Newberry Library Offering 8 One Hour Genealogy Programs Over Two Days on Saturday July 9, 2011 and Saturday July 16, 2011

Hi Everyone!

I also came across the following upcoming genealogy program information being offered by the Newberry Library when I was just recently visiting their website.  You can visit the Newberry Library directly at  I found this material under their link at the top of their page titled “Public Programs and Events”.  Then under “Adult Education Seminars”.  Scroll down at this page and the material on these programs is contained under the category “History and Genealogy”.

The title of the series of programs is “60 Minutes To Better Genealogy”.

As you can see from the posting title, the Newberry will be offering these programs, 4 each on July 9th and 4 each on July 16th.  These are Saturdays.  You can participate in both days fully, one day fully or even pick individual programs from the 8 being offered.

All of the details about the programs being offered, the times of the programs, the cost and the speaker information follow in this post.  The information was copied from the Newberry website.  There are embedded links that allow you to register for the programs.

The program information follows after the following separator.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


 60 Minutes to Better Genealogy
Saturdays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
July 9 – July 16
8 one-hour sessions, $15 per session; $100 for both days; $50 for July 9 or July 16.

For Associates of the Newberry, students, and seniors, $12 per session; $90 for both days; $45 for July 9 or July 16.
Register now for all sessions

Sometimes an hour of instruction on a focused topic can help you push through a particular question or task in your research project. This seminar series is designed with genealogy researchers in mind. You can take all eight sessions, or simply choose those that most appeal to you.

Saturday, July 9
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9:30 – 10:30 am
A Tutorial of Family Tree Maker 2011
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In this guided tour of the genealogical software Family Tree Maker 2011, we will examine the software program using the instructor’s own genealogical examples. Exploration of the software’s workstations will include a brief explanation of input and output possibilities.  Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass.

11 am – Noon
Yes, You Can Develop a Research Plan
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Although often overlooked, a well-developed research plan is an important tool for genealogists.  By examining the instructor’s use of research plans, we will study just what general and project-specific genealogical research plans are and the basic methodology for creating them. Research plans require researchers to develop collateral tools like genealogical software, a research journal, or a to-do list, which we will consider as well. Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass.

1 – 2 pm
Examining Hidden Research Sources
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We will explore some of the many research sources that genealogists normally don’t use. Some of these include medical records, school records, genealogical/historical/hereditary society records, state census, and the special schedule of the federal census, including veterans’ schedules. We will review research methodologies and techniques, and search examples using both online and manual searches. Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass.

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Tools to Dig Deeper: Probate and Inquest Records
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Probate case records can provide relatives’ names, lists of property and furnishings, and bills from service providers. Likewise, a coroner’s signature on a death certificate or a newspaper account of an accidental death can lead to inquest records, which provide information on the circumstances of the death. Instructor: Grace Dumelle.

Saturday, July 16
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9:30 – 10:30 am
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In this guided tour of the genealogical website, we will review the many newly-available documents and resources online, including military and governmental sources that have been digitized by the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and other institutions. We will examine the tools available on the site and how to use the site’s resources. Instructor: Caron Primas Brennan.

11 am – Noon
What’s New: Online Resources for Genealogists
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This session will introduce researchers to new and little-known genealogical resources on the Web. We will examine new sites as well as established ones that present new information, local, regional, national, and international resources, and free as well as fee-based sites. Instructor: Caron Primas Brennan.

1 – 2 pm
History of the U.S. Federal Census
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In genealogy research, we often refer to the decennial U.S. Federal Census simply as “the census.” But in fact, it is really twenty-three separate historical documents, each reflecting the purpose, politics, and idiosyncrasies of its era. We will place each of the censuses in their proper historical contexts in order to better interpret and apply them to our research. Instructor: Matthew Rutherford.

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Adoption Searches Past and Present
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Having an adopted ancestor can be one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of genealogy research. In the past, adoption records weren’t as well kept as they are today, making searching for the link between birthparents and adoptees difficult. In modern times, adoption searches are often hindered by legal barriers. We will discuss techniques and tips for researching American adoptions in all time periods. Instructor: Matthew Rutherford.

Marsha Peterson-Maass is a Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has taught numerous seminars at the Newberry. Grace Dumelle is a professional researcher and author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors. Caron Primas Brennan is Webmaster for the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois ( and frequently offers genealogy presentations at local libraries and genealogy groups. Matthew Rutherford is the Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. 

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