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Investigating Your Family History with the History Cop, Raymond Johnson
Saturday, September 15
Investigating Your Family History with the History Cop, Raymond Johnson  (Class)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wheaton Public Library, Meeting Room A, Lower Level
Join professional genealogist, author, and local historian Ray Johnson for a look at beginning the investigation into your family history. Topics include where to start, census records, naturalization and immigration records, vital records, newspapers and cemetery research.
 
Click here to register online at wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7520.
 
Attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable with check or cash at the class. Registration requested, but not required.


Newspaper Research Imperatives: The Ancestor Hunt and Chronicling America with Timothy N. Pinnick
Wednesday, September 19
Newspaper Research Imperatives: The Ancestor Hunt and Chronicling America with Timothy N. Pinnick  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton, Illinois
Newspapers, newspapers, everywhere! Newspaper research has moved from the periphery to mainstream. They now are a critical component of a comprehensive and efficient genealogical research strategy, and anyone seriously involved in research are utilizing them in a meaningful way. A major reason for the shift in emphasis is technology, but also enhanced methodologies. For example by now, most genealogists are familiar with some version of the FAN technique, which makes newspaper research more relevant, worthwhile, and potentially successful as your research target expands. Two websites, The Ancestor Hunt and Chronicling America, are invaluable tools for fully utilizing this rich resource.


Optimizing Your Searches on the Internet with Maureen Brady
Saturday, September 22
Optimizing Your Searches on the Internet with Maureen Brady  (Class)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wheaton Public Library, Meeting Room A, Lower Level
Learn how your online research can be “jump started”, or significantly expanded, by utilizing Cyndi’s List, Find My Past, Fold3, USGenWeb and other “broad coverage” websites.
 
Click here to register online at wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7520.
 
Attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable with check or cash at the class. Registration requested, but not required. 
 


Researching Canadian Records with Maureen Brady
Saturday, September 29
Researching Canadian Records with Maureen Brady  (Class)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wheaton Public Library, Meeting Room A, Lower Level
Our neighbor to the north was often the “gateway” for U. S. bound immigrants.  Some families may have lived in Canada for a generation or two before continuing on to the U. S.  This presentation will include a brief overview of Canadian history and immigration, and a review of the major record sources for Canada and the best websites to locate those records.
 
Click here to register online at wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7520.
 
Attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable with check or cash at the class. 
Registration requested, but not required. 



DNA from A to B with Genealogist Dan Hubbard
Saturday, October 6
DNA from A to B with Genealogist Dan Hubbard  (Class)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wheaton Public Library, Meeting Room A, Lower Level
DNA explained in a simplified, easy to understand manner. 
 
Click here to register online at wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7520.
 
Attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable with check or cash at the class. 
Registration is requested, but not required. 


Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial: Focus on Local Resources with Sandra Trapp
Wednesday, October 17
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial: Focus on Local Resources with Sandra Trapp  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
The Chicago area offers many opportunities for family history research. This program will offer information about libraries, societies, archives and other facilities that may provide you with material to add to your family tree. Celebrate the Illinois bicentennial: by learning more about our local resources.



Even Gangster's Had To Register with Janis Minor Forte
Wednesday, November 14
Even Gangster's Had To Register with Janis Minor Forte  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
 
WWI Draft Cards and the Selective Service Records They Produced
 
World War I Draft Registration Cards reveal more than just basic identifying information of age eligible men.  These cards may reveal significant primary source information. Following registration, men answered a question form of hundreds of questions.  This lecture examines the development of identifying information on these cards and the path the cards lead to other Selective Service System Records including men identified as delinquent and or deserters, along with classification lists and community based Local Board systems.
 
Note: This meeting is a week earlier due to Thanksgiving.



Issuing Citations (That Help “Prove” Your Genealogical Research) with Laura Street Chaplin
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Issuing Citations (That Help “Prove” Your Genealogical Research) with Laura Street Chaplin  (Monthly Meetings)
6:45 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
Using Dr. Thomas W. Jones’ book: Mastering Genealogical Proof, as a template and resource, this presentation explores in a hands-on format how to build essential source citations to document the sources we have used in our research.  Learn why  citations are so essential, as well as the 5 Ws of citations, how to craft 2-part citations, and details on the various types of citations.  Review the basic genealogical underpinnings that must be understood and implemented in order to build excellent citations.  These include:  the GPS plus fundamental background concepts such as characteristics of good research questions.  We will also work with the 3x3 Evidence Analysis Process (Elizabeth Shown Mills) to understand Source, Information, and Evidence and how they impact each other as well as your citations.  Bring your own thoughts and be prepared to talk to your neighbors during this fun approach to issuing your own citations! 



Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Planning an Ancestral Trip with Terri O'Connell  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
Planning an Ancestral Trip can take a lot of time. This lecture will touch on how you will know the time is right, as well as places you should add to your list, and if / when you should involve a travel agent.



Saturday, March 9, 2019
44th Annual Conference  (Conference)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL
 
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Mapping the Past: Navigating your family history with maps with Dr. Daniel Hubbard
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mapping the Past: Navigating your family history with maps with Dr. Daniel Hubbard  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
Mapping the Past looks at different types of maps and how to use them to understand your ancestors' towns and migrations; changing borders and extracting data and even names from maps.



Dusting Off Those Old Court Records with Jane G. Haldeman
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Dusting Off Those Old Court Records with Jane G. Haldeman  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library (lower level), 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois
More than birth, death, and marriage records are waiting to be discovered in the courthouse. Wills, probates, deeds, and court cases are some of the wonderful information and stories to be found in in those dusty old books. Learn what records are available, where the records can be found, and what to do to get ready for that courthouse trip.