Genealogy Club

Genealogy Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month, except in December, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. A Local History librarian provides internet and archival genealogy instruction and research support. Members share ideas and meet other researchers, receive help with research questions and brick wall dilemmas, and share genealogy finds.

The club is facilitated by Leslie Drewitz, a Certified Genealogical Librarian. The club also offers classes for beginners and assistance for intermediate/advanced researchers.

Computers are available to do genealogical research using Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, MyHeritage Library Edition (formerly World Vital Records), and Family Search. Since there are a limited amount of computers, please bring your laptop or tablet that can be connected to the library’s Wi-Fi. Leslie and members of the Club’s Executive Committee are available to answer your questions and provide guidance.

Are you interested in starting the journey to find your family roots? A beginner's packet and introductory class is available at the club’s monthly meeting.

If you have questions, please email Leslie at or call (630) 924-2765.

The club also has a blog (not sponsored by the library) that club members can join to post questions or stories about their research. Ask one of the executive committee members for the link to the blog and instructions on how to create an account to access to the blog.

Our meetings are held in the lower level of the library in Rooms A/B from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Meetings will start at 6:45 p.m. with announcements and the topic of the month. After that, the beginning and intermediate sessions will begin along with round table discussions.

The club is open to anyone at no charge!

Previous Months Topics:

  • Five Google Research Strategies and Eastern European Genealogy
  • Video Tutorial For Ancestry Library Edition
  • Navigating the 1940 Census Without an Index
  • Tips and Strategies from Census Records to New Internet Records

A few of our favorite links:

Family Search
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world and includes records, resources, and services to learn more about your family history.

Steven P. Morse
This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications.

MyHeritage Library Edition (formerly World Vital Records)
Billions of historical records from all over the world, including US and UK census records, family tree profiles, historical and tombstone photos, and much more.

Other Resources:

The library has a subscription to Pronunciator that has a translation feature. This could be a useful tool if you need help translating documents. Also, the library provides access to newspapers for research. The newspapers that are available are the Chicago Tribune, Historical Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, or ProQuest Newsstand. All of these items are located under the Research Databases page. Once there, either click on Language Learning for Pronunciator or Newspapers for all the newspapers.