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CAGGNI is proud to announce:

CAGGNI‘s 5th biennial conference on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, will be returning to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Conference Center in Schaumburg. The conference will be a one-day, hybrid event, featuring national and regional presenters covering a wide range of genealogy topics of interest to all skills and interest levels.


  • One-day conference – in-person or virtual – your choice! 
  • Access for one month to all presentations.
  • Members, $54; Non-members, $69 (includes CAGGNI membership through the end of 2022).
  • Optional box lunches: $17 (choice of 5 sandwiches); $22 gluten-free (choice of 3 wraps). 
  • Cut off for registration and ordering food is Tuesday, Sept 13.
  • Syllabus and Zoom meeting links will be sent out Friday, Sept 16.
  • In-person attendees will be required to follow all local and facility health protocols. At this time, the venue requires proof of COVID vaccination or current negative PCR test. You can use the Clear HealthPass App, a completely free service, or show your proof of vaccination or negative test at registration. See below for more info.
  • Tickets will not be sold at the door.


Say “genealogy” and everyone thinks books and lineage charts, but the world of family sharing is so much more. Take a breath and see what is possible when Telling Stories...

Then stick around, open your mind and discover more options for Building Skills...

For more information about each speaker.


All presentations will be 100 percent live, with speakers in person or on the screen (virtual). At the venue, there will be two rooms, one showing the in-person presentation, one showing the live virtual topic.



In Person

8:45 a.m.



9 a.m.

Fantastic Internet Search Techniques (B)
Joshua Taylor

Making a Coffee Table Book (S)
Michelle Wilson

10:15 a.m.



10:45 a.m.

New and Free: Periodical Source Index (PERSI) (B)
Curt Witcher

Thinking Inside the Box (S)
Candace Marx 




1:30 p.m.

Family Histories: If You Don’t Write Yours, Who Will? (S)
Harold Henderson

DNA: The Sublime Segment – Don’t Miss Out! (B)
Michelle Wilson – DNA

2:45 p.m.



3:15 p.m.

Celebrating Ancestors Through Quilts (S)
Mary Roddy

Using Fold3 to Research Your Veteran Ancestors (B)
Tina Beaird

4:30 p.m.



S = Telling Stories

B = Building Skills


Fantastic Internet Search Techniques (B/virtual) – Joshua Taylor: Learn the key steps and techniques to ensure your success when searching for genealogical materials online. This session will discuss approaches for using Google, digital archives and other resources. 

Making a Coffee Table Book (S/in-person) – Michelle Wilson: Michelle has created three print-on-demand family history books. The books are full color, and chock full of photos, documents, newspaper clips, genealogy charts and other family artifacts. Learn the process of putting together a beautifully formatted book, how to print copies at a very reasonable price and how to publish and make your book available to others.

New and Free: Periodical Source Index (PERSI) (B/virtual) – Curt Witcher: Many genealogists leave periodical literature untouched when exploring their families’ stories and histories. This presentation identifies the major types of genealogical and historical periodicals, what indices are available and how they can be most effectively used, and where one can find specific publications. Special attention is given to exploring the new, free Periodical Source Index, the largest and most comprehensive subject index in the genealogical field, now online at the Allen County Library Genealogy Center.

Thinking Inside the Box (S/in-person) – Candace Marx: Display Your Family History in a New and Unique Way. Creating a family history shadowbox is fun and easy! Candace Marx will walk you step-by-step through gathering supplies, planning a composition and putting the finishing touches on a unique shadowbox that highlights your ancestor’s achievements, hobbies and personality. We will learn some crafting “best practices” and look at great online resources to get your creativity flowing. Plus, we’ll discuss the history behind shadowboxes and displaying treasured items from loved ones.

Family Histories: If You Don’t Write Yours, Who Will? (S/virtual) – Harold Henderson: Many of us would like to write our families’ histories. Doing so requires preparation, organization, and persistence. Unless you’re an experienced writer, start small and work your way up. Do not expect to make money. I started in genealogy by writing favorite stories from my and my wife’s ancestral families. Presently it became clear that some of our ancestors were pretty well documented ... and others were not. So far I have published six titles, four by way of, two by way of No Waste Publishing in St. Louis.

DNA: The Sublime Segment – Don’t Miss Out! (B/in-person) – Michelle Wilson: The DNA segments we inherit from our common ancestors are what make DNA match lists possible. Studying these segments gives us a much more detailed and nuanced window into our inheritance and can even help us begin to re-construct the genomes of long-deceased ancestors. Learn how to use the chromosome browsers to advance your work, and how to think about and organize your own segments using tools such as DNA Painter. Don’t wait to get started on yours!

Celebrating Ancestors Through Quilts (S/virtual) – Mary Roddy: Quilts are a way to share your history and your family’s history in a creative way. This presentation is part inspiration and part instruction. Get your creative juices flowing with a show of quilts large and small, from bed-size quilts, to wall-hangings, to small table quilts. Learn some techniques such as how to incorporate photos on fabric and how stitching can enhance the quilt. Come away with some ideas to create a gift for a family or some art for your home.

Using Fold3 to Research Your Veteran Ancestors (B/in-person) – Tina Beaird: Fold3 is an amazing research tool to trace your military ancestors. This presentation will guide you through the website as you mine for genealogical details about your ancestors from the Revolutionary War to World War II and beyond.


This list will be updated as additional sponsors are added.

Steve SzabadosSteve Szabados Genealogy 

Candace Marx, Timeless Treasure Genealogy

Wilmette Family History Center: website

Illinois State Genealogical Society: website

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society: website

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois: website

Graphs for Genealogists: website

Midwest Genealogy Center (MCPL): website

ArkivDigital: website

Fox Valley Genealogical Society: website

Genealogy Conference Keeper: website

Books & Things:

Financial Advisor Joe O'Krepky at Edward Jones

Your Next Chapter / Eastland Disaster Historical Society: website


American Society of Anesthesiologists Conference Center, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL, is a state-of-the-art facility with enhanced technology for hybrid meetings. Check here for a look at the facilities.

COVID protocols
In-person attendees will be required to follow all local and facility health protocols.

At this time, the venue requires proof of COVID vaccination or current negative PCR test. You can use the Clear HealthPass App, a completely free service, or show your proof of vaccination or negative test at registration.

For more information about the Clear HealthPass: HealthPassbyClear-Instructions-ASAHQ.pdf.

Updates to these policies will be posted as we receive them.

For more information

  • GeneaQuest on Facebook – Look for the latest news about GeneaQuest 2022 on this Facebook page.
  • Press Kit  – Information will assist societies, genealogy groups, libraries and others that are looking to include details about the conference in their calendars, newsletters and the like.

We reserve the right to make changes should unforeseen circumstances arise.

Photographs and/or video will be taken to promote this and future events. By taking part, you grant the event organizers rights to use the resulting images.

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