Our January 12, 2010 Genealogy Program Was Outstanding!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that our January 12, 2010 Genealogy Program was outstanding!

Craig Pfannkuche was our guest speaker for the evening.  Craig presented a program on Cemetery Research and Cemetery Inscriptions.

We finally caught a “weather break” for the evening of our Genealogy Program during the winter months and experienced no significant storm as we seemed to have had lately.  Instead, the weather cooperated greatly and presented us with a rather balmy and calm evening.  This great night of weather allowed 64 people to come out to our program and hear a great speaker give us a great program!

Did anyone else feel like I did that Craig Pfannkuche was “on fire” this evening??

What a great way to start a new year with a dynamic and exciting presentation on cemetery research.

Craig was intense and animated in conveying the message to all of us that we must consider doing cemetery research if we have not already done so in our genealogical research.

Craig provided us with background on cemeteries in general and what the researcher could expect to find when researching at a cemetery.  He then provided us with a long slide show of pictures showing us all what we might expect to see when researching at a cemetery.

We were able to see pristine cemeteries filled with great monuments honoring the deceased.  We saw cemeteries that one would not even recognize as cemeteries because they were completely overgrown.  We saw large urban cemeteries.  We saw tiny rural cemeteries.  We saw what appeared to be dangerous looking cemeteries in which the grounds provided us with a challenge to even walk safely among the graves.  We saw well-manicured settings that were inviting for us to research.  We saw large and artistic monuments.  We saw unmarked graves.  We even saw exposed bones on the ground by a particular grave associated with that of a known “radical”.  Other radicals were so enamored of this “radical” that they wanted to have their bones deposited on the grave site so they could be one with the “radical”!

In other words, Craig showed us all the things we might expect to find when we visit a cemetery to do our research.  Most of the things we see will be good but you have to expect that some of the things you will see will not be so good.

While Craig was showing us this massive set of slides he would often pose many a question about what we thought was being shown in the slide.   Answers were coming back to him fast and accurately in such a way that he kept telling those in attendance that we were one of the “smartest” and “most knowledgeable” of groups to reply back to him to the questions he posed.

Hats off to all of you giving such great responses!  I know you are a great group with deep amounts of research knowledge, all of which you showed the other night!  Great job on impressing Craig!

Craig’s program went as far into the night as we could allow since we needed to start ending the program by 9:30 PM.

I am so sorry for those that were unable to attend and thus missed a great presentation.  To those present that night, you saw an inspired and fiery presentation by one of our great local speakers!

Now is the time to really start planning your cemetery research that you can embark on in about 3 months.  Start working now with the cemeteries where your ancestors are buried while the staffs of the cemeteries can offer you more guidance during the winter months when researchers can’t easily be researching on site.

Use Craig’s presentation as the inspiration to get your own cemetery research moving into full gear now!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

2 responses to “Our January 12, 2010 Genealogy Program Was Outstanding!

  1. I thought Craig Pfannkuche’s presentation was really amazing. I really learned a lot about cemetary research. The other impressive thing was how much the group knew about local Chicago history. When you think about it genealogy is studying history so it really shouldn’t be a surprise. I am so glad I came and saw this presentation. I have learned so much since I started coming to these meetings. They are really great.

  2. What an impressive speaker Craig is. I would have loved to have been in or seen one of his
    classroom lectures when he was teaching.

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