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CAGGNI proudly presents:

Newspapers as a Genealogical Resource

by Caron Primas Brennan  

10:30 a.m. CT

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Location – Schaumburg library or virtual

Learn how to find and use newspapers to find information about your ancestors as well as the times they lived in. Some of the items to be found in newspapers includes obituaries, marriage and engagement announcements, birth announcements, legal cases, and ship passage information. We will learn how to find newspapers online, in libraries and archives and how to cite your sources.

Caron Primas Brennan loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research. She belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a Professional Member of APG. Caron is a long-time CAGGNI member and former board member. A popular speaker, she has been speaking at libraries and societies for over 10 years.

Our speaker will be live, so if you're in the area, we hope you'll join us at the library.

In person or virtual? Please let us know when you register: Newspapers as a Genealogical Resource.

Also on 15 Oct 2022 – DNA Special Interest Group

Seven Year Case Study: Resolved!

12: 45 p.m. CT

Saturday, 15 October 2022

(Due to the sensitivity of the topic, this will be in-person only at the
Schaumburg Township District Library.)

Michelle has spoken about the search for Doug Dion’s bio-parents, first at  GeneaQuest 2014 and later at Lake County Genealogy Society’s 2017 conference. Just this year, the paternal side of the case has been solved. This talk will show how the paternal side was finally solved and tie up the loose ends of some of the early matches.

We will discuss how all four of the four of the major companies (Family Tree DNA, My Heritage, Ancestry, and 23 and Me) were essential to solving the case, and how autosomal, X-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA were all deployed. We will also resolve the connections from a few of the early, distant matches, including the X-match between Doug and Michelle’s dad, that can be discerned now that the lines of ascent are known. You will be able to put these tools to work solving your own cases!

Today's Facilitator Michelle Wilson

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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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