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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 10 – Show & Tell by FVGS Members, NMC Room B

All are welcome to share family history artifacts and/or stories with other genealogy enthusiasts at our ‘Show & Tell’ event. This is a great time to learn about the stories and discoveries of fellow family historians.

February 14 – Using Evernote for Genealogy by Jen Warner, NMC Room B

Jen Warner, president of DuPage County Genealogical Society, will demonstrate how to use software applications such as Evernote to organize genealogy research.

March 14 – Adoption Records by Matthew Rutherford, NMC Room B

Having an adopted ancestor can often be one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of genealogy research. In times past, records of adoptions weren’t as well kept as they are today, making searching for the link between birth families and adoptees difficult. And, in modern times, adoption searches are often hindered by legal barriers. Join Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy at the Newberry Library as he discusses techniques and sources for researching records of American adoptions in all time periods. This program is co-sponsored by Naperville Public Library.

April 11 – Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors by Steve Szabados, NMC Room B

Finding European ancestors is a challenge, but this program covers a method that tries to simplify this daunting search. The program covers tips to find where your ancestors left, where to find the European records and gives tips on translating most records. Lecturer and author, Steve Szabados, has traced ancestors back to 1600’s New England, and 1700’s Poland, Germany, Bohemia, and Slovenia.

May 9 – Using the Newberry Library for Family History Research by Sandra Trapp – NMC Lunch Room

This library has been offering research resources since 1887 and is recognized as one of the premiere research libraries in the U.S. Information will be provided to help you prepare for a visit, inform you of the research aids their web site offers, and provide an overview of their materials. An associated FVGS bus trip to the Newberry Library is also in the works.

June 13 – Gleaning Genealogical Evidence from Ephemera by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana, NMC Room B

Isn’t it just Stuff? But, Grandma said so…verifying oral history myths; tracing the origins of heirlooms; analyzing the value of ephemera’s evidence. Presenter Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist and Professional Genealogist. She has worked in a wide variety of Archives and provided personal archives consulting to families in need of cleaning, consolidating and organizing of their family’s historical materials.

September 12 – Geneopardy-Quiz Night by FVGS Members, NMC Lunch Room

Come hone your genealogy knowledge the fun way by playing “Geneopardy!”. The categories will include: ‘Grandpa’s Sister’, ‘Cite Your Source’, ‘Write It Down’, ‘Stand Up’, ‘Be Counted’, ‘Taking a Count’, ‘Marriage’, ‘Add It Up’, and ‘FVGS Firsts’.

September 21 Fox Valley Genealogical Conference by Peggy Lauritzen

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October 10 – Cemetery Art Symbolism by Laurel Mellien, NMC Room B

The program focuses on the rich symbolism displayed in cemeteries of the Victorian Era. Headstone art during this time period was carefully chosen by family members to properly represent the deceased. Many clues about the lives of the dearly departed can be discovered by learning the language of cemetery art symbolism. Laurel Mellien is a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, and the author of History and Stories of the McHenry County Cemeteries.

November 14 – Local Histories Add Clues and Color to your Genealogy by Kimberly Nagy, NMC Room B

Local histories are often maligned as inaccurate sources. However, used correctly, these local histories can be very helpful by providing clues for further research. This program will be presented by professional genealogist, Kimberly Nagy, MD PLCGS.

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