NO MEETINGS at the library,

but our programs are being presented by Zoom!

Gail Borden Public Library is permitting no group meetings for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, EGS business meetings and program presentations will take place via Zoom.

Our next meeting will be presented via Zoom at 9:30 am on February 2, 2021;

Click here for Zoom log-in information:

Laura Kovarik will be presenting “Using Online Newspapers for Research”. The lede is the first sentence or paragraph in a news article. It draws you into the rest of the story. For many genealogists, newspaper obituaries are the lede. But when you look beyond obituaries, you will find more information and details about your family and their lives. The increase in digitized newspapers has made incorporating newspapers into your research easier than ever. This program will look at online databases, search strategies and the types of information you can find in online newspapers.

Laura Kovarik has been involved in genealogy for more than 20 years and has been very active with her local society. She is Past President of Illinois State Genealogical Society and a member of Association of Professional Genealogists.


The Program Handout is available in the Members Only section of the website.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Blohm or Bob Allen.



You must have a valid Gail Borden Library card to use this offer. Click on this link and follow the on screen instructions.


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Gail Borden Public Library

The Elgin Genealogical Society is for any person who has an interest in genealogy, research or history.

Meetings are held at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL. on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am and the third Thursday at 7:00 pm except in December when the date, time, and location of the annual meeting is announced. It is always best to check this website or call the library at 847-742-2411 to check if schedule changes have occurred.

You do not have to be a member to attend any of our meetings, but when you become a member of EGS, you will receive special access to our Members Only area on our website where you can find all presentation handouts, plus all of our past and present newsletters.

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