Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mark Your Calendar! Programs 2012

Our programs are a great chance to not only learn something great about genealogy research, but also to share with others the things you have found in your family tree. You do not have to be a member to attend, and please, bring a friend!  All programs are held at the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton, Chicago and are free, unless otherwise noted, and begin at 1:30 p.m.

The following is the schedule for CGS Programs during the 2012-2013 year.

September 8
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary: The United Library – This will be a special tour and presentation on the Methodist Special Collection, the Garrett-Evangelical Institutional Archives and the Northern Illinois Conference Archives. Come learn more about these unique collections and what makes up these collections. For example: The Northern Illinois Conference Archives are largely comprised of the records of closed local churches from the geographical region approximating the northern third of Illinois. The United Library is located at 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201, on the Northwestern University Campus. We will meet at 10:00am just inside the main entrance of the Library. For directions and maps please click the following link: For parking: There is a large Northwestern parking lot for the faculty and staff on Sheridan Road next to Garrett. This parking lot is open to the public on Saturday, except the reserved lots, Northwestern Place Parking Lot. Map of Northwestern Campus

October 6
Genealogical oriented Chicago Bus Tour: Dark Alleys of Chicago Family History, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Meet at the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Join us for an exciting genealogical tour where we will be stopping at a variety of places and neighborhoods learning about the dark sides of Chicago Family History. Participants will be invited to share stories about the dark sides of their family's history in the neighborhood where they lived along the way. Our tour guide will be our own incredible Craig Pfannkuche. If you have attended one of Mr. Pfannkuche’s tours before then you will be one of the first to sign up. If you have never attended one of his tours, you don’t know what you are missing. Reservations are required. Tour cost: $35.00 per CGS member, $45.00 per non member. Lunch is additional. Seats are limited.

November 3
History of the U.S. Federal CensusPresentation by Matt Rutherford, MLIS, Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. In genealogy research, we often refer to the decennial U.S. Federal Census simply as “the census.” But, in fact, it really is twenty-three separate historical documents, each reflecting the purpose, politics, and idiosyncrasies of its era.  We will place each of the censuses in its proper historical context in order to better interpret and apply them to our research.  

December 1

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture – Founded in 1966 in Chicago, the Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities worldwide. The Balzekas Museum is the largest repository of Lithuanian cultural artifacts outside of Lithuania. Permanent exhibitions include "Lithuania Through the Ages"; "Honored Lithuanians" and "War After War". We will tour the museum and Karile Viatkute, Director of the Genealogy Department, will share with us the genealogy collection and resources at the museum. We will meet at 10:00 am. The museum is located at 6500 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL. Admission: CGS members free; and non-members: Adults $5 and Students & Seniors $4. After the tour, join CGS members for lunch at Grand Dukes for a Lithuanian lunch

February 2

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors Presentation by Steve Szabados, Genealogy Researcher and Speaker, Author of Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors. Do you have Chicago Ancestors? This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Databases discussed will include vital records, church records, state records, federal records, employment records, histories of the neighborhoods and many more. The sources that are reviewed will include online websites, genealogy collections held at the major libraries, collections at local libraries and collections compiled by area genealogical societies. You can find more information about our speaker at  

March 2

Winnetka Public Library's Katharine Greeley Genealogical Collection – The Winnetka Public Library is home of the North Suburban Genealogical Society The Library’s Genealogical Collection has over 6,000 volumes that include manuscripts, magazines, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROMs and computer databases. The Genealogy Room is staffed with over 30 experienced genealogists. The collection contains information primarily about states from the Atlantic to the west bank of the Mississippi River, but also contains information from other areas. We will meet at 10:00 am in the genealogical room located on the lower level of the Main Library. After the tour you will be able to stay and do research. Staff will be available. The library is located at 6768 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL

April 6

Mapping the Past, Navigating Your Family History with Maps – Dr. Daniel Hubbard will be our speaker. This presentation looks at different types of maps and how to use them to understand your ancestor’s towns and migrations; changing borders, and extracting data and even names from maps. Dr. Hubbard has been seriously researching his family history since he was about 11 years old. He is a former particle physicist who lived in France and Sweden for 20 years before returning to the Chicago area a few years ago with his family. He is now a full-time professional genealogist and writer, and is the owner of Personal Past with research concentrating on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He is First Vice President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago.

May 4

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at the Chicago Public Library Woodson Southwest Region –The largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest, the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature contains a wealth of precious documentation of the black experience. The collection places a strong focus on African American history in Illinois. Among the most significant and unique materials at the Harsh Research Collection are its manuscript holdings. Other holdings include: 70,000 books, many of them rare, 500 periodical titles, current and retrospective and more than 100 microfilm research collections, totaling about 5,000 reels, bringing together the most significant primary source materials from other black studies research collections across the country. We will meet at 10:00 am. The library is located at 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. We will meet at the main information desk. You can find more information about the collection at  

June 1

National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1866–1938 - CGS’s own Jeanne Larzalere Bloom CGSM, will be our presenter. The National Homes were a forerunner of the Veterans Administration. The residents of these integrated facilities included veterans ineligible for federal pensions. Come learn more about these genealogy sources that are often overlooked. Jeanne is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers.