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FEBRUARY 20, 2017

"Reconstructing the Identities of Our Ancestors"

Presented by: Dan Hubbard


Dr. Daniel Hubbard started researching his family history when he was 11. A former particle physicist who lived in Europe for 20 years, he is a full-time genealogist, writer and book designer. He is vice president of the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society and on the Genealogy Advisory Board of Chicagoís Swedish-American Museum.

Dr. Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families. He is vice president of the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society and on the Genealogy Advisory Board of Chicagoís Swedish-American Museum.

Daniel says his goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at my topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.


We think of identity as something fixed and simple, but as we try to reconstruct the identities of long gone people we need to realize that identity is a much slipperier concept. The things we use to define a personís identity can change during that personís life time. There are also questions of how a person self-identifies and what motivations they can have for changing how they self identify and how that affects records.

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Zion, IL 60099

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The ZION GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY research materials are housed at the Zion-Benton Public Library for the public's use. Our society volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library to assist you if needed on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon and on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Our quarterly newsletter The Illuminator is published in February, May, August and November. Articles may be submitted online to the Editor or mailed to the Society at: 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099.

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