Are you new to genealogy research and live in the Chicagoland area? Are you an experienced researcher looking for great programming and speakers? Then you will want to check out the Genealogy Group at the Schaumburg Township District Library
Last night a friend and I attended the Genealogy Group meeting for the first time. Neither of us are new to genealogy and we both have experience working with genealogy societies. What we witnessed was amazing! Tony, the librarian who runs the group, is a one man genealogy society in the library. He works approximately 9-10 hours a week and runs the Genealogy Group by himself, the way an entire society board would run a group.
You can read the full extent of what Tony does at Chicago Genealogy at Examiner.com.
What was really impressive is something I have never seen at genealogy society meetings. Tony provided all new attendees, regardless of how long they have been researching with a thick folder full of information. This folder even included a genealogy book. I have never seen a genealogy society provide new members with this much information. What did I receive last night?
- A handout entitled “A Genealogy Intro” written by Dick Eastmann.
- A book by a fellow colleague in DuPage County, Jeffrey Bockman, entitled “Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy.”
- Information on the upcoming National Genealogical Society conference with a note that says, “What you can expect to find at a national conference.”
- Brochure of printed and online genealogy resources.
- An information sheet about the Genealogy Group and resources online through the blog and library.
- A huge packet called “Beginning Guide and Research Tips.” Tony’s business card is stapled to the front page so you can contact him with questions.
- A copy of the Genealogy Group’s surname and locale research list. All new attendees are encouraged to complete this form so connections can be made with other researchers. Sharing information is not required though.
- The Schaumburg Township District Library’s Genealogy Audiovisual Materials Guide.
I was so impressed with the meeting and the handouts that I encourage everyone to attend the next Genealogy Group meeting in Schaumburg. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Meetings end by 9:30 p.m. and the library closes at 10:00 p.m.
- Genealogy Author David R. Dowell to Visit Chicago (examiner.com)