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

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