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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 Ave
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 Ave
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 Ave
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Our July 7 speaker, Ginger Frere from the Newberry Library, will present her program "Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How my Grandpappy Made a Living" via Zoom at 9:30 AM, July 7. Members, please refer to your Mailchimp mailing for log-in details. Non-members, or members who have questions, please contact Carol Blohm. 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…

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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 Ave
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Due to changes announced by the Gail Borden Public Library, there will be no meetings (and therefore no programs) at the Library during July and August, 2020. This program will be presented via Zoom on July 16, 2020.   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…

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August 2020

Searching Property Records for Family Information – Zoom Meeting

August 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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ZOOM MEETING: Members will be notified of log-in details by email. 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…

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Italian Genealogy 101 – Zoom Meeting

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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 Log-in information is available below: 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…

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September 2020

Mayflower – 400th Anniversary of Landing at Plymouth Rock – ZOOM

September 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom IL United States

This meeting will take place via Zoom, log-in information is at this link. 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…

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Polish Research-using Metryki & Geneteka Databases

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom IL United States + Google Map

This meeting will take place via Zoom, log-in information is at this link: 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…

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October 2020

Ancestor Discoveries – ZOOM

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom IL United States

This meeting will be presented via ZOOM Click here for Zoom details 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.  

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130 Years of Genealogy Gems – Zoom

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom IL United States

This meeting will be presented via ZOOM Click this link for the Zoom Details Grace DeMelle will present her program "130 Years of Genealogy Gems". The stacks of Chicago's Newberry Library bulge with maps, family papers, genealogies, railroad archives and much, much more. Learn what is available for your U. S. and European forebears and how to access it in person or from a distance."

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