Monday, August 30, 2010

Genealogy Guide to Google Country Search Engines

Check out this interesting article and helpful hints from Genealogy In Time on-line magazine.
Another way to get more out of Google!!

Genealogy Guide to Google Country Search Engines

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Trail Widens

I thought I'd share some research work I've been doing in preparation for publishing the story of Charles & Salome Ruch, an immigrant couple on my husband's side. Unless you follow my personal blog, MyGenealogyPondering, you probably aren't aware of my journey with this couple this past year.

I determined early on that I'd begin the story with Charles & Salome and not delve into the family left in France - Bouxwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace to be precise. However, recent discoveries have changed my plan slightly. You see the archives in France have posted on-line and free French Civil Records. Among these records are ten-year tables (a list of births, marriages and deaths for each village in a ten-year period beginning in the 1700s). I had no previous knowledge of these tables.

In the past, I had viewed various films from the LDS of some civil records and copied pertinent to my core families; however, now these - at least an index of these - are posted to the pilot website. (Browse, Europe, France). Since I originally viewed the films, I've learned much more about the families.

Long story short - between the LDS indices and the ten-year tables I've been able to document many familial relationships. Since I have new and more information, I've decided to included in my publication descendants charts for the oldest progenitors I have recorded. I'll let future family historians delve deeper.

Bottom line - never give up. More and more information is coming on-line to help us in our research.

September Morning Meeting

September seems to be EGS German Research Month. If you have German ancestors, you'll not want to miss either meeting this month. If you don't have German ancestors, come anyway. It's amazing the things you can learn from any presentation! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 9:30 am at Gail Borden Public Library, Teresa McMillan will speak on "You've found your German town of origin: Now What?"

Teresa is a professional genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research. 

More on the evening meeting later:)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Genealogy Program at Arlington Heights

Mark your calendars. This looks like a great program!!

Dear Genealogy Colleagues,
I want to announce a very interesting genealogy program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Saturday, October 16--The Language of Genealogy
Translators will be available to help patrons with their documents. The languages will include German, Polish, Italian, Latin, Russian, Ukrainian, and Swedish...

Thank you very much.
Michael Mulholland, M.A./Library & Information Studies
Local History/Genealogy Librarian
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 870-3643

Monday, August 16, 2010

August Evening Meeting

Our own Sandy Granholm will present "How to write and publish your family history" Sandy published her family history last year; a feat I know many of us would like to complete ourselves.

We can all learn from the achievements of others when they are willing to share their process. Thankfully, Sandra is always happy to help others in their genealogy pursuits.

We hope to see you at Gail Borden Library, 270 Grove Ave., Elgin at 7:00 pm on August 19, 2010.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CIG August Meeting

We are discussing genealogy blogs and are about to submit a new post.

It is very hot and humid here today so our attendance is down a bit. However, we're having a great time in the cool library.

Have a peek at our EGS website and see some wonderful records there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

EGS CIG August Meeting

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our CIG this month. We'll be meeting this Thursday, August 12, at 9:00 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL.

Our topic this month is Genealogy Blogs. We'll look at how to find them, how and why to create one, how to have them "delivered" to you and more. Come with questions and suggestions. As always the more we share the more we learn.

Shades - The Wedding Issue

Shades - The Wedding Issue

If you love wedding pictures, you'll love this issue!!
What a wondering FREE online magazine.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August Morning Meeting Review

We had a wonderful turnout this morning for an extremely interesting talk. Jerry Allen presented "Researching Civil War Ancestors" but provided so much more.
Jerry grew up on a farm in LaCrosse County, Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin (UOW) - LaCrosse - he received a BS in Mathematics and Physics and at UOW - Milwaukee -  he received a MS in Mathematics. He currently works in downtown Chicago as a pension consultant.
Although not a professional historian, Jerry has had a life-long interest in history with a special interest in the Civil War and American Indian Conflicts. This morning he focused on his great-grandfather, Captain John K. Allen of the 78th Illinois Infantry Regiment. His research led him to visit the National Archives, the Chickamauga National Military Park, other historic sites, along with various internet sites dealing with Civil War history, military records and genealogy.
Jerry Allen as Captain John K. Allen of Co. H, 78th Reg. Illinois Infantry
Jerry not only instructed us with informative information but also entertained us with wonderful stories. He also came in full Union Army uniform, even though the heat of the day caused him to remove his jacket to proceed with his talk.