The Elgin Genealogical Society Announces its 2014 Beginners’ Workshop Series

Whether you are interested in starting your genealogy research or you have been researching many years, you will benefit from the Elgin Genealogical Society’s upcoming monthly workshops – each one will cover a different topic important to helping you further your research. These workshops are planned to help persons new to tracing their family tree get started and establish a good foundation; but will also benefit even the most seasoned researcher.

The workshops will be held on the third Thursday of each month in the Community Room, first floor of the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, Illinois 60120 and begin at 7:00 pm. All EGS meetings are open to the public.

Mark your calendar for these important dates in 2014:

  • January 16 Getting Started with your Research
  • February 20 Getting the Vitals Down—Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
  • March 20 Turning Fiction to Fact: Using, Identifying and Citing Sources
  • April 17 Making Sense of the Census
  • May 15 Organizing your Research
  • June 19 Using Libraries to Continue your Research
  • July 17 Analyzing and Tracking your Research
  • August 21 Using Websites to Help your Research
  • September 18 Digging into Land Records: The Neglected Resource
  • October 16 Dusting Off those Old Court Records
  • November 20 Fanning the Flames

“We are very exciting about the upcoming workshops” says EGS president, Sara Taylor. “They will provide new researchers the basic knowledge needed to create valued family histories and give veteran genealogists an opportunity to mentor others while brushing up on fundamentals.”

If you are available during the day, consider stopping in to our morning meetings held the first Tuesday of each month as well. They begin at 9:30 am and are also at Gail Borden Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

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