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SPECIAL ALERT - CAGGNI Events are now at a variety of library venues. In-person attendees should make note of the location of each event.

In April, CAGGNI will proudly present:

The Newberry Library's Edward E. Ayer Collection

by Analú Lopez and Matt Rutherford 

10:30 a.m. CT

Saturday, 15 April 2023

Hybrid event – Zoom and
Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Ct, Palatine, IL

This talk explores the lives of three Chicago families, two German and one Irish, and how their lives were touched by the Great Fire of 1871. Grace’s extensive research has unearthed numerous documents, lead her to descendants of survivors, and resulted in articles for the Chicago Genealogy Society and Illinois State Genealogy Society. You’ll learn about numerous sources that did survive the fire and how Grace put together all the research into compelling stories for publication.

Analú María López (Guachichil/Xi'úi) is the Ayer Librarian and Assistant Curator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library. As the Ayer Librarian and Assistant Curator, she helps steward the Indigenous studies collection while guiding library users through, connecting them with, and interpreting materials linked to the Indigenous Studies collection. She is interested in uplifting historically underrepresented and marginalized Indigenous narratives dealing with identity, language, and decolonization. She is also passionate about intentional community collaborations for access to materials within colonial institutions, and the preservation, revitalization, and instruction of Indigenous languages. She holds a Master of Library and Information Sciences with a certificate in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services from Dominican University and a Bachelor of Arts in Photography with a minor in Latin-American Studies from Columbia College Chicago. Mrs. López began her career with the Newberry in 2004. After working for other libraries and museums in Chicago for 13 years, Mrs. López returned to the library in her current role in September 2017.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry's renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society. In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using repositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census. He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

Our speakers will join us remotely via Zoom from the Newberry Library. We have booked Palatine Library for this CAGGNI gathering. If you live in the Northern Illinois area, we encourage you to join us for the best experience.

Members note: This meeting will be followed by CAGGNI's Colonial SIG, which will work on what we might find in the collection to advance our own research. Please come with suggested look ups that will help advance our research.

Please register: The Newberry Library's Edward E. Ayer Collection

Did you know that now is the best time to join CAGGNI?

Join now and you’ll enjoy all the perks of membership through the end of 2023. This includes access to meeting handouts, videos, current and past newsletters, and the online meeting links to CAGGNI Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

The program committee is working on an exciting lineup of presentations for 2023. Meetings in the coming year may be in-person only, online only or a combination of both (hybrid).

Please note, beginning in 2023, non-members will be charged a $5 guest fee for the Zoom link to regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Per library policy, any guest attending meetings at the Schaumburg Township District Library will be welcome for no charge.


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CAGGNI (The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to effectively using technology and the internet in support of their research activities.  

Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest, including software, tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for computer and genealogy issues and internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership. 

A wide variety of genealogy software packages are used by the members as well online trees and database websites. We are also interested in personal websites, digital photography, handheld apps and other ways to share our family histories.

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