Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society
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January 14, 2014: Beginning Scottish Research - Maureen Brady
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:
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.
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 ChicagoAncestors.org, 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.
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.
September 9, 2014: DNA - Behind the Scenes - Dr. Dan Hubbard
DNA testing has become part of genealogy, but what does it really mean? What are the different tests? Why do they tell us different things? Where did we get the different components of our genetic heritage? Who should be tested? How can DNA testing be used to attack genealogical problems? In short, what do you need to know to start to think about DNA?
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 (www.thePersonalPast.com) 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.
Updated: August 26, 2014