August 19, 2021
  • Uncovering Your Past in Land Records - Grace DuMelle

    August 19, 2021  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Learn how to access a trove of public records that can be provide maiden names, death dates, proof of relationships and much more. After understanding tract book and grantor-grantee indexing systems, one can work in any county. Specialized maps and legalese will also be deciphered.

    Grace DuMelle is a professional researcher and serves on the genealogical reference staff at the Newberry Library in Chicago.  She is the author of “Finding your Chicago Ancestors:  A Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research in the City and Cook County”.

September 7, 2021
  • How I Use My DNA in My Genealogy Search- Caron Primas Brennan

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

    Caron will discuss the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of DNA testing in genealogy research. Using case studies and examples, she will explain how to incorporate DNA testing, into your research. This will not be a premier on DNA, but some basic information will be included. Knowledge about DNA testing nor required. 

    Ms. Brennan, loves history, biography, puzzles, and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited for genealogy research.  

September 16, 2021
  • Researching, Navigating and Understanding WWII Records- Jana Churchwell -Scott

    September 16, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Attendees will learn the various necessary tools and record resources to locate relevant documents and collections in order to research their veteran relative or hero soldier of interest who was discharged or may have given their life in WWII. Two basic approaches will be discussed.  She will explain how to obtain discharge and personnel files plus record descriptions. Methods to circumvent the brick wall of the 1973 NARA fire that destroyed 80% of the Army and Air Force personnel files for 20th century wars. Ways to obtain military aviation accident reports and service branch casualty and mortuary files will be discussed.  

    Jana Churchwell-Scott is a professional genealogist whose work focuses specifically in military service and records research. Inspired by the loss of her cousins and uncle in both WWI & WWII, several whose status is MIA, she has dedicated her career and time to the memory of these men and their families
October 5, 2021
  • Publishing Your Genealogy Using Windows- Jacquie Schattner

    October 5, 2021  9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Would you like to publish your family's history? Have you written a rough draft of a book or a story? Are you considering self-publishing in the future? What's next? Time to prepare for publishing. ln this presentation, you'll learn about templates, layouts, ideas to add interest to your manuscript, preparing and inserting family photos, three ways to source, indexing, and tips to create a beautiful cover. included are details on editing your manuscript and where to find help when you need it. There are five steps to elevate your original manuscript to be publish-ready. Complete the steps and you will be thrilled with the results.

    Jacquie Schattner is a member of CAGGNI, Computer Assisted Genealogy Group, and is a frequent speaker in Illinois

October 21, 2021
  • Family Treasures in the Attic - Jane Haldeman

    October 21, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Family letters, recipes, diaries, journals, photos, and other treasures are often passed down in the family. Many of these treasures end up in attics, basements, closets, or other repositories. What to look for and where will be discussed.

    Jane Haldeman is a professional researcher with 20+ year’s research experience, lecturer, and owner of Its Relative.   Jane is Past President of Illinois State Genealogical Society, Fox Valley Genealogical Society and past Registrar for Fort Payne Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

November 2, 2021
  • “Try-It Illinois” - Tina Beaird

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

    Beginning in 2001, the Illinois State Library in collaboration with a long list of e-resource providers launched ‘Try-It! Illinois’, an extensive database trial for Illinois libraries. Since then, each year ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and patron communities have been invited to sample and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources for a two-month period.

    The annual Try-It! Illinois program runs from October1–November 30. Past vendors have included ABC-CLIO; Alexander Street Press; Capstone, Inc.; CQ Press; EBSCO; Facts on File; Gale-Cengage Learning; Oxford University Press; ProQuest; Scholastic, Inc., among many others.

    Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University