The Chicago Genealogical Society was begun in 1967 as a not-for-profit educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and perpetuating the records of our ancestors, and to stimulate an interest in all people who contributed in any way to the establishment of Chicago and its surrounding area.
- To collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records of our ancestors.
- To recognize the contributions of those who participated in the establishment of Chicago and the surrounding area.
- To stimulate interest in the history of Chicago and family history research.
- To publish genealogical and historical research materials.
- To provide a forum to exchange research methods and ideas with other members.
- To offer programs by which members can obtain knowledge and "how-to" information on researching their family history.
CGS Recap, FY 2013
- Micah Rademacher, Lindsey Howard and Terri O'Connell joined CGS and assumed Committee positions.
- CGS continued its partnership with the Newberry Library, digitizing 40 years of the Quarterlies. Moreover, CGS now has a permanent home for the Ancestor and Pioneer Certificates with the Newberry Library and online at ChicagoAncestors.org.
- Craig Pfannkuche presented the idea and took a survey to change design on certificate.
- Stephanie Carbonetti worked hard on programming, leading to a very successful year of programs.
- Wayne Weber took over membership in June 2012 when CGS suddenly lost its Membership Chair Patti Feeley in May. Jonathan Bloom then took over those duties in January 2013.
- CGS produced a new brochure to support and publicize its organization and events.
- Wayne Weber and Barbara Baker reviewed and made changes to the Constitution and ByLaws.
- Lindsey Howard took up the design of a blog and created several posts.
- Stephanie moved forward with redesigning the newsletter, which looks wonderful.
- Ginger Frere will now be writing a regular column for the newsletter, the first to appear in the next newsletters.
- Terri O'Connell has maintained and created interest in the Facebook page.
- Wayne Weber began emailing financial reports to the Board of Management in order to be more transparent and to keep the Society accountable.
- CGS became a certified organization to award the Presidential Volunteer Award. Joan Billingham put together a wonderful display of CGS's first Presidential Volunteer Award recipient Patti Feeley for her wake.