Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year

EGS wishes all its members and followers a very Happy New Year. We hope no matter how you celebrate the event you will have fun and be safe!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 will be our first meeting in the New Year. We'll review our 2011 genealogy resolutions to see how we've done and will look towards our new year with an original take on goal setting. You'll not want to miss this meeting, so start out the new year right and join your genealogy friends at 9:30 am at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL.

Here's hoping we'll see you there!

Friday, December 9, 2011

EGS Writers' Group December

Last night, Dec. 8, was the last meeting for the EGS Writers' Group in 2011. The meeting was well attended and extremely interesting. A special thanks to Nancy for the Christmas cookies!!

As genealogists we're finding our greatest challenge at the moment is to spend more time considering the writing techniques and less making suggestions for further research. :-) We'll be working on that next year.

If you're getting ready to write up your research or your own story for that matter, why not join us in 2012?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 EGS Holiday Celebration

EGS members celebrate the end of another year learning
and sharing about genealogy
Yesterday, December 6, EGS members came together for the last time in the year 2011. Some have made great strides in their family research, some have learned new skills to further their work, some have found new friends who share this passion (obsession) of ours. 

The annual business meeting included the election of officers for 2012 - to be discussed in another post - and a remembrance of the five members who passed away this year. We will sorely miss each one. 

Once business was out of the way, refreshments were provided by the 2011 board members. After all, it would be at least another hour and a half before the luncheon and we wouldn't want any one to starve.

Pennies were distributed among all the attendees in preparation for the program, A Penny for Your Thoughts. Based on the year imprinted on our penny, each of us were to share something from our personal or family history. Fortunately, member Ann Brasch had a magnifying strip with her or many of us would have been making up our own dates! We heard some great stories and some very interesting historical notes. 

Then, it was off to Villa Olivia in Bartlett, Illinois for our Holiday Luncheon. The setting and room were lovely, the food was delicious and the service excellent; but mostly the companionship and conversation made the day. The door prizes were simply icing on the cake. Okay, we didn't have cake, we had ice cream but you get the idea!

We're looking forward to great things in 2012. Here's hoping you can join us in our efforts in the coming year.

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