DuPage County Genealogical Society
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Annual Conference
Saturday March 11, 2017
NIU Conference Center 
1120 E. Diehl Rd. Naperville, IL
Conference Details
Returning this year!
Venue and location -  We're at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center, located at 1120 East Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL.  There's plenty of free parking, with easy access from I-88 and I-355.  This high-tech facility offers a large auditorium, tiered classrooms, comfortable ergonomic seating, tables/desks with power for your electronic devices, and high-speed wireless internet access.  Bring your smartphone, tablet, netbook, notebook or even your laptop, and don't forget your power adapters!
Going green -  Our conference syllabus will be e-mailed to you before the conference.  You can download it to your mobile device for reference at the conference using NIU's free Wi-Fi.  You may print only the pages related to the sessions you're attending and not have to carry the full copy.  A hardcopy syllabus will NOT be available at the conference.  Flash drives loaded with the syllabus will be for sale at the conference for $5 each.
Hot buffet lunch -  Your registration fee includes a hot buffet lunch with traditional and vegetarian selections, no need to choose during registration.  
4 tracks -  The program sessions are offered in 4 tracks, each with 4 sessions, choose from 16 topics!  There are topics for everyone... those just getting started, or focus on European research, with DNA, organizing and methodology.
And of course, great speakers -  Maybe you've heard of them, follow them on-line, and have used their tools.  Now meet them in person, learn tips and techniques, and ask questions! 
  • Michael D. Lacopo  Author, lecturer and "Hoosier Daddy?" blogger 
  • Carole Magnuson  Author and lecturer 
  • Kathy Meade  ArkivDigital representative, author, and volunteer specialing in Swedish research
  • Donna M. Moughty  Consultant, instructor and lecturer specializing in Irish research
  • Diahan Southard  Consultant, lecturer and "Your DNA Guide"
Bring your friends and family and get them hooked.  Improve your own research when you collaborate with someone.  
Register early - Get the best pricing before February 18, 2017. Registration is closed.  
The conference fee, $55 for DCGS members, $65 for non-members, includes 16 sessions to choose from, a hot buffet lunch and a chance to win door prizes, great raffle items and the genealogists' favorite exhibitors.
The fee increases to $70, no mail-in registrations accepted and no refunds allowed after February 18, 2017. Online registration closes on March 4, 2017 or when we reach our limit - 280 registrants, whichever comes first.
Let us know if you are meeting friends so we can assign you to the same dining room, we anticipate using two rooms to accommdate everyone comfortably.
Registration is required, we can not accomodate walk-ins.

DNA SPECIAL     Schedule a Personal DNA Consultation     DNA SPECIAL
Diahan Southard, YourDNAGuide, is offering personal consultations for conference attendees. You can schedule a personal consultation package at a reduced rate. Read all the details and select your personal consultation using this conference special linkdirectly withYourDNAGuide. Sorry, the mini on-site consultations are no longer available. 
*On-site location: hotel lobby at the Hampton Inn, 1087 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL, 60563, directly across from the NIU Conference Center.

Great RAFFLE items (Check back for updates)
2 tickets for $5 or 5 tickets for $10

Conference Program
Print the brochure or the flyer.
Browsing the Exhibitors
Java & Juice available for purchase at the Arbor Vitae cafe
     YDNA Testing: Why This is My Favorite Test
Diahan Southard
Come learn basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA to verify and extend your pedigree chart, including how to make the most of your family project. 
Beginning your Italian Research
Michael Lacopo
By 1920 more than 4 million Italians had immigrated to America. If you have Italian ancestry and have yet to jump across the Atlantic, come learn some helpful research hints to start your journey from home.
Seeking Your Irish Ancestors Before and After the Famine
Donna Moughty
As with other ethnic groups, the Irish emigrated for many reasons. Although frequently thought of as famine emigrants, economic, political and religious concerns provided the impetus for leaving their homeland. This lecture will look at the push-pull factors for emigration beginning in the late 1600s through the early 1900s. Since success for immigrant research is highly dependent on discovering the exact location in the homeland of ones ancestors this lecture will focus on the types of records found in the United States which may provide clues to this very important information. 
 Discover Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital
Kathy Meade
Learn how to research your Swedish heritage using ArkivDigital online, an online service that provides access to newly photographed color images of the Swedish historical records. Learn how to research in the archives as well as become familiar with the new name searching tools in the product. The demonstration will familiarize you with the types of records that are available in the online archive: church books, passenger ship manifests, estate inventories, military records, tax registers, court records and other types of records. This is the premier site for Swedish research. 
Break (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study
Diahan Southard
This case study integrating YDNA and autosomal DNA testing can teach you how to navigate your own DNA. 
 Medical Genealogy: A Primer Of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors And The Epidemics They Lived Through
Michael Lacopo
So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.
From Rubble and Ruin: Locating Famine Immigrant Families in Land & Tax Records
Donna Moughty
Fire and government destruction of early census records left a void for Irish researchers. Learn to use Griffith’s Valuation to find your famine emigrants
Searching in Older Church Records
Kathy Meade
Researching in the older church records (early 1800s and 1700s) is more challenging because less information is provided in the records and the older handwriting can be difficult to decipher. In this session, we will review a couple of case studies using older records and present some tips and guidelines for navigating these records to help you to trace your heritage back to early 1700s and even 1600s. 
Luncheon served on the Main floor
Serving a Hot Buffet lunch with something for everyone.  We have two dining rooms,
please sit anywhere in your designated dining room (check your name tag.)
Door prizes and raffle winners announced!
After lunch please visit and support our exhibitors.  
Circles or Triangles? What shape is your DNA?
Diahan Southard
There is much debate in the genetic genealogy world about the value of a DNA Circle, provided by AncestryDNA, and the triangulation methods of others. Which is best? Which will help us find out how we are related to the long list of cousins on our match page? 
Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating The "Evidence"
Michael Lacopo
When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "add up," it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research. 
Unpuzzling Ireland’s Church Records
Donna Moughty
No records or burned records! How do you get past the loss or lack of Irish records? Church records may be a solution to this daunting task. Learning about the political history, as well as the religious history can set you on the right path. 
Organize your Genealogy Files, Part I
Carole Magnuson
If your paper filing system is lacking, you are invited to learn about PatSy, a filing system that is adaptable whether you are a newbie or a long-time researcher. Tips for getting control of and organizing your image files, plus a brief introduction to the Flip-Pal mobile scanner and Evernote software rounds out this session.
Break (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Genetic Genealogy: Advanced
Diahan Southard
Have you mastered the basics of autosomal DNA testing? Several advanced tools can help you glean more information from your DNA test. 
The Genealogical Proof Standard In Motion!
Michael Lacopo
“Genealogical Proof Standard” is the genealogist’s buzz phrase of this decade, but what does it mean? How does one critically assess the information they have, and how does one document lead to another? How can we bolster our hunches and hypotheses with DNA analysis? Follow me as we seek to determine the parentage of Eliza Ann Sample through a slew of records, and see if you can determine what “next step” will be the one over the brick wall! 
Sources for Irish Research
Donna Moughty
The fire at Four Courts in 1922 (the Public Records Office) was devastating, but contrary to popular belief, not ALL records were destroyed. Civil registration from 1864, tax records and church records for many areas have survived. In addition there are also records that survive for specific areas. The key to finding your ancestors is discovering the location in Ireland from which they came. This lecture will look at the types of records available both in the United States and in Ireland that will help you determine the location. 
Organize your Genealogy Files, Part II
Carole Magnuson
Learn the advantages of creating chronology/timeline reports, to assist in your research and in writing an ancestor’s biography. This presentation also covers research trip preparation to a library, archives or cemetery. Source documentation tips and an introduction to Evidentia software will be discussed.
Conference Speakers
Michael Lacopo, Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. http://roots4u.blogspot.com/ 
Carole Magnuson, Carole began her family history research in 1981. Along the way, she self-published two family histories and has written several articles for society newsletters and quarterlies.  Carole is currently working on a book about her Civil War ancestor. For the past several years, she has taught a spring and fall organization class for the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society.
Kathy Meade, Kathy has been assisting persons with their Swedish research for more than ten years. She is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, a company that offers an online subscription service to Swedish historical records. She has given many presentations throughout the country as well as written genealogy articles for the Nordstjernan newspaper. She serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library helping patrons with their Swedish research. http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tag/swedish-genealogy/ 
Donna M. Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, I have been conducting family research for over 20 years.  I teach classes for beginners and lecture on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics.  In addition, I provide consultations, research assistance and training.  I attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University where, in 2011 I was an Instructor for the Irish course.  I am a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.  http://www.moughty.com/
Diahan Southard, Diahan is "Your DNA Guide", where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic genealogy results. 
Your DNA Guide, is offering personal consultations for conference attendees. Read all the details to schedule a regular personal consultation package at a reduced rate using this conference special linkdirectly withYourDNAGuide. Sorry, the mini on-site consultations are no longer available.
Conference Exhibitors
Note:  list will be updated as Exhibitors register.
Door Prizes
(Check back for updates)
Provided by AncestorStuff.com: Book – Genealogical Atlas and one 15-generation Pedigree Chart
Provided by Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Soc.of IL: Book – Locations of Chicago Roman Catholic Churches
Provided by Carole Magnuson: Genealogy Goodie Basket 
Provided by Carole Magnuson: Book – Organize Your Genealogy
Provided by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - PLUS Subscription
Provided by The Newberry Library: Book – Humanities’ Mirror: Reading at the Newberry 1887-1987
Provided by Scottish Genealogical Group of Illinois:  Book – Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors
Provided by Fox Valley Genealogical Society: one-year Membership
Provided by Cantigny Park: Two Sunday Breakfast Buffets at the Red Oak Room plus parking pass
Provided by Illinois State Genealogical Society: Book – Insider’s Guide to Illinois Genealogy plus one-year Membership
Provided by Chicago Genealogical Society: one- year Membership  (3/17-3/18) + Book – Chicago Cemetery Records
Provided by Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society: one-year Membership (Aug2017-July2018)
Provided by Arphax Publishing Company: Certificate - 3 month Subscription HistoryGeo.com (2 draws)
Provided by Federation of Genealogy Societies: one-year Subscription to “Forum” a quarterly digital magazine (10 draws)
Provided by Roots Magic: Software and book
Provided by Ed Thompson: - Evidentia Software
Provided by Midwest Genealogy Center of Mid-Continent Public Library: Travel mug (2 draws)
Provided by Ohio Genealogical Society: Syllabus – 2015 OGS Conference
Provided by Wheaton Public Library: $20 gift card to Café on the Park
Provided by Irish Genealogical Society Int’l: two hours Irish research (3 draws)
Provided by CAGGNI: Tote bag with 8-gig datastick + 1-yr of CAGGNI newsletters+ genealogy-related book and magazine
Provided by Rhea Hunter: One 32-gig flash drive, one 8-pack archival photo sheets and book – Estate Inventories: How to Use Them
Provided by DuPage County Historical Museum: One tote bag, one framed reproduction of the historic DuPage County Courthouse, one highlighter, one stress ball and one certificate for two free research hours provided by DCHM staff
Provided by McHenry Co Ill Genealogical Society: Free registration to the MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference
Provided by DCGS:  Genealogy Classes (4 draws)
Provided by DCGS:  3-Gen Name Tags (5-draws)
Buffet Luncheon
A hot lunch buffet that offers traditional and vegetarian selections.
No pre-ordering*, just choose what you have a taste for that day!  
The Menu
House Salad 
Chicken Marsala 
Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans
Rolls and Butter
Fresh Fruit Salad
Hot & Cold Beverages
*VG & GF special meals must be pre-ordered with Registration, preparation is gluten-free.
VG-grilled portabella mushroom with sautéed seasonal vegetables.
We are limited to 280 attendees. We CANNOT accommodate walk-ins.
Please register by the deadline to avoid disappointment.
Parking is FREE; no permits are needed.
The NIU Conference Center - Naperville is located on the south side of Diehl Road
just west of Freedom Drive across from the Hampton Inn - Naperville.  
From I-88 (East-West Tollway): Exit at the Naperville Road/Freedom Drive exit. Then head south (right, about .3 mi.) to Diehl Road, turn right (west) onto Diehl Road. Campus is almost immediately on the left, across from the Hampton Inn.
From O’Hare Airport (Approx. 25 miles from O’Hare): Exit on I-190E. Take the I-294 S exit, exit number 1D, towards Indiana. Merge onto I-294 S (portions toll). Take the I-88 W exit towards Aurora. Merge onto East/West Tollway (portions toll). Exit at the Naperville Road/Freedom Drive exit. Then head south (right, about .3 mi.) to Diehl Road, turn right (west) onto Diehl Road. Campus is almost immediately on the left, across from the Hampton Inn.
From Chicago (East) (Approx. 29 miles from downtown Chicago): From I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, take the I-294 S/I-88 W exit, exit number 15A, on the left towards Indiana/Aurora. Merge onto East/West Tollway (portions toll). Exit at the Naperville Road/Freedom Drive exit. Then head south (right, about .3 mi.) to Diehl Road, turn right (west) onto Diehl Road. Campus is almost immediately on the left, across from the Hampton Inn.
From I-294 (Tri-State Tollway north/south): Merge onto I-88 west (East/West Tollway) towards Aurora. Exit at the Naperville Road/Freedom Drive exit. Then head south (right, about .3 mi.) to Diehl Road, turn right (west) onto Diehl Road. Campus is almost immediately on the left, across from the Hampton Inn.
From I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway north/south): Merge onto I-88 west (East/West Tollway) towards AuroraExit at the Naperville Road/Freedom Drive exit. Then head south (right, about .3 mi.) to Diehl Road, turn right (west) onto Diehl Road. Campus is almost immediately on the left, across from the Hampton Inn.


Naperville/Wheaton/DuPage Area
Research Resources in the Area
If you have time to research while you are in the area, check out our DCGS Research Resources page.  
The following resources are included within the previous link but worth a special mention.  
Check their websites for hours and details.
DuPage Families - Cemetery readings and tombstone photographs by our members
Wheaton Public Library - An extensive collection of genealogy material, print, online, film & fiche
Naperville Family History Center - 7500+ extended film/fiche collection plus online databases
DuPage Circuit Court - Probate records, naturalization records
DuPage County Clerk - Birth certificates (since 1879), marriage records, death certificates
DuPage Recorder of Deeds - Land records, grantor/grantee books
Lodging near NIU Conference Center
There are several hotels within walking distance from the NIU-Naperville facility. 
Please check the hotel websites for current rates, amenities, shuttle service, etc.
Ask for the NIU conference rate; compare with other special offers, like AAA or AARP, for your best rate.
Note:  hotels are suggestions for your convenience, not recommendations.
1087 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois
Amenities: Complementary in room coffee/tea, breakfast, pool, high-speed internet connection.
Transportation: Directly across the street from NIU-Naperville
1837 Centre Point Circle, Naperville, Illinois
Amenities: Complementary full hot breakfast, shuttle service within 10 miles of hotel, 
Wi-Fi, Fireside lounge, indoor pool, and fitness center.
Transportation: Directly across the street from NIU-Naperville. Shuttle available daily, 7am-10pm.
1155 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563
Amenities: Complementary in room coffee/tea, Wi-Fi, parking, onsite restaurant. 
Transportation: Across the street from NIU-Naperville (about 2.5 blocks for walking, shuttle available by prior arrange­ment at the front desk.)
1820 Abriter Court, Naperville, IL 60563
Amenities: Complementary in room coffee/tea, breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking. 
Transportation: Across the street from NIU-Naperville (about 3 blocks for walking, a shuttle is available by prior arrange­ment at the front desk.)
1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville, IL 60563
Amenities: Complimentary coffee, Wi-Fi, parking, indoor pool, Fitness Fa­cility, Handicap Accessible. 
Transportation: Across the street from NIU-Naperville (.7 mi), local shuttle service available
3003 Corporate West Drive, Naperville, IL 60563
Amenities: Restaurant, indoor pools, fitness facility, Lounge, Spa, Handicap Accessible, Modem/Data Port Connection
Transportation: About 1.5 miles, local shuttle service available by prior arrange­ment at the front desk
1400 Corporetum Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
Amenities: Indoor pools, Fitness Facility, Bar, Handicap Accessible, Modem/Data Port Connection
Transportation: About 3.5 miles, local shuttle service available.
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