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Our Next Virtual Meeting
Maureen Brady – Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin
Becky Lowery – Researching at the Newberry Library

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Our First Virtual Meeting –  What have you been doing during the Shelter-In-Place order? Has it afforded you the opportunity to do any additional genealogy research? Have you found any great discoveries or broken down any of your brick walls?

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To our global community, Equality and racial justice are a shared responsib

Tune in to our Facebook page on Monday, May 25 at 11 AM ET to join our Memo

By: Ron Park, MD, EVP of Health and DNA This week marks National Women’s He

To commemorate Memorial Day from home and the 75th anniversary of the end o

To our community,  The last several weeks have been an emotional journey. A

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in May of 2020 with over 24.

The Great Depression and World War II bookended the 1930s, but fashion flou

Great blessings come from providing temple ordinances for our kindred dead.

If you have United States ancestry, it is possible that you have an ancesto

World War II dominated the first half of the 1940s as well as fashions in t

Catharina Baur was born August 21, 1608 in Heiningen to Leonhardt Baur

Johannes, known as Hanss, Haag was born November 9, 1604 in Heiningen, Göpp

Many males take the Big Y-700 test offered by FamilyTreeDNA, so named becau

Margaretha’s marriage record in Heiningen, Germany provided us with the nam

This year, in addition to honoring our brave soldiers who gave the ultimate

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has free genealogy resources that c

If you had female ancestors in Boston in the 1880s, they may have been a me

Many groups, schools, families, cities, and organizations have created a ‘t

Part of one’s family heritage is a native language. It doesn’t mean you hav

In the United Kingdom along with its former colonies, the style of home con

Elisabeth Zetland, Researcher at MyHeritage, has been working on her father

As many genealogists already know, among the major commercial genealogy web

Have you ever wished you had full access to a certain paid-subscription-onl

We are pleased to announce the addition of an exclusive death records colle

MyHeritage users from all over the globe have been letting us know how much

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Have you ever wished you had full access to a certain paid-subscription-only historical record collection for just one day? This June, you just might have your chance! Each day, we will open one of our paid-subscription-only historical record collections to the public, providing full, free access to...
Ever wondered about your ancestral roots? Want to prove—or disprove—a family myth? Inherited family papers and heirlooms and want to piece together their story? Learning about your family history can be a rewarding and enriching endeavor, bringing you closer to family, communities, and human history.

But how do you get started? In this webinar genealogist, Ann Lawthers, will explain the first steps of family history, the records you may use, and some of the information you’ll learn along the way.

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We proudly announce the virtual Celtic Connections Conference program, available beginning July 31!

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to take a detour on our “Journey Home,” a new trail is even better. Learn from 11 outstanding speakers, 25 pre-recorded presentations, and live chats with the presenters.

Consider these advantages:

-On-demand presentations: No difficult decisions about which lecture to attend! All 25 pre-recorded presentations are available for you to view whenever you choose.

-Conference extended from July 31-August 31: Plenty of time to listen to any and all talks of interest to you (as long as you do so before August 31).

-Live chat sessions with the presenters: Opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with our speakers and other attendees.

-Safe, convenient and less expensive: No risky and costly travel, no reservations, no trip delays.

-Renowned genealogists cover a variety of topics: We’re excited to add DNA expert Maurice Gleeson to our slate of presenters! Read more by clicking on Program or Presenters above.
Hooray! Home access to Ancestry Library Edition from your local library's website has been extended through June 30, 2020 -- per Proquest:
"Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of June and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed."
As Promised - Here it is!! Choose ONE of three FREE courses. Discount Codes for 50% off ONE course (Six to choose from) and 15% off ANY ONE Package. Codes will expire at midnight on June 30, 2020. #onlineeducation #genealogy #familyhistory The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
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Looking for a genealogy class? Tonight at 7:00pm, I'll be teaching Exploring U.S. Church Records: Find Family through the Arlington Heights Library's zoom. You may register at []( Open to everyone. You do not need their library card. Hope to see you!

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Past Meetings

NWSGS has monthly meetings where members and guest have the opportunity to hear and learn from members and featured speakers on topics that can assist you in your genealogical search,

Regina Yuill – Preparing to Write and Publish
Teresa McMillin -Naturalization Records
Jacquie Schattner – European and U.S. Newspapers and Directories