Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10a

Funeral Homes and Family History - They are Dying to Meet You!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
Speaker: Daniel Earl
Description: Most genealogists are familiar with death records, but few take the time to investigate the funeral home listed on the death certificate. This presentation dives head first into the world of funeral homes. We will look at the history of funeral homes in North America as well as examine some of the types of records that funeral homes produce and how to find these invaluable records online and offline. We will end our discussion with some tips on how to work with funeral directors based on the presenter’s experience growing up in the funeral industry.

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Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2p-4p

Haller’s Polish Army in France

Polish Genealogical Society of America
Speaker: Paul S. Valasek
Description: An in-depth discussion of this fighting force of over 23,000 men with origins in Pittsburgh, recruited from North America, trained by the Canadians, outfitted by the French, to serve alongside the French Army in World War I and later to establish Poland’s eastern borders in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920.

Attendance at the library is free and open to members and non-members. The presentation will also be offered as a free Webinar to members. To defray costs, non-members will be charged a $10 fee.

Webinar registration for members and non-members can be made by clicking here. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.
Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W. Briarcliff Road. Bolingbrook, IL
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10a

Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
Speaker: Karen Stanbary, CG (sm)
Description: Ancestry DNA is the most popular DNA test, largely due to Ancestry’s marketing. If you’ve had your DNA tested through Ancestry, you will want to attend Karen’s presentation. She will walk us though all the features on the site. The most useful tool is the Shared Matches and she will teach us how to use that and also how to narrow down how closely related we are to our matches. She will tell us how to attach a tree to our site to get DNA circles. She will also cover how to message our matches to increase the likelihood of having them contact us. She will also tell us a little bit about Gedmatch.

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Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10a

Newspaper Research: Beyond the Birdcage

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
Speaker: Debbie Mieszala, CG (sm)
Description: Learn in-depth newspaper research techniques and the types of information newspapers contain.Explore regular and specialty publications, such as ethnic, trade, and religious newspapers Find and access indexes and digitized, microfilmed, and archival holdings.Major repositories will be discussed.

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Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL

Recurring Meetings/Events

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Master Genealogist (TMG) CAGG-NI Users Group Meeting

This event repeats every month on the second Saturday.

The Chicago Area TMG Users Group will meet to explore The Master Genealogist software and how various members use it. This group is a SIG of CAGG-NI. Visit the TMG pages of CAGGNI's website for specific meeting information.

Schaumburg Township District Library

130 South Roselle Road

Schaumburg IL
10 AM to 1PM Wednesdays and Fridays

PGSA Research Help

Need a little help with your research? Volunteers filling PGSA requests at the PMA library are also available to consult on genealogy questions and/or methods on Wednesdays from 10am till 1pm. Additionally, you may work in the library until 7 pm. The library is open 1 to 7 pm on Wednesdays.
There is plentiful parking and it's free! Public transportation is available (take the CTA 56 Milwaukee Avenue bus to Augusta or take the Blue Line to Chicago Avenue or Division Street).

The Polish Museum Of America (with its great gift shop) is open from 11 to 4. There are several restaurants nearby, including a Polish one. For more information, email [email protected]

Also, former Board Member Steve Szabados, is currently available at the Arlington Heights Library every Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Whether you are just getting started or trying to solve a "brick wall," he should be able to help. Steve also has quite an extensive calendar of speaking engagements that take him from Kane County to DuPage County to Will County and even into Wisconsin. His topics vary. To see his schedule, go to:

Library of the Polish Museum of America

984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

NWSGS Meetings

The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society invites anyone interested in genealogical, biographical, or historical research- beginners or experienced researchers- to join us at the following programs in 2017-18: 8/26, 10/7, 11/4, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, and 5/5

9:00AM – Open Discussion
10:00AM – Meeting

For any other information, visit

Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
3rd Saturday of every month 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

CAGG-NI Monthly Meeting

Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois will meet to discuss methods and techniques to use computers in your genealogy research.

CAGGNI meets every third Saturday of every month except December. Visit the CAGGNI's website,, for specific meeting informaiton.

The link to our calendar page is:

Schaumburg Township District Library

130 South Roselle Road

Schaumburg IL

Other Upcoming Events

To request an event posting to this  PGSA.ORG Calendar, please contact Chet Szerlag at [email protected]

For other events of regional interest in Wisconsin, Illinois, and neighboring states, click here.