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NOTE: Until further notice, our meetings will be held online at 7:00 PM.

The FVGS holds 9 monthly general meetings on the 2nd Thursday, September through June (except December) at 7:30 PM in the Naperville Municipal Center (NMC), 400 South Eagle, Naperville, Illinois. Be sure to park in the lower level parking area for easy building access. Here’s a map to locate the Naperville Municipal Center (i.e. Naperville City Hall). Enter the lower level parking from either Eagle Street or Webster Street.

The FVGS extends a cordial welcome to newcomers to come visit our meetings and consider joining our Society.  New exciting contacts maybe made and new important information obtained during the informal socializing after the general meetings. Come meet new friends!

January 14, 2021 – Best Practices for Organizing Photos by Adam Pratt Webinar

Gathering and scanning family photos is an important step in building a Family Photo Archive, but what’s next? Learn best practices from a professional photo organizer for organizing your photos, following industry standards, to ensure your photos are safe and searchable for generations to come. This talk will also include the use of metadata for organizing photos.

Adam Pratt loves people, photography, and a good story! He has experience as a photographer, book author, software trainer, and photo organizer. He’s also the founder of Chaos to Memories where he helps people enjoy their photos again by turning their photo chaos into precious memories they can enjoy and share.

February 11, 2021 – Think Outside the Box by Dan Jungclas Webinar

Consider a different perspective. Give your research a boost. Maximize your research results with a change from traditional research methods while maintaining high standards. Tools like eBay, social media, the Internet, and other resources can prove to be very beneficial!

Dan Jungclas, has over 30 years of research experience and is known as both The Ancestry Guy and The German Genealogy Guy. In addition to Germanic genealogy, Dan specializes in the US Civil War, WWI, WWII and in research locations including Cincinnati, Ohio; Northern Kentucky, and other areas of the Midwest. Dan is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is a member of numerous regional and German genealogy societies.

March 11, 2021 – National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) by Jane Haldeman Webinar

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper.” The National Archives in Chicago hold Federal records from agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin dating from the 1800’s including Territorial Papers, Farming and Agriculture, Naturalization, Military, Taxes, Postal Service, Court Cases and many more records. These that can be invaluable when researching your family history. Learn what’s available and how to access these rich resources.

Jane G. Haldeman is a Chicago-area based professional genealogist and owner of It’s Relative, with more than 25 years of research experience. She lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and nationally. She was the National Co-Chair for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference in Washington, DC. She is a former president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and is the author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois.

April 8, 2021 – Family Historian in 3 Basic Steps by Suz Bates Webinar

Learn three basic steps of being a family historian: finding information, attaching it to your ancestors and storing it so you can find it again. Get organized and get connected as you research your family history.

Suz Bates has brought her expertise in genealogy to the public, spreading her enthusiasm for family history research to everyone during her workshops and presentations as well as with her private clients and small group consultations. She has been a family history researcher for over 45 years and a private consultant for 25 years. Suz has been a member of various genealogy and history associations including the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the NSDAR with local membership in the Du Page County Genealogical Society, the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, and CAGGNI She is listed in the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Genealogy and Local History Librarians.

After college, where Suz earned a B.A. in Modern Foreign Language with a minor in History
and an M.S. in education, her career in education was just as long and varied. She taught both adults and children in various educational settings, public and private, including elementary, middle school and university classrooms as well as conference and lecture halls. All the while, genealogy continued to fill her hours with research, location visits, indexing, transcribing, and digitalizing, along with attending many conferences while working on her own and friends’ family histories and ultimately private clients.

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