Programs

May 4, 2021
  • “Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin” Maureen Brady

    May 4, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    The families which came to Illinois and Wisconsin came from variedethnic backgrounds and created a varied landscape of urban and ruralenvironments. The records which were created by, and about, them reflect thatvariety, both in type and availability.

    Maureen Brady will first examine thesimilarities between Illinois and Wisconsin family history resources, and thenlook at the unique records of each state, including ethnic, religious, andgovernmental archives and repositories. The discussion will also include abrief review of the history of this part of the “Old Northwest”, and how thathistory has impacted the records which were created.” 

    Maureen Brady, a former school librarian andcomputer educator, has over thirty-five years’ experience with family historyresearch.  Maureen has traced her ownScottish roots back to the end of the 17th century. She presents numerous programsand workshops.  She is the co-directorand trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center sponsored by TheChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

May 20, 2021
  • “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directories" Teresa McMillin

    May 20, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    “This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a citydirectory - locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity todiscover our ancestors’ historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps ofthe city and many more items are often included. The audience will beencouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Reverse directorieswill also be discussed. Every directory available for a given ancestor/familyshould be consulted. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.”  

     Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guideto Hanover Military. She has presented numerous programs and specializes in Germanresearch.  Teresa has chaired the monthly webinar series for the Board forCertification of Genealogists. She is a genealogy volunteer at the ArlingtonHeights Memorial Library

June 1, 2021
  • Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions” Paul Milner

    June 1, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Paul Milner will present “Learn the reasons for emigration from Scotland to the U.S. and Canada and how it was influenced by events on both sides of the Atlantic. Learn where the emigrants settled, what records they created and what tools are available for tracing your Scottish ancestors. Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.
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 15, 2021
  • Grave Dousing - Jim Weirman

    July 15, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    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 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.