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March 2020

Untangle the Web of German Websites presented by Teresa McMillin

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Teresa McMillin

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin will be presenting Untangle the Web of German Websites.  The internet is offering more and more quality information for German researchers. Her presentation will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet.  Most websites presented are based in Germany,so tips and tricks for navigating them will be included.  Ms. McMillin will help you expand beyond church records for your German research. Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to…

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Researching Pomeranian & Prussian Genealogy in Poland presented by Jason Kruski

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Jason Kruski will bespeaking on “Researching Prussian and Pomeranian Genealogy in Poland.” He will talk about the diversity of the Pomeranian people, from ethnic Polish,Germans and Swedish.  Learn what records are available in both Eastern and Western Prussia and Pomerania that can be found in Poland. Jason Kruski specializing in Polish American genealogical research at all levels. He has delivered presentations about how to begin researching Polish American ancestry, advanced Polish-American genealogy, and technological advances in genealogy including DNA.

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April 2020

Mrs Katie Sims Foster & the Great Migration

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Mrs. Katie Sims Foster will talk about her experience coming to Chicago during the "Great Migration." The Great Migration was the largest mass movement in American history. It began in 1915 and continued into the 1970s. During period, more than 7 million African Americans left the South and headed north and west.   Five hundred thousand African Americans ultimately moved to the Chicago area.  Mrs. Foster will be portrayed by her granddaughter Val Swan who will share Katie Sims Foster life in Mississippi including…

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Cemetery Road Trip

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Laurel Mellien crossed a milestone in 2018 having visited 1,000 cemeteries located in the Midwest, and this program presents her best finds.  Her favorite sites include burial sites of U.S. Presidents and Native American chiefs. Special cemeteries are also included in the program for example, Showman's Rest in Forest Park and the National Hobo Cemetery in Iowa. The stained-glass windows in Chicago's community mausoleums and the mosaics inside of Bishop's Mausoleum in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside are breathtaking. She…

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May 2020

Warrants & Patents & Deeds, Oh My!

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Daniel Hubbard will present “Warrants & Patents & Deeds, Oh My! You may think that land records are the “scariest”records in genealogy, but it doesn’t take much courage to find much more in them than that your ancestor owned some land. Dan will look at some of the treasures you can find in land records, the process of acquiring and selling land and the documents produced. He will also look at the ways that your ancestors’ land was specified- metes…

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Getting the Most out of Your Visit to Great Lakes National Archives

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy, is a genealogy & local history librarian at a Chicagoland public library. She holds Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants over the last decade to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.  She lectures nationally on topics including genealogical methodology, military research, and photo and archival preservation     Meeting Rm: Upstairs in Elgin Room

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June 2020

The Hidden Half: Women in History & Records

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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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…

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Italian Genealogy 101

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Sandra Trapp will be presenting “Italian Genealogy 101.” Just getting started with Italian Genealogy.  Don’t speak Italian?  This program will provide you with there sources you can use to research your ancestors Italian birth, marriage and death records even if you aren’t an Italian native.  Internet and printed resources along with examples of records and how to read them will be included as well as availability of records for Americans. Sandra Trapp has presented programs for local genealogical organizations and libraries…

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July 2020

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

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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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.…

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Grave Dousing

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Grave Dousing by EGS member Jim Weirman.  Jim will present the art of grave dousing and how he has used it to find family headstones. Member will have a chance to give it a try! 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…

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