NO MEETINGS at the library,
but our programs are being presented by Zoom!


There is an error in the McHenry County Newsletter. It gives Elgin’s email to contact for the Big Will meeting featuring Tina Beaird. Please contact Big Will directly. Thank you.

August 19, 2021       7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Uncovering Your Past in Land Records – Grace DuMelle



Learn how to access a trove of public records that can be provide maiden names, death dates, proof of relationships and much more. After understanding tract book and grantor-grantee indexing systems, one can work in any county. Specialized maps and legalese will also be deciphered.

Grace DuMelle is a professional researcher and serves on the genealogical reference staff at the Newberry Library in Chicago.  She is the author of “Finding your Chicago Ancestors:  A Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research in the City and Cook County”.

Click here for Zoom information. The handout is now in the Members Only section.
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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