Breaking Down a Brick Wall, or How I Found the Marriage Record of My Irish Great-Great Grandparents
Learn how listening to family stories can lead you from known facts to the unknown. Newspapers, census records, church records, online indexes, and maps resulted in the breaking down of a major brick wall. This presentation will show the step-by-step process and analysis used to tackle Irish research successfully.
Jeanne L. Bloom
Hiring A Professional Genealogist
You are at that point in your research - you need help with undefined brick walls, foreign languages, onsite research, but cannot travel. Before you engage the services of a professional, you need to prepare and need to decide who to hire. After you locate the researcher: negotiations, expectations and guidelines.
Caron Primas Brennan
Organizing your genealogy information --digital and print-based--so that you can find what you want when you want it can be a daunting task. Get tips on how to best do this.
No Birth Certificate No Problem
Jeff takes a look at the wide variety of primary and secondary sources to determine when a person was born and who their parents where if a birth certificate is not available or can’t be found. He reviews a variety of records to help determine the parents, the birth date and the birth location. Case studies are included.
Jeffrey was a contributing editor for the former Everton's Genealogical Helper, and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine, and had articles published in the Digital Genealogist, FGS Forum, Family Tree Magazine (UK), Missing Links, and others. Many of the articles can be found online at Genealogy According to Jeff - www.JeffBockman.com/gatj
Author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can't Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family's history - see Alenjes Publishing.
He has been doing genealogical research since 1988 and has been active in societies, society management, classes, and lectures since 1994. He has been the webmaster for the DuPage County ILGenWeb Project since 1996.
November 9 Luncheon
Below the Stairs: A Servant’s Life in Early 20th-Century England
What was life like for the servants who worked below stairs in the era of Downton Abbey? Who were the people who toiled around the clock to ensure the smooth running of these glamorous households? In this new first-person program, British domestic servant Margaret Powell introduces life below stairs in stately English homes in early 1920s. Based on Powell’s best-selling memoir Below Stairs, this program gives a lively look at the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era and the eccentricities often found among employers. Powell’s 1968 book was among the inspirations for the popular television series Downton Abbey and directly inspired the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Never out of print in Great Britain, Powell’s book was published for the first time in the U.S. in 2012.