Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society
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January 13, 2015: Family History Research in the British Isles - Maureen Brady
Maureen will share methods for family history research in the British Isles.
A former board member of the British Interest Group for those interested in British Isles ancestry and genealogy research, Maureen Brady has over 25 years experience with family history research and is a professional genealogist and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Maureen is co-director of the Crystal Lake, IL Family History Center and a member of many genealogical and family history societies. A member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Northeast Scotland Family History Society, Maureen has presented research techniques and tips on FHC and Family Search.
February 10, 2015: Stayin' Local: Using Town and City Records in Your Research - Ginger Frere, MBA, MLIS
Genealogists often use records from the federal government, such as census and military records. We also use county records, such as property, court or vital records. But too many times we overlook unique local government records - and miss the golden nuggets they contain. Join us as we take a look at some of these genealogical treasure troves.
A life-long Chicagoan, Ginger has been involved in family history for over 20 years. In addition to working with private clients, speaking and teaching seminars, Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She is co-director of ChicagoAncestors.org, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.
March 10, 2015: Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From? - Teresa Steinkamp McMillan CGSM
Finding your immigrant ancestor's town of origin is often considered the holy grail of Genealogical research. If you've spent years trying to determine your ancestor's home town, this presentation will suggest many strategies that will help you break down that brick wall. You will learn basic information you should have to start your search, more obscure information that might be available, how to branch out beyond your ancestor, and organizing and documenting your research.
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified GenealogistSM who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course and has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
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.
April 14, 2015: Uncovering Your Past in Land Records - Grace Demelle
Learn how to access a trove of public records in any U.S. county that can solve brick walls such as maiden names, death dates, and proof of relationships and much more. Once knowledgeable about two types of indexing systems (tract book and grantor-grantee) one can work in any county in the U.S., including Kane, Cook, Lake, and DuPage. Specialized maps and legalese will also be deciphered.
Grace Dumelle has been researching professionally since 1995
and is the author of the award-winning Finding Your Chicago Ancestors. She is
the Local History Library Assistant at Newberry Library.
May 12, 2015: Cyber-Sleuthing Your Family Tree - Tina Beaird, MLIS
There is a colossal amount of information available on the Internet. Tina offers methods for evaluating web sites to find the most reliable sources of information. Learn how to use subscription databases in tandem with free genealogy websites to trace your family tree. Plus, find out what's new in the online genealogy community.
Tina Beaird is the Genealogy and Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation, Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.
She 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 has pursued her family research for over 20 years.
June 9, 2015: Journey to America - Jeanne Bloom CGSM
We are a nation of immigrants. The debate about which immigrants to allow into the United States is not a new one. The information recorded on passenger ship records, where these records are located, and what they contain is based on the restrictions that resulted from these debates.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG SM is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She is a trustee and the president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
July 14, 2015: Mapping Your Genealogy - Sarah Kirby
This presentation demonstrates some tricks, tips, and free websites for creating maps to enhance your family history.
Sarah has been researching her family since 1994 and has had a surname website since 1997. She started consulting professionally in 2008. She is currently a member of APG, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and several other local and regional societies. In addition to being a professional genealogist, Sarah is a librarian, educator, and aerospace engineer (a.k.a. rocket scientist).
August 11, 2015: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors' Arrival Records Online - Mike Karsen
When the Ellis Island database went online in 2001, we entered a new generation in searching for our ancestors' arrival records. Additional ports including Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Galveston, and Castle Garden 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.
A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He has presented over 300 talks on genealogy topics locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the author of he JewishGen website "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" and has published articles on genealogy.
Updated: July 22, 2015