Registration is open for our new summer Genealogy Club webinar series. We are thankful for all the speakers for allowing 30 day access to each lecture, as many of you may not be able to attend the webinars in-person. And while the shelter-in-place order has been lifted, many of our researchers are concerned about the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state and wondering how our programs will continue in the future.

All of our Genealogy Club programs will remain in a virtual webinar format for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, and we will continue to host bi-monthly sessions to keep you connected to our community of researchers and family history enthusiasts.

As we are looking at an extended virtual schedule, I have had the honor to connect with top-notch speakers from across the country to provide a high caliber program series which will carry us all through November 2020. Knowing that each of you are healthy, feeling good and staying tuned to the webinars is a great feeling. So thank you so much for continuing to participate in our webinars!

Genealogy Club will go on break for Thanksgiving through New Years so each of you are free to celebrate the holidays with your nearest and dearest.

For those of you have joined our Genealogy Club Facebook page, thank you for your wonderful feedback and comments. The kind words you share means the world to us, so please share your thoughts with us whenever possible! If you are catching up with our sessions by way of the recorded sessions, please do not hesitate to drop us a line at We would love to hear what you think about our sessions!

Due to additional agreements with some of our speakers, we have been very proud to offer these free, online learning opportunities to the public for another 30 days. Here are the links and handouts of what you missed!

PANDEMIC 1918! Combating the Influenza Epidemic During World War I with Tina Beaird
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The War of 1812 – Researching Your Second Revolution Ancestors with Debra Dudek
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The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery with Matt Galik
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Pinning Your Genealogical Past Together with Pinterest with Debra Dudek
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Upcoming Webinars

Looking forward, our genealogy club will host free weekly Zoom webinars to keep your research on track and keep you connected with our community of genealogy enthusiasts. All these webinars are free and open to the public, no library card required. All you need to do is register for each event, and we’ll send you a copy of the handout and a link to the webinar. Registration closes one hour before the start of each session.

Here’s what you have to look forward to in the weeks ahead:

You’ve Got Genealogy Mail presented by Suz Bates

Wednesday, July 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Genealogy snail-mail or e-mail is so exciting to find in your mailbox and so much better than bills and clutter. Suz Bates will present how to find these records and then how to get these records for your family history archive.

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Cultivating Your Family Tree with Software presented by Dan Jungclas

Wednesday, July 22, 11 a.m.–noon
Genealogist Dan Jungclas review different genealogy software and other e-resources that are available to researchers. This lecture will help you determine what is the best software to use which fits your budget.

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Mind the Gap! Filling Holes in Your Genealogy Research presented by Suz Bates

Wednesday, August 12, 11 a.m.–noon
We all have gaps in our family research. In this session, you learn tried and true methods for finding holes in your research simultaneously gleaning hints for the next step in filling those holes.

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Introduction to Jewish Genealogy presented by Mike Karsen

Wednesday, August 26, 11 a.m.–noon
This lecture will introduce records and strategies that can help you learn more about your Jewish ancestors. It teaches terminology and describes the content, use and availability of major genealogical records relating to Jewish genealogy research.

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Please feel free to share information about our genealogy events with your friends and family through social media. Due to the increase in webinar meetings for societies and organizations across the country, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or fatigued by virtual programs. Pace your viewing, cut your TV time and go outside to enjoy the summer weather before sitting down for a webinar.

Also, if you need some research help or advice, send me an email or book a free two-hour appointment with me by phone. I always look forward to hearing about what you are researching and what goals you wish to accomplish.

Wishing you all good health and good spirits,