Programs for Genealogists

Charles Lippincott. Genealogical Tree of the Lippincott Family, 1880.
Charles Lippincott. Genealogical Tree of the Lippincott Family, 1880.

In conjunction with the Newberry’s strong collections in Genealogy and Local History, we offer a variety of programs to enhance and improve your genealogy research skills.  For a full list of upcoming genealogy programs, see the Genealogy Calendar.

Adult Education Seminars on genealogy subjects are offered throughout the year.  There are a wide range of topics.  Recent offerings include “60 Minutes to Better Genealogy,” “Finding Your Chicago Ancestors,” and “Using Family Tree Maker.”

Interested in learning about your family history or researching your neighborhood, but don’t know where to start? Attend a monthly orientation. On the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 am, a member of the Newberry’s Genealogy and Local History reference staff will introduce beginners to the basics of research with an informal orientation. Admission is free. No reservations are required. (For months when the reading rooms are closed on the first Saturday, orientations will be held on the second Saturday.)

Read the Genealogy Blog for more on genealogy resources and events.

Upcoming Genealogy Events

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation and tour. This month the orientation will be abbreviated due to the Fall Genealogy Workshop. Reservations not required. Free.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
A Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG : Newberry Fall Genealogy Workshop

Join us for a morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG. Dave has nearly 40 years’ genealogical research experience and has more than 30 years’ experience as a lecturer and teacher in the field. Dave’s formative years were spent in Buffalo Grove and he has been a frequent user of the Newberry’s collections since 1979.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.