Family History Research

Thriller Thursday – NGS HSC Land Assignment

Ok this really isn’t a thriller type post in the sense that I discovered something about one of my ancestors. But it is thrilling because I received my NGS Home Study Course Federal Land Records assignment in the mail and it was marked COMPLETE!! I am thrilled!!!

This is great news because I am finished with that lesson, I got great comments on it and I do not have to stop in Springfield, IL, at the archives on my way to Missouri next week. I can sleep in and head to my best friend’s house late morning.

This week I completed Lesson 8 on Probate and sent that in. Next month I plan to get to IRAD at NEIU and look at marriage records unless I decide just to use DuPage County instead since I’m at the courthouse every week anyway. We’ll see. Either way I have a plan to finish CDs 1 & 2 by the end of September. Would like to finish the 3rd by January but we’ll see how it goes. Stay tuned!

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Website to Follow: DuPage County Genealogical Society

If you live in the Chicagoland area, I encourage you to pay a visit to the DuPage County Genealogical Society webpage. You can find  a wealth of information here such as online Cemetery, Census, Marriage, and Military records for the DuPage County area. Their meeting schedule is posted as well as classes they offer. The Society offers publications available through their website for purchase. They also have a list of ongoing and new projects for members to become involved in.

I attended the DCGS conference in February and it was fantastic!  It had been a while since I attended anything like that because of busy schedules with my family.  I had the pleasure of hearing Elissa Scalise Powell and John Philip Colletta speak. This was the first time I heard Elissa speak and I learned a great deal about the Research Cycle and the Research Report. Both very helpful to me since I am now beginning to write my family’s history.

I heard John speak several years ago at another local conference and he was just as entertaining and informative this time. I could listen to John speak yearly because while some of the information I hear is “old,” some ideas are “new”.  With each year I find myself in a new place in my research and some of his “old” ideas now have a great deal of meaning for me. If you have not had the opportunity to hear John speak about Naturalization and Immigration records, I encourage you to do so. You will come away with so much knowledge!

The DCGS is a resource not to be missed if you live in the area! I am looking forward to attending their conference again in February 2011.

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