Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 12, 2016 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, January 12, 2016:

Grace DuMelle (Photo by Bob Nick and Liz Sloan)

Grace DuMelle (Photo by Bob Nick and Liz Sloan)

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Rasmussen South Meeting Room on the 2nd floor. The guest speaker for the evening will be Grace DuMelle. Grace will present a program titled “Chicago Genealogy 101”.

Learn the challenges of searching for Windy City relations, such as address and street name changes and scores of unindexed newspapers. Then discover some resources family historians often overlook: fire insurance maps, inquest records, and probate cases. Grace will offer copies of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors, after the program.

Grace DuMelle has been a professional researcher since 1995, helping clients from all over the United States and several foreign countries. Her firm, Heartland Historical Research Service, has assisted the United States Department of Justice and Graystone Communications (parent company of The History Channel), among others.

Heartland’s projects have taken Grace to the Library of Congress and the National Archives as well as facilities throughout the greater Chicago area.

Since 2001, Grace has also been on staff at the Newberry Library in Chicago, one of the country’s foremost genealogical libraries. Guiding beginners to discoveries about their families is something she greatly enjoys. Her experience on both sides of the reference desk — as a staffer and as a researcher — influenced the very practical, hands-on approach of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. It has received state, regional and national awards for instructional nonfiction, and is now in its second printing from Lake Claremont Press in Chicago.

Grace is an alumna of Rosary College (now Dominican University) and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. Media appearances include WGN Radio, WLS TV, WGN TV, Chicago magazine, Real Simple, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Weekend. Conference appearances include Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International 2013, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society 2014, and National
Genealogical Society 2006.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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