20 October 2014

On November 1, 2014, CSAGSI will have their Fall Quarterly Meeting and Free Program, "Stayin' Local: Overlooked City and Town Records." Ginger Frere, librarian and genealogist with the Newberry Library in Chicago, joins CSAGSI with a brand new genealogical research program featuring local government
records including but not limited to Chicago City Council Proceedings.
November 1, 2014, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, 150 S. Ashland, LaGrange, IL; Information: www.csagsi.org or csagsi.jitka@gmail.com

13 October 2014

Judith R. Frazin, former president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Illinois, will present a program on “Getting Started in Genealogy” at a breakfast hosted by the Men’s Club at Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The breakfast will begin at about 9:45 a.m.and the presentation will begin at 10 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. A monetary donation is suggested for the bagel breakfast.  Info: http://www.jgsi.org/calendar

06 October 2014

The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois will present "Dating Photographs through Costume" by Ellie Carlson on October 18, 2014 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Schaumburg Township Public Library, 130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg IL.  Info at http://caggni.shuttlepod.org/event-849020

21 September 2014

from the CSAGSI:  Beer Fest - Cheers! September 27 - 28, 2014  sponsored by the Chicagoland Czech American Community Center at Klas Restaurant, 5734 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero, IL  Information: www.chicagocacc.org  Contact: info@chicagocacc.org

15 September 2014

Judith Frazin, former president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, about “Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources” at the JGSI meeting in Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.  Info: http://www.jgsi.org/calendar

01 September 2014

The Fox Valley Genealogy Society will present Steve Szabados speaking on "Naturalization: Beginning of your U.S. Family Heritage" on Thursday, September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Naperville Municipal Center, lower level, Room B & C, 400 S Eagle St, Naperville IL. Info at http://www.ilfvgs.org/

21 August 2014

Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State
The New York Times

Updated charts show two views: where people who live in each state were born and where people who were born in a state moved to.

Foreign immigration is a hot topic these days, but the movement of people from one state to another can have an even bigger influence on the United States’ economy, politics and culture. Americans have already seen this with the Western expansion, the movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities and the migration from the Rust Belt.  http://www.nytimes.com/upshot/
Check out the Fox Valley Genealogy Society updated Local Names Index. They've recently added another 6500 names from Naperville newspapers dating from 1850 to 1943, bringing the total to over 46,000 names of people who lived in Dupage, Kane, and Kendall counties that can be found in local cemeteries, church records, newspapers, and historical documents.

19 August 2014

Genealogist Robin B. Seidenberg will speak on “Treasures in Print: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers” at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois’ meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Info: http://www.jgsi.org/calendar

10 August 2014

from the CSAGSI: “A Czech Evening in the Town of Cicero” Dixiieland Youth Jazz Band from the Czech Republic at the Klas Restaurant booth.  Location: Cicero Community Park, 34th. St. & Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL   August 20, 2014, 5:30pm - 9:00pm  Info at http://www.csagsi.org/

18 April 2014

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell will be speaking on September 13, 2014 at the all-day CGS 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Come hear her speak on early American women in legal records, the pros and cons of DNA testing, and the legal rights and responsibilities of today's genealogists. See the flyer for more details.
Seats are limited, so register today!

31 March 2014

Door County, Wisconsin, Newspaper Index

Did you have relatives who lived or vacationed in Door County, Wisconsin? The Door County digitization project has indexed more than 60 years of Door County newspapers from 1862 to 1939. Free search starts at http://www.doorcountynewspapers.org/

08 March 2014

RootsTech Videos

Videos from RootsTech 2014 Conference are online.

Can't get enough RootsTech Conference videos? RootsTech2013 is online, too.

06 March 2014

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Containing 14 chapters and nearly 700 maps, the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States was first published in 1932. This wonderful resource, the product of the Digital Scholarship Lab, is available online at http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas

Chapters include
  • Population, 1790-1930
  • Colleges, Universities, and Churches, 1775-1890
  • Boundaries, 1607-1927
  • Industries and Transportation, 1620-1931
There's a lot here, so be sure to set aside time to learn what the collection offers, then do your homework and make a research list to you can get the most from this wonderful resource.

05 March 2014

Researching Your Irish Ancestors

Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation will give four talks about researching family histories in Ireland. Explore new techniques and approaches for your personal family research.

This program is free and no registration is required.
Click here for program details.
The Newberry Library, March 13, 4pm.
60 West Walton Street, Chicago

04 March 2014

Happy Birthday, Chicago!

Chicago: From trading post to global city
Check out the pictographic history of Chicago highlights set up by CNN.com
Incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837, here's what Chicago looked like in its early days. This is Lake Street, a major downtown east-west thoroughfare.

The picture wasn't dated but my guess, based on the women's dresses, is that the picture is from just before the 1871 fire.

03 March 2014

Arlington Heights Library March Classes

Check out these classes being offered at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Beginner's Help in Genealogy, March 6, 7pm-9pm. Register here.
Digitize Your Slides and Photos March 12, 10am-11am. Register here.

02 March 2014

Family History Fair 2014

Wilmette Family History Center
Family History Fair 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014 — 8 am to 5 pm
2727 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
Speaker details       Free Registration