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January 2021

ZOOM “RootsMagic User Group” Nancy Gaynor

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

RootsMagic User Group, for users of the popular RootsMagic genealogy software...  join us as we discuss the intricacies of using the program to organize and keep track of your genealogical research. This meeting is appropriate for all levels of experience.

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February 2021

ZOOM “Irish Land Records” Paul Milner

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Check the website for the organization to verify location and registration requirements. Understand Ireland’s Land records and their importance to researchers, from the 17th through the 20th Century.  Learn what has survived in originals and transcripts, their strengths, weaknesses, and how to access the originals and supporting indexes. General meeting begins at 9am, the program begins at 10am.

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ZOOM “Finding the Hidden on Ancestry” Nancy Gaynor

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Cary librarian Nancy Gaynor as she points out some of the hidden resources on Ancestry. You don’t have to have a paid subscription OR be in the library to use these hints. Appropriate for ALL skill levels. Registered participants will receive a Zoom invite and password via email.

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ZOOM “Explore U.S. Church Records: Find Family” Jacquie Shattner

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Church records contain surprises, not just baptisms, marriages and deaths.  They provide clues to much more, including town of origin and immigration information, how active families were in their church, and their financial situation.  Churches predate government, and often have information on under-represented people; women, minorities, immigrants, and young children.  Learn how to identify your ancestor’s place of worship, access surviving records and solve problems such as maiden names and overseas birthplaces.

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March 2021

ZOOM ” Finding and Using German Church Records” Michael Lacopo

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Check the website for the organization to verify location and registration requirements. Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next step across the Atlantic. Finding the proper parish that holds the records of interest, as well as accessing those records, can seem daunting. It does not have to be. Your lecturer will also show examples of German church records, how to decipher them, and how to overcome the fear of German script. (Beginner to…

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ZOOM- “Family History Research in Illinois & Wisconsin” Maureen Brady

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The families who came to Illinois and Wisconsin came from varied ethnic backgrounds and created a varied landscape of urban and rural environments. The records that were created by, and about, they reflect that variety, both in type and availability. This presentation will first examine the similarities between Illinois and Wisconsin family history resources and then look at the unique records of each state, including ethnic, religious, and governmental archives and repositories. The discussion will also include a brief review…

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April 2021

ZOOM “Allied with the Allies” Debra Dudek

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Debra will examine the abundant resources, service files, and information for service men and women who  served in Canadian, UK, Australian, and French forces during World War 1. The lecture will also examine  Red Cross records and resources in the US and abroad.

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May 2021

Zoom – “Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret” Pam Vestal

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Looking for a date of birth or death? When and where your ancestor became a citizen? Where he disappeared to or where he came from? Voting records may have the answer. These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won't believe what they can tell us about our ancestors!

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June 2021

Zoom – “40+ Sources for Finding Maiden Names” Katherine R. Wilson

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

40+ possible sources to consult when searching for a female ancestor’s maiden name. Discussion will include search tips for locating these sources.

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July 2021

Zoom – “2021 MCIGS Annual Summer Conference”

July 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TBA check website for details

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