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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!

March 1

Holy Cow! Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now

Our speaker will be Teresa Steinkamp-McMillon CG(SM). The first Chicago Catholic church opened in 1833 and by 1900 there were about 140 Catholic churches in the city. Finding your Catholic ancestor's church records (baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral) can be a daunting task without a few key pieces of information. This lecture will explain how to find the data necessary to tap into these valuable resources. Once potential churches are identified, the process of finding the records for that church and timeframe will be explained.

April 5

Speed Dating for Genealogists

Back by popular demand! Come and participate in an exciting and fun program. Bring your "brick wall" research questions and you will have an opportunity to ask an expert. You will only have a limited time for each question. SPEED is the key, so be clear and specific with your questions. Participate and also learn from other members as they get help on their "brick walls". It will be an interactive and enjoyable program. Our Expert Panel:
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom CG(SM) - A full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research
Julius Machnikowski – Clerk at the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives
Craig Pfannkuche – Independent research professional and President of Memory Trail Research, Inc.
Matt Rutherford - Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library.

May 3

Preserving Your Family's Treasures

Our speaker will be Rena Schergen, MLIS. Ever wonder how to protect those family documents, photographs, news clippings, scrapbooks and heirlooms? Don't let them fall to pieces! Learn about archival best practices that you can implement at home, including how to preserve and store your family's physical history. Rena will also give pointers for choosing and buying materials for your personal archives. Bring your questions and pick her brain! Rena Schergen is an Archivist at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Hailing from the Southwest Side of Chicago, she has been a member of CGS for 4 years.

June 7

Discovering the Past Block-by-Block: Using ChicagoAncestors.org

A presentation by Ginger Frere on the exciting website built by The Newberry Library - a site where you can find and share historical information about Chicago. Are you researching the history of a neighborhood? Looking for the church where your great-grandparents got married? Interested in mapping the places where your ancestors lived? Learn how to discover the past by address!

September 13


CGS 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar featuring

Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm

Registration: 9:30a.m. Programs: 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Arlington Heights Memorial Library - Hendrickson Room, 2nd Floor

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell will be speaking on September 13, 2014 at the all-day CGS 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar. Come hear her speak on early American women in legal records, the pros and cons of DNA testing, and the legal rights and responsibilites of today's genealogists. See the flyer for more details.

Seats are limited, so register today!

Register for the Seminar and pay online here!