Chicago Genealogical Society meetings are on the first Saturday of each month. They are free and open to our members and visitors.

All of our programs are at The Newberry Library, at 1:30pm and are free unless noted. Visitors are always welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

Programs at a Glance 2017 – 2018

Saturday, August 26

Funeral by the cars to Forest Home Cemetery: A modern-day Field Trip with Chicago Historian Craig Pfannkuche.

CGS invites you to four hours on Saturday, August 26 for the recreation of a funeral trip “by the cars” to the famous Forest Home Cemetery.  In the era before the automobile, caskets bearing the deceased were often transported to Chicago’s outlying cemeteries by special funeral cars along the Chicago Street Railways. Meet the group at Union Station Great Hall 9:15 a.m. for this fun event.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Family History Day at Harold Washington Library. 

Chicago Genealogical Society partners with Chicago Public Library for a full day (10-4).  There will be three to four lectures in the auditorium and the multi-purpose rooms will be staffed with genealogists and librarians to answer your research questions.  Cost:  Free. Please join us at 400 South State Street!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 

 Author David L Keller will detail “The Story of Camp Douglas”


Built in 1861 Chicago, Camp Douglas was the largest Union Army prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate soldiers taken prisoner during the American Civil War.  It was described as “80 acres of hell”.  Don’t miss this compelling story. Join us at the Newberry Library at 1:30. Cost Free

December 2, 2017

Chicago Stock Yard and Transit Co

Chicago Stock Yard and Transit Co was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century.  It was started in 1865 and was operated by a group of railroad companies.  Join us at the Newberry Library at 1:30 for an information talk about its history by Dominic A Pacyga the author of “Slaughter House”.  Cost Free

February 3, 2018

DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box

Our speaker will be Karen Stanbary, CG. DNA test results are so much more than ethnicity pie charts. Using real-life case examples, Karen will explore the practical applicability of DNA tests to everyday genealogical problems. 

Karen Stanbary, CG, holds the Certified Genealogist credential. She lectures locally and nationally on the use of DNA test results in genealogical problem-solving, always within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and chairs that organization’s Genetic Genealogy Standards committee.

Join us at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 North Clark, Chicago at 1:30pm for this program. Our program is free and there is complimentary parking at Foster and Ashland museum parking lot, Pay to Park on both Foster and Clark or CTA Foster Bus 92 and Clark bus 22. Check out the museum’s website for more details on the location and transportation

You may wish to come early and visit their outstanding exhibit “The Dream of America: Swedish Immigration” which follows immigrants from the journey to the new world to building a life and community in Chicago. Note: exhibit fee is Adults $4; Children/students/seniors $3. The museum is open 11:00am to 4:00pm on February 3.

March 3, 2018

The Chicago Genealogical Society Meets South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

We are visiting SSGHS at the Hazel Crest Municipal Center, 3000 West 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL, and having a joint program. The meeting will be held in the SSGHS Library which is on the west end of the building (plenty of free parking). Presentation, tour and research time are all free. Check out the Society’s website for directions and library holdings.

10:00am – Presentation and tour of the Society’s non-circulating library with many regional sources and learn about the Pullman Collection. The SSGHS was organized in 1968 and focuses on south Cook and east Will Counties. 

11:30am – Stay and research in the library. Open until 4:00pm.

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