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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 held in November at another location. 

Everyone is welcome!

Date Program Speaker

14 Jan 2014

Beginning Scottish Research

Maureen Brady
11 Feb 2014

So You've Found Your German Town of Origin - Now What?

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
11 Mar 2014

Calendar Changes from Julian to Gregorian

Dan Hubbard, PhD.
8 Apr 2014

Examine Jewish and Other Roots

Helen Rudnit
13 May 2014

Mining the Genealogy Resources of the County Clerk's Office

Willard Helander, J.D.
Lake County Clerk
10 June 2014

New Tools for Finding Old Stuff

Ginger Frere, MBA, MLIS
8 Jul 2014 

Tools to Dig Deeper:  Probate and Inquest Records

Grace DuMelle
12 Aug 2014 

CSI:  Cemetery Search and Investigation

Tina Beaird, MLIS

Program Description

January 14, 2014:  Beginning Scottish Research - Maureen Brady

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February 11, 2014:  So You've Found Your German Town of Origin - Now What? - Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Finding your ancestor's town of origin can be exciting, indeed.  Once this piece of information is found, you might be left wondering how you go about getting records from the other side of the ocean.  This lecture focuses on getting records from German towns.  Highlights include:

  • Verifying that you have a town that truly exists and where it is located
  • Strategies for identifying misspelled town names
  • Finding the historical governmental jurisdictions and records for that town
  • Useful aids for reading these records will be discussed 
  • Tips on hiring a professional in Germany, should that be necessary

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogistsm who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script.  She 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. She was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed.  Teresa is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

April 8, 2014:  Examine Jewish and Other Roots - Helen Rudnit

Helen Rudnit is the past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.

May 13, 2014:  Mining the Genealogy Resources of the County Clerk's Office. - Willard Helander

Willard Helander, Lake County Clerk, will present the many resources that the County Clerk's Office has available to the genealogist.

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June 10, 2014:  New Tools for Finding Old Stuff - Ginger Frere

Technology is changing the face of genealogy.  Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors.  New search engines, smartphone apps, software "to-go," current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more!  Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.

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.  She is co-director of, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.

July 8, 2014:  Tools to Dig Deeper:  Probate and Inquest Records - Grace DuMelle

It's worth looking for a probate case even if you think your ancestor didn't have money. You can find relatives you didn't know existed, a listing of property and furnishings, and bills from service providers.  When you see a coroner's signature on a death certificate, or have a newspaper account of an accident, obtain the inquest to open a fascinating window on the circumstances of the death.

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.

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August 12, 2014:  CSI:  Cemetery Search and Investigation - Tina Beaird

Curious what those symbols mean on your great-grandfather's headstone?  Interested in learning tips and tricks for photographing historic headstones?  Tina will be explaining the details behind these as well as offering suggestions on how to find your ancestor's burial place and the types of information that may be found.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library.  She holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.  She was Archivist and Governing Board member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society from 2004-2010.  She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association.  Tina has lectured on topics including genealogical research, photo restoration and archival preservation at national, state and local conferences.  Tina has been researching her own family tree for over twenty years and has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 10 years.

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