ancestry® for Your Ancestry by Juliana Szucs

Juliana Szucs has been working for for more than 18 years. She began her family history journey when she was 11 years old, trolling through microfilms with her mother. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the “Computers and Technology” chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy . Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University’s Online Genealogical Research Program.

Click here for a printable copy of the workshop program and registration form.  The program is legal size, but will fit on letter size (8 1/2" x 11") paper by reducing the page size by 75%.  If you have the option to shrink the size to fit to the paper, select that option and it will automatically fit to the paper size.


8:00 am  Registration and browsing.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase.

9:00 am  Getting the Most from Ancestry
Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching
the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

10:30 am  Common Surnames: Ways to Identify Your Ancestors in a Crowd
Whether your ancestor was a Smith, Jones, Brown, or Johnson, Juliana will share some tips for tracking them down. Using charts, spreadsheets, and a little common sense, you’ll leave this class with some ideas for narrowing your search.

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm  Coming to America: Finding Arrival Records and Stories on Ancestry

Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names. Learn how to locate and use these records effectively and discover the story of your ancestor’s immigration to America.

2:30 pm  Navigating the Probate Collection on Ancestry
In the fall of 2015, Ancestry launched a collection of more than 30 million records and 170 million images of probate records from across the U.S. Within this collection are many treasures that may not come up in a search. Learn the ins and outs of navigating this unique collection and using the tools that Ancestry has created to make it even more valuable down the road.

There is a 30-minute break between the 1st and 2nd sessions and the 3rd and 4th.

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Updated: October 20, 2016