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Explore U.S. Church Records: Find Family

by Jacquie Schattner

10:30 a.m.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

       Schaumburg Library, Roselle & Schaumburg Roads

Church records provide surprising information, not just baptisms, marriages and deaths. They provide clues to much more, including town or origin and immigration information, how active families were in their church, and their financial situation. Church records predate government records, and often provide information on under represented people: women, minorities, immigrants and young children. You will learn how to identify your ancestor's place of worship, access surviving records and solve research problems such as maiden names and overeats birthplaces. Come find out what new and exciting information you may find in church records!

Jacquie Schattner has been actively researching her family's ancestors since 1996. She volunteered at the local Family History Center for 15 years, teaches genealogy at local high schools and area libraries. She is active in several genealogy societies including CAGGNI. Jacque received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She is a retired school secretary, allowing her free time to pursue new genealogy information. 


      Bonus afternoon session at 12:45 p.m.:


Max your research in Washington, DC

by the Road Trip Committee

Come learn what you can do during a research trip to Washington, DC. Members who have been planning CAGGNI's next road trip, Sept. 9-13, 2019, will share with you what they've learned about genealogy research in our nation's capital.

Topics covered will include: 

Max your research – Rose Lehne

National Archives I (Washington, DC) – Nancy Reese

National Archives II (College Park, MD) – Marti Gustafson

Library of Congress – Cathy Gulbrantson

DAR Library and Museum – Helen Gbala

Coming in July

The Art of Negative Space Research: Women

by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

11 a.m.
**note change in start time**

Saturday, 20 July 2019

       Schaumburg Library, Roselle & Schaumburg Roads

Like using negative space in art, the successful identification of women is often accomplished by using the records of friends and family.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving and multi-generational family histories.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops and institutes. She is a trustee and the president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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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.

For questions about the group, comments and suggestions, contact secretary @ caggni.org. To report problems with the website, contact webmaster @ caggni.org.


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