We have added new content to our Research Resources.

DuPage Families is a collection of cemetery readings and tombstone photographs.  Individuals are connected to families as that information is available.  Additional information on the individuals and families may be added at anytime. 

 You can search local cemeteries, individuals, and surnames. 

The project is virtually limitless in scope and growth potential.  If you have questions or comments, or would like to volunteer to help with data collection and/or entry, please contact Carolee, the DCGS DuPage Families Administrator at  requests@dcgs.org.



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

Census Records

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

Another great Chicago resource, the Pritzker Military Library is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month.  The library is located in downtown Chicago, on Michigan Avenue across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute.

 The Library is a unique institution – part military history and information center, part museum – open to the public with an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military.

Research – the library staff will be happy to assist you in your research.  Visitors can browse our catalog to view holdings in advance of their research visit.

Inter-Library Loan – borrowing privileges (available to Associate Members) give you access not only to materials from our collection, but also to materials from the many other libraries across the continental United States that partner with us through the Inter-Library Loan System.


Listen to a podcast or join a live event, find details at http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org


to see images on FamilySearch.org

Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:33 am (PDT).  Posted by: “Christine Bell”

I hope you have noticed that there are new records being added to FamilySearch.org on almost a daily basis.  In order to get some on these records online, Family Search has had to agree to restrict access to some of them.  These restrictions are the requirement of the record owners.  Family Search’s goal is to have the records available to the public.  Many records still require no sign-in to view them.  Some records when an attempt to view them is made, display the message: Sign in to see free image  A Family Search account which is free, is all you need to sign in to see these records.  You will also need a Family Search account to order films.  Other records display the message: This image is view-able: To signed-in members of supporting organizations which means viewing these records requires a LDS account.  However, some records that require a LDS account, can be viewed from a family history center computer without signing-in.
There are so many records on FamilySearch.  org and more added almost daily, I am not going to try to list which records are available without signing-in if you are using a family history center computer.  If you would like to verify whether a restricted viewing records collection is available from a computer in our family history center, please feel free to email me at 
marieb98@yahoo.com   Please email me rather than calling the center, as it usually takes a while to get an answer about a specific records collection.  I will be happy to verify whether or not a specific record is view-able from our computers to keep patrons from making a needless trip to the center.

When you visit the Naperville Family History Center, please keep in mind that staff members represent Family Search and are therefore expected to honor the contracts regarding record collections that Family Search has with the record owners.  It would be a contract violation for a staff member to use their LDS account to get you access to the records, so please don’t ask.  I do use my prerogative as center director to occasionally use my LDS account to give patrons access to records but that is limited to times when the images are not view-able due to temporary computer malfunction.

When Family Search films records, the owner of the records gets a copy of the films or digital images of the records.  If your viewing of some record collection is blocked, contact the owner of the records and inquire about gaining access to them.

I hope this explanation is helpful, Christine

October is National Family History Month

It’s a great time to get started with one of these ideas.

Or make a plan for the coming year to start them all.

1)      Write and share a story about one of your ancestors.

2)      Plan a research trip.

3)      Record the history of your family heirlooms, what’s their origin, how did you get them.

4)      Create a family health history.

5)      Search collateral lines, focus on an ancestor’s siblings for additional records that benefit your research.

6)      Interview a family member.

7)      Try a new app for your mobile device and home computer like Dropbox or Evernote.

8)      Have your DNA tested.

9)      Create a migration map, show where your ancestors lived by creating your own Google map.

10)  Send copies of your family tree to your siblings, nieces/nephews, cousins, etc.

11)  Make connections by starting a family a blog or Facebook group.

12)  Become a Family Search indexer.

13)  Cook up some family recipes with stories that go with them; start a family cookbook.

14)  Visit a new repository or cemetery.

15)  Learn something new – find a program or conference to attend.

16)  Use timelines to analyze your findings.

17)  Don’t forget to write stories about your life.


From the DCGS Newsletter [SEPTEMBER 2013 – VOLUME 5 – ISSUE 4]

We encourage our members to volunteer to make us the best we can be.  Here are just two opportunities for you to consider.

DCGS Volunteer Opportunities

Then and Now columnist needed for The Review:

Do you like history?  Do you have a digital camera?  There is an opening for you to resume the Then and Now column four times a year for the quarterly issues of The Review.  All it requires is finding a historic location or building in DuPage County, finding an old photo of it, and taking a digital photo as it looks now.  A brief write-up connects the two photos.

Contact Luanne Newman, president@dcgs.org, to offer your services.

Library Research Aid

There are volunteers for DCGS that put their hard-earned educations in genealogy to good use to help others each week.  These volunteers give two hours each week on Thursday evening to provide guidance and suggestions for further research to any who come to the Genealogy Section of the Wheaton Public Library.  They are the ambassadors and unsung heroes of DCGS to many new (and not so new) family historians in DuPage County.

The DCGS members who are long-time volunteers are: Pat Sengstock, Bill Hendron, Helen Gbala, Bruce Timms, Mary Buckley, and Nancy Ristau.  We have two substitutes should one of our volunteers need to cancel: Ginny Christensen and Anne Snell.

We are always looking for new volunteers and two have stepped forward recently: Charles Matze and Barbara Rasins.  If you are a member of DCGS and would like to help others with their research, there are openings on Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00 pm at the Wheaton Public Library.

Members who would like to join the team can contact the Society’s librarian/historian Nancy Ristau at ristaun@aol.com.

After our summer sabbatical, our general meetings and programs start up again on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  This program is a joint presentation by DCGS and the DuPage County Historical Museum held at the Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton, IL.  Our social time starts at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.  Consider spending the afternoon at the museum, in the research library, viewing exhibits, or maybe book a guided tour. 

Exhibits on special loan from the Illinois State Military Museum include:

36th Illinois Infantry Regiment National Colors
Infantry Regiment of the Civil War, also known as the Fox Valley Regiment was organized in Aurora in September of 1861.  According to the Adjutant General’s Report, the Regiment included 965 officers and enlisted men, forty-seven being from DuPage County.  Officers from Cook, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lawrence, McHenry, and Warren Counties completed the regiment. 

8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon
The guidon flag was carried by the soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War.  Beginning in early 1862, the 8th Illinois was stationed in Washington D.C. and attached to the Army of the Potomac, fighting in their first battle at Williamsburg.  The unit also fought in a number of engagements including Mechanicsville (Seven Days Battle), Hanover Court House, Seven Pines, Brandy Station, Middleburg, Upperville, and Gettysburg. 

[Excerpted from Exhibits -DuPage County Historical Museum


Saturday, February 15, 2014 in St. Charles, IL.

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.

Early registration with a DCGS membership gets you the best prices.  Become a Member and Register for the Conference today.

Download the flyer or the brochure to hand out at your genealogical society meetings.

If you attended our Dick Eastman workshop, he may have piqued your interest in DNA testing and using a portable scanner to keep you organized.

Check out our DCGS affiliate’s webpage that features the vendors that attend our annual conference with links to their websites.  With two commission affiliates, when you link to their websites for a purchase, DCGS receives a small commission that helps to keep our costs low.

FamilyTreeDNA – currently has some great offers on Y-DNA12 for $49 and Family Finder (at-DNA) for $99.

FlipPal mobile scanner – it’s compact, lightweight, and easy to use.  Its stitching software reassembles multiple scans into their large original.  They have great video demos.


Genealogy Programs


Sign UP!

Each workshop is free and held at their facility located at 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL.

Space is limited so you must register by sending an email to Kris Jarosik kristine.jarosik@nara.gov,

indicating the workshops you are attending.  Call Kris for information 773.948.9010.


Using Court Records to Find Local and Family History

Saturday November 9, 2013 9:30am – 11am


Looking at Land and Property Records

Saturday February 8, 2014 9:30am – 12pm


Historical Military Records

Saturday April 12, 2014 9:30am – 11am



Getting the Most Out of the Census

Saturday June 14, 2014 9:30am – 11am


Get there early, they usually open at 8:00am on the 2nd Saturday of the month, do some research, request copies of Naturalization records, etc.



1940 census

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