Sandra Hargreaves Luebking Passed Away on February 17, 2011

Hi Everyone!

It is with great sadness that I am informing our readers of the recent death of Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.  Sandra passed away on February 17, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

Sandra had been a past speaker at two of our genealogy programs.  She had presented programs in May 2005 and in August 2006 at our library.

I felt so honored that Sandra presented us with two of her great programs.  I had wanted her to routinely return to our library to present more of her genealogy programs but that is when I was made aware of her illness.  She chose to withdraw from presenting her genealogy programs while she battled with the cancer diagnosis she had received.

Sandra was a “genealogy giant”.  She was very well-known at the national level in the field of genealogy.

We were so lucky to have Sandra be local to our area and to benefit by her being able to do her presentations in person within our geographic area.

She will truly be missed by all of us.

Dick Eastman had a very well detailed description of Sandra’s contributions in the world of genealogy that was put together by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  The following text in italics was created by the FGS describing all of the accomplishments of Sandra:

Sandra_Hargreaves_Luebking Noted Genealogist and Former FGS FORUM Editor Passes

17 February 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, noted genealogist and one of the genealogy community’s best leaders who died on Thursday, 17 February 2011 at Lemont, Illinois, surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.

A nationally known author, editor, instructor, lecturer, and researcher, Sandra was the editor of the FGS FORUM for over 22 years. Known for her radiant smile and helpful ways, almost everyone who was a member of or worked with a genealogical society, or attended a conference knew Sandra. In nearly three decades as a professional genealogist, she presented over one thousand lectures.

Beginning in 1979, Sandra taught annually at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical  Research (IGHR) and twice accompanied their British Research tour. From 1990 to 2007 she was Course I Coordinator for IGHR. From 1994 until its close in  2005, Sandra was Intermediate Studies Coordinator for the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (at the University of Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society). With Loretto Dennis Szucs, Sandra co-edited three award-winning books, including two editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; and The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Sandra also wrote two chapters for Professional Genealogy (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor) titled “Genealogical Education” and “Fee Setting.”

Helping thousands of people to find their Chicago/Cook County roots, Sandra conducted research projects for the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publishers and attorneys, and an international clientele from Australia, England, Finland, Germany and Sweden. She was a past trustee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and a volunteer research assistant at the National Archives—Great Lakes Region.

Sandra’s honors included the Professional Achievement Award from the APG (2008); the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award from FGS (2008); lecturer for the Richard Slatten Lecture Series by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives (2003) and, lecturer for the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecture at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference (Indiana Historical Society) (1999). She was a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (1996) and was named Outstanding IGHR Alumni by Samford University in 1995.

Sandra was truly a treasure.

Sandra your programs here will always be remembered for the passion, energy, knowledge and happiness that you brought to our library when you shared your knowledge with all of us to help make us better researchers.

May you rest in peace.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

2 responses to “Sandra Hargreaves Luebking Passed Away on February 17, 2011

  1. Wendy Hargreaves Blackden

    Thank you for the wonderful words about my sister, Sandra.

    • Hi Wendy,

      In the short time I knew Sandra I was not aware of any of her other family.

      Thank you for your comments about the post I created on Sandra’s death.

      It was very easy to speak of Sandra in glowing superlatives because they were the most accurate descriptions of her. I felt so honored to have had Sandra in “our backyard” in the Chicago area. I was in awe that she came and presented her programs at our library. Her stature in the genealogy community was so well-known. Her legacy will always be remembered through all of her genealogical endeavors.

      Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Sandra and will always wish that her path and my path would have been able to cross more than they did.

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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