Family History Research

Engage Kids in Family History this Summer

Summer is upon us so what will you do in your free time to learn more about your family history?

Here are 5 Tips for Summer Family History Fun
·    Create a list of family members to search for in a cemetery. Make a scavenger hunt sheet or BINGO card for all of the family members. Have your kids help you locate the graves to complete the sheets.
·    Dig out your old recipes and prepare a baked good or meal that one of your ancestors used to make.
·    Gather together with grandparents and aunts and uncle to go through old photographs. How many people can you identify? Write the names on the backs of the photos.
·    Visit a place your family used to live or a place you grew up. Show your kids your old haunts and tell them the stories that go with those places.
·    Encourage your child to keep a journal or create a scrapbook over the summer about their daily events, what they ate, where they went, memorable moments, etc. It is important not only to research and remember the past but also preserve the present.

Are you interested in starting your family history but are not sure where to start? Visit the Generations Store and look for the Family Tree Projects for $3.99 PDF. While you are there, you can purchase the genealogy textbooks for students and adults at 20% off through June 30, 2012. The books eligible for this discount are Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st-3rd Grade Students, Lessons 1-30; Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th-8th Grade Students, Lessons 1-30; Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students, Lessons 1-30; and Branching Out: Genealogy Adults. Just use the code IDG20JUNE at the Generations Store.

You can also find more information on The In-Depth Genealogist.

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Join DCGS in indexing the 1940 U. S. Federal Census!

Join DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society in indexing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!

Step 1: Go to:

Step 2: Click GET STARTED from the menu at the top.

Step 3: Download and install the Indexing Software

Step 4: Register for a FamilySearch account, if you don’t already have one.

Step 5: Select Another group, then select DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society from the dropdown list.

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Excitement Ahead!

I just received the BCG Standards Manual in the mail yesterday! Very excited to crack it open and really start digging into the certification process. I will have two nights in Jefferson City, MO, with nothing to do after I research for my client so I will have time to start reading. Then several days in Springfield, MO, while I hang out at my sister’s to let it sink in and figure out how to begin.

I am also very excited to research for my client in MO. A new area of research for me in some regards and I’ll get experience in a few new places like the Missouri State Archives; Jefferson City Library; Callaway County Historical Society; Fulton Library; and with some luck – a cemetery or two in Callaway County! Exciting!

Check back next week because I’ll write up my thoughts on each library and repository I visit.


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Wisdom Wednesday – Saturday FGS Conference Sessions

And finally, the last day of the conference. These are the sessions I plan to attend.

Don’t Get Burned: Getting Around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (I may change this if I can hear Tony speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

Successful Cemetery Stalking

Discovering the Goldmine of Knowledge in Court Records

The Place of Place in Your Family History Narrative: Anchoring Your Family History in Its Setting

Discovering Midwestern Repositories (I may change this if I can hear Lou speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

The 1940 Census – I am so excited for this to be released in April 2012! Are you?

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