The North Suburban Genealogical Society
Preserving the Past
Future Generations



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NSGS Writers' Groups

Join a Writers' Group!  All are welcome! 

See meeting dates and times below.

Members can automatically receive notices by modifying the "group participation" setting in their profile. Otherwise, if you would like to join the meeting, contact the following:

Morning Writers' Group

Meets at 10am on the 3rd Monday of the month

contact: Jim Neal

Afternoon Writers' Group

Meets at 1pm on the 2nd Monday of the month

contact: Terry Jackson

Evening Writers' Group

Meets at 7pm on the Monday following the General Meeting

contact: Bill Nemmer


Benefits of Writing about Ancestors and Family

  1. Go beyond collecting records and entering names and dates on a chart

  2. Share with others who are not necessarily interested in genealogy charts

  3. Flesh out a life story or event

  4. Preserve family stories and histories for future generations

  5. Utilize your research to tell a story


  1. Writing sometimes exposes gaps and inconsistencies in the data from records

  2. Writing leads you to do additional research to fill in gaps of missing information

Benefits of being in a Writers' Group

  1. Receive constructive critique and suggestions for improving your stories

  2. Learn from the approach and topics that others write about

  3. Be inspired by what you hear from others

  4. Motivation for putting pen to paper (or keying in a document) on a regular basis

  5. There is no expectation that a member write something every month

Types of writing that are shared in a Writers' Group

  1. Describe the life and family of an ancestor

  2. Write a story about the times and experiences that an ancestor was a part of

  3. Write about personal experiences or events

  4. Write about HOW you discovered information about an ancestor

  5. Write about the types of documentation and sources that were found

  6. Write about Grandma's recipes

  7. Write about careers and occupations

  8. Write about your childhood community

There are NO expectations or limits on topics or approaches

What our Writers Say

Anne Menard: "Writers' Group helps me to get stories on paper that have been passed down through the family and to research the context of those stories. The group has given me opportunities to research such things as my father's role in the Federal Writers' Project and my great-grandfather's role in the Civil War, based on the letters he sent back to Ohio from 1861-1865. I have also self-published a book of my father's poetry."

Terry Jackson: "A benefit of writing stories is that it requires revisiting sources for information and searching for new records to fill in the gaps."

Cary Stone-Greenstein: "I especially like assuring potential writers that there are no right or wrong topics, but only what appeals to them."

View stories and articles written by NSGS Members to see examples of story topics and approaches.

Click HERE  (requires a member log in)

Upcoming events

    • 07 Feb 2024
    • 01 Jan 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • Northbrook Library - 2nd floor

    Monthly Genealogy Drop-In at the Northbrook Library - 2nd floor

    From 3pm-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month NSGS members staff the "Genealogy Drop-in" table at the Northbrook Public Library. The public is invited to stop by and get help researching their family history. Sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

    Contact the Northbrook Public Library for additional information.

    NSGS members interested in volunteering should contact Linda at president@nsgsil.org.

    2023 schedule of volunteers:

    Dec 6 -  Bill Nemmer

    2024 schedule of volunteers:

    Jan 3  -    not scheduled

    Feb 7  -   

    March 6 - Bill Nemmer

    April 3   -  

    May 1  -   

    June 5  -  Bill Nemmer

    July 3  -   

    Aug 7   -  

    Sept 4  -   

    Oct 2   -    Bill Nemmer

    Nov 6  -    

    Dec  -

    • 12 Feb 2024
    • 13 Jan 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • Virtual

    The monthly meeting of the Afternoon Writers Group, at 1pm

    Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1pm 

    Meetings have been online but will occasionally be in-person at the Glenview Library. Please check with Terry about meeting location.

    By updating your profile, members can add themselves to the Afternoon Writers Group to receive e-mail notifications.  Contact Terry Jackson by e-mail for notifications, the online Meeting Link or for questions.

    Writers Groups are a valuable benefit for members but guests are welcome to "test drive" and sit in on a session.  Open to all members and prospective members of NSGS.

    Click HERE to review other benefits of Joining a Writers Group.

    • 12 Feb 2024
    • 13 Jan 2025
    • 11 sessions
    • Virtual meeting

    Monthly meeting for the Evening Writers Group

    Writers Groups are a valuable benefit for members but guests are welcome to "test drive" and sit in on a session.

    Meetings are held at 7pm on the Monday after the monthly general meeting.

    Contact Bill Nemmer at treasurer@nsgsil.org with questions.

    • 14 Feb 2024
    • 18 Dec 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • by e-mail

    NSGS Members, we want to hear from you!

    • Do you have a family story? 
    • Have you come across a webinar you think the society would be interested in? 
    We welcome your contributions to our newsletter!

    Please email Laura if you have a story to submit for the next newsletter at newsletter@nsgsil.org

    • 19 Feb 2024
    • 20 Jan 2025
    • 11 sessions
    • by Zoom

    The monthly meeting of the Morning Writers Group, at 10am

    We ‘gather’ via ZOOM, each at their computer, and read and discuss our writings. ZOOM has made it easier for us to invite guests and to ‘gather' from afar. We even have members log on from Florida.

    Join us every third Monday at 10:00 a.m. for insightful sessions! Writing is a good habit to get into and leads to discovering the footprints of our ancestors. It also gives you a goal to add to your research agenda; some of us need a goal to be sure that writing about our research follows!

    Contact Jim Neal at 302-250-5431 (cell) for notification or questions.

    Writers Groups are a valuable benefit for members but guests are welcome to "test drive" and sit in on a session.  Open to all members and prospective members of NSGS.

    Click HERE to see more benefits of joining a Writers Group.

    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 24 Jan 2025
    • 11 sessions
    • Virtual

    Monthly meeting for the DNA Explorers Group is going virtual 

    The DNA Explorers Group is a valuable benefit for members. We are going virtual until further notice. If you are a member and have never attended your are more than welcome to join us. To do so, please contact publicity@nsgsil.org

    The group normally meets on the last Friday of the Month at 1:00 PM

    • 28 Feb 2024
    • 22 Jan 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • Corner Bakery, Edens Plaza, 3232 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL

    Please join us for the next NSGS Drop In Lunch. It's an opportunity to get together in person and meet other Society members to discuss genealogy. Please join us and bring your questions and expertise for Lunchtime Drop-in:

    • Purchase something for lunch and talk genealogy.
    • No need to register, just come in and join us.

    • 05 Mar 2024
    • 07 Jan 2025
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual meeting

    Generally, all future meetings will be held virtually until further notice. All members are welcome. 

    The Board normally meets on the Tuesday prior to the Saturday general meeting in odd numbered months, Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, and Nov.

    Agendas are sent to Board Members prior to the meeting.  Contact president@nsgsil.org for a copy of the agenda.

    • 09 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom by Northbrook Public Library

    How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest

    Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle

    Business owners, land speculators, and communities wishing to grow all turned to various forms of advertising to entice people to migrate to the Midwestern territories and states. This presentation will examine how newspaper advertising, pamphlets, gazetteers, and books were aimed at prospective migrants from the eastern parts of the U.S. and prospective immigrants from Europe to get them to come and work, buy land, and settle in these sparsely-populated frontier areas. We’ll look at what kinds of messages these ads used in order to make hard work and pioneer living seem attractive.

    This program is co-sponsored with the Northbrook Public Library.  

    By Zoom: Click Here to Register, a Zoom Link will be sent to you.

    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Glenview Public Library (Zoom and in Person)

    Benjamin Banneker and Us; Eleven Generations of an American Family

    Speaker: Rachel Jamison Webster, author & NU professor

    Benjamin Banneker was a real historical figure who lived in Maryland from 1731-1806. He published bestselling almanacs, helped to survey Washington D.C., and corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about the injustice of slavery.

    Her excellent and thought-provoking book is on every level about unknowing rather than knowing — about pondering the mysteries of Banneker, who is often described as one of the first African American scientists, and the legacy of 11 generations of a multiracial American family that only now is coming into view.

    New York Times Book Review

    This program is co-sponsored with the Glenview Public Library.  You can attend in person or by Zoom.

    by Zoom: Click Here (in future) to Register, a Zoom Link will be sent to you.

    in Person: Click Here  (in future) to Register, and go to the Community Room.

    • 11 May 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.

    New Language? Deciphering Genealogical Documents

    Presenter: Jacquie Schattner

    Don’t speak the language? This presentation will give you many tips and tricks on deciphering documents in most European languages and includes ideas that help in reading that old German script. Includes hints to both transcribe and translate your documents with many helpful websites and resources.

    This presentation will be in person at the Wilmette Public Library.  No registration is necessary to attend.

    • 08 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Glenview Public Library (Zoom and in Person)

    Tracing Genealogy Through the French and Indian Wars

    Speaker: Michelle Wilson

    The French and Indian Wars (1688-1783), known as the Intercontinental Wars in Quebec, were a series of conflicts across what is today the US/Canadian border involving British, French and Dutch colonials and Native Americans. Of particular interest to American and French-Canadian genealogists are the thousands of persons taken captive from New England frontier villages and force marched or carried to Canada. We will tell the story of the four wars making up these conflicts and how to track the many children and their parents who were caught up as captives, using the Deerfield raid of 1704 as an example.