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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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Counting America: History of the Census

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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Cheryl Winter will be presenting “Counting America: History of the Census”.    In that 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 2000?  She will show you where to find these gems. Cheryl Winter is the Program Chair for Elgin Genealogical Society, a member of…

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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 records are a wonderful source of data for family history researchers. Illinois county records, with the exception of Cook County, 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 or wedding records.  This presentation will discuss the method one must use…

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Italian Genealogy 101

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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Sandra Trapp will be presenting “Italian Genealogy 101”.  Are you just getting started with Italian Genealogy?  Do not speak Italian?  This program will provide you with resources you can use to research your ancestors’ Italian birth, marriage, and death records even if you are not an Italian native.  Internet and printed resources along with examples of records and how to read them will be presented as well as the availability of records for Americans. Sandra Trapp has presented programs for…

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September 2020

Mayflower 400th Anniversary of Landing at Plymouth Rock

September 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Jenny Warner will be presenting “Mayflower – the 400th Anniversary of the Landing at Plymouth Rock”.  In November 1620, 102 souls, Pilgrims & “Strangers”, along with the crew of the Mayflower, set out from Holland and Southampton and landed in the New World after a two-month Atlantic crossing.  They arrived not at their intended landing point at the mouth of the Hudson River, but in a different and unknown land, Cape Cod. Learn about who these people were, what their…

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Polish Research-using Metryki & Geneteka Databases

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Ola Heska will be presenting “Polish Research – using Metryki and Geneteka databases”.   Ms. Heska will demonstrate a step-by-step instruction how to use the largest Polish genealogical databases. Geneteka contains over 28 million indexed records from various regions of Poland, created by volunteers and administered by the Polish Genealogical Society. Metryki is a database of over 5.5 million scans, mainly from the Mazowsze and Łódź area. Both are accessible without fees or logins.Learn how to make the most of these…

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October 2020

Ancestor Discoveries

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Celebrate Genealogy Month and join Elgin Genealogical Society Members for an informal discussion of their “Ancestor Discoveries.”  Members are encouraged to present their discoveries in their own family tree.   What were your discoveries?  Where did you find them, and any accomplishments that have you discovered? Feel free to share a photo, memento or family possession that has been handed down. If you would like to share with the group, please prepare a short story to tell (about 5 minutes). Or,…

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Telling Our Stories -Society Writer Group

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Members from the Elgin Genealogical Society Writing Group will present Telling Our Stories.  Several members of the Elgin Genealogical Group meet each month to learn to author the stories of their ancestors and will be sharing these stories. If you are interested in joining the group, they meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Gail Borden Library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Meeting Rm:  Meadows A/B

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November 2020

Mining for Memories

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Laura Kovarik will be presenting “Mining for Memories”.  Let’s rethink how the genealogy interview is conducted.   Names and dates are an important part of genealogical research. However, to create context for our ancestors, we need more than just names and dates. Interviewing family members allows genealogists to create a rich, detailed portrait of relatives that cannot be found in documents or online databases. This program is aimed at presenting ideas to expand the interview process and access those memories that…

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Webinar TBA

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Pre Recorded Webinar TBA a topic will be picked based on Members input from YouTube Genealogy topics Meeting Rm: Meadows A/B

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