Workshops & Events

Upcoming Events

November 7, 2017   7 PM

First Tuesday Learning Seminar

Tapping the Power of FamilySearch®  presented by Maureen Brady

FamilySearch®, a free website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provides family history researchers with access to original historical records from around the world, indexes linked directly to many of those records, an ever-growing genealogical “encyclopedia”, instructional videos and much more.  Even experienced researchers often do not know how to tap the power of FamilySearch®’s many databases and articles.  This presentation will provide a “tour” of the website and suggest search strategies for locating the historical records.

Much of the collection of the LDS Church has now been digitized, but finding the original images can be tricky.  Come and expand your ability to use  FamilySearch® effectively.

Maureen Brady has more than thirty years’ experience with family history research.  She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Quebec, Irish and Swedish research.  She is the co-director and trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center



The workshops listed  are open to the public free of charge. Registration isn’t required but we’d appreciate a quick phone call or email if you’re planning to attend. You can reach us at 847-251-9818 or

Please check back. We’ll be adding new workshops soon.

Recent Workshops and Downloadable Materials

Polish Genealogy and Finding your Town of Origin presented by Justyna Cwynar. See below for handout link

A special thanks to Thomas MacEntee for sharing his presentation: “They’re Alive! Searching for the Living”

Link to Mr. MacEntee’s handout: SYLLABUS They’re Alive (1)

Many thanks to Justyna Cwynar for presenting her well-attended Finding Your Ancestors in Poland Using Online Resources workshop. You can access her presentation and handouts from these links:

Finding Your Ancestors in Poland Using Online Resources

Cyrillic Script

Workshop Links

Chicagoland_Resources_2017 by Suzanne Hoffman

Did you miss the “Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy?”  There was a hand out. Stop by and pick one up