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In March, CAGGNI will proudly present:

Three Chicago Families: Before and After the Great Fire

by Grace Horner 

10:30 a.m. CT

Saturday, 18 March 2023

Hybrid event – Zoom and
Arlington Heights Library, 500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, 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.

Grace A. Horner is a retired computer programmer and a longtime member of CAGGNI and the Chicago Genealogical Society. She started helping her mother in the mid 1980s, so has done lots of old-style as well as online research. Grace has written numerous articles for CGS, ISGS and CAGGNI about her research and on how to prepare for research trips to several major genealogical libraries.

Our speaker will join us live at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. If you live in the Northern Illinois area, we encourage you to join us for the best experience. Live participants will have an opportunity to view Ms. Horner’s articles.

Please register: Three Chicago Families: Before and After the Great Fire

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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