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The CGS Board of Management meetings occur 10am to 12pm at the Newberry Library, when there is a program scheduled there on that date. Meetings are free and open to our members and visitors.

All of our programs are free unless noted, and visitors are always welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

December 6
1:30pm

The Crash: How one Chicago Family Navigated Personal and Financial Loss in the 1930s

great depression

This presentation is a true story of one Chicago family in the 1930s as it struggled with the realities wrought by the Great Depression. Genealogical documents, family lore and photos from the family album are woven together to bring this story to life. Patricia Desmond Biallas (our speaker) is a writer, editor and family historian with a passion for Irish, Civil War and Chicago History. She maintains her own blog at www.geneajourneys.wordpress.com where she recounts stories of ancestors who struggled, succeeded and simply survived the challenges of the times they have lived in.

February 7, 2015
1:30pm

The Write Stuff: Family Histories with Substance and Appeal

Debbie Mieszala, CG, is a Certified Genealogist sm , national level lecturer and author.  She has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg, has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist and OnBoard.  Narrative genealogical writing does not need to be dull. Learn to artfully weave facts into passages that help to bring an ancestor to life.

March 7, 2015
1:30pm

Meet D. Joshua Taylor!

D Joshua TaylorIn conjunction with the Newberry Library, CGS members will meet D. Joshua Taylor as he shares his enthusiasm for genealogy and history. For more than 15 years, Joshua has been an active genealogist, tracing the histories of families across the globe. Joshua can be seen on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC and TLC) and is the Lead Genealogist for Findmypast.com, a worldwide leader in online family history. Check out his blog at: http://www.djoshuataylor.com/blog/.

April 4, 2015
1:30pm

Finding Your Roots in a Chicago Building

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Chicago History Museum's Leslie Martin, will be on hand to share her presentation about house histories and finding architectural and other information about Chicago buildings and houses as well as answer any questions you may have about the collection at the CHM. The Chicago History Museum holds many resources for researching the history of Chicago building, whether you want to know something about your condo in a former shoe factory, a bungalow on the west side, or a downtown commercial building.

May 2, 2015
1:30pm

Grant Park: The Evolution on Chicago's Front Yard

Grant Park

In 1836, only three years after Chicago was founded, Chicagoans set aside the first narrow shoreline as public ground and declared it "forever open, clear and freeā€¦" Chicago historian and author Dennis H. Cremin reveals that despite such intent, the transformation of Grant Park to the spectacular park it is more than 175 years later was a gradual process. Throughout the book, Dr. Cremin (Professor of History/Director of the Lewis University History Center) shows that while Grant Park's landscape and uses have changed, the public ground continues to serve as a "calling card to visitors".

June 6, 2015
1:30pm

Hidden Chicago Resources

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Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Genealogical Society followed by a very informative session where we will discuss and learn about many of Chicago's (known and unknown) small museums, genealogical societies, and libraries with genealogical materials.