Michael LacopoRegistration is Open for the Chicago Genealogical Society Spring Seminar with Author, Lecturer and “Hoosier Daddy?” Blogger Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

The Chicago Genealogical Society’s upcoming 2016 Spring Genealogy Seminar with Author, Lecturer and “Hoosier Daddy?” Blogger Michael D. Lacopo, DVM, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is Saturday, April 2, 2016. Registration is now open!

A special genealogy event is planned for this all-day seminar which will offer four presentations:

More Than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Within Those Ten-Year Intervals! – This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.

Incorporating Social History Into Your Research – Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.

Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants – If all you know from conventional records is “Germany” as a place of origin, then this lecture will help you mine other resources to locate WHERE in Germany you ancestor came from.

Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through – So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.

There will be plenty of time to network with other genealogists and discuss what you learn in the presentations. You will also have time to visit the Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy in the Library. You can purchase a box lunch with registration, bring your own lunch or go out to one of the many area restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights. We also have a few surprises in store!

Our Speaker: Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. He is teaching at the 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the June 2016 session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com (start at the beginning) with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!

You can find more information about the genealogy seminar on the CGS website. Register online or mail in the registration form to reserve your seat for this great seminar.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a world class library located in downtown Arlington Heights, IL. For directions and library information visit their website. Transportation options include the Metra Train with the Library located only three blocks from the Arlington Heights downtown station. You can also drive to the library which is located between 53 and 294. There is plenty of free parking.

We are excited about Michael visiting the Chicago Genealogical Society. Let’s welcome him to the Windy City! Hope you can join us on April 2nd for this great genealogy day!

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