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Jennifer Holik, of Generations, will launch a brand new series of books in the Branching Out series on March 28, 2012.  Each book contains 15 lessons, teaching the basics of genealogical research to children. On this day you will be able to purchase the textbook in paperback form, PDF, or PowerPoint. The paperback will be available on CreateSpace. The PowerPoint and PDF versions will be available on the Generations E-Junkie store. The PowerPoint version has the same content as the book but with a few extras. It was designed for the visual, hands-on learner in mind.

Be sure to sign up for the Generations newsletter to stay in touch with what’s going on with Generations. This is only the beginning of a major kids’ series. Also sign up for the series editor, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman’s newsletter at Corn and Cotton. This year Generations will be collaborating with Corn and Cotton on more educational resources. You will want to know what she is working on as well!

The following will be released March 28 and the links will be live on the Generations website.

1st-3rd Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

4th-8th Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

High School Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30
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Join the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society for their 37th Annual Genealogy Conference. The conference will feature speakers: Paul Milner, Loretto (Lou) Szucs, Juliana Smith, Tony Burroughs, Jennifer Holik-Urban, and Maureen Brady.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Place: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Charles

Time:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration: Download a conference registration form here.

Twelve lectures to choose from which include:

1A Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four Paul Milner
We will examine available indexes, how to access and interpret the four primary records groups for English research: civil registration, census, church records and probate. These are the primary records you need when searching for anyone from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

1B Advanced Search Tips for Ancestry.com Juliana Smith
Ancestry.com is home to more than 6 billion records in more than 30,000 collections. But what’s the best way to find what you’re looking for in all that information? This class will teach you how to make the powerful search tools at Ancestry.com work for you to help you locate your ancestor, discover their stories, and so much more.

1C Don’t Get Burned: Getting Around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Tony Burroughs
The entire city burned in 1871, but many records survived to aid your search for Chicago ancestors. Learn which records survived, and methods of getting around the fire.

2A 10:30 Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website Paul Milner
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.

2B A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project Lou Szucs / Juliana Smith
With so many new sources and methods popping up, it’s hard to keep up with it all. This lecture is designed to point to ways to stay on top of it all, and to provide the ideas you need to get going!

2C Creating Order Out of Chaos Tony Burroughs
Have you searched in every courthouse, every library, and every archives and still haven’t solved your riddle? One of the keys to success in genealogy is doing more with what you have. Sometimes the pieces are there, we just need to look at them in different ways. Reorganizing and analyzing may solve your riddle.

11:45 Luncheon served upstairs.

3A 1:30 Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest? Paul Milner
The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.

3B Discovering Midwestern Repositories Lou Szucs
In terms of research opportunities, the Midwest is the land of opportunity! This presentation will be a mini tour of some of the best places to find your family records. Not only will you learn what some of the greatest libraries, archives and other institutions have to offer online, but you’ll better understand the benefits of a personal visit.

3C Navigating the National Archives Tony Burroughs
The National Archives has 33 facilities, which hold approximately 21.5 million cubic feet of original textual materials, in addition to microfilm and electronic
records. It’s the largest archives in the United States and most of the 4 billion pieces of paper in its collection are not on the Internet. It can be very intimidating,
unless you understand how it operates, and can master the finding aids.

4A 3:00 Branching Out: Connecting with others using Social Networking and Online Family Trees Jennifer Holik
Learn how to use social networking and online family trees to branch out and expand your family research.

4B The “New” FamilySearch Website Maureen Brady
The FamilySearch website was completely redesigned in December, 2010, with a new look and much more content, including indexes linked to the images of original documents and a library of instructional videos. This presentation will provide an overview of the new content, as well as search techniques and navigational tips and tricks.

4C The Six Phases of African American Genealogy Tony Burroughs
This is an overview of the methods and sources in the six distinct phases that are the building blocks of African American genealogy. It progresses from beginning to more advanced research, highlighting some of the problems and complexities of African American genealogy along the way.

Watch this blog for more information and also visit our website.

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Do you need some help with your DuPage County (IL) research? Check out our newly added Research page! It has links to many research options in the county.

The DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society was featured in two posts this week on Tony’s Genealogy Blog.

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DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Has Created a Genealogy Blog – Visit It for News About the Society!

Do you read Tony’s Genealogy Blog? Tony Kierna is the Genealogy Coordinator for the Schaumburg Township District Library. He also runs the genealogy blog. The library has a genealogy meeting each month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. A list of meeting topics can be found here.

Check out Tony’s Genealogy Blog and expand your genealogical horizons.

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Many DuPage County libraries have genealogy groups that meet monthly or most months of the year. Indian Prairie Library in Darien is one such library.

Their genealogy group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00. You can view their 2011 topic schedule here.  Our own Jeff Bockman will be speaking in September on Real Research on the Web.

The group is meeting this Thursday, June 23, in the meeting room. The topics are newspapers and scanners. The library is located at 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. I will be there. Will you?

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Want to know about Downers Grove history or genealogy? The first thing you should do is visit the Downers Grove Park District Museum.

The museum and research center are inside the old Blodgett home. The home sits on a wide green space filled with old trees, flowers, brick walks and some picnic benches in the back corner of the yard. Visitors can enjoy the quiet surroundings and beautiful scenery while enjoying lunch.

When I visited on Thursday I had the opportunity to sit next to a museum volunteer who was working on various projects. We had a very nice conversation about Downers Grove research and I learned a lot about many of the indexing projects happening all over the township. Cemeteries are being indexed and plot maps created so they can be viewed online; Downers Grove Reporter obituaries have been indexed; a huge collection of old newspaper photos are being viewed, sorted and the individuals identified where possible. So many things. I also learned about resources available around the township for genealogy and house history research.

Thursday is also a day when a group of volunteers gathers in the basement of the Blodgett home to go through all those newspaper photos to try to identify the individuals. Around 10:30 they break and gather for coffee upstairs before getting back to work.

The research available in the museum ranges from township history to individual genealogies, Centennial House histories, and many topics between A and Z. The research room has two large bookshelves filled with DuPage County and Downers Grove books and periodicals. There are also photo collections of the township from years ago.

The museum staff is very helpful and available. If you have not explored this amazing and possibly overlooked resource I encourage you to check them out.

The museum is located in Wandschneider Park, 831 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Research hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Museum tours are given Sunday – Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment only. For more information contact the museum at (630) 963-1309.

 

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