Chicago Roots | Newberry

Chicago Roots

Saturday, February 25, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, February 25 - March 18

10 am - noon 

Led by Ginger Frere
This class has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by February 10): $160
Regular Price (after February 10): $176

Seminar Description

While records such as birth certificates and marriage licenses are commonly used by genealogists, knowing where to find a city’s unique records makes tracking those elusive ancestors easier. This seminar will cover research sources and strategies specific to Chicago in four lively, participatory sessions. The final session will include time for brainstorming solutions to participants’ Chicago research obstacles, or “brick walls.” The class is designed for all levels of researchers interested in former Chicagoans. Four sessions.

Ginger Frere, MLIS, is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers, and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists.

Materials List


  • Dumelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1893121256

First Readings:

  • None

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.