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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, 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!

February 8, 2018 – From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping your Family’s Place – Jane Haldeman

There are numerous sources that give our ancestor’s legal land description; where are they and what do they mean? Learn where to look and how to convert section and range into Google Earth to see how that property looks today.

March 8, 2018:  Pinning Together Your Genealogical Past with Pinterest – Debra Dudek

Are you on Pinterest? It’s more than just tasty recipes and weight loss tips.  This site can help you sort, share, and promote your genealogy projects.  Learn how to create pins from your own research, collaborate with others on your projects, make a visual “to-do” list, save your must-have reads, and share your successes with other genealogists.

April 12, 2018: Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory – Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory-locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to understand our ancestor’s historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.

May 10, 2017:  – Look High and Low, Above and Below! – Cemetery Research – Jeffrey Bockman

Be sure to check the cemetery records because there may be more below ground than there appears to be. What you can find at a cemetery and clues to help you find and document them. Photographs of unique tombstones and monuments showing what you can find along with samples of various cemetery records, funeral home records, and obituaries along with tips on finding cemeteries.

June 14, 2018:  Illinois Bicentennial Program – Illinois Memoirs: Our Story, Your Opportunity – John Hallwas

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Illinois Statehood, Fox Valley Genealogical Society in collaboration with the Naperville Public Library will host Illinois Road Scholar, John Hallwas.

Illinois’s monumental literary heritage is particularly rich in autobiographies and memoirs, including the first noted autobiography from the Midwest (Chief Black Hawk’s), the most famous memoir associated with the Civil War (Ulysses S. Grant’s), and one of the most celebrated autobiographies by an American woman (Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull House), among many others.  Such works often address issues of identity and belonging, which are as crucial today as ever. A poster for this program is available.

September 20, 2018:  Sanborn Maps: A New Direction for Your Research – Laura Kovarik

 Please Note: This is the 3rd Thursday of September.  Learn about Sanborn maps and how genealogists can use them in their research.

September 28, 2017: Fox Valley Genealogical Conference –

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October 11, 2018: White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing – Gail Lukasik

In 1995 when I discovered my mother’s black heritage, she made me promise never to tell her secret until she died. I kept her secret for 17 years. Nine months after her death, I appeared on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow and revealed to 1.5 million people that my mother passed for white. Three days later the family she never knew found me.

In my presentation, I’ll talk about my book, White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow and the discovery of my unknown family. I’ll share how my personal and genealogical journey to uncover the truth of my mother’s racial heritage led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Interweaving my mother’s personal story with social history, I’ll show the impact of race and racial passing in America. The Washington Post named White Like Her as one of the most inspiring stories of 2017.

November 8, 2018: Family Tree Maker 2017 – Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen of the Software MacKiev Company will be joining us to demonstrate how to use the popular genealogy software Family Tree Maker 2017. Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007.

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