Tuesday, January 24, 2006

CGC Member Spotlight: DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society

The DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society (DCGS) is an integral part of the Chicago Genealogical Consortium and the home society of Consortium Chairman Jeff Bockman.
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DCGS'S focus is on DuPage County families and their histories. Many members’ families were among the first settlers in DuPage County. Membership is from all over the United States and numbers around 175. Society representatives are willing to address queries about early area pioneers.

DCGS meets the second Wednesday of each month, except for June, July and August. After a very short business meeting they get down to the business of genealogy with a featured speaker. Scheduled for this year are "What's New at the Newberry Library" [if you get a chance while you are here for the NGS Conference, the Newberry is a must], "Finding Your Chicago Ancestors," and "Extra! Extra! Read All About Your Ancestors!"

The Society publishes The Review quarterly. The quarterly features both new articles and items from the past, such as 100 Years Ago in DuPage County, newspapers, and census records from the townships. New items feature book reviews and books added to the genealogy collection at the Wheaton Public Library. This library has an extensive genealogical collection, which is available to the public even though the library is undergoing renovations. If you visit, stop and say hello to Donna Freymark, the DCGS Education Chairman and Wheaton Librarian. She'll be glad to get you started in the genealogy department. A DCGS member is available every Friday evening in the library’s genealogy department to assist anyone doing research.

Classes are offered for all levels of expertise in the spring and fall. The five classes can be taken individually or as a group. The classes are offered at a local library and are taught by society members.

The society has a list of publications to its credit. They include Bicentennial Citizens, DuPage Landowners (book or CD), and Index to the Naturalization Records of DuPage County.

Each year DCGS members work enthusiastically on their annual conference. This year marks the society’s 31st conference, which takes place on March 4th. Nationally known speakers this year include John Konvalinka, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, Mike Karsen, and Craig Pfannkuche. Three of these will be presenting at the NGS Conference. DCGS’s day-long event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, St. Charles, IL. There are three tracks, vendors with plenty of time for browsing, and lunch. Registration varies from $35.00 to $45.00.

For more information about the DuPage Co (IL) Genealogical Society and the Conference, visit the DCGS website, http://www.dcgs.org/, or stop by the DCGS table at the NGS Conference.


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