Chicago Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 2 Oct 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Ogilvie Transportation Center, Madison St between Canal & Clinton Streets
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    The Chicago Fire of October 1871 was a disaster for the City of Chicago as well as for genealogists interested in researching Chicago family history. On this 150th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Chicago Fire, it is most appropriate for our Chicago Genealogical Society to offer a genealogically related tour of the fire area. During the tour, discussions about those family history related materials which were either destroyed by or saved from the fire will take place. Additionally, the tour will allow family historians to view (and learn more about) those areas and sites in the city both ravaged by the fire and which survived the fire.

    The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research and whose father was a Captain on the Chicago Fire Department.

    After a stop at the Chicago Firefighter’s Memorial (just west of the old Chicago Union Stock Yards entrance gate), the tour will visit sites such as DeKoven Street, the Old Federal Courthouse site, the LaSalle Street under the river tunnel, the Chicago City Cemetery, the Chicago Water Tower, Mahlon Ogden’s house site, St. Michael’s Church, as well as two family homes near Fullerton Avenue which “survived” the fire as well a wood brick paved alley from 1869 among a number of other important stops. 

    The tour attendees will be moved from site to site in a luxury motor coach and will include a number of very short walks as well as a lunch stop probably at Washington Square Park.

    Our bus will depart promptly at 9:30am from (and return to) the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (where food & bathrooms are easily available, located on Madison St between Canal & Clinton Streets). We will return around 4:00pm. Off street pay parking is available in the area nearby around Clinton and Monroe Streets. Note - We ask you to follow the current Chicago Department of Public Health guidelines regarding COVID-19 if you attend this event. Masks will be required on the bus. There will be six stops to be able to stand and walk outside.  

    Register and pay online at www.chicagogenealogy.org under Events by selecting tour cost & lunch choice(s).

    Tour cost: $45 members and $55 non-member, additional fee $15 if you order lunch. You are also welcome to bring your lunch.

    Panera Box Lunch Choices are:

    o Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich: Smoked turkey breast, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomatoes & Panera’s signature dressing, on tomato basil bread. Includes sandwich, chips, pickle, and cookie.

    o BBQ Chicken Sandwich: Smoked chicken, BBQ sauce, red onions, white cheddar & frizzled onions on classic white bread. Includes sandwich, chips, pickle, and cookie.

    o Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich: Zesty sweet Peppadew™ piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, hummus, lettuce & red onions on tomato basil bread. Includes sandwich, chips, pickle, and cookie.

    o Tuna Salad Sandwich: Tuna with leaf lettuce, tomatoes and red onions on black pepper focaccia. Includes sandwich, chips, pickle, and cookie.

    o Caesar Salad with Chicken: Chicken, romaine, parmesan, & black pepper focaccia croutons tossed with Caesar dressing. Includes salad, French baguette & cookie.

    Bottled water and soda will be provided for all participants for lunch.

    Space is limited - first come, first reserved. A waitlist option will be available. Registration will close September 25, 2021. No refunds after September 25, 2021. The online payment service fee of $2.50 will be deducted from refunds.  


    • 8 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Our speaker will be Karen Stanbary, CG.

    Meet Ada and Minna---Chicago's most famous sisters who operated the ultra-luxurious bordello known as the Everleigh Club from 1900 until it was closed by mayoral order in 1911. Learn to sort fact from fiction as we study their fabricated lives from birth to death. 

    Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee, is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at IGHR, and SLIG. She is a faculty member at GRIP. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.

    Note – This presentation will not be recorded. The handout will be posted in the members only section of the CGS website for 60 days after the event.

    Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The meet-up will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.


    • 4 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Webinars
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    Roll Call of Resources: Researching Revolutionary War and U.S. Civil War Ancestors

    Military Doubleheader! Two military webinars in one afternoon.


    Join us for this special afternoon to learn about military resources with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    1:00pm – Revolutionary War

    2:00pm – 30-minute break

    2:30pm – U.S. Civil War

    Learn the best primary resources available both online and in local and regional archives. Learn how to find from Muster Rolls to Pension files for your ancestors. Also learn how to "Adopt the Regiment" to better understand the story of your ancestors through the stories of his fellow veterans. These lectures will allow you to obtain the necessary military proof for joining an associated hereditary society.

    David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1993. David is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of genealogy and military history. David is co-host of Extreme Genes radio show and podcast since 2015. David's expertise is New England, Atlantic Canada, British Isles and military records.

    Cost: $10 members (that’s only $5/per webinar!) and $20 non-members. Register at CGS website under events. Space is limited to 100 spots. A waitlist option will be available. No refunds after November 27, 2021. The online payment service fee of $1.50 will be deducted from refunds.  


    • 6 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Meet-Up
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    Open Mic Meet-Up

    Our recent Open Mic Meet-Ups were so helpful to our members that many have requested we continue offering the opportunity to share. Join us to share your discovery or watch and listen to others share their successes. You have a research problem? Come and ask the group. Maybe someone will have a suggestion to further your research. A great opportunity to learn!

    This meet-up will have a host to run the Zoom and to give the opportunity for everyone to share as time permits. If you plan to share a discovery or problem, please keep it to 5 minutes or less to allows others to also share. 

    Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The meet-up will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.

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    • 3 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Learn what books or types of books and resources you should include in building your personal genealogical reference library. A special emphasis will be given to new resources on the market. Suggestions will be made on how to get the most out of your library and use it for your own continuing education.

    Our speaker, Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

    Paul was raised on the West Coast of northern England. A mining engineer with a degree from the Cambourne School of Mines in Cornwall, England, he came to the U.S. in 1975 to get his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. He has been in the U.S. ever since, and in 2008 he became a dual citizen of both countries. In the intervening years, Paul received two graduate degrees and traveled widely throughout the world.

    Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.

    He is the 2018 recipient of the Utah Genealogical Society Fellow Award.

    He is currently the book review editor of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter (BIGWILL) and is the former book review editor of the FGS FORUM.

    Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

    Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The meet-up will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.


    • 5 Feb 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    When the 1950 census will be released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.

    Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

    Note – This presentation will not be recorded.

    Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The webinar will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.


Past events

17 Sep 2021 Chicago & North Western Historical Society Archives Afternoon Tour
17 Sep 2021 Chicago & North Western Historical Society Archives Morning Tour
11 Sep 2021 Researching Pre-fire Chicago
2 Aug 2021 The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire
24 Jul 2021 Commemoration of the 106th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster
5 Jul 2021 Open Mic Meet-Up: Share Your Latest Genealogy Discoveries
5 Jun 2021 What the Heck Does That Say? Overcoming the Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
3 May 2021 The South Side in Ten Families Part 2
1 May 2021 Funeral Home Collections: Utilizing Genealogical Societies and Others for Crowd Sourcing
5 Apr 2021 Open Mic Meet-Up: Genealogy Discoveries Made During Lock Down
3 Apr 2021 Researching HER Life: Genealogical Tools and Methods for Researching Your Female Ancestor
8 Mar 2021 Friedrich Eiler: Building an Identity from Scant Clues
8 Feb 2021 Virtual Open Mic Meet-Up: Genealogy Discoveries Made During Lock Down
6 Feb 2021 Everyone Has a Story: Why everyday life stories are worth capturing and how to do it
4 Jan 2021 The South Side in Ten Families Part 1
7 Dec 2020 Chicago Genealogical Society Ancestor Certificates - Honoring Your Chicago Ancestors
7 Nov 2020 Identity Puzzles: How to Make Sure You're Following the Right Character
5 Oct 2020 Cartographic Tales of Chicago History
12 Sep 2020 The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women
25 Jul 2020 Webinar: The Pritzker Military Museum & Library
24 Jul 2020 Commemoration of the 105th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster
21 Jul 2020 Virtual Meet-Up: "Ask the Expert" About Eastland Disaster Genealogical Records
21 Jul 2020 Virtual Meet-Up: "Ask the Expert" About Eastland Disaster Genealogical Records
25 Jun 2020 Virtual Meet-Up: "Ask the Expert" About Chicago Property Records
6 Jun 2020 Webinar: Travels with My Sister: Genealogical Journeys
9 May 2020 *** Will Be Rescheduled*** Purple Hearts Reunited Chicagoland Returns
2 May 2020 Where Did Grandpa Go? Using Maps to Solve Genealogical Problems - Webinar
2 May 2020 ***Rescheduled to July 25, 2020*** Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
4 Apr 2020 Finding Hidden Clues in Old Family Photos **Rescheduled to September 12, 2020**
7 Mar 2020 Spit and You Shall Find! atDNA Identifies a Charming Scoundrel
1 Feb 2020 Newspaper Necessities
7 Dec 2019 Mayflower and Other Lineage Societies: What are they? Why would I join one? How do I join?
2 Nov 2019 The Chicago “L” -- Chicago’s Biggest “Mover & Shaker”
5 Oct 2019 Decoding the Sentiment behind Cemetery Symbolism
7 Sep 2019 Tracking Down Your Infamous Ancestors
24 Aug 2019 CGS Genealogical Bus Tour: Chicago’s Greatest Waterway - The I & M Canal
1 Jun 2019 Adoption Searches Past and Present
19 May 2019 Webinar - The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy
4 May 2019 The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy
6 Apr 2019 Investigating Chicago Police Ancestors
2 Mar 2019 Purple Hearts Reunited Special
10 Feb 2019 Using Yearbooks for Genealogy
2 Feb 2019 If These Walls Could Talk: Incorporating Stories of Places to Enhance Your Family Narrative
13 Jan 2019 Genealogy Road Trips with Julie Benson
19 Aug 2018 MyHeritage DNA with Daniel Horowitz
2 Jun 2018 CGS Annual Meeting

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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