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The Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) holds 9 monthly general meetings (some in person, some online) 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.

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


ONLINE-Making Sense of the Shambles: Organizational Tools for Genealogy by Alice Hoyt Veen, February 10, 2022 7:00 PM (Central)

As family historians, we tend to be “Keepers of Everything,” from treasured original family documents and photographs to printed copies found online and at repositories. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and disorganized. When you reach the point that it’s easier to print new copies of records than to find your old copies, you know you’ve arrived at critical mass, and it’s time to take action! Content includes software tools for organization, computer filing techniques, “hard copy” options, and archival storage solutions.

Alice Hoyt Veen is the owner of Prairie Roots Research, which aims to foster a deeper understanding of the past by researching and reconstructing forgotten lives; to rediscover and share ancestral wisdom and experiences with today’s generation and generations to come. She is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator who shares her knowledge and expertise through educational writing and speaking. Alice serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (R). She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.

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ONLINE-A Review of Ethnicity Results from Nine DNA Testing Companies by Robert Sliwinski, January 13, 2022 7:00 PM (Central)

Many “Direct to Consumer” DNA testing companies include ethnicity estimates as part of your DNA results. Results can vary between companies; contain surprises or even disappointment. This presentation reviews the results from nine DNA testing companies, population datasets, and which tests have higher resolution for specific geographic regions.

Robert Sliwinski is a Biologist/Genetic Genealogist with a B.A. in Biology and Art from Knox College, Galesburg IL and M.S. in Zoology from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, DNA Explorers is currently based in Russiaville, Indiana. DNA Explorers was founded by Robert in 2009 and provides professional services to those who have Paternal (Y-DNA), Maternal (MtDNA) and Autosomal (Family Finder/Relative Finder) DNA results for ancestry and need assistance with interpretation.

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*No Meeting December, 2021*

There is no meeting in December – enjoy the holiday season!

The 2022 meeting schedule will be posted soon.

*IN PERSON* Creating a Coffee-Table Style Family History Book, by Michelle Bray Wilson, November 11, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

Michelle has created two print-on-demand family history books. The books are in full color, and chock full of photos, documents, newspaper clips, genealogy charts and other family artifacts.  Learn how to put together a beautifully formatted book, how to print copies at a very reasonable price, and how to publish and make your book available to others.

Michelle Bray Wilson has been active in the genealogy community for more than a dozen years. She speaks throughout the Midwest, most frequently on genetic genealogy, French Canada, ancient ancestry, and creating family history books. She is a former president of CAGGNI, the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, and is currently Registrar at a local DAR chapter. An engineer by training, Michelle consults for the medical device manufacturing industry, and has recently begun accepting a limited number of clients in the genealogy space.

Meeting Location: Nichols Library – Community Room (Lower Level)
(200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL)
6:30 PM Refreshments / 7:00 PM Program

Note: This will be an in-person meeting. Members will have access to a recording of the presentation for a limited time after the meeting.

WEBINAR-DNA: What Do I Do With It Now That I Have It? Working With DNA Test Results by Laura Street Chaplin, October 14, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

Once you get your DNA test results back, how can you best understand and utilize them?  This presentation covers lots of tips on transferring raw DNA results to other companies, creating a skeleton digital family tree to link to your test results, working with family members’ tests & more.

Laura Chaplin began researching her family history when she was inspired by a professor at college. Since then, she has spent years researching, attending countless workshops, and traveling across the country on research trips. She is now the owner of Willowtree Research: Family History and Genealogy Services. Laura has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. At the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn she was the History & Genealogy Manager and help them to open their Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center.

WEBINAR-Navigating the Records From The War of 1812 by Brian Rhinehart, September, 9, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

Brian RhinehartFrom bounty land to pensions, there is no shortage of genealogical records for soldiers from The War of 1812.  Learn how and why these records were created, how to make sense of them, and what those records can contain for your ancestors.

Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogical researcher and speaker, who specializes in Civil War and War of 1812 research at the National Archives in Washington DC.  Discovering five direct ancestors’ involvement in the Civil War sparked an interest in their military history and led to countless hours researching in the National Archives with their records, as well as hundreds of other soldiers’ records in the process. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. His professional development includes Professional Genealogy Study Group 8, and ProGen 38, coursework at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Boston University’s- Genealogical Research Certificate Program, The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the National Genealogical Society’s Continuing Education Course: The War of 1812.

WEBINAR-The Genealogical Proof Standard: Put the Power of GPS to Work! – Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, June 10, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

Producing a high-quality, reliable genealogy for your family requires thoughtfulness and thoroughness during the research process. Testing our work against recognized standards helps achieve our goals. This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) looks at the development of modern standards, their importance for all genealogists, and how anyone, at any level of experience, can effectively apply these common-sense standards and techniques to their family project.

Alice Hoyt Veen is the owner of Prairie Roots Research, which aims to foster a deeper understanding of the past by researching and reconstructing forgotten lives; to rediscover and share ancestral wisdom and experiences with today’s generation and generations to come. She is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator who shares her knowledge and expertise through educational writing and speaking. Alice serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (R). She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.

WEBINAR-Brick Wall Breakthroughs by Thomas MacEntee, May 13, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

Want to see first-hand how to break through that persistent “brick wall” in genealogy? Using actual research problems submitted by FVGS Member webinar attendees, professional genealogist Thomas MacEntee will walk participants through a step-by-step research methodology process to find clues and possible solutions. Participants will have access to research logs, digital images and more during and after the webinar. Also included is a “habit recipe” to implement the same techniques used in the webinar on your own genealogy research.

Outline:

  • Brick Walls in Genealogy – Why Do We Have Them?
  • Case Study Review
  • Step-By-Step Methodology Review
  • Habit Recipe
  • Resource List

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in using technology and social media to improve genealogy research and to connect with the family history community. He is the owner of High Definition Genealogy, and shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com!

WEBINAR-Family Historian in 3 Basic Steps by Suz Bates, April 8, 2021 7:00 PM (Central)

This event is co-sponsored by the Naperville Public Library.

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 a B.A. in Modern Foreign Language, a minor in History, and an M.S. in education. She has taught in a variety of settings. In recent years, she has brought her expertise in genealogy to the public, spreading her enthusiasm for family history research through workshops, presentations, and consultations. She has been a family history researcher for over 45 years and a private consultant for 25 years. Suz is a member of various genealogy and history associations, as well as the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

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