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CAGGNI proudly presents:

Genealogy Vacation –
Myth or Reality?

by Jeffrey Bockman 

10:30 a.m. CST

Saturday, 17 April 2021


“Genealogy” and “Vacation” are rarely used in the same sentence let alone together, except possibly in a divorce proceeding. You cannot resolve five to 20 years worth of genealogy questions within a two-week research trip. Even if you could, this type of a trip would not be considered a vacation. Learn to use the Internet, planning, humor and common sense to plan your trip.

Speaker: Jeffrey Bockman is an experienced genealogy lecturer and writer. He is the author of “Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy / Record & Preserve Your Family's History.” He was a contributing editor and writer for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper & Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. 

Coming in May:

Technology Our Way

by John Stryker

10:30 a.m. CST

Saturday, 15 May 2021


John will speak about technology as it relates to our passion of genealogy. John promises an emphasis on software for this year’s discussion.

John Stryker is professor and chair of Computer Technologies and Information Systems at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. He has been a member of CAGGNI since 2008 and was a member of the technology team for the all-virtual 2020 GeneaQuest. He has a  B.S. from the University of Illinois and M.S. from Northeastern Illinois University.

View our complete 2021 lineup here.

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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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