Monday, December 28, 2015

Maureen Brady

Maureen Brady will be offering several lectures with tips and tricks 
for using Family Search
(details to follow)

Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has over thirty years’ experience 
with family history research and is now a professional genealogist.  
She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, 
and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Quebec, 
Irish and Swedish research.  
She is the co-director and trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center 

Maureen has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical 
societies, libraries, conferences and workshops, including presenting at the 2002 
National Genealogical Society Conference in the States.  
Her topics include Chicago and Cook County research, Scottish research, Internet sources, 
and using FamilySearch® and Family History Centers.  

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a life member of 
the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society, 
the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogy Society and the 
McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society.  She is also active in the 
British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois (BIGWILL), 
the Illinois St. Andrew Society’s Scottish Genealogical Group, the 
National Genealogical Andrew Society’s Scottish Genealogical Group,
the National Genealogical Society, the Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society 
and the Clan Donnachaidh Society.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

What is Genea Quest?

GeneaQuest is CAGGNI's brand name for its all-day conference.
The first conference was held in April 2014 and our second will be held June 18, 2016.
More information in the coming weeks on our speakers, GeneaUs bar, and registration details.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard holds a degree in Microbiology and has worked with the Sorenson Molecular 
Genealogy Foundation since the genetic genealogy industry has been an industry. She's the author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as a lecturer at national conferences such as RootsTech.

1.   A Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy

It seems to be all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy.  But what can it really tell you? Perhaps even more importantly, what CAN’T it tell you?  Come learn the basics behind DNA testing and genealogy, and walk away with confidence in this new area of research.

   2. Organizing Your GENETIC Genealogy

Perhaps you have tested the genetic genealogy waters and have now found that you are drowning in data and new genetic cousins.  With autosomal DNA it is especially tricky to stay afloat as most people have hundreds of matches. This lecture will cover a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.

3.    DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins

Can I find out if I have Native American or African heritage by taking a DNA test?  Why does my test say I have an ancestral origin that is not present in my pedigree chart? Come get some answers!

4.    What now? Your Next Steps With Autosomal DNA Testing

So you have had your autosomal DNA tested- now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GeneaQuest 2016

Investigating Photos, DNA, 
and Databases for Evidence

2nd Biannual All Day Conference
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Schaumburg, Illinois


Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks.

1. Solving the Unsolvable: Genealogical Clues in 19th Century Photos
Never underestimate the power of a single photo to lead to new discoveries. Pictures document births, deaths,
marriages and more.

2. Photo Detecting 101: Photo Identification Tips and Techniques

Learn ten easy steps to help identify individuals in photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics

3. Right or Wrong: 6 Things You Need to Know About Picture Sharing Online

It seems easy. Upload, post and share. Yet there are pitfalls of permissions, resolution, and re-use. This seminar takes you through the steps of resolution rules, the dangers of right click copying, the ethics and safety of picture sharing, popular photo sharing platforms, and citing sources of your photos.

4. Looking Beyond Google: Picture Research for Genealogists and History Buffs

Learn a few basic image search techniques to add new photographs to your family album or locate images for blogs and print publications.


NEXT WEEK: Another Speaker Announced

Our 2nd biannual conference is being held at:ASA1061 American Lane Schaumburg, Illinois