Chicago Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 6 Feb 2021
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Webinar
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    Our speaker will be Nora Kerr.

    Do you want to capture your own life story or that of a loved one? Take a trip down memory lane or get inspired to interview your family members. You'll leave inspired to tackle this important life work. Whether you're a writer, a storyteller, or a curious child or grandchild of someone with a lot of history, this workshop is for you!​ We’ll address questions such as...

    • ​What makes a good story?
    • How do I get started?
    • ​How should I organize them?
    • What tools do I need?

    After studying creative writing (with a thesis on family storytelling) and spending hours in a photography darkroom, Nora worked in the publishing and IT fields. In 2015, she preserved the story of her own father, a pivotal moment that launched her business and brought her back to doing what she loves: celebrating everyday life stories. Since 2015, Memoir for Me has captured over 200 life stories and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the WGN Morning Show, and Windy City Live.

    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.


    • 8 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual Meet-Up
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    Open Mic Meet-Up

    Share a discovery you have made during the Covid-19 Lock Down with your fellow CGS members. Have you discovered a new online resource? Were you able to get a record from a closed repository? Did you learn a new technology that is a game changer for your research? Have you interviewed a relative using ZOOM? Join us to share your discovery or watch and listen to others share their successes. 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 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.

    Picture from Library of Congress dated 27 March 1925

    • 8 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Webinar
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    Our speaker will be Jill Morelli, CG

    The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill for all genealogists. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown! Friedrich first appeared in a marriage record for my great grandmother, Ida Berg. It was a surprise to know she had married again, but that wasn't the last of the surprises. Working from the known information, the identity of Friedrich was determined using correlation tools, source analysis and collaboration with a descendant. Not all of our ancestors can be the model citizens and Friedrich was far from it, but he serves as a great vehicle for illustrating tenacity and patience, reasonably exhaustive research and the joys of collaboration.

    Jill Morelli, CG is a writer, lecturer and founder of the Certification Discussion Group, an online class demystifying the process applying for the credential Certified Genealogist. She lectures nationally and has written articles for NGSQSwedish American GenealogistIllinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, program director of the Puget Sound-APG and belongs to many local and national genealogical societies and organizations.

    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.


    • 3 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar
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    Mark Hansen, the author of The City in a Garden: A Guide to the History of Hyde Park and Kenwood, will recount episodes in the history of Chicago through brief portraits of ten South Side families.

    This webinar will be Part 2 of a presentation Mark gave for CGS in January. Mark does an amazing job sharing maps, pictures, sources, history and stories about South Side families.    

    John Mark Hansen is the Charles L Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. He joined the Chicago faculty in 1986. A native of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas in 1981 and his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1987. Hansen’s research in political science ranges in top from elections and citizen activism to Congress and interest group politics. Lately, he has set out to chronicle the history of Chicago’s South Side. His first book from the project, The City in a Garden: A Guide to the History of Hyde Park and Kenwood, appeared in 2019.

    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

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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