Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; “Early Cemetery Sleuthing Leads To Lessons Learned” Presented By Pat Biallas

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Early Cemetery Sleuthing Leads To Lessons Learned”.  The speaker for the program will be Pat Biallas.

Early mishaps in cemetery sleuthing led this writer to develop a 6 Step Plan to cemetery research. Topics covered include Doing your Homework, Planning your Visit, Cemetery Etiquette and Safety, Your Cemetery Sleuthing Toolkit, and Documenting & Photographing Your Finds.

Patricia Desmond Biallas is an award-winning writer, editor, researcher, genealogist and personal historian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
She’s worked as a writer, editor, columnist, and public relations professional for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Pat has served as editor of The Quarterly, a publication of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, and as a columnist for Going In-Depth, an online genealogy magazine.

She’s also the publisher of “GeneaJourneys”, her personal genealogy blog where she recounts the stories of ancestors who struggled, succeeded and simply survived the challenges of the times they lived in. Her blog can be found at

Pat is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Association of Personal Historians (APH), and the International Association of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE). She won both Second Place and Honorable Mention awards in ISFHWE’s 2013 international writing contest for her column writing.

Pat also belongs to several local and national genealogical societies and Civil War heritage organizations, and is a recent graduate of ProGen, an 18-month educational program for genealogy professionals.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2015 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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