Programs

December 7, 2021
  • EGS Annual Meeting & Holiday Celebration

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

    It's time for the EGS annual meeting and Holiday celebration on Tuesday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. Following the election of officers for 2022, Bob Allen will present a program featuring his comprehensive list of websites. Everyone will receive a handout of Bob's favorites, and there are many! Because we are ending the year via Zoom instead of in person, everyone will need to bring his own holiday lunch to enjoy together. Please bring a holiday ethnic story or item to share and maybe wear your holiday sweater too. Please join us for this end of year holiday event.
January 4, 2022
  • How to Build a Personal Genealogical Reference Library – Paul Milner

    January 4, 2022  9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    Learn what books or types of books and resources you should include in building your personal genealogical reference library. A special emphasis will be given to new resources on the market. Suggestions will be made on how to get the most out of your library and use it for your own continuing education.

    Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, authoring books, and lecturing for over 35 years.  As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.


January 20, 2022
  • GENEALOGY ... It's Not the Size Of The Tree That Matters, lt's The Quality Of The Nuts You Find On There! - Daniel Jungclas

    January 20, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    Let's talk Evidence, Sources & Documenting Ancestors. Learn the right way! Preserving the past & your research is no easy task!

    Dan Jungclas is better known as “The Ancestry Guy”.  He has more than 30 years’ experience in family history and is knowledgeable with German American research. Dan’s own passion for Genealogy developed while researching his own family ties in Germany. He is also well versed in Military research from the Civil War era to World War II and Midwest research.

February 1, 2022
  • Everything Old Is New Again: Getting Ready For The “1950 US Census”- Laura Kovarik

    February 1, 2022  9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    The1950 US Census is scheduled for release April 1, 2022. This will be a new dataset for genealogists in a familiar format. We will review how information was gathered and processed for the census. We will survey what records sets were produced and which of those sets will be  available on April 1st. Finally, we will look at how genealogists can prepare to dive into these newly released census records to search with confidence.  

     Laura Kovarik has been involved in genealogy for more than 20 years and has been very active with her local society. She is Past President of Illinois State Genealogical Society and a member of Association of Professional Genealogists. 

February 17, 2022
  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing Your Bartending, Saloon keeping, and Tavern keeping Ancestors before Prohibition - Debbie Dudek

    February 17, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    Taverns and saloons have been a crucial American institution, and the men behind the bar were the social rock stars of their era.  This program will lead you through the pre-prohibition records and resources which will help you add an extra shot of flavor into your research.

    Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy, World War I research, and emerging technology topics. An alumna of Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). Ms. Dudek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Masters in Information and Library Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic &Heraldic Studies.

March 1, 2022
  • “Tips, Tricks and Little-Known Genealogical Sources”– Ray Johnson

    March 1, 2022  9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    If you’re hitting brick walls or just want to add new dimensions to the family history you already have. Join us for a look at some little-known sources of genealogical and historical information

     Ray Johnson has been teaching genealogical and historical research for over 13 years and have taught classes and given presentations at numerous conferences, libraries, and genealogical and historical societies throughout the Midwest.