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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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There will be no EGS meeting on this date, April 7. Due to the closing of the Gail Borden Public Library, this program will either be cancelled or rescheduled. Please see the Gail Borden website for more information. 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…

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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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There will be no EGS meeting on this date. April 16. Due to the closing of the Gail Borden Public Library, this program will either be cancelled or rescheduled. Please see the Gail Borden website for more information. 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…

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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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There will be no EGS meeting on this date, May 5. Due to the closing of the Gail Borden Public Library, this program will either be cancelled or rescheduled. Please see the Gail Borden website for more information. 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…

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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

There will be no EGS meeting on this date, May 21. Due to the closing of the Gail Borden Public Library, this program will either be cancelled or rescheduled. Please see the Gail Borden website for more information. 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…

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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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August 2020

Searching Property Records for Family Information

August 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Craig Pfannkuche will be presenting Searching Property Records for Family Information. County property record are a wonderful source of data for family history researchers.   Illinois Counties, with the exception of Cook, are organized alphabetically and chronologically. Cook County property records are kept in a“Torrens” form. Property searches can indicate when a property is passed to other family members and can be a source of death records or a marriage.  This presentation will discuss the method which one must know in…

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Counting America: History of the Census

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Cheryl Winter will be presenting “Counting America: History of the Census.”    As 2020 is a census year, we will be answering current questions.  Cheryl will discuss the history of the census and present the questions that were asked in the various censuses.   Did you know that these questions are also available from the years 1960 to 20?   She will show you where to find these gems. Cheryl Winter the Program Chair for Elgin Genealogical Society, a member of the National…

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