The North Suburban Genealogical Society
Preserving the Past
Future Generations


Event Calendar

Please join us at the following events.

Upcoming events

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 11 Jan 2021
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Presbyterian Home, Evanston

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

    meet at the Presbyterian Home, Westminster Place, 3200 Grant St, Evanston 

    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.

    Meetings are normally held at 10am on the 3rd Monday of each month and refreshments are served.

    Contact Tina Johnston at 847-201-2001 for notification or questions.

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 28 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual

    Monthly meeting for the DNA Explores Group is going virtual 

    The DNA Explores 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 webmaster@nsgsil.org.

    • 07 Oct 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Northbrook Library - 2nd floor

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

    CANCELLED (until further notice)

    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.

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • online Webinar

    The Coded Census – Deciphering US Census Codes

    Presented by: Thomas MacEntee

    Summary: As the US Census progressed, starting in the 20th century, the Census Bureau employed the use of various codes to categorize census data. Various types of codes covered education, employment, marriage, nativity and more. Understanding census codes can help you uncover more information about your ancestor and possibly assist in breaking down brick walls. Learn how to locate census code-related tools online and how to use them for a specific US census.

    Description: Participants will learn this history of “coding the census” and how this information can improve genealogy research. Specifically we’ll cover the 1910 to 1950 US Census Population Schedules and the various codes employed. In addition, we’ll review the various census enumerator instructions to determine other notations and marks on the population schedules. Finally, we’ll cover how to take census code information and integrate it into your genealogy research results.


    • The History of the Coded Census
    • Online Tools to Decipher Census Codes
    • Enumerator Instructions and Census Codes
    • Tips and Tricks for Understanding US Census Codes
    • Resource List

    • 12 Oct 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 13 Sep 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 11 sessions
    • Google MEET

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

    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.

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

    Meetings will be online until further notice.

    Contact Terry Jackson by e-mail or phone 224-432-3182 for notifications, the online Meeting Link or for questions.

    • 12 Oct 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 13 Sep 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 7 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.

    • 10 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • 07 Sep 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual meeting

    All meetings will he held virtually until further notice. All members are welcome. 

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • TBD

    Location:  TBD 

    “Votes for Women: The 72-Year Struggle for Women’s Suffrage”

    Presented by:  Leslie Goddard

    Leslie Goddard has been presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs in the Chicago area for more than 15 years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history. Leslie is a full-time presenter, a former museum director, and the author of two books on Chicago history. Her nationally-recognized presentations include: Illinois Humanities Council sites, Chicago’s Navy Pier, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified, Questers International, the Victorian Society in America, and scores of universities, retirement centers, libraries, historical societies, businesses, conferences, and fund-raisers.

    • 09 Jan 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • online Webinar

    Follow the Money: Go-To Records for Tracing Ancestors on the Move

    Speaker: Melanie McComb, AmericanAncestors

    Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedoms, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors can be notoriously difficult to research. When this occurs, we follow the paper trail that our ancestors left behind in the form of deeds, probate records, taz rolls, pension files, and more! Join American Ancestors and NEHGS Melanie McComb to learn how to use these records to track your ancestors across America and overseas.

    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Genview Library at 1930 Glenview Road, Gleview

    Maps and Land Records in Family History Research

    Speaker: Becky Lowery

    In genealogy, maps are most often used as clues to where public or other records about an ancestor are likely to be found. New and old maps often reveal changing place names, and they may also show changes in the boundaries of nations and their subdivisions. Learn how to use maps and land records in your genealogy research.

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

    Explore U.S. Church Records: Find Family

    Speaker: Jacqui Schattner 

    Church records provide surprising information, not just baptisms, marriages and deaths. They provide clues to much more, including town of origin and immigration information, how active families were in their church, and their financial situation. Church records predate government records, and often provide information on under-represented people: women, minorities, immigrants, and young children. You will learn how to identify your ancestor’s place of worship, access surviving records and solve research problems such as maiden names and overseas birthplaces. Come find out what new and exciting information you may find in church records!

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Genview Library at 1930 Glenview Road, Gleview

    Cemetery Symbolism

    Speaker: Laurel Mellien

    Explore the rich symbolism displayed in cemeteries of the Victorian Era. Headstone art during this time period was carefully chosen by family members to properly represent the deceased. Many clues about the lives of the dearly departed can be discovered by learning the language of cemetery art symbolism.

Past events

12 Sep 2020 Mayflower - 400th Anniversary of Landing at Plymouth Rock
08 Aug 2020 Local Histories Add Clues & Color to your Genealogy
11 Jul 2020 Give Me Your Huddled Masses Yearning To Breathe Free: Immigration and Naturalization
07 Jul 2020 NSGS Board Meeting
13 Jun 2020 Space-Time for Family Historians
09 May 2020 Adventures with Lost Postcards
09 May 2020 POSTPONED Meeting topic: What’s New in British Isles Research
18 Apr 2020 PANDEMIC 1918! Combating the Influenza Epidemic During the Great War
11 Apr 2020 rescheduled to 2021: Maps and Land Records in Family History Research
08 Feb 2020 The First Frontiersmen: The Scots-Irish
18 Jan 2020 How to Choose the Right Genealogical Software Program
30 Nov 2019 DNA Discovery Group
18 Nov 2019 Morning Writers Group
11 Nov 2019 Evening Writers Group
11 Nov 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
09 Nov 2019 Annual Luncheon and Program
26 Oct 2019 DNA Discovery Group
21 Oct 2019 Morning Writers Group
14 Oct 2019 Evening Writers Group
14 Oct 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
12 Oct 2019 Researching Colonial American Ancestors
28 Sep 2019 DNA Discovery Group
16 Sep 2019 Evening Writers Group
16 Sep 2019 Morning Writers Group
14 Sep 2019 DNA and Research Working Together
09 Sep 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
31 Aug 2019 DNA Discovery Group
19 Aug 2019 Morning Writers Group
12 Aug 2019 Evening Writers Group
12 Aug 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
10 Aug 2019 Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Success
27 Jul 2019 DNA Discovery Group
15 Jul 2019 Evening Writers Group
15 Jul 2019 Morning Writers Group
13 Jul 2019 No Photo? No Problem! - How Slides and Negatives Capture the Past.
08 Jul 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
29 Jun 2019 DNA Discovery Group
17 Jun 2019 Morning Writers Group
10 Jun 2019 Evening Writers Group
10 Jun 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
08 Jun 2019 Newspapers & Genealogy Research
25 May 2019 DNA Discovery Group
20 May 2019 Morning Writers Group - NO Meeting in May
13 May 2019 Evening Writers Group
13 May 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
11 May 2019 Archive - Passing down your Family History
27 Apr 2019 DNA Discovery Group
15 Apr 2019 Evening Writers Group
15 Apr 2019 Morning Writers Group
13 Apr 2019 Finding the Answers: "World War II Online"
08 Apr 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
30 Mar 2019 DNA Discovery Group
18 Mar 2019 Morning Writers Group
11 Mar 2019 Evening Writers Group
11 Mar 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
09 Mar 2019 Where the Murderers Roam
23 Feb 2019 DNA Discovery Group
18 Feb 2019 Morning Writers Group
11 Feb 2019 Evening Writers Group
11 Feb 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
09 Feb 2019 A Family Story of Race and Racial Passing
26 Jan 2019 DNA Discovery Group
21 Jan 2019 Morning Writers Group
14 Jan 2019 Evening Writers Group
14 Jan 2019 Afternoon Writers Group
12 Jan 2019 The Power of the Story
12 Nov 2018 Evening Writers Group
12 Nov 2018 Afternoon Writers Group
03 Nov 2018 Annual Luncheon and Program
30 Oct 2018 NSGSIL Board Meeting
13 Oct 2018 Members Show and Tell
10 Sep 2018 Evening Writers Group
10 Sep 2018 Afternoon Writers Group
08 Sep 2018 Creating and Sustaining Your Family Newsletter
04 Sep 2018 NSGSIL Board Meeting
25 Aug 2018 DNA Discovery Group
20 Aug 2018 Morning Writers Group
13 Aug 2018 Evening Writers Group
13 Aug 2018 Afternoon Writers Group
11 Aug 2018 Rediscover Your WWI Soldier’s Experience
28 Jul 2018 DNA Discovery Group
16 Jul 2018 Evening Writers Group
16 Jul 2018 Morning Writers Group
14 Jul 2018 FamilySearch® - Preserving Your Family History on Family Tree
09 Jul 2018 Afternoon Writers Group
30 Jun 2018 DNA Discovery Group
18 Jun 2018 Morning Writers Group
11 Jun 2018 Evening Writers Group
11 Jun 2018 Afternoon Writers Group
09 Jun 2018 Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
12 May 2018 Jewish Genealogy, Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland
14 Apr 2018 Glenview Naval Airbase - Hangar One Foundation
10 Mar 2018 The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used
10 Feb 2018 Using DNA Test Results in the Genealogical Proof Standard
13 Jan 2018 Looking for European Roots
11 Nov 2017 Annual Luncheon
06 Nov 2017 Board Meeting
14 Oct 2017 Tapping the Power of FamilySearch.org
09 Sep 2017 So, You've Found Your German Town of Orgin, Now What?
05 Sep 2017 Board Meeting
12 Aug 2017 Illinois State and County Resources
08 Jul 2017 Adding Context: Social History for Genealogists
05 Jul 2017 Board Meeting
10 Jun 2017 Ancestry.com Tips and Techniques
16 May 2017 Harold Washington Library tour
13 May 2017 How Genealogy is Healthy for You
08 May 2017 Board Meeting
08 Apr 2017 The Day That Lived in Infamy: Navigating Basic WWII Records
11 Mar 2017 Genealogy Research - Beyond the Basics
06 Mar 2017 Board Meeting
11 Feb 2017 The Chicago 1893 World's Columbian Exposition: What Remains and New Links to H. H. Holmes
14 Jan 2017 Writing Family History: Using Narrative in Genealogy
12 Nov 2016 Annual Luncheon
07 Nov 2016 Board of Directors meeting
08 Oct 2016 Get the Scoop: Interviewing to Gather Family Stories
10 Sep 2016 How I Use DNA in My Genealogy Research
06 Sep 2016 Board of Directors meeting
13 Aug 2016 Finding Daddy
09 Jul 2016 Show and Tell
05 Jul 2016 Board of Directors meeting
11 Jun 2016 Researching Colonial American Ancestors
14 May 2016 Navigating the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives
09 May 2016 Board of Directors meeting
09 Apr 2016 Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors
12 Mar 2016 DNA, Behind the Scenes
07 Mar 2016 Board of Directors meeting
13 Feb 2016 Truth or Fiction? Unraveling a Family Yarn
09 Jan 2016 Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
14 Nov 2015 Annual Luncheon
12 Nov 2015 Board of Directors meeting
10 Oct 2015 Sound Research Practices: Sources and Citations
12 Sep 2015 Cemetery Sleuthing
10 Sep 2015 Board of Directors meeting
01 Aug 2015 Genes for Genealogists
11 Jul 2015 Why You Should Write
09 Jul 2015 Board of Directors meeting
13 Jun 2015 Unbroken
09 May 2015 Pinning Down Your Past: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire
07 May 2015 Board of Directors meeting
11 Apr 2015 NSGS Panel Discussion
14 Mar 2015 Researching at the Appomattox Court House
14 Feb 2015 Ancestry.com Primer
10 Jan 2015 Who Will Look At Your Genealogical Collection?
08 Nov 2014 Annual Luncheon
06 Nov 2014 Board Meeting
11 Oct 2014 Mining the National Archives
13 Sep 2014 Write Your Family History NOW!
11 Sep 2014 Board Meeting
09 Aug 2014 Naturalization – Beginning of Your U.S. Family Heritage
19 Jul 2014 Using Family Tree Maker
17 Jul 2014 Board Meeting
14 Jun 2014 Spreadsheets 101: Excel, The Genealogist Underutilized Tool
10 May 2014 18th and 19th Century English Parish Records
12 Apr 2014 Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most Out of DNA Kinship Results
08 Mar 2014 Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory
08 Feb 2014 Military Genealogy
11 Jan 2014 When Life Becomes A Myth: History, Myth and Family Stories
09 Nov 2013 Annual Luncheon
09 Nov 2013 Annual Luncheon
07 Nov 2013 Board Meeting
12 Oct 2013 No Birth Certificate - No Problem
12 Sep 2013 Board Meeting
07 Sep 2013 What's New in Technology
10 Aug 2013 Where Did I Put Grandpa?
20 Jul 2013 Hiring a Professional Genealogist
11 Jul 2013 Board Meeting
08 Jun 2013 Breaking Down a Brick Wall: A Case Study
11 May 2013 Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How My Grandpappies Made A Living
09 May 2013 Board Meeting
13 Apr 2013 Lessons From A Snoop
09 Mar 2013 Space Time for Family Historians
07 Mar 2013 Board Meeting
09 Feb 2013 What Is “The Cloud” and Why Do I Care?
12 Jan 2013 Finishing the Story: Tracing the Life of A Deceased Soldier
10 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
08 Dec 2012 NO MEETING
10 Nov 2012 Annual Luncheon
08 Nov 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
13 Oct 2012 Finding Grandma's European Ancestors
08 Sep 2012 The Secret Message in Lincoln Watch - Case Study
06 Sep 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
11 Aug 2012 Loyalist, foreign protestants, and Canadians: tracking your once or future ancestors north of the border
21 Jul 2012 Hunting for Henry - A Case Study Using Collaterals
12 Jul 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
09 Jun 2012 Accessing Newspapers Online
12 May 2012 Social Networking for Genealogists
10 May 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
14 Apr 2012 Dating Photographs Through Clothing
10 Mar 2012 Using Family Search Web Site for Genealogical Research
08 Mar 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
11 Feb 2012 Using a Digital Camera and Scanner in Genealogical Research
14 Jan 2012 Mapping the Past: Navigating your family history with maps
12 Jan 2012 NSGS Board Meeting
12 Nov 2011 Annual Luncheon
10 Nov 2011 NSGS Board Meeting
08 Oct 2011 Compiling Your Medical Family Tree
08 Sep 2011 NSGS Board Meeting
13 Aug 2011 Courthouse Research: Where Do I Start?
16 Jul 2011 Byron Kinney: Unbroken
14 Jul 2011 NSGS Board Meeting
11 Jun 2011 Solving German Ancestry Problems Teresa McMillin
14 May 2011 Software Programs Panel Discussion
12 May 2011 NSGS Board Meeting
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