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December 1, 2015 - Elgin, IL

Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon

GBPL 270 N. Grove Elgin, IL 60123
Elgin Genealogical Society

DECEMBER 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.- Geneva, IL

Hosted by: Kane County Genealogical Society, located at 113 S. Third St. Geneva

December 5, 2015 - Chicago, IL

Genealogy and Local History Orientation


The Newberry
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL. 60610

9:30 am
Stop at the first floor information desk for meeting location.

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library. Afterwards, you are welcome to begin your research in the General Reading Room where a reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required. Free.

December 9, 2014 through Dec. 8, 2015 - Online Webinars from the Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free webinars on the second Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. (Central). A webinar is a comparatively new term; it has been defined as "a live lecture/presentation that you can attend via a computer with an Internet connection." ISGS webinars are accompanied by handouts that have been provided by the speakers.

The sessions are recorded and ISGS members may also access those recorded sessions as well as the handouts through the Members Section of the ISGS website at (Past webinars are also available to members.)

The final 2014 ISGS webinar, to be held online on Dec. 9, is titled, "Heritage Quest Online — The Ins and Outs." G. Ann Staley, CG, CGI, will be the presenter. "HeritageQuest Online contains much more than just the Federal population census. If you are searching for immigration, naturalization, land grants, monetary claims, pension, public works projects, military matters, vital records, parents, etc., you should take a look at this collection."

(Many public libraries subscribe to HeritageQuest Online; anyone with a library card from that library can access this database from home.)

The ISGS webinars scheduled for 2015 are:

— Jan. 3: Using Google Earth for Genealogy.

— Feb. 3: Basic Scandinavian Research.

— Mar. 10: Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors.

— Apr. 14: Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes

and Ideas.

— May 12: Need Direction? Try City Directories!

— June 9: Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves.

— July 14: Dissect Obituaries for New Clues.

— Aug. 11: School Daze — Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors.

— Sept. 8: Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving.

— Oct. 13: Polish Genealogy — Four Steps to Successful Research.

— Nov. 10: In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons.

— Dec. 8: The U.S. Federal Census: Good, Bad, and Ugly for Genealogists.

Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 19, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon

Swedish American Genealogical Society's Upcoming Events

The Genealogical Society (formerly known as the Nordic Family Genealogy Center) hosts sessions from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month excluding June and December. Check the Swedish American Museum’s website for any exceptions or updates.

Jan. 23 “Updates to ArkivDigital and Lesser Used Records” presented by Kathy Meade

Feb. 27 Orphan Train Video

March 19 “Let’s Visit Sweden” presented by Swedish American Genealogical Society members

Cost is free for Genealogical Society members: non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to gro.camas|ygolaeneg#gro.camas|ygolaeneg or by calling 773.728.8111. The Swedish American Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. Find out more on our website:

July 9, 2016 - Crystal Lake, IL

Summer Conference - McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Held at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake, IL

Nationally know speakers including:
— Joshua Taylor, featured genealogist on "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Genealogy Roadshow"
— Thomas MacEntee
— Jennifer Holick
— Tina Beaird
— Tony Burroughs

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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