Programs

February 2, 2021
  • Using Online Newspapers for Research, Laura Kovarik via Zoom

    February 2, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Laura Kovarik will be presenting "Using Online Newspapers for Research". The lede is the first sentence orparagraph in a news article. It draws you into the rest of the story. For manygenealogists, newspaper obituaries are the lede. But when you look beyond obituaries,you will find more information and details about your family and their lives.The increase in digitized newspapers has made incorporating newspapers intoyour research easier than ever. This program will look at online databases,search strategies and the types of information you can find in onlinenewspapers. Laura Kovarik has been involved in genealogyfor 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 ofProfessional Genealogists.
February 18, 2021
  • Think Like An Archivist: Libraries & Archives for Genealogy Nancy Lao

    February 18, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Nancy Lao will be presenting "Think Like An Archivist: Libraries and Archives for Genealogy"   Ms. Lao will discuss how to locategenealogy resources in libraries and archives worldwide, using online archivalportals and digital finding aids. Learn how archival materials are prepared forresearchers; effective search terms and strategies; specific URLs archivalportals and gateways; and planning an in-person visit to an archives orlibrary.


    Nancy Lao, MA, MLS – Aftera professional career in academic archives and genealogy libraries, Nancy isnow a genealogy educator, researcher, and writer. She specializes both UnitedStates and European research and provides expertise in organizing research andfamily papers.

     Nancy has appeared on PBS’s“American Experience”, at NGS, Roots Tech, and numerous genealogy conferencesand webinars in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Recently, Nancy hasbeen on a genealogy pilgrimage to visit the eight European villages of hergreat-grandparents.

    Her website,sassyjanegenealogy.com offers a blog, a free monthly newsletter, and e-books onresearch topics.  

March 2, 2021
  • Warrants, Patents, Deed oh My! Daniel Hubbard

    March 2, 2021  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    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 and bounds system and the rectangular survey system. 

    Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher. Inspired by family stories, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. Daniel combines his skills in technology, genealogy, and complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects.     Meeting via Zoom

March 18, 2021
  • Digging Pennsylvania Roots From Your Desktop -James M Beidler

    March 18, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    James M Beidler will be presenting "Digging Pennsylvania Roots from Your Desktop"

    It’sestimated that one in four Americans has Keystone State roots. Muchof Pennsylvania research – from church records to land documents to courthousefilings – can be done remotely. Learn to get much of your genealogy donewithout setting foot in Pennsylvania.

    James MBeidler is an author and lecturer.    Mr. Beidler has  written “The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide”,  “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide" and "Roots & Branches" newspaper column.   In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, andlineage societies he is a member of the Pennsylvania State Historic RecordsAdvisory Board.  Meeting via Zoom 

April 6, 2021
  • “It’s Not Online! The Other 90% Of Records” Suz Bates

    April 6, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    “Many useful records for genealogy research are not online. How do you find these records and then how do you access them?  Suz will present ways to find and use archives, repositories, depositories, historical societies, and more to expand your family history research.”

     Suz Bates combines her extensive genealogical research experience, into speaking, researching and consulting.  She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, National Society Daughters of American Revolution, and a member of several Genealogical Societies.

April 15, 2021
  • Adventures with Lost Postcards: To Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls” Debra Dudek

    April 15, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Debra Dudek  will present Adventureswith Lost Postcards: Using eBay, Esty, Craigslist and Card Cow To Break DownGenealogical Brick Walls”

     “Online auction and resale sites don’t make finding genealogical treasures easy, but with a little persistence, you can discover lost family heirlooms for yourself or share item details with others online. In this lecture, you will learn strategic search strategies and browsing methodologies to maximize your time online, as well as how to identify old postcard clues to further your genealogical 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 Master’s in Information and Library Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies.