Programs

June 17, 2021
  • Participate in the Global Family Tree – Family Search & Wikitree” Debbie Mayes

    June 17, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    “What a global tree is and comparing the pros and cons of the two major ones, FamilySearch and Wiki tree.”

    Deborah Carder Mayes has been doing genealogical research and been actively involved in the genealogical community for over 21 years. She is a well-known speaker throughout Ohio and was a speaker at the 2012 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. She also speaks at and presents various workshops and seminars frequently.

July 6, 2021
  • Headstones and History - Laurel Mellien

    July 6, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Laurel’s best finds after visiting 1,000 cemeteries in the Midwest –includes visits to US Presidents' and Native American Chiefs' burial sites plus Showman’s Rest in Forest Park and the National Hobo Cemetery in Iowa. Unique and amazing headstones will be shown. Ms. Mellien has made cemetery photos her passion. She has investigated all cemeteries in McHenry county as well as researching the people buried and the artwork chosen to decorate those headstones. She is a member of the Association of Gravestone studies.
July 15, 2021
  • Grave Dousing - Jim Weirman

    July 15, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Dowsing is an ancient technique that has been used both by the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese. In the Middle Ages, Dowsing was used in Europe to find coal deposits. Miners in the Harz Mountains of Germany prospected with witch hazel twigs, and this practice was later adopted for finding water. During the United States Colonial period, a dowser was a respected member of their community and thousands of wells were the result of their efforts. Discussed will be how they can be used to find hidden graves.”

    Jim Weirman has been interested in family history all his life and has actively researched his ancestral family lines for more than 60 years. He grew up on a farm in central Illinois, on land that had been in his family for five generations. After graduation from Illinois Wesleyan University, he moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he had a career in the aerospace industry. As a resident of Maryland for 40 years, he spent many Saturdays doing research at the National Archives and Library of Congress and reading the 18th and 17th century German script of microfilmed Lutheran and Reformed parish registers.  He also researched is wife’s family lines and has done research for other family members.


August 3, 2021
  • Breaking Down Brick Walls - Claire Brisson-Banks

    August 3, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Brick walls take extra time, effort, and money to solve. Giving up is not the answer. There will be a review of little-known resources, thinking out of the box plus using the internet and social media. Covered will be surname searches, vital records and substitutes, census and substitutes, biographical indexes, correspondence, photos, technical tools, apps, government records problems, church, orphan, military records, and DNA.

    Claire Brisson-Banks is an Educator, Genealogist, Family Historian, Writer, Technology Expert and Lecturer.  She is currently an online Family History instructor for BYU-Idaho. 

August 19, 2021
  • Uncovering Your Past in Land Records - Grace DuMelle

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

    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”.

September 7, 2021
  • How I Use My DNA in My Genealogy Search- Caron Primas Brennan

    September 7, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Caron will discuss the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of DNA testing in genealogy research. Using case studies and examples, she will explain how to incorporate DNA testing, into your research. This will not be a premier on DNA, but some basic information will be included. Knowledge about DNA testing nor required. 

    Ms. Brennan, loves history, biography, puzzles, and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited for genealogy research.  

September 16, 2021
  • Researching, Navigating and Understanding WWII Records- Jana Churchwell -Scott

    September 16, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Attendees will learn the various necessary tools and record resources to locate relevant documents and collections in order to research their veteran relative or hero soldier of interest who was discharged or may have given their life in WWII. Two basic approaches will be discussed.  She will explain how to obtain discharge and personnel files plus record descriptions. Methods to circumvent the brick wall of the 1973 NARA fire that destroyed 80% of the Army and Air Force personnel files for 20th century wars. Ways to obtain military aviation accident reports and service branch casualty and mortuary files will be discussed.  

    Jana Churchwell-Scott is a professional genealogist whose work focuses specifically in military service and records research. Inspired by the loss of her cousins and uncle in both WWI & WWII, several whose status is MIA, she has dedicated her career and time to the memory of these men and their families