Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Busse Avenue, c 1917, looking east. Used with permission, Mt. Prospect Historical Society

Meeting Information Come to our meeting June 7 - From Land Records to Google Earth

General Information...

Our general meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of each month, except the months of June, July, August and December.

Meetings are now held at:

Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois


Doors open at 9:00am with socializing activities. We encourage people to bring their research problems, achievements or interesting tips to share with each other. The main portion of the meeting begins promptly at 10:00am. Donations are always welcome!

meetings for the current year...

September 7, 2013 - Dating Photographs Through Clothing- Elizabeth "Ellie" Carlson is a museum curator with twenty-five years of experience in small to mid-sized museums.† She currently serves as the Curator of Costume for the Winnetka Historical Society, but, as that is a part-time appointment, she also works with many other historical societies on special projects and exhibits.† Ellie has a B.A. with honors from Roosevelt University and a Masters of Historical Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.† She completed her professional internship at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in the Division of Costume in 1987.† She has mounted over thirty museum exhibitions, moved the entire collection of six institutions, and is the recipient of over twenty Illinois Association of Museums, Illinois State Historical Society and American Association for State and Local History awards.

October 5, 2013 - Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From? - Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG is a certified professional genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has been actively researching her German ancestry for the past thirteen years, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has taken college-level German courses. Teresa was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

Finding your immigrant ancestor's town of origin is often considered the holy grail of genealogical research. What if you've spent years trying to find this piece of information and have not been successful? This talk suggests many strategies that just might help you break down that brick wall. Highlights include: basic information you should have for your ancestor; more obscure information that might be available; branching out beyond your ancestor; organizing and documenting your research.

November 2, 2013 - The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude- Debra Mieszala, CG specializes in forensic genealogy for 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to locate relatives of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Debbie's work has been published in NGS Magazine and The Digital Genealogist. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She also holds a certificate in paralegal studies.

James McBride seemingly vanished after coming of age. This case study presents how multiple versions of obituaries and other records helped uncover a name change, discover a famous James, and identify what became of his kin.

Happy Holidays!!!!  

January 4, 2014 - Space-Time for Family Historians: Timewarps and Curved Space arenít Just For Physicists - Dr. Daniel Hubbard has been seriously researching his family history since he was 11 years old. He is a former particle physicist who lived in France and Sweden for 20 years before returning to Libertyville with his family. He is now a full-time professional genealogist, book designer and writer. He is the owner of Personal Past ( with research concentrating on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He is President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago.

Dan will present an entertaining look at how the times and places we read about and research are not always what they seem. Decoding dates, comprehending calendars and understanding the time on your ancestor's pocket watch are not as easy as they seem. What time they meant depends on where they were.

February 1, 2014 - From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping your Family's Place ***Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled for June 7. ***

March 1, 2014 - French Genealogy is Easy - Merci, Napoleon! - Jacquie Schattner has been actively researching her familyís ancestors since 1996. She volunteered at the Family History Center, Schaumburg for 15 years, teaches genealogy for District 214 Adult Ed, teaches beginning genealogy at area libraries and is active in several genealogy societies, including CAGGNI and Northwest Suburban Genealogists. Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She works as a school secretary, allowing her free time in the summer to pursue new information. Living in Palatine, she has been happily married for 34 years to Fred, has three grown children, two son-in-laws and two adorable grandchildren.

In the late 1700’s, Napoleon’s new laws created changes that help make today’s French genealogy research easier.  Curious to find out why?  You will not only learn that but also about websites, both French and American, which will help locate your family in the countries where Napoleon ruled.  (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and surrounding areas.)  Links to over 30 websites.  Document translations, French genealogical terms, and other aides will be presented.  Come join us!  Bienvenue!

April 5, 2014 - Who Will Look at Your Genealogical Collection?- Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist, Genealogist, Writer and Lecturer. She earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of Archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago where her interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives. Lauraís passion for Archives and Genealogy have combined both through her blog, The Last Leaf On This Branch ( and her business From Roots to Leaves (, where she provides the services and education to help you research, organize, describe and share your family history materials.

This talk will explain ways in which you can organize, describe and share your own genealogical research, today and well into the future. Applying techniques that archivists use in the management of their collections, Laura will show how to manage your genealogical research material to ensure its long-term life. She will discuss ways that you can capture and save your research today, so that other researchers can access it, as well as several ways to ensure your hard work passes into the hands of the next generation.

May 3, 2014 - Have You Ever Thought About Joining a Lineage Society? - Joan E. Murray Born in Brookfield, Il in 1934, Joan E. Murray has long had an interest in family history.  When the youngest of her six children was a few years old, and the country was preparing for the Bicentennial, thoughts of what parts her own forefathers had played in the making of America began to stir in her mind.  Returning from the Smoky Mountains in 1974 with her family she was spurred  on when she realized her great-grandmother’s birth had taken place not far from the famed Ft. Harrod in Kentucky where she and her family stopped for a visit.  Encouraged by a docent at the fort, she went into the court house to check out the names she had related to the docentInstant success came so easily that she was soon on her way to doing genealogical research and has not yet stopped.

Joan has published five personal genealogical family histories, one genealogical history for the Palatine Historical Society and was a writer for a Kane County genealogical history.

Joan will explain what lineage societies are and what their purpose is, whether it’s philanthropic or genealogical.  She will help you determine if your interests would benefit from joining a society, who is eligible and what types of proof are required.  If a decision is made to join a society, Joan can explain how to become a member.

*** June 7, 2014 - From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping your Family's Place - Jane Haldeman, Jane's passion for genealogy began in 8th grade with a school assignment. Her other passion is technology which lead her into theater as a stagehand. Today she has blended her love of family history and technology and shares that love with others. Jane lives in the suburbs of Chicago and her lectures focus on technology as applied to genealogical research. She is owner of "It's Relative,"; President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; Immediate Past-President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; past Registrar Fort Payne Chapter, NSDAR; and past Design and Technical Editor, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal.

There are numerous sources that give our ancestor's legal land description; where are they and what do they mean?  Learn where to look and how to convert section and range into Google Earth to see how that property looks today.

September 6, 2014 - TBD-



Last modified August 25, 2013