Wilmette Family History CenterFamily History Fair 2014Saturday, March 22, 2014 — 8 am to 5 pm
Workshops will include in-person presentations by local experts and video lectures from the RootsTech conference.
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Local SpeakerJanis Minor Forté, is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who has presented at national, state and local genealogical conferences. Her presentation specialties include methodology, and problem solving techniques, skill building techniques and case studies. She is also proficient in assisting in the identification of slave holders.
Local SpeakerMs. Frazin is the author of A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil Registration Documents, a valuable Polish research resource for both Jewish and non-Jewish genealogists. In 2010, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) granted Frazin its award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print or Electronic Product.
Local SpeakerCathy Napolitan has many years of experience in Italian genealogy, history and culture. She is the owner of Discovering Your Ancestry and also authors 2 genealogy blogs and 5 genealogy websites. All but one of her websites focus on Calabria and it's records, culture and history. Cathy's volunteer work has included assisting posters on several Italian genealogy forums and served as an Administrator for Family Search's Facebook Page for Italy.
Local SpeakerMargo L. Smith, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Anthropology and International/Intercultural Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. She comes to Slovak research via her husband and has been researching his ancestry intensively for the past 11 years, culminating in a book-length manuscript of more than 100 families in Slovakia's Turiec Valley from the mid-1600s to the 1900s.
Local SpeakerElder Curtis and Sister Barbara Pollard, who hail from Olympia Washington, are currently serving a record's preservation mission in Chicago working at the County/City building digitizing birth and death certificates for FamilySearch. Elder Pollard owned and operated a commercial printing company, and worked as a basketball official prior to his retirement. Sister Pollard enjoys sewing, gardening, and grandchildren.
Local SpeakerDonna Roginski has a Master of Liberal Arts in Library Science from Northern Illinois University. Now retired, she has been a librarian in school libraries, public libraries, and hospital medical libraries. She is a FHC volunteer and passionate genealogy researcher.
Local SpeakerConsul General Tulelo hails from Kimberley in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. She joined the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in November 2011 and was heading the Youth and Gender Chief Directorate, until she took up her responsibility as Head of Mission in Chicago on 21 July 2012.
Local SpeakerTerri O'Connell is a professional genealogist, lecturer and freelance writer who has been researching her family roots since the 1990s. Her primary research focuses are Chicago Irish and Midwestern United States genealogy. Terri is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of the In-Depth Genealogist.
The most up-to-date schedule for the fair (20 Mar 2014) can be viewed here.
Here are some of the booths you can look forward to:
Introduction to FamilySearch Indexing
Learn what it accomplishes and how to get involved.
We'll show you what you need to know to give it a quick try. If the Chicago death certificate project is available, we'll use those records as our example.
Favorite Recipes of our Ancestors
Learn how cooking can help you get to know your ancestors better.
Animated How-to Videos for Getting Started with Family History
View short clips with fun hints for beginning your family tree.
Print a Fan Chart for Your Ancestors
Log into your FamilySearch account (or create one!) and we'll print a color fan chart for you to frame.
Recording Your Family History on Video (Spanish)
Learn how one local family preserved their stories on video.
Mongolian Genealogy Research
Learn what Mongolian researchers are doing to preserve their heritage and get inspired to preserve your own.
The Wilmette Illinois Family History Center will be open during the fair. Volunteers will offer quick introductory tours for first-time visitors. They will also be available to answer questions about Family History Center resources, introduce you to the "My Family Booklet" and offer quick guidance on research, recording stories, and scanning photos.Sign-ups for 30-minute computer and microfilm reader slots will begin at 8:00 am on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will continue until all of the slots are filled. We expect the Family History Center resources will be in high demand during the fair and we'd encourage fair participants to learn what the Family History Center offers and then come visit us again!