Chicago Genealogical Society

Goodbye 2020 – Hello 2021

4 Jan 2021 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Chicago Genealogical Society is saying goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. We are excited about our upcoming programs to kick-off 2021. Hope you can join us!

4 January (7:00pm) - The South Side in Ten Families

*** Monday, 7:00pm CST via ZOOM ***

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.

6 February (1:30pm) - Everyone Has a Story: Why everyday life stories are worth capturing and how to do it

*** Saturday, 1:30pm CST via ZOOM ***

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?

8 February (7:00pm) – Open Mic Meet-Up: Genealogy Discoveries Made During Lock Down 

*** Monday, 7:00pm CST via ZOOM ***

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. 

8 March (7:00pm) – Friedrich Eiler: Building an Identity from Scant Clues

*** Monday, 7:00pm CST via ZOOM ***

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.

**Registration is required for all CGS Events via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will be closed 1 hour before 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.

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

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