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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!

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!

October 4


Ogilvie Transportation Center

The Great Chicago Fire Bus Tour

Chicago Fire

Seats are sold out for our Chicago Fire Tour! See the full agenda here. Our tour guide will be our own incredible Craig Pfannkuche. If you have attended one of Mr. Pfannkuche's tours before then you will be one of the first to sign up. If you have never attended one of his tours, you don't know what you are missing.

November 1

Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893

The White City and the Birth of a Metropolis

white city

Author Joseph Gustaitis will be joining us to share about his book and the year 1893 in Chicago. There is an almost endless list of achievements that took place in Chicago in 1893. Chicago's most important skyscraper was completed in 1893, and Frank Lloyd opened his office in the same year. African American physician and Chicagoan Daniel Hale Williams performed one of the first known open-heart surgeries in 1893. Sears and Roebuck was incorporated and William Wrigley invented Juicy Fruit gum that year. These are just a few of the achievements in Chicago in 1893.

Learn more about the book at Southern Illinois University Press

December 6

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

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

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

Finding Your Roots in a Chicago Building


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

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

Hidden Chicago Resources


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.