General Information

Our general meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of each month, except the months of June, July, August and December.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. with the “Genealogist’s Quest”: a lively learning and sharing session of all things genealogy. Introductory remarks begin promptly at 9:45 a.m, with the speaker beginning at 10 a.m.

Visitors and donations are always welcome!

Meetings for the Current Year

No Meeting in December – Happy Holidays!!!!

January 6, 2018Digitizing Photos and SlidesDebra Dudek

No Photo?  No Problem! –  How Slides and Negatives Capture the Past – Those photo negatives and slides aren’t useless!  Learn how new types of scanners and software can bring these forgotten photo collections back to life!  Program resources include software suggestions, books, and online resources.

February 3, 2018Funeral Homes and Family History – They are Dying to Meet You!Daniel Earl

Most genealogists are familiar with death records, but few take the time to investigate the funeral home listed on the death certificate. This presentation dives head first into the world of funeral homes. We will look at the history of funeral homes in North America as well as examine some of the types of records that funeral homes produce and how to find these invaluable records online and offline. We will end our discussion with some tips on how to work with funeral directors based on the presenter’s experience growing up in the funeral industry.

March 3, 2018 Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNAKaren Stanbary, CG (sm)

Ancestry DNA is the most popular DNA test, largely due to Ancestry’s marketing.  If you’ve had your DNA tested through Ancestry, you will want to attend Karen’s presentation.  She is custom making this presentation for us!!  She will walk us though all the features on the site.  The most useful tool is the Shared Matches and she will teach us how to use that and also how to narrow down how closely related we are to our matches.  She will tell us how to attach a tree to our site to get DNA circles.  She will also cover how to message our matches to increase the likelihood of having them contact us.  She will also tell us a little bit about Gedmatch.

April 7, 2018Church Record Exploration for Genealogy Jacquie Schattner

May 5, 2018 – Who SANK grandpa’s boat? Effective Techniques For Finding Passenger Manifests – Dan Niemiec

Meeting Location

Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois


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