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CAGGNI proudly presents:

It’s Not Online –
The other 90% of records

by Suz Bates

10:30 a.m.

Saturday, 20 June 2020


Many useful records for genealogy research are not online. How do you find these records and then how do you access them? Our speaker will present ways to find and use archives, repositories, depositories, historical societies and more to expand your family history research..

Suz Bates has been a family history researcher for over 40 years and a private consultant for 20 years. Starting her study of genealogy in the early 1970s, before computers, Suz spent many hours learning traditional research methods. Since then she has built on those skills, attending numerous classes, workshops and conferences. A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, she has been a member of CAGGNI since 2018.

Coming in July

Northern Illinois Coal Mining

by Richard Joyce

10:30 a.m.

Saturday, 18 July 2020


Though gone for several decades, the coal industry had a huge impact on northern Illinois. Our speaker will focus on the history of the coal industry in northern Illinois from the work force, to the mine types to the social life in the coal towns, labor struggles and major mine disasters. 

Richard Joyce is a descendant of coal miners on both sides of his family and grew up on a farm near South Wilmington. A resident of Coal City, he is a retired teacher and serves on the Grundy County board.

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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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