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More about NWSGS…

Located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) was initially formed in 1977. We focus on family history and genealogy interests of our members from Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and surrounding suburbs. Our major purposes are to:

  • Promote the study of genealogy and history.
  • Conduct programs and workshops.
  • Work with local libraries and other institutions to increase and preserve genealogical and historical materials.
  • Assist members in the study of family history.

We offer quality speakers at our monthly meetings. Members enjoy our informative, monthly newsletters, access to people with similar interests and the potential to meet new cousins!

General Information

Our general meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of each month, except the months of June, July, August, and December.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. with the “Genealogist’s Quest”: a lively learning and sharing session of all things genealogy. Introductory remarks begin promptly at 9:45 a.m, with the speaker beginning at 10 a.m.

Visitors and donations are always welcome!

Meeting Location

Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Come meet with us! Guest are always welcome.

Member Benefits

As a member of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society, you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Eight meetings a year, featuring a variety of speakers and topics.
  • Access to the society’s website – including “members-only” links – at
  • Access to member surnames and localities in the members-only area of the website.
  • Eight issues of Notes From the Northwest to keep you informed of happenings in our Society and current issues of genealogical interest – available on the website.
  • Speaker’s handouts – current and past – available on the website.
  • Potential to learn new techniques to advance your research.
  • Opportunity to meet other genealogists who share your interests.
  • Access to researchers willing to share their experience and offer suggestions.
  • Information on how to get more involved in genealogy.
  • Opportunity to help select speakers and topics for future meetings.
  • A chance to preserve a part of history for future generations.

Our History

A High School District 214 continuing education class in genealogical research taught by Carol Rademacher (1928-2012) left some of the participants eager to continue learning. Under the leadership of Harold Weary (1908-2014), they held an organizational meeting of a council of genealogists at the Mount Prospect Community Center on Oct. 28, 1976. Bylaws, approved in February 1977, adopted the official name of Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) to distinguish it from similar groups in Chicago and Wilmette.

Membership grew quickly — to 22 in February 1977, 55 in April 1977 and 65 in June 1977. NWSCG became an incorporated organization with an IRS number that summer.

The group met regularly to hear informative speakers. Over the years, members offered numerous genealogical workshops for libraries and other organizations; created exhibits; indexed local births, deaths and marriages; conducted cemetery readings; hosted book fairs; sold Entertainment discount books; and even sponsored the winning candidates for Princess of the 1978 and 1979 Mount Prospect Plaza Charity Fairs.

The organization maintained a close relationship with the Mount Prospect Public Library. In 1977, the library established a special collection of genealogical materials, and NWSCG and its members have made numerous donations to the collection. In January 1978, NWSCG members began serving as volunteer helpers in the genealogy room a few hours per week. In November 1988, the genealogy collection was named for Harold Weary, who had volunteered many hours of service to the library. The collection and volunteer programs continue today.

From 1976 to 1988, the Mount Prospect Public Library provided meeting space for the organization. Meetings were held at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights 1988-1997 and at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights 1997-2011. Since August 2011, meetings have been held at the Arlington Heights Senior Center.

In 2013, officers held a series of meetings to revitalize the organization. Among other changes, the group changed its name to the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) and raised dues to provide more money for appealing speakers. These changes brought about an increase of membership, which has grown to more than 100 members.

Our Current Leadership

President – Lynda
1st VP Programs – Ken Seifert
1st VP Programs – Martha Allen
2nd VP Membership – Terry
Treasurer – Sherryl
Secretary – Susan
Newsletter – Debby
Auditor – JoAnn
Library – Nancy
Webmaster – Howard