Programs

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.

March 17, 2022
  • “Stymied By Stiegler – Solved Using Indirect Evidence” - Teresa McMillin

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

    German immigrant, Christina Stigler, arrived in the United States with her sister in1874. Other Germans with her surname lived near her, alternating between Cincinnati and Iowa. No United States sources name a town of origin for any of these individuals. A current descendant’s DNA match suggests a district in Bavaria for the Stiglers origins. Emigration records, historic gazetteers, and church records provide indirect evidence to find Christina’s town of birth.

    Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military. Reading German Gothic script found in German records prior to themid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee and teacher at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).