It’s time to mark your calendars, and register for Genealogy Day 2020! This year’s theme, All About FamilySearch, will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Genealogy Day is a free, day-long conference open to researchers of all experience levels. Reserve your seat for Genealogy Day by calling 630.685.4176 or visiting our events calendar. Can’t make it to Genealogy Day? Register for the free webinar!

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering free genealogical records, education and software to researchers and family historians. Their website houses a digital collection of records and resources from countries all over the world. This year’s Genealogy Day lecture series is designed to assist researchers to use more than the basic search capabilities on the main page, to browsing the ever-expanding catalog of resources and using the collaborative tools on the site.

This year’s speaker schedule includes:

  • Searching Strategies: Basic and Beyond with Tina Beaird
  • Browse and Break Down Brick Walls: Using the FamilySearch Catalog Like a Pro with Jennifer Warner
  • FamilySearch WIKI & Memories: The Power Tools You’re Not Using! with Maureen Brady

In addition to the speakers, participants will enjoy door prizes, snacks, one-on-one expert consultations and time in our Studio 300 Maker Lab.

MEET THE EXPERT SESSIONS

We’re lining up experts to meet one-on-one with attendees during our lunch hour from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This “Meet the Expert” session is meant to provide support and answers for genealogical questions, no appointment is needed. Bring samples of photographs, records or other materials with you. Our experts this year are Tina Beaird (military and general genealogy), Dan Jungclas (German genealogy) and Bruce Troyer (photographs). Suggested time with experts: 5–10 minutes.

LUNCH AND PARKING

Participants are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch or order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe. Lunch order forms will be sent, or place an order by calling Brooks Cafe at 630.685.4295. Due to limited parking, please carpool or make arrangements to be dropped off for this event.


Registrants for the in-person program and the webinars will receive email updates and program reminders, as well as links to the lecture handouts. For additional information about the event, please contact Debra Dudek, Adult and Teen Services Manager at 603.685.4201 or by email at ddudek@fountaindale.org.

To learn more about our genealogy events, resources and services, visit our Genealogy Hub.