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Members Helping Members on July 11, 2020
Maureen Brady – Family History Research in Illinois and Wisconsin
Becky Lowery – Researching at the Newberry Library

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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,

Our Next Virtual Meeting
Regina Yuill – Preparing to Write and Publish
Teresa McMillin -Naturalization Records