Thursday, September 30, 2010

October Morning Meeting 2010

Just a quick reminder that you won't want to miss the October morning meeting. Karen Fugate will be giving a presentation on DNA. I know many of us have a great interest in the use of DNA in genealogy. Join us to hear from someone with personal experience.

Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL; Tuesday, October 5, 9:30 am in the community rooms on the first floor.

Hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bud Frohardt

From EGS member Jean Frech:

I thought you would want to know that our dear friend Bud has had a small stroke. It seems to only have affected his left hand. He was hospitalized for a few days but is home now. He has been signed up for home therapy and someone has come out already to evaluate the situation. He sounds real chipper on the phone and Meriam seems OK too.

Get Well Soon Bud.

Ancestry acquires Footnote

The following was posted on-line tonight. There is sure to be a lot more discussion tomorrow.


Today, 23 September 2010, announced that it will acquire iArchives, Inc., the parent company of, Ancestry’s leading rival, for a price of about $27 million in cash, Ancestry stock, and liability assumption. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Teresa McMillan Video Online

Anyone interested in watching Teresa McMillan's talk on German Origins can do so for free at the Family Search site. This link will take you to the Research Classes Online page. Click on German Research to get to her video but be sure to check out all the other great talks and classes available.

These classes and videos are just one more way the LDS History Library assists the genealogical community.

Thanks to Carol Blohm to this suggestion.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September Evening Meeting Recap

Professional genealogist and genealogical story writer Ursula Krause, visiting from Berlin, Germany, spoke to EGS members and guests last Thursday night. She gave an overview of what life was like in German manorial estates, villages, small towns as well as the rural community. Her overview included the reasons for emigration which included historical developments. Tips and tricks were also given to help determine where ancestors may have come from.

The meeting was so interesting and time went by so quickly that President Larry Pepper had to remind us that the library was closing.

If you were at the meeting and did not receive a handout, send us an email and we'll make sure you are sent one.

For more information about Ursula you can visit her website at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September Evening Meeting 2010


Ursula C. Krause, a Berlin resident, will present “Immigration from Germany” at the September 16, 2010, 7:00 PM meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society at the Gail Borden Library, Elgin, Illinois.

Have you wondered why your German ancestors left their homes and families for America? Find reasons why they left and the life left behind by following the Stange family who came to Illinois in 1855, from Brandenburg, Prussia.  Learn how to locate  records,  look  for clues through interpretation of the documents and find ways to overcome difficulties in German research.
Ursula Krause , a Berlin, Germany resident,  is a professional genealogist and fictional story writer with many years of experience.  Areas of specialization include German immigration to North America,  providing  family research in Germany and  writing immigrant  biographies for Americans with German  ancestry.  She is a member of  the Genealogical Societies of Mecklenburg and Pomerania and a lecturer of  “Immigrant Letters” at the John-F-Kennedy-Institute, Free University Berlin.  Ursula is fluent in German, English and Swedish.  For more information, please visit her website,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Morning Meeting Recap

What a great start for the fall season!! We had 40 members and several guests in attendance.

Our speaker, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin made the trip to the meeting all worthwhile with her presentation So You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin…Now What?? Teresa gave us hints for finding your German town on a map (may not be as easy as it soundsJ), encouragement and resources for deciphering the German script/writing we may encounter, instructions about the types of records that may be available, and help regarding how to access these records. Her talk was nicely organized and simple to follow. 

For more information about Teresa and the services she provides check out here website at

Saturday, September 4, 2010

U.S. Immigration Collection

U.S. Immigration Collection

Free access to Ancestry's immigration collection this weekend. If you get a chance, take advantage. You never know what you might find!

Genealogy In Time - Seattle Post Photo Gallery

Newest Genealogy Records on the Internet: "US – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which had the dubious distinction of being one of the first US major city newspapers to be forced to go 100% online (see Why Newspapers are Dying), has created an online archive of historic Seattle images. The photo galleries are organized by topic. Access is free. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer Historic Photo Galleries]"

If you do Seattle research, this could be a great find.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Death in EGS family

It is with great sadness that we report the death of EGS member Don Tuttle. His obit, published in the Elgin Daily Courier-News, follows. There were also two articles about Don in both the Courier and the Daily Herald. A search on his name should bring up the articles. We will miss Don and we send our condolences to his family.

Donald E. Tuttle

Donald E. Tuttle, 90, of Elgin passed away Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin. He was born July 22, 1920 in Medford, Minnesota, the son of George and Margaret Landon Tuttle. He had been a resident of Elgin for 48 years. Don was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy. He joined School District U46 in 1960 as Planetarium Director, a position he held for 24 years. He also taught astronomy at Elgin Community College for many years, retiring in 2009. He was a loving husband and father who will be missed by all who knew him. Don is survived by his wife, Carol Heywood Tuttle whom he married on September 3, 1949, his three children Susan Koeller, Richard Tuttle, and Donna Hoppe, six grandchildren, and his sister Dorolyn Sohner Hafer. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Epworth United Methodist Church 37W040 Highland Ave., Elgin, 60124. Visitation will precede the Memorial Service from 9:00AM until the time of the Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Epworth United Methodist Church, which will fund AV Equipment; or to the Elgin Genealogical Society at P.O. Box 1418, Elgin IL, 60121. For further information on Don, please call (847)741-8800 or visit


Published in Courier News on September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Ancestry Insider: FamilySearch In a Corner

If you're wondering what Family Search from the LDS is up to, take a look at this blog post. Very interesting.

The Ancestry Insider: FamilySearch In a Corner