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 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.”

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.



NOVEMBER 11, 2017 

The Rank and File: Seeking Our Military Ancestors

Presenters: John Philip Colletta and Michell Bray-Wilson

8:00 a.m.

Registration and browsing. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase.

9:00 a.m.
Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century
John Philip Colletta

10:30 a.m.
2A – U.S. Military Pension and Bounty Land Records,
1776-ca. 1916
John Philip Colletta

2B – O Canada! A Model for Genealogists
Michelle Bray Wilson

1:00 p.m.
3A – U.S. Military Service Records, 1775-ca. 1916
John Philip Colletta

3B – ‘C G A T’ – Four Little Letters: Understanding DNA
Michelle Bray Wilson

2:30 p.m.
4A – Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events

John Philip Colletta

4B After You Swab: Getting the Most From Your DNA Test
Michelle Bray Wilson

Meeting, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Baseball and the Civil War

Presented by Bruce S. Allardice

Baseball was labeled the “national pastime” even before Fort Sumter. Civil War soldiers spent more time playing baseball than they did fighting battles. Professor Allardice takes a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous look at the “National Pastime” and how it was played during the war. He’ll show that the war destroyed most existing baseball teams, but also helped to spread the game across the nation. Continue reading “Meeting, Tuesday, October 10, 2017”

Meeting Tuesday, June 12, 2017

Hunting for Henry:  A Case Study Solved Using Collaterals

Presented by Teresa Steincamp McMillin, CGsm

Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, Illinois. Resources available about him only indicate that he was from the Province of Hanover in Germany. This lecture will walk through the process of identifying his town of origin and his parents. Continue reading “Meeting Tuesday, June 12, 2017”