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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

13 Jan 2015

Family History Research in the British Isles

Maureen Brady
10 Feb 2015 Stayin' Local: Using Town and City Records in Your Research Ginger Frere, MBA, MLIS
10 Mar 2015

Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?

Theresa McMillin, CG SM
14 Apr 2015

Uncovering Your Past in Land Records

Grace Dumelle
12 May 2015

Cyber Sleuthing Your Family Tree

Tina Beaird, MLIS
9 June 2015

Journey to America

Jeanne Bloom, CG SM
14 July 2015

Mapping Your Genealogy

Sarah Kirby
11 Aug 2015

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors' Arrival Records Online:  click here for handout

Mike Karsen
8 Sep 2015

Family TreeMaker

AnnEllen Barr
13 Oct 2015

Writing Family History:  Using Narrative in Genealogy

Dan Hubbard, PhD
21 Nov 2015

Fall Workshop "Retracing Their Journeys"
(See brochure for information/registration form)

Billie Stone Fogarty
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin 
Jane Haldemann

Program Description

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, 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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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September 8, 2015:  Family TreeMaker- AnnEllen Barr

Family TreeMaker is genealogy software that can be simple and straightforward as away to record your family information -- or can provide unexpected ways to sort and evaluate your clan. We will delve into ways you may not have discovered yet.  Learn how to find and select the items that will make your search easier.

AnnEllen has been using this program for over 20 years and yet is finding more and more nooks and crannies that the designers have built into this program.  Together we can delve into finding more that can  simplify and help our research.  This is a Group Project and YOU are invited to take this journey with us.

There is also a meeting scheduled this Friday, September 11th at 1 p.m. at our LCIGS Reading Room. We hope anyone with an interest in FTM will join us then.  Tonight is merely a preview of what we can discover together.

October 13, 2015:  Writing Family History:  Using Narrative in Genealogy - Dan Hubbard, PhD

We will discuss not just the "how-to," but the "why-do."  What's the best way to really improve your research?  It might just be putting it to use.  Write your ancestors' stories and see how far it takes you.

Dan is a professional genealogist and has a Ph.D in high energy physics. He has worked as a software designer, documentation editor, software systems architect and later as a strategic product manager in the telecommunications industry.  He is currently serving as President of the Lake County Illinois Genealogy Society, and is also a member of the advisory Board of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

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