Chicago Genealogical Society

Upcoming events

    • 6 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    CGS welcomes Diane L Richard as our speaker.

    Timelines are very visual. Creating a multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, seemingly contradictory information, previously invisible relationships, and so much more. Color-coding or other distinguishing methods can also highlight locale or surname overlaps, related records, etc. These are not simple linear timelines. Using multi-column matrices places very complex information in an easy-to-see format. What you construct are “living” summaries too. As you acquire new data, add it in! Besides helping you visualize information, timelines save you from constantly referring to your paper (or digital files)!

    As you summarize your data, it’s not unusual to have questions jump out at you – insert as a comment. Found a “gap” in your knowledge -- add it to your “to-do” list. Have you put your project aside for a while -- just review your timeline for all the critical details as you resume your research. Want to ensure meeting the requirements of the Genealogical Proof Standard – timelines are a great resource!

    Diane L Richard, MEng & MBA, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com, has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and has authored over 500 articles on genealogy topics. Since 2016 Diane has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications.

    As a speaker, she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of under-utilized records [online and on-the-ground] documenting ancestors while providing genealogical research tips, techniques, tools, strategies, and much more. She appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode).

    She is co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries, www.tarheeldiscoveries.com, started in 2018, offering guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused research assistance leading to new family discoveries.

    She is a board member of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO), http://nchistoricalrecords.org/, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public access to high-quality images of original records and other related information applicable to researching North Carolina history and genealogy.

    ***Note - This June Webinar will also be the CGS Annual Meeting. 

    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.



    • 11 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Meet-Up
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    Open Mic Meet-Up

    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.

    Picture from Library of Congress

    • 1 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Hopping Down the Paper Trail with our guest speaker Sara Cochran. 

    The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, and sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour those records for the next clue, and how to prioritize those clues so that you stay on track.

    Sara Cochran is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of research experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA and Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, Bachelor's Degree in Library Science, and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

    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.



Past events

9 May 2022 Focused Research: Using Research Plans
4 Apr 2022 Open Mic Meet-Up: Share Your Latest Genealogy Discoveries or Problem
2 Apr 2022 Beyond Ancestry: Essential Portals for Genealogy Research
7 Mar 2022 Chicago Neighborhoods: The Communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing
7 Feb 2022 Open Mic Meet-Up: Share Your Latest Genealogy Discoveries or Problem
5 Feb 2022 Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
3 Jan 2022 How to Build a Personal Genealogical Reference Library
6 Dec 2021 Open Mic Meet-Up: Share Your Latest Genealogy Discoveries
4 Dec 2021 Special Military Afternoon - Roll Call of Resources: Researching Revolutionary War and U.S. Civil War Ancestors
8 Nov 2021 The Everleigh Sisters: A Case Study in Conflict Resolution
2 Oct 2021 CGS Genealogical Bus Tour: The Great Chicago Fire
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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