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Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How My Grandpappies Made a Living

July 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ginger Frere will be presenting “Cobbler, Tailor, Trunk-maker: How My Grandpappies Made a Living”.
Doing family history is more than collecting names and dates. Most of us want to “get to know” our ancestors as much as possible and to understand their lives. How we make a living is an important part of who we are and why we do things.  Through the use of case studies, this talk will explain methods for discovering more details about our ancestors’ occupations. Even if we cannot find specifics such as employment records, there are other ways to gain a better picture of how our ancestors lived and worked.

Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists. She was one of the driving forces behind the development of ChicagoAncestors.org. In addition, Ginger is a frequent speaker in the Chicago-land area and is a regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education seminar program. She is also a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence, a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Meeting Room: The Meadows Room, A, B & C


July 7
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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