Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Now Announcing: CGS FALL SEMINAR with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

The Chicago Genealogical Society is proud to announce a Fall 2014 Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, in Arlington Heights, IL. Our guest speaker will be Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist. 

The day will start with the opening of registration at 9:30am and the first program starting at 10:00am. There will be four programs offered during the day:

>Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
>ABCs of DNA
>Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing 
>Staying out of Trouble – the Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists

It will be a fun day of genealogy learning. 

For those of you who have heard Judy speak, we are sure you will be the first to register for this special genealogy day. For those who have not heard her speak, we suggest you visit her website and read her blog Judy posts nearly every day an informative genealogy post which is usually sprinkled with her humor.

You can find more information about the genealogy seminar on the CGS website We are excited about Judy visiting the Chicago Genealogical Society. The seminar will be Judy’s first time speaking in the Chicago and Northern Illinois area. Let’s welcome her to the Windy City!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Join Us, March 1! Free Program: Holy Cow! Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now?

Join Us this Saturday!

The Chicago Genealogical Society invites you to attend our first Saturday of the month program this Saturday, March 1st. Our program will be Holy Cow! Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now. Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin CGSM will be our speaker. 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.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Board-certified GenealogistSM. In addition to core experience in genealogical research, she specializes in German genealogy (ancestors who lived in any area of the United States or Europe, but with German origins). She also specializes in helping people with Cook County genealogy including Chicago and other areas of the Midwest. She has helped many people find answers to their questions about their heritage. Her website is

The program will be at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago, and begin at 1:30 p.m. The program is free. The Newberry does not have a visitor parking lot. However there is metered parking and garage parking available in the neighborhood. The following garage offers discounted parking to Newberry patrons. Remember to bring your parking ticket with you so it can be validated by the Newberry security guard. 100 West Chestnut Street: Enter on Clark Street; $8 (0-6 hours) and $9 (6-8 hours).