General Information…

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

Meetings are held at:

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


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…

August 26, 2017 Preserving Your Family History on Family TreeMaureen Brady

FamilySearch®, a free website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provides many resources to help you discover your family history, but it also provides a way for you to preserve your family history.  Family Tree is designed as a collaborative record of your family, including photos, documents and audio memories.  Using both the website and mobile apps, Family Tree provides a system to record your family events, preserve precious photos & documents and provide a record of your family today for future generations.  Using her own family data and photos, Maureen Brady will provide an overview of Family Tree, and its mobile apps, including making additions and corrections to Family Tree and using the mobile apps to record today’s memories.

October 7, 2017Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation: Using the Tables and Maps Paul Milner

This presentation is designed to show how to use, understand and interpret the published reports of Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Ireland.  How then to go beyond the tables to physically locate your ancestors on the ground using the online mapping tools.

November 4, 2017Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG (sm)

Learn how to prepare for research in Chicago, where to locate online points of entry for Chicago records, and how to plan for onsite research.  A case study demonstrates how to apply these techniques.

No Meeting in December – Happy Holidays!!!!

January 6, 2018Digitizing Photos and SlidesDebra Dudek

Coming soon…

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, 2018Newspaper Research: Beyond the Birdcage  Debbie Mieszala, CG (sm)

Learn in-depth newspaper research techniques and the types of information newspapers contain. Explore regular and specialty publications, such as ethnic, trade, and religious newspapers. Find and access indexes and digitized, microfilmed, and archival holdings. Major repositories will be discussed.

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


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