Are you researching your family tree? Trace your ancestors' unique family history and preserve your memories at Gail Borden Library. Join one of our programs to learn more!

Elgin Genealogical Society 

U.S. Federal Censuses
Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, June 21     7 – 8:30 pm

View a webinar that shares information from multiple years of censuses and search techniques for maximum results.


The Orphan Trains in America
Main Lirbray - Grove Room
Tuesday, July 3     9:30 – 11:30 am

Discover the history of the Orphan Trains, including stories of riders and a look at The Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas.

Presenter: Becky Stewart Higgins, descendant of Orphan Train rider William Sidney Emay.


Cluster Research
Main Lirbray - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, July 19     7 – 8:45 pm

Prove the identity of your ancestor(s) using the FAN Principle (Family, Associates and Neighbors).

Presenter: Karen Pickelsimer 


What's New in British Isles Research
Main Lirbray - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Tuesday, August 7     9:30 – 11:30 am

Learn what new primary and secondary sources have become available including original records, new indexes, books, CD-ROMs and websites, and how to access them.

Presenter: Paul Milner, professional genealogist, specializing in British Isles research.


Local Histories Add Clues to Your Genealogy
Main Lirbray - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Thursday, August 16     7 – 8:45 pm

Local histories can often be maligned when discussing accurate sources; however, used correctly, they can be very helpful by providing clues for future research.

Presenter: Kimberly Nagy, MD PLCGS





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