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Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberry Case MS 166.

Upcoming genealogy events, new resources, research tips, and other information from Newberry Reference and Genealogy Services. 

February Genealogy Events

Monday, February 2, 2015, 7-8 pm
Rescheduled for Monday, April 27 at 7 pm
“Finding Your Chicago Ancestors”
Roselle Public Library
40 South Park Street
Roselle, IL 60172
Contact: Debbie Miel, Adult Services, 630-529-1641, ext. 212

Learn the challenges of searching for your Windy City relations, such as newspapers galore, from Grace DuMelle, author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors and head of Heartland Historical Research Service. Discover geographic and government sources – fire insurance maps, probate cases, and inquest records – that can open a window into your ancestors’ world. Copies of Grace’s book will be available for signing and purchase.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7pm
“Stayin’ Local: Using Town and City Records in Your Research”
Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society
Mundelein Park District
1401 N. Midlothian
Mundelein, IL

Genealogists often use records from the federal government, such as census and military records. We also use county records, such as property, court or vital records. But too many times we overlook unique local government records - and miss the golden nuggets they contain. Join genealogist and librarian, Ginger Frere as she points out some of these genealogical treasure troves.

Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm
“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: The Search for Marriage Records”
Indian Trails Library District
355 Schoenbeck Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: 847.459.4100

You’ve looked through civil records and you’ve looked through church records. What else should you do if you simply can’t find your ancestor’s marriage records? In the United States, the requirements for a valid marriage have changed over time and varied from state to state.

Today couples in a hurry might rush off to Las Vegas. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, numerous towns across the nation were known as “marriage mills” or “Gretna Greens”. Join genealogist and librarian, Ginger Frere, and find out why you might be looking for marriage records in the wrong place.

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