July Genealogy Events

At the Newberry:

Sixty Minutes to Better Genealogy

There are still openings for the July 12th sessions. These focused, sixty-minute sessions are designed to help illuminate important topics for your genealogical project and help push you through a particular question in your research. Detailed description and fee information.

On the road:

Chicago Genealogy 101 by Grace Dumelle
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Hanover Township Senior Center
Rt. 59 & West Bartlett Rd.
Bartlett, IL 60103
Contact Sarah Adelphia, Program Specialist, 630-483-5683

Learn the challenges of searching for Windy City relations, such as address and street name changes and scores of unindexed newspapers. Then discover some resources family historians often overlook: fire insurance maps, inquest records, and probate cases. Grace will sign and sell copies of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors.

Tools to Dig Deeper Probate and Inquest Records by Grace Dumelle
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7-8 pm
Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society
Mundelein Park District Community Center
1401 N. Midlothian
Mundelein, IL 60060
Contact: Alex Rafferty, III

It’s worth looking for a probate case even if you think your ancestor didn’t have money. You can find relatives you didn’t know existed, a listing of property and furnishings, and bills from service providers. When you see a coroner’s signature on a death certificate, or have a newspaper account of an accident, obtain the inquest to open a fascinating window on the circumstances of the death.

Winding Your Way Through the Web: Popular Sites for Genealogists by Ginger Frere
Thursday, July 17th at 7pm
Elgin Genealogical Society
Gail Borden Public Library
270 N Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

The internet can be an overwhelming place for beginning genealogists. Which websites are reliable? Which will help you discover when great-grandpa was born or how he came to the United States? This session will introduce novice genealogists to several websites that will launch their cyberspace searches in the right direction.

Unlocking the Doors to Your Home’s Past by Grace Dumelle
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7-8 pm
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 South Emerson St.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Contact: Anne Shaughnessy, Reference Librarian, 847-253-5675

Satisfy your curiosity about your own home or one in the family Learn techniques for dating a residence, discovering the architect, and unearthing old photos and plans. You can also find out who lived there, what they did for a living, and other fascinating tidbits. Copies of Grace’s Finding Your Chicago Ancestors will be available for signing and purchase.

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