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Don’t miss a full day of genealogy on February 15, register today! http://dcgs.org/
RootsTech is next month, February 6–8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Did you know they live stream several keynote speakers from the RootsTech website? And last year they shared – The Family History Department invites all interested stakes to host a local family history fair with classes, provided from RootsTech, an annual family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our local Naperville Family History Center is hosting Tools for Finding your Ancestors Family History Fair 2014 (scheduled for April 2014) Please join us for a day of exciting classes. Some of the classes will be live and presented by local experts. Others will be recorded presentations of classes that were originally presented at Root Tech in Salt Lake City, February 6-8, 2014. There will be a mid-day lunch break with many interesting displays and time to talk with other researchers. Online registration will be available on this page in the near future.
DCGS 2014 Conference is February 15th
39th annual conference
Our 2014 conference speakers are Debra Mieszala, CG, Marsha Peterson-Maass, Steve Szabados, and Paul Milner. As requested, we selected more methodology topics geared toward the intermediate to advanced genealogist. And we added a fourth track, Fundamentals of Genealogy, specifically designed for “newbie’s” that will be presented by Marsha Peterson-Maass of the Newberry Library.
Here are two great resources to continue your genealogy education through webinars. The webinars are free to members as well as the genealogical community when they are presented live. After the live broadcast, an archived copy of the webinar is available on-demand through the members’ page.
Register today so you don’t miss out on these FREE valuable educational resources!
2014_Webinar_Brochure The Illinois State Genealogical Society 2014 webinar series is offered monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 8 PM – Central. You can register today for one or for all of them. For a description of each webinar, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/ISGSWebinars.
The Southern California Genealogical Society 2014 webinar series is offered twice monthly (on the 1st Saturday at 12 PM – Central and on the 3rd Wednesday at 8 PM – Central). You can register today for one or for all of them. For a description of each webinar, or to register, visit http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html.
DuPage County Genealogical Society members have used unique resources over the years to compile publications useful to anyone researching DuPage County families and individuals. These publications provide church records, naturalization, census, and land records.
We have reduced the price on the naturalization index book until May 31, 2014 and permanently reduced the price on the census record books.
And as always, DCGS members get the best pricing, deduct 10% from list price.
Not a member, join today at www.dcgs.org.
Visit the DCGS Publications page for details.
Landowners of DuPage County 1835-1904 $15.00
Necrology Records of Selected Townships in DuPage County $15.00
Bicentennial Citizens and Their Ancestors $10.00
DuPage County Churches and Their Records 1833-1920 $15.00
Index to the Naturalization Records of DuPage County, Illinois $25.00 – price reduced from $40 until May 31, 2014.
Landowners of DuPage County 1835-1904 $20.00
Subject Index to “The Review” of the DCGS 1974-2000 $10.00
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bensenville Records $30.00
1840 DuPage County Federal Census Records $10.00
1850 DuPage County Federal Census Records $20.00 – price reduced from $25
1860 DuPage County Federal Census Records $20.00 – price reduced from $25
1870 DuPage County Federal Census Records $25.00 – price reduced from $30
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?
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.