Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Mount Prospect, Illinois

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

Meeting Information

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 6, 2014 - Truth or Fiction: Unraveling a Family Yarn- Teresa S. McMillin, CG 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 actively researched her German ancestry, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish roots. 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 has recently published a guide to the military records of the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany. See for details. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster and past president for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

George Teeling was a nineteenth century Irish immigrant in Chicago who was featured in family lore. Researching the tale surrounding him proved that much of the story was false. Research led to many surprising discoveries, perhaps more interesting than the original family tradition. This engaging lecture will discuss the research process; a wide array of sources; and overcoming anglicized names to arrive at the truth of George Teeling and his family.

October 4, 2014 *** Held at the Arlington Heights Library *** - Finishing the Story- Jennifer Holik is a Chicago-based genealogical and military researcher, speaker, and author. Her passion is researching and writing the stories of men and women who served in World War II. She is the author of several books including Stories of the Lost: Discovering the Story of Our Heroes through Genealogy, and a series of genealogy teaching books entitled, Branching Out. Jennifer is part of the staff of the World War II History Network. She volunteers as the Genealogy Department Manager at Casa Italia in Stone Park. She also volunteers in the Italian American Veterans Museum. Learn more:

Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier.

November 1, 2014 - Why My Austro-Hungarian Ancestors Were Neither Austrian nor Hungarian!- Paul Valasek is a three time graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, earning his Doctorate in Dentistry in 1984. Born and raised in Chicago, he and his wife Andrea have always been interested in their ancestries and where their families came from in Europe. Paul’s first of numerous trips to Europe was in 1974 with his immigrant grandfather Joseph Valasek, a major turning point in his life. Formal participation in genealogy began with his Presidency of the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), founder and treasurer/editor of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois (CSAGSI), founding member of the Moravian Historical Society, and a founding member of the popular Polish American website, He has also served as a Director and Second Vice-president on the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Board as well as sitting for multiple terms on the board of the Polish Museum of America. Currently he is a Director of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, (CGSI).

Discussions on the state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Europe’s second largest, and the make up of numerous ethnic minorities who legally belonged to the Empire but ethnically were neither Austrian nor Hungarian. Covering Austrians, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Rusyns, Ukrainians, Jews, Croatians, Slovenians, Bosnians, Silesians, Serbians.

No Meeting in December - Happy Holidays!!!!  

January 3, 2015 - Preparing to Publish Your Family Book- Regina Yuill

Does publishing your family history book seem like a daunting task? This talk will help you over come your fears of writing and publishing your book. Discussion will cover how to generate ideas, find your target audience, set up the book, find publishing companies and how to use Microsoft Word to add special features that may otherwise be overlooked.

February 7, 2015 - Evernote for Genealogy Thomas McEntee *** Live Webinar ***What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

Evernote is a popular way to track your research, clip website content and images, and better yet: you can synchronize the notebooks across different devices and platforms. See how genealogists are using Evernote to not only organize research but to get more information from their finds on the internet.

March 7, 2015 - Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine - Paul Milner a native of northern England is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He is the author of Discover English Parish Records (UnlockThePast, 2014), Genealogy at a Glance: England Research (Genealogical Publishing Co, 2011), plus co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2000), and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2002). Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 30 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. He has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Paul is currently the book review editor for the FGS FORUM and the BIGWILL newsletter. He is the past-president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL), and a past board member of the Association to Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Paul focusses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at

Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.

April 4, 2015 - Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results- Marsha Petersen-Maass got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for State Champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library-Chicago in the beginner’s class she now teaches. She is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series and blog. And today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of topics, Marsha has a thriving forensic genealogy practice where she uses science and technology to measure portions of the evidence (like verifying adoption research with DNA test results).

This talk will help you make sense of today’s three commercially available DNA tests (mtDNA, Y-DNA and Autosomal-DNA), which ancestral lines of descent each test applies to, and what your current options are for networking to find DNA kinship matches (including the accredited method for preparing your Pedigree Charts to share on those networking databases). We’ll even take a look at real life DNA results and the kinship networking opportunities they have revealed. Topics are covered from the Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Medical Family Tree Workbook and Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone . . . textbooks are distributed before the lecture so participants can peruse them during the lecture and can optionally purchase to take home for $20/each (this price is a 20% discount).

May 2, 2015 - Researching Colonial American Ancestors - 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.



Last modified August 25, 2013