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July 20 Monthly CAGGNI Presentation:

Exploring Social History: Telling a Story That They Want to Hear

by Gena Philibert-Ortega 

10:30 a.m. CT

Saturday, 20 July 2024

Hybrid event – Zoom and Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

What is social history? How can we research social history? How can we use it to tell the story of our ancestor's life? In this presentation, we will define what social history is, how to research social history, and how it can be used with genealogical sources to tell our family history story.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor specializing in the use of social history and material culture to tell the story of historical women's lives. She holds two Master's degrees: one in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and the other in Religion. A highly sought-after instructor, Gena has taught material culture and social history at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and is a frequent presenter at seminars and conferences.

For more info and to register: Exploring Social History: Telling a Story That They Want to Hear

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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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