Category Archives: Genealogy and History Programs, Conferences and Webinars

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Classes

Vicki’s note – 1-17-2018

160 classes free to watch one week after held.  Click on the link below to sign up:

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2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series announced

MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 106 classes from genealogy’s leading educators on topics ranging from to Jamestown to England, from DNA to online privacy, and from Geni and MyHeritage to Legacy.

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CAGGNI Program – Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

Vicki’s note – here is a program on how to do the Genealogy of  your house or a building.  City Directories are very good for finding information on a house and on the people living in it.:cropped-a1

CAGGNI – Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

20 Jan 2018

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Schaumburg Township District Library,

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

by Tina Beaird

If walls could talk … was your home moved, damaged by fire or enlarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina will provide strategies for researching the history of your home using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources. Every home tells a story – what does yours say?

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsized Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy.  She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

P.O. Box 59567, Schaumburg, IL 60159-0567, webmaster@caggni.org

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs

by Vicki Hann 11-22-2017

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs are now set.  They are below, and always available on the tab at the top of the BLOG.

(Sorry, I have been off for a few weeks after knee surgery.  More posts will follow as I recover more.  I will be back to work after the December 8, 2017 program.  That webinar/program will still happen.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and  Christmas holidays.)

2018 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library                                  

 2nd Fridays of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI

January 12, 2018 “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Effectively find the most that you can about your family history with hands-on exercises, & examples.  Be successful using basic genealogy research methods. Learn how to: search archives & on-line, record evidence, organize your genealogy, use timelines & “FAN” clubs, analyze records, & find missing clues based on what you know, etc.

February 9, 2018 “How to Use FamilySearch.org”, by Nancy Ritter, Beloit Family History Center

March 9, 2018 “The PaperLess Genealogist, Organize Your Genealogy with Digital Files”, webinar by Denise May Levenick – Archiving Photographs and paperwork.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 Bonus Program “Emily’s Story – The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider” A Presentation by Clark Kidder. 7 – 9 p.m. BPL Meeting Room.

April 13, 2018 – Polish Ancestors – Place Names and Websites; Two FamilySearch.org webinars.

May 11, 2018 “My Genealogy Do-Over – A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes”, webinar by Thomas MacEntee –  Follow experienced genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he re-starts his genealogy research from scratch and includes sound research practices and methodologies which he has learned over the years, as well as new templates and the latest technology, to create a better body of family history.

May 25, 2018 Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit 9 a.m. – Bonus 4th Friday Tour – Robert Pokorney III

June 8, 2018 “What is the difference between Amish, Quakers, Mennonites, and Hutterites – for my Family Genealogy Search?”  Several webinars explaining the differences.

June 22, 2018 – WHS Wisconsin Historical Society Tour and Research – Bonus 4th Friday Leave Van Galder bus station at 7:30? a.m. Arrive at 9:00?  Lori Bessler’s tour.  Library stacks close at 4:30, Library closes at 5:00.

July 13 2018 “Remembering Frances Willard; an Internationally-renowned Leader in the Temperance & Suffrage Movements, From Janesville WI” by Elizabeth Martiniak and Julie Orvis

August 10, 2018 – Familysearch Wiki for Nordic Countries, FamilySearch.org webinar by Liv Anderson – Teaches how to best use the wiki when doing Scandinavian Research

September 14, 2018 “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors’ information in U.S. records, in over-seas on-line genealogy databases, and in other, mostly-free, resources. How histories and maps help track their immigrations. What to do about language barriers.  Emphasis on England, Ireland, Germany, and Norway.

October 12, 2018 – “Downtown Rockton Illinois Devastated by Fire on October 31, 1907”, by Steve Balsley

November 9, 2018 – “Genealogy Clues found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records”, by Betsy Swisher

December 14, 2018 – “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching and Writing an African-American Family Life Story”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

 

What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

Vicki’s note – mostly from the NARA site. 

Here is a NARA hint from our speaker Katherine Kemnitz, genealogist, from last weeks program on “Formating, Printing and Self-Publishing a Book”.

In her research on  NARA, Katherine noticed that she had a hard time finding her soldier ancestor Clem.  She discovered that between 1877 – 1900s that the NARA hired extra clerks to catalog all Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.  The clerks would combine several soldiers of various names into one folder with one name, if those soldiers were only short -term enlistments, and only on one pay record.  The only way to see the other soldier’s (names/information) was if someone looked into the folder.

There are so many free tools and resources at NARA.  Click on the links.:

October 16, 2017

What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

 

https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy

What’s New?

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 25, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube.

All of the session videos and handouts will be available from             this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Are you going to miss the live broadcast? We have you covered! The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.

NARA is hosting its 5th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will be broadcast live from YouTube.

The Genealogy Fair is NARA’s biggest genealogy event of the year and will feature sessions that offer advice on family history research for all skill levels.

The topics include:

– Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death

-Recently recovered military personnel files

-Japanese Americans during World War II

-19th century tax assessments

-A special presentation on taking care of your family heirlooms

 

Can I start my family history research by typing a name in the search box?

Our search box will not help you find information on a specific person.  However, we have many tools and resources that can lead you to information about our holdings.  Many of our records have been digitized and are made available by our Digitization Partners.

A Fun Photo Discovery

A Fun Photo Discovery

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

I was able to date (my 2 x Great Grandmother’s) Lucy Adams Leighty’s dress from researching and presenting my program several times on “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines  by What They Wore, When”.   I am learning the time periods of some of the historic styles by sight.

Here is Lucy Adams Leighty’s 1897 dress:

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My sisters and brother have been working on a 600+ pages family photograph book; Chris is creating the book, all of us donated photographs, two of us (Melodie and I)  are editing and doing genealogy research (as fast as we can) to fill in gaps, and I have been writing family stories about our ancestors based on research.  So much for waiting until I semi-retire someday and have more time to do all that!  🙂
Greg, our third cousin from Pennsylvania, has been invaluable in donating old family photographs and filling in family history.  We connected due to an Ancestry.com DNA test match.
If the “book” is ever published on paper, we would have to split it into 2 books.  The cost would be about $1 per page through the program that my sister is using.  We may just print one copy and give everyone else a DVD or electronic version.  What a great way to preserve family history.  The very last revision needed from me was to write a story to go with these photos.
My niece Andrea had done research on this dress for her college costuming history class.  She had surmised that Lucy made the special dress for her own wedding (in 1867).  This is not the correct style for that time period.  And Andrea had put in examples of 1890s dresses. 
Hint – don’t let preconceived notions of family stories detract you from the evidence, “i.e. “This must have been Gt Gt Grandma’s (1867) wedding dress.”  Keep your mind open to see the possibilities.  Look for clues and pieces of the puzzle that fit together.
While writing this history story last night, I discovered the fun photo discovery:
I was right – the dress is from 1897!  Lucy sewed the dress for her to wear as mother-of-the-bride at her daughter’s wedding!
Lucy Adams (probably) beautifully sewed this dress herself.  It’s style of fitted sleeves with a small puffed upper “leg of mutton” is from about 1897, when Lucy would have been age 60.  She married William Smith Leighty on March 29, 1867. They had five children in 20 years. Lucy and her husband were farmers in Morgan, Ohio.
Lucy may have worn a small bustle with the dress, as the back is longer by about an 1 1/2 inches.  It has a one-piece fitted bodice with hook and eye closure, and full skirt which was a little less full than the style (as a cost savings?)  The special fabric – a print of white flower sprigs on dark blue/black,  and the black lace collar, indicate that she made it for a special occasion, probably her daughter Annetta’s wedding.
One of Lucy’s children was our paternal Great Grandmother Annetta Leighty Jewison.  Annetta married Charles Oscar Jewison on February 17, 1897, in McDonough, Illinois. They had three children during their marriage, including our paternal grandmother Muriel Helen Jewison Ruthe.
Great Great Grandma Lucy would have used this as a Sunday dress afterward.

How to Save Photographs that have been Water-Damaged

How to Save Photographs that have been Water-Damaged

Vicki’s note – a timely group of instructions from Flip Pal Scanner company.  If I bought one scanner, I would like to buy the Flip Pal for it’s many features and portability.

 There are many links to free classes and instructions on how to protect your photographs before a storm, and how to save your water-damaged photographs after the storm.  Read the entire article here.

Photos matter in the aftermath of disaster.

9-15-2017
With September being Save Your Photos Month and recent epic storms along the south of the US, the topic of preparedness is front and center yet again. The Flip-Pal team is committed helping people prepare for natural disasters and everyday accidents that could wipe out their photos.
Reserve your spot in one of five live webinars and take the steps to protect your photo collection and preserve your family history for generations to come.

This new mini-course called Working With Water Damaged Photos is presented by the Association for Personal Photo Organizers and Certified Personal Photo Organizer Kathy Stone of Calgary Photo Solutions who has first hand experience in dealing with flooded photos.

This mini-course is free and available to everyone. You can enroll at anytime and watch the course immediately. Also available is a Disaster Help Resource Guide with general photo recovery tips as well as local resources.

Happy Scanning!
The Flip-Pal team

Two Additional Genealogy Programs by Vicki Ruthe Hahn – Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, 2017 at NSLD, IL.

Two Additional Genealogy Programs by Vicki Ruthe Hahn –

Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, 2017 at NSLD, North Suburban Library District, Illinois:

These are both free 1 hour classes available to all.

NSLD/Loves Park

6340 N. Second St.

Loves Park, IL 61111

 

NSLD/Roscoe

5562 Clayton Circle

Roscoe, IL 61073

 

www.northsuburbanlibrarydistrict.org

Facebook.com/NorthSuburbanLibrary

 

“Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”

Monday, September 25 from 2-3pm at NSLD Roscoe, Illinois

 

Effectively find the most that you can about your family history with hands-on exercises, and examples.  Be successful using basic genealogy research methods. Learn how to: search archives and on-line, record evidence, organize your genealogy, use timelines and “FAN” clubs, analyze records, and find missing clues based on what you know, etc.

 

 

Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond’”

Monday, October 23 from 2-3 at NSLD Loves Park, Illinois

 

Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors’ information in U.S. records, in over-seas on-line genealogy databases, and in other, mostly-free, resources. How histories and maps help track their immigrations. What to do about language barriers. 

 

statelinegenealogyclub @ Beloit Public Library - Vicki RUTHE HAHN

Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Public Services Librarian, Beloit Public Library, WI – BA and MLIS University of Illinois.  Blog creator of “StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com” 2014 ; founder of Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library 2012.  “Stateline Genealogy Sorter” SGS, with a background in Anthropology, History, clothing history, and teaching, she sorts out mysteries, rediscovers histories, weaves stories, and helps people with their family genealogy and local history,  specializing from Central Illinois to Central Wisconsin. 

 

Come be Irish with me at the Milwaukee Irish Fest 2017

On Saturday, AUGUST 19, 2017

I will be doing 2 genealogy presentations, and helping festival goers with genealogy.

 


Aug 17 – Aug 20 · Milwaukee Irish Fest · Milwaukee
Music · 5,601 people
Vicki Ruthe Hahn
Doing these presentations:
at 1pm “IrishAncestors.net
Irish Genealogy
irishancestors.net

and 4pm “What They Wore When”

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On Saturday, August 19,

I went to the Irish Fest, learned a lot about specific Irish genealogy research, and had fun presenting my two programs and helping others with their genealogy.

This is the largest Irish Fest, and well worth going.

My sister and I went to the “Board School” and learned that Scotland means “Land of the Irish”.  Lots of interconnection historically between Ireland and Scotland.  Reminds me a bit of the Stateline connections between Illinois and Wisconsin 🙂

I never saw so many people dressed in kilts or in green before!  Too busy to take many photos, except these:

 

2017 Irish Fest Celtic Cross2017 Irish Fest Milwaukee2017 Irish Fest Vicki Hahn speaker2017 Irish Fest Vick Hahn & Melodie Alvarez, Milwaukee WIVicki Ruthe Hahn and sister Melodie Alvarez in front of “our castle” – found at the Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, and Me – Here’s the Punchline!

By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

8-11-2017″

Duhhhh! I forgot to tell you the punchline this morning.

Great questions on my Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program today.

“Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, and Me – a Study Showing Genealogy Research Methods and Regional Connections”.

The biggest Stateline/regional connections are these:

Major Jesse Meacham’s extended family (I think) is connected to the 1833 founding of the community West of Chicago – Meacham Grove, Illinois

(I believe that this is the “Chicago” that Major Jesse Meacham, and later, Elizabeth Lulu Booth visited before going to Troy WI.)

While Jesse Meacham went on to found Troy, Wisconsin (where William R Graydon’s family later moved),

Caleb Blodgett bought a farm/acreage in Meacham Grove, Illinois.

After a short while, Caleb Blodgett sold his Illinois land, and moved to Wisconsin.

The French trapper Joseph Thiebault (Tebo) was the first white man who came to the Beloit Wisconsin area in 1820.  He was married to two American Indian wives at the same time.

Stephen Mack was the first white settler (mid 1830s) in the Rockton Illinois area, and was married to Hononegah, a Native American woman from one of the surrounding tribes.  He founded Macktown, Illinois.

Tebo and Stephen Mack knew, and traded with each other.

Caleb Blodgett bought “three looks” of land in 1836 from Tebo, and founded what became Beloit, Wisconsin.

Caleb Blodgett knew, and traded with, Stephen Mack of Macktown Illinois (near Rockton).

 

And now you know (some of ) the rest of the story!

 

MCGS McHenry County Genealogical Conference 2017

MCGS McHenry County Genealogical Conference 2017

Vicki Ruthe Hahn, SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

July 10, 2017

An email I received after attending this one-day Conference last Saturday, July 8.

 MCGS
Dear Vicki,

Thank you for spending the day with us at McHenry County College!  We hope the conference was helpful to your research and that you had a great time connecting with other genealogists.

Hope to see you next year!

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And my answer is – YES!  This is the third time that I went to this Conference.  It is only about an hour away from Beloit, and well worth your time.  They have fabulous, knowledgeable speakers, and the cost is $70, including lunch.

The McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Conference was held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at McHenry County College, 8900 Rt. 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

This year’s annual conference featured:

  • Mary M. Tedesco, host/genealogist on the PBS TV series Genealogy Roadshow, (seasons 2 &3).    Contact her through the ORIGINS ITALY website at www.originsitaly.com.                                                                                                        She gave lots of techniques for good, basic genealogy, and how to find the names and locations of origin for your ancestors from overseas.  I attended a second session that Mary gave on how to find your Italian ancestors.   Mary is every bit as knowledgeable and friendly as she appears on television.  I enjoyed getting to know her a bit.

Vicki Hahn and Mary Tedesco:2017, July 8 Mary Tedesco & Vicki Hahn WSCG Conference, McHenry County College, IL

  • Thomas MacEntee, creator of GeneaBloggers.com.                                                      I got to talk with Thomas, but had too many other sessions that I needed to hear.   I was not able to go to one given by him this year like I have other years.

 

  • Paul Milner, author, & specialist in British Isles & U.S. research.                                      He gave a session on how to find your Irish ancestors.

 

  • Michael Lacopo DVM, nationally known lecturer – adoption, emigration & immigration, and many ethnic groups.                                                                            He gave a session on how to find your German ancestors.

 

  • A variety of vendors with publications and genealogy supplies.

 

Each of the speakers gave us a one week course in one hour!   Soon, I will be condensing all of that information, (plus more that I have learned elsewhere), into one session on “Finding your Overseas Ancestors”.  Be looking for a program on “jumping the pond” in our Stateline Genealogy Club programs next year.

These topics came at a perfect time, as I am about ready to search outside of the United States.  I have learned from these experts that it is not an easy task, but they prepared me well (enough) to begin the search.

Several of them would lend professional assistance to you if you decide to hire an expert, or if you need a knowledgeable guide to help you in Europe.

Join me next year.

MCIGS 2018 SUMMER CONFERENCE

Saturday, July 7, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society P.O. Box 184, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014 www.mcigs.org email:mcigs@mcigs.org Phone:815/687-0436