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The Hidden Half: Women in History & Records

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Liz Ross

Liz Ross will be presenting “The Hidden Half: Women in History and Records.”    While women make up 51% of the population,they seem to supply about 80% of the brick walls for genealogists.    Changing names, no (or little) legal presence, references to “Mrs. John Smith” all make the distaff side of the family tree a bit more challenging than following Wilber Pendergast to the immigrant ancestor. With an overview of what records exist for different eras, and specific examples and lots of hints to apply in your own research, this lecture is designed to boost the number of petticoats in your family closet.

Liz Ross is a Chicago based researcher, writer and presenter.  She comes from Germany and Scots/Irish heritage. Lecturing since 2008, she speaks regionally and nationally.  In 2014, she founded “2nd Saturday Genealogy,” a monthly teaching forum, led/taught by her and hosted by the Forest Park Library.  In 2018,she joined a trio which guides a Genealogy Community in Oak Park.  Ms. Ross serves on the ISGS Education Committee. Past offices include the board of Gen-Fed Alumni Assn., President and Treasurer of Clan Ross America. Member of APG, NGS, Chg. Gen. Soc., CAGGNI, and various regional groups.

Meeting Rm: Upstairs Elgin Room


June 1
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


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