Monday, September 26, 2011

October 2011 Morning Meeting

You'll not want to miss our next morning meeting at 9:30 am on October 4 at the Gail Borden Public Library at 270 N. Grove in Elgin, IL. Teresa McMillan will be presenting Holy Cow, Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now? Whether or not you are doing Chicago research, I'm sure this will be an interesting, informative, and fun program.

As always, we will have snacks and conversation time between the business meeting and the program. During this time you can catch up on each other's goings-on, perhaps help a newbie with a question, share a new find, encourage a discouraged researcher, or just chow down on the tasty treats.

I know we can interact face-to-face now on the web but there's nothing quite like the interactions we have in the actual - not virtual - presence of another genealogist.

Hope to see you there,


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Barbara Fritz

A memorial service was held today for EGS member Barbara Fritz, the daughter of EGS members Bud and Meriam Frohardt. Her obit can be found on the funeral home website,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

EGS to be featured on FGS Talk Radio

You don't want to miss this. Our society will be featured on the weekly FGS Talk Radio show - My Society. Tune in to hear us go national!!
Sent from Thomas MacEntee host of the show. My Society airs from 1pm-2pm:

Just a quick heads up that this Saturday, September 24, 2011 during our weekly radio show – FGS Radio – My Society (, we’ll be featuring EGS in our Society Spotlight about 1:45pm.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Memorial Services for Barbara Fritz

In an earlier post, we reported the passing of Barbara Fritz, the daughter of our members and dear friends, Bud and Miriam Frohardt. 
The memorial service for Barbara will be held Saturday, Sept 24th at the Moss Funeral Home, 143 First Street, Batavia.  Phone number there is             630-879-7900      .  Visitation is from 1 o'clock until 3 o'clock, when the service will take place.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Genealogy on Facebook? You betcha

Check out this blog post to learn just how useful Facebook can be to genealogy & research. Technology truly is changing the the face/pace of our passion!!

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: Genealogy on Facebook? You betcha:

'via Blog this'

Czech Genealogy for Beginners

I know some of our members have been struggling with Czech research. Here's hoping this blog will help.

Czech Genealogy for Beginners:

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September Evening Meeting 2011

Come join us tomorrow September 15 at 7:00 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL. Linda Eder and Susan Lye will be presenting Genealogy Organization - Comparison. We genealogists all seem to struggle with the how to keep our research finds and our "ancestors" in order. Linda and Susan will compare their styles and share guidance and tips on how to set up a research organizational system.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


It is with great sadness that we send our condolences to EGS members Bud and Miriam Frohardt on the passing this past week of their daughter Barbara Fritz. Barbara was also an EGS member. A memorial service is planned for later in the month.

Monday, September 5, 2011

September 2011 Morning Meeting

You'll not want to miss the morning meeting tomorrow, September 6, 2011 at Gail Borden Public Library at 9:30 am. Sara Taylor will be facilitating "Researching with Ancestry".

Thank you Sara for filling in for me. I'll be on my way to Springfield for the FGS Conference. I'll try to keep you appraised of what's going on here or on my personal blog or you can follow my on twitter @famsearcher.

Have a great meeting. I'll be thinking of you.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Vital Records

I want to share an odd tool from the Centers for Disease Control of all places—Where to Write for Vital Records!
This might be one place to find out where to get vital records for every state.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

EGS Writers' Group Meeting

On September 1, 2011 a group of EGS members interested in moving from the research to the writing phase of Family History met for their 2nd gathering. The first meeting had been held to discuss the purpose and details of this Special Interest Group (SIG) had been held on the evening of August 18th. At that meeting two main thought were determined. A prevailing idea among everyone was the need for motivation and that meeting in a group such as this might provide that stimulus. A secondary idea in the group was the desire to use proper source citations for their writings.

The SIG will be held monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. For details such as room location, contact Larry Pepper at

The September meeting was a great success. Each of the eight attendees shared as much of his/her recent work as the "timer" would allow, leaving time for discussion, questions, suggestions. What a thrill to see the excitement of all for having finally set something to pen and paper or keyboard to file! As hoped, the deadline provided a much needed "kick in the pants" (soon to be known as KP) for all.

The next meeting is set for October 13, 2011 at GBPL in Community Room B at 6:30. All EGS members are welcome to join us. If we get too large, we'll split off. :-)