The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society has a number of active Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that serve to support Members with interests in special genealogical topics, as listed below.  These groups generally meet on a monthly or quarterly schedule and have a planned program of interest to the SIG members.  There are opportunities for discussion, questions, and sharing of information.

Volunteer Opportunities! We would love to form several more SIGs, but we need to recruit a leader for each group.

If you are interested in joining one of the SIGs below or want to form a new SIG, click on the link below.


SIG NameNext Meeting Date
American ColoniesMonday, September 28th, 7:00 PM
EuropeanTuesday, September 29th, 2:00 PM
IrishTuesday, September 15th, 10:00 AM
MyHeritageFriday, September 18th, 2:00 PM
Roots MagicFriday, September 25th, 2:00 PM

Here are our current SIGs:


American Colonies SIG

American Colonies SIG

SIG Group Leaders: Mary Hoyer & Robert Allen

Email Address: AmColSig@nwsgenealogy.org

Meeting Information: First Meeting will be Monday, September 28th at 7:00 PM Click on the forum link below for more information

Forum Page: American Colonies Forum

Mission Statement: To share information regarding our colonial ancestors and to learn about the history of each of the colonies and good genealogical resources.


European SIG

SIG Group Leader: Jacqueline Schattner

Email Address: EuroSig@nwsgenealogy.org

Meeting Information: Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on Sept 29 and Nov 17

Forum Page: European Forum

European SIG

Mission Statement: This group will explore available resources for various continental European countries. Each meeting will concentrate on one or two countries, announced in advance. Participants will discover others researching ancestors in the same country and be able to ask questions. We’ll also ask participants to share their favorite websites, books or other information for the countries they are most familiar with. Enjoy time together, discovering new ways to research your European ancestors.

Here are some helpful links:


Irish SIG

Irish SIG

SIG Group Leader: Lynda Roddy Ozzauto & Bill McGovern

Email Address: IrishSig@nwsgenealogy.org

Meeting Information: Tuesdays from 10a-12p on Sept 15 (New Date), Nov 10, Jan 12, Mar10 and May 11

Forum Page: Irish Forum

Mission Statement: Researching Irish ancestry and the multitude of records that are available. At the initial meeting, we’ll decide as a group on the topics for each session and discuss speakers, etc. We will also devote time to Brick Wall questions at our meetings.

Here are some helpful links:


MyHeritage SIG

SIG Group Leader: Ken Seifert

Email Address: MyHeritageSig@nwsgenealogy.org

Meeting Information: Friday, September 18th, 2:00 PM

Forum Page: MyHeritage Forum

MyHeritage SIG

Mission Statement: The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society “MyHeritage SIG” was organized to assist members and guests to explore ways to use the online MyHeritage genealogy platform with web, mobile and software products as a resource for their personal genealogy research.

Membership is open to anyone with a paid MyHeritage membership, a free MyHeritage membership or anyone who wants to explore the option of using MyHeritage as a research option.

This special interest group is founded on the “members helping members” principles. SIG members are encouraged to ask questions about MyHeritage services, help other members to utilize the services and share their research experiences using MyHeritage. Ongoing discussion topics will be selected based on questions and needs of the group.

Here are some helpful links:


Roots Magic SIG

Roots Magic SIG

SIG Group Leader: Jenny Warner

Email Address: RootsMagicSig@nwsgenealogy.org

Meeting Information: September 25th 2:00 PM

Forum Page: Roots Magic Forum

Mission Statement: This group will explore all things about Roots Magic, we will discuss and share knowledge of the software. We discuss issues people are having and help them solve the problems. We will also keep up with the news about Roots Magic. Users of all levels are welcome.

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