Our speaker will be Craig Pfannkuche, CGS Ancestor Certificate Committee Chair
For years the Chicago Genealogical Society has been offering a series of frameable certificates which certify when a Chicagoan first came to settle in Chicago.
There are two good reasons why such certificates are issued by our CGS and valued by recipients. The first is simply, pride. For descendants of those who came to and experienced the growth of a relatively new large city on an empty prairie and who played a role, no matter how large or small, in that development should feel a sense of pride in what their ancestors have accomplished.
The second reason for the value of the issuance of such certificates is that submissions for those certificates are helpful to both genealogists/family history researchers and those researching the history of our fine city. Before a certificate can be issued, the submitter for a certificate must submit written/printed (photocopied) documentary evidence which proves a linkage between the setter and the submitter.
Join us for this webinar to learn more about why you should apply for a Chicago Ancestor Certificate, what specific types of certificates are offered, the steps to apply, documentation, mistakes often made and how you can be successful with your application.
Craig is an independent research professional and President of Memory Trail Research, Inc. He volunteers for the CGS Board as the Ancestor Certificate Committee Chair and is our awesome bus tour guide for our annual genealogical tours. He is also the archivist for the Chicago & North Western Historical Society.
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.
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.
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.
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 NGSQ, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois 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.
Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160