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14 - 14 December 2022 Matt Weismantel – “ 'Are You My Mother?' A New Jersey Adoptee’s Perspective on Search and Reunion" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM Eastern Standard or Daylight Savings time  - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

There is always a great deal to unpack in any closed adoption search and reunion effort, and it is not easy to assess how someone will handle their discoveries. No matter the approach, it is rarely an antiseptic process— and can be further complicated by the rose-colored glasses of expectation. DNA advances have sped things up, leaving precious little time to internalize new information before reunion commences. By examining a personal case history, we will consider the implications of how search and reunion have transitioned from private investigator cases into a typical genealogical exercise along with significant changes in New Jersey law. How have these changes influenced the life experiences of adoption triad members, both those who want or do not want to search? The presentation will also provide a view on the long-term progression of reunion.

16 - 16 November 2022 Mary K. Risseeuw – "19th & 20th Century Dutch Migration Patterns" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM Eastern Standard or Daylight Savings time  - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

Learn to recognize the economic and personal pushes that influenced the migration of Dutch immigrants from New York to Washington. Tracing small migrations within a state and larger western migrations helps to understand the connection to the original immigrant communities and how the vast distances between families affected them.

10 - 10 November 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents They Lived Where? Tips for Researching Locations by Laura Kovarik Naperville, IL

Once you have identified the location for a family event, you have an opening to create a rich, detailed life portrait for your ancestor. Location research allows genealogists to learn the details surrounding their family, helping to give context and understanding to their lives. We will take a look at location research across time, learning what to do when you recognize the place and especially when you don’t!

Laura, a former FVGS President, has been involved in genealogy for more than 20 years. Laura was an Illinois State Genealogical Society President and has been a member of the ISGS Governing Board for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with degrees focused on historic preservation and land use/environmental planning. Laura worked for 13 years as a math tutor for grades 1-9. Areas of genealogical research include Norway, Canada, France, Bohemia and Sweden. Part of Laura's family was in Chicago prior to the fire in 1871. Her Illinois research focuses on Cook, Kane, McHenry, and Kankakee counties.

NOTE: This in-person meeting will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center - Room B (400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL). A recording will be available for members to access after the meeting.

22 - 22 October 2022 Digging For Gems With Lisa Louise Cooke Virtual
The 2022 FxGS Fall Fair speaker will be well-known international genealogy speaker Lisa Louise Cooke, the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multimedia company founded in 2007. You may have heard her podcast Genealogy Gems, watched her YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa, or read her book, The Genealogist’s Toolbox. She also writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine, produces the Family Tree Podcast, and is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multimedia company founded in 2007.
Ms. Cooke will speak on three topics: “The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology,” “Strategies for Identifying Photos,” and “How to Reopen and Work a Cold Case”.
19 - 19 October 2022 Tara Shymanski – "Finding American Ancestors in Canadian Land Records" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

Did you have ancestors who lived in Canada? Land records contain valuable genealogy information but can be tricky to find. By examining actual land records, you’ll discover information of value to family historians. You’ll learn which websites and indexes contain these records and the intricacies in finding them.

13 - 13 October 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents The Case of the Murderous D. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb Webinar

Dean Jobb will speak about his book The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, which recreates Scotland Yard’s pursuit of serial killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, a ruthless poisoner who murdered as many as ten people in Chicago, Canada and London’s Lambeth neighborhood between 1877 and 1892.“Jobb’s excellent storytelling makes the book a pleasure to read” – New York Times Book Review“Vividly written … a splendidly atmospheric journey through the halls of Victorian vice, virtue and, above all, hypocrisy” – The Times UK / Book of the Week“[An] enthralling real-life thriller … a true-crime masterpiece that will easily sit alongside The Devil in the White City” – ★ Publishers Weekly (starred review)Dean Jobb is an award-winning author and journalist and a professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. He specializes in true crime and his monthly column, “Stranger Than Fiction,” appears in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His articles and book reviews appear in CrimeReads, Inside History magazine, the Chicago Review of Books and the Washington Independent Review of Books. During his 35-year career as a newspaper staff writer and freelance journalist he has written features and commentaries on an array of subjects – history, current events, law, business, politics, media ethics, science, travel, and the craft of nonfiction.FVGS meetings are free to attend but you must register in advance for online events. Visit for program and registration details. To learn more about FVGS, visit

12 - 15 October 2022 AAHGS 2022 Annual Conference Virtual

AAHGS is celebrating its 45th Anniversary focusing on the history and genealogy of ethnic groups with a special emphasis on African Americans. With its award winning publications, AAHGS Journal and Newsletter, AAHGS has made significant contributions to the community and has hosted its annual conference for 43 years!  We are celebrating this years' Sapphire anniversary with the theme "Bridging the American Colonial Divide:  Resurrecting the Memory and Space of Black Patriots and History Makers".    Afro-Americans have made historic contributions and achievements well over the past 400 years.  There were Americans of African descent who fought during the Revolutionary War ultimately continuing their struggle for freedom and independence. History-makers founded churches, launched rebellions, and continued their fight for social injustice! 

We celebrate the colonial research and the lives of not only Afro-Americans in the Revolutionary War but also the lives of Afro-American history makers!


21 - 21 September 2022 Sara Cochran – "Who Needed It Anyway? Getting Around the 1890 Census" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

17 September 2022 - 17 October 2022 FVGS 2022 Fall Conference- RESEARCHING WOMEN: Frontier to Kitchen to Courtroom ON DEMAND & Naperville, IL

Register for Fox Valley Genealogical Society’s 2022 Fall Conference RESEARCHING WOMEN: Frontier to Kitchen to Courtroom and learn how to find your elusive female ancestors. Download Conference Brochure

Conference registrants will have 30-day access to six ON-DEMAND Lectures from a great lineup of speakers. Registrants will also receive links to attend three LIVE Zoom Check-in Sessions where you can share research tips, and celebrate your discoveries with other participants. We are also offering (for an additional fee) an IN-PERSON Workshop: Finding Women Ancestors in Historic Newspapers with Annette Burke Lyttle that will be held Saturday, 24 September 2022 in Naperville, IL. 

Digital Syllabus | Door Prizes | Closed Captioning Available

Six ON-DEMAND Lectures:

  1. Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Sources by Annette Burke Lyttle
  2. Finding and Using Digitized Manuscript Collections for Genealogical Research by Annette Burke Lyttle
  3. “Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law by Judy Russell
  4. Reclaiming Their Rights: Female Legislative Petitions and Divorce by Alice Hoyt Veen
  5. Staking Their Claim: Female Homesteaders on the American Frontier by Alice Hoyt Veen
  6. The Secret Lives of Women: Research Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Three LIVE Zoom Check-in Sessions (included for all registrants):
Links to the LIVE Zoom Check-ins will be included in the syllabus.

  • Sunday, 18 September @7:00 PM CDT (Chicago)
    LIVE Zoom Check-In #1: Opening The Frontier to Women’s Research - Join us for the FVGS Conference Opening! Hear about the upcoming conference activities, meet some of your fellow attendees, and share a photo or artifact from your frontier female ancestor. Will you have the oldest item? Let’s celebrate those fearless frontier females in our families.
  • Thursday, 22 September @7:00 PM CDT (Chicago)
    LIVE Zoom Check-In #2: Let’s Get Cooking - Cooking was an important avenue of sharing family traditions for our female ancestors. Join us to talk about cooking and food traditions in your family. Do you have an old family cookbook or recipe? Let’s share those cherished items and the stories that go along with the stains. We will also review upcoming conference events and the workshop.
  • Tuesday, 11 October @7:00 PM CDT (Chicago)
    LIVE Zoom Check-In #3: Case Closed - As the conference wraps up, join us to share your discoveries. Is there a court record that has helped you with researching your female ancestors? What is it and how did it help you? Are you excited to begin searching for a particular court record? Come and ask your follow-up questions before the gavel falls on the FVGS 2022 conference.

+add IN-PERSON Workshop with Annette Burke Lyttle: Finding Women Ancestors in Historic Newspapers

Local members and guests can add on the IN-PERSON Workshop for an additional fee. The workshop focuses on newspaper research and will provide strategies for finding women ancestors in newspapers. A separate digital syllabus will be emailed to registrants. Workshop attendance is limited to 40 participants – so register early! The workshop includes:

  • Pre-work assignment
  • IN-PERSON Lecture: Finding Women Ancestors in Historic Newspapers
  • Hands-on Research Time
  • Coaching & Group Discussion

To learn more and to register, please visit 
(ON-DEMAND Lectures + LIVE Zoom Check-ins: $25 Members | $35 Non-members, +IN-PERSON Workshop: $35. Deadline to register is 15 Sep 2022)

 Download Conference Brochure

08 - 08 September 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Tina Beaird Naperville, IL

Farm records can be an insightful tool for understanding your ancestor’s place in the world. Were they wealthy, prosperous farmers or scratch farming to survive? Agricultural census, land records and mortgage books, court records, farm directories, newspapers, and personal ledgers and diaries can each provide an additional layer of insight into your family tree.Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is also a Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. Tina lectures extensively on topics including genealogical methodology, military research and archival preservation. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as First V.P. of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Board Director for the Northern Illinois Historic League, and the Oswego Heritage Association. She volunteers her time with several historical and genealogical societies across Illinois. Tina has provided research assistance for nearly twenty years and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over thirty years. She is a rabid baseball fan and her and her family have visited 24 out of 30 Major League Ballparks across the U.S.This in-person meeting will be held at Naperville Municipal Center - Room B (400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 60540)FVGS meetings are free to attend. Visit for the FVGS 2022 Program Schedule. The presentation will be recorded. Members have access to recordings for a limited time.