26TH ANNUAL GENEALOGICAL WORKSHOP

26th Annual Genealogical Workshop – Come Join Us!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Illinois at 200:  Where Was Your Family?

Presenters: Curt Witcher, Daniel Hubbard, Ph.D, Debra M. Dudek

TIME EVENT/TOPIC PRESENTER
8:00 am Registration and browsing.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase
8:45 am Welcome and Announcements
900 am “Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery!” Curt Witcher
10:30 am 2A Who Went Where…And Did What?!  Using Directories in Genealogical Research Curt Witcher
2B Using Fold3 Library Edition Debra Dudek
1:00 pm 3A Mining the Mother Lode:  Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research Curt Witcher
3B DNA From A to B Daniel Hubbard
2:30 pm 4A Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Curt Witcher
4B Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online:  Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry Debra Dudek

 

Meeting September 11, 2018

The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used

by Marsha Peterson-Maas

Marsha offers a wealth of helpful tools plus instruction for practical uses on the topics of:

  • Forensic Genealogy Tools (Photo Analysis, Spreadsheet and Map Tools)
  • Research Tools (Military Research Tools)
  • Organizational Tools (Time Crunch Strategy, Evernote/One Note for genealogy and Cheat Sheets & Templates)
  • Presentation Tools (FamilySearch Memories, Thomas MacEntee’s “Go-Over” and “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

These topics are chosen directly from the textbook, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used . . . textbooks are distributed before the lecture so participants can peruse them during the lecture and can optionally purchase to take home for $20/each (this price is a 20% discount).

Marsha got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for State Champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library-Chicago in the beginner’s class that she now teaches. Along with being a national-level speaker, teacher and lecturer on many genealogy topics since 2002, Marsha is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series where she is publishing four textbooks, (1) Basics for Everyone, (2) The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used, (3) Medical Family Tree Workbook and (4) Beyond Shaky Leaf Hints. Marsha is particularly proud of her current role as a Director of Valor Research for Purple Hearts Reunited, a charitable foundation that receives donations of lost Purple Heart medals, then performs genealogical research to reunite them with the veteran or their family . . . for which she and her team from the Chicago Genealogical Society and Illinois St. Andrew Society won the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s “2017 Community Service Award”. . . and she was nominated for AARP’s Purpose Prize.

Meeting August 14, 2018

A Guide to Overseas Genealogy

Presented by Jacquie Schattner 

Crossing the pond is easier than you think. We’ll review the history of immigrant travel into the U.S. and how to find genealogical records in most European countries. Includes a list of books and over 70 American and European websites for genealogical research. This presentation covers five areas of overseas genealogy – emigration, voyage details, immigration, naturalization and genealogical websites both American and European.

Jacquie has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996.  She volunteered at the Family History Center in Schaumburg for 15 years, teaches genealogy for Districts 211 and 214, beginning genealogy at area libraries and is active in several genealogy societies, including NWSGS. Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois.  She is a retired school secretary, allowing her free time to pursue new information.

Meeting July 10, 2018

Quaker Family History Research

Presented by Maureen Brady

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) began immigrating from England, Wales and Germany in the late 1600s.  By 1700, the Society had gained considerable influence in most of the New England and Middle-Atlantic colonies.  During the 18th century, many Quakers followed other frontier groups, migrating to the southern colonies.  Following the Revolution, many Quakers left the southern states and migrated primarily to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Canada.  This presentation will focus on the types of records kept by the Society of Friends and how to access those records online, through the Family History Centers and various other libraries and archives.

Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has more than thirty years’ experience with family history research.  She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Quebec, Irish and Swedish research.  She is the trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center.

Maureen has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical societies, libraries, conferences and workshops, including presenting at the 2002 National Genealogical Society Conference in the States and the 2016 and 2017 Central Florida Family History Conference.  Her topics include Chicago and Cook County research, Scottish research, Internet sources, and using FamilySearch® and Family History Centers.  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as a life member of the Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland Family History Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogy Society and the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society.

Meeting June 12, 2018

DNA A-B 

Simplified DNA by Dr. Dan Hubbard

Dr. Hubbard will explain DNA in a simplified, easy to understand, manner.  He will also answer questions which have previously been submitted by the audience.

Dr. Daniel Hubbard lives in Libertyville and is past President of the Lake County Genealogical Society.  He is a former particle physicist and now a full-time professional genealogist and writer as well as owner of Personal Past.  His research concentrates on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago. Information about his presentations is at Products and Services on his website / blog, Personal Past Meditations. Librarians who have attended Dan’s presentations say he would be a very entertaining speaker, as well as thoroughly knowledgeable. He does an “Intro to Genealogy presentation.” Dan@thepersonalpast.com.

Meeting May 8, 2018

Dropsy, Quinsy or Consumption:  Exactly What Did My Ancestors Have?

Presented by Kimberly Nagy, MD., PLCGS

Have you ever wondered what some of the medical terms found on old documents really mean? What is the modern term for those diseases? Was it treatable? Was it Contagious? Was it epidemic? We will explore several commonly used terms for medical ailments. Information will be given on some of the early medical treatments for such ailments. Tracing ancestors through epidemics will also be discussed.

Kimberly Nagy, has been researching her ancestry for over forty years.  Much of her experience predates the internet and she loves the smell of old books in libraries, courthouses and archives. Now, retired from her career as a Trauma Surgeon, she can devote all of her time to her passion – Genealogy!  She has extensive experience with Lineage Society applications and loves to lecture – both of these are reflected in her work as a Professional Genealogist.

Meeting, April 10, 2018

Genealogy Vacation – Myth or Reality

Presented by Jeffrey Bockman

“Genealogy” and “Vacation” are rarely used in the same sentence let alone together except possibly in a divorce proceeding. You cannot resolve five to twenty years’ worth of genealogy questions within a two-week research trip. Even if you could this type of a trip would not be considered a vacation. Learn to use the Internet, planning, humor, and common sense to plan your trip.

Jeffrey Bockman has been doing genealogical research since 1988 and has been active in societies, society management, classes, and lectures since 1994. He was the DuPage County IL Gen Web Project webmaster from 1996 to 2012.

Jeff was the Chairperson of the Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium and Local Arrangements Chair for NGS 2006. He served four years as the Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. He was the President of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society for five years.  Many of his articles can be found on his website www.jeffbockman.com under the link Genealogy According to Jeff.

 

Meeting March 13, 2018

Ghosts in the Graveyard: Intuition or Devine Intervention?

Presented By Tina Beard

Ever have those unexplained moments while searching for your ancestors? Tina has certainly had her fair share of ‘unexplained’ phenomenon. This is a “share and tell” lecture where Tina will tell you some of her serendipitous experiences, if you promise to share some of yours!

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History Librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered as assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

Meeting February 13, 2018

 

Where the Murderers Roam

Presented by Dan Hubbard, PhD

Where Murderers Roam which takes a family story and shows that it was far more important than it originally sounded and shows the importance of understanding how a law (in this case the homestead act) might motivate people’s actions.

Dr. Daniel Hubbard lives in Libertyville and is past President of the Lake County Genealogical Society.  He is a former particle physicist and now a full-time professional genealogist and writer as well as owner of Personal Past.  His research concentrates on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago. Information about his presentations is at Products and Services on his website / blog, Personal Past Meditations. Librarians who have attended Dan’s presentations say he would be a very entertaining speaker, as well as thoroughly knowledgeable. He does an “Intro to Genealogy presentation.” Dan@thepersonalpast.com.

Meeting January 9, 2018

Digging Grandma’s Privy for Family History Data

Presented by Craig Pfannkuche

Where can data sometimes be found concerning individuals who are not well represented in the mass of available paper records? Grandma’s Privy! This presentation will show that not everything that went into privy holes, latrines, and outhouses was a mixture of … organic wastes. Into these holes went bones, bottles, toys, money, clothing, jewelry, dishware, cutlery, and watches among many other things; in fact, a wide variety of inorganic material which represents a full spectrum of the artifacts (articles of use) used by the people who made use of the privy.

“Hundreds and thousands of those privies, treasure troves of a variety of family artifacts, remain safely buried in both city and countryside. Using basic archaeological techniques, a minimally trained excavator can build from these artifacts both a picture of who deposited the materials, when they deposited those artifacts and how they lived. Information that cannot be found in paper records. Join us and learn.

Craig Pfannkuche is President of Memory Trail Research, Inc. since 1993, and is the Genealogical Archivist for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Historical Society since 1984. He is on the Board of Directors of the McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society & the Chicago Genealogical Society. He has presented numerous workshops in history, historical & genealogical research & archaeological techniques at both the local and national level.