Thursday, January 2, 2014

Program Schedule 2014

Programs at a Glance 2014
All Programs are at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL at 1:30pm

February 1

Beginning Genealogy Using Accredited Methods – Marsha Peterson-Maass will be our speaker. This 60-Minute Crash Course is a fun look at accredited basics and research methodology suitable for everyone . . . if you're a beginner you'll take away a sense of what you need to be doing in your research . . . if you're an experienced genealogist you might be surprised to discover how much of the accredited methodology you only "sort of knew" and that knowing the accredited research precepts can actually help revitalize your current search. Topics are chosen directly from the Fundamentals of Genealogy(R): Basics for Everyone textbook.

March 1

Holy Cow! Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now – Our speaker will be Teresa Steinkamp-McMillon CG(SM). The first Chicago Catholic church opened in 1833 and by 1900 there were about 140 Catholic churches in the city. Finding your Catholic ancestor's church records (baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral) can be a daunting task without a few key pieces of information. This lecture will explain how to find the data necessary to tap into these valuable resources. Once potential churches are identified, the process of finding the records for that church and timeframe will be explained.

April 5

Speed Dating for GenealogistsBack by popular demand! Come and participate in an exciting and fun program. Bring your “brick wall” research questions and you will have an opportunity to ask an expert. You will only have a limited time for each question. SPEED is the key, so be clear and specific with your questions. Participate and also learn from other members as they get help on their “brick walls”. It will be an interactive and enjoyable program. Our Expert Panel:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom CG(SM) - A full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, Julius Machnikowski – Clerk at the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives.
Craig Pfannkuche – Independent research professional and President of Memory Trail Research, Inc.
Matt Rutherford - Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library.     

May 3

Preserving Your Family's Treasures – Rena Schergen will be our speaker. Ever wonder how to protect those family documents, photographs, news clippings, scrapbooks and heirlooms? Don't let them fall to pieces! Learn about archival best practices that you can implement at home, including how to preserve and store your family's physical history. Rena Schergen is an Archivist at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Hailing from Chicago, she has been a member of CGS for 3 years.

June 7
Discovering the Past Block-by-Block: Using
Presentation by Ginger Frere. A presentation on the exciting website built by the Newberry Library- a site where you can find and share historical information about Chicago. Are you researching the history of a neighborhood? Looking for the church where your great-grandparents got married? Interested in mapping the places where your ancestors lived? Learn how to discover the past by address!

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