#FGS2016 I made it to Illinois! Catching up on my trip to FGS

I left Madison with a USB full of records regarding the Drezdzon and other related families. I downloaded quite a few obituaries from Milwaukee’s Polish newspapers. My find at FGS was a book on how to read Polish obituaries, I have many translations to work through. First stop in Illinois was a stop at Portillo’s for a Chicago dog, I was in heaven!  Which led me to the second most important thing to do – hitting a grocery store and buying all the bright green relish that I could find.  

I actually was in the area to visit the family graves at Concordia Cemetery located in Forest Park, Illinois.  The cemetery offices were very helpful and I located more family plots.  I like to check on the plots since my grandmother paid for perpetual care in 1942 in the amount of $100.00.  The $100.00 covers the entire plot of nine graves.  I think she would be happy to know the cemetery has kept their word she made quit a bargain.

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Virtual Genealogy Fair U.S. National Archives

The National Archives will be presenting a 2016 Virtual Genealogy Fair to be held October 26th and 27th.  No need to register just go to Genealogy Fair to attend.

Session Schedule (eastern daylight time EDT)

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26

Time Activity
10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
10:05 a.m. Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m. The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren’t Using by Lori Cox-Paul
12 p.m. National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn
1 p.m. You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak
2 p.m. Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer
3 p.m. American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass

Day 2: Thursday, October 27

Time Activity
10 a.m. Nonpopulation Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics by Claire Kluskens
11 a.m. The Morning After – Changes as Reflected in Morning Reports by Theresa Fitzgerald
12 p.m. The Iwo Jima Flag Raisers – Chaos, Controversy and World War II Marine Corps Personnel Records by Bryan K. McGraw
1 p.m. What’s New in the Lou: A Look at the Latest Accessions at the National Archives at St. Louis by David Hardin
2 p.m. The Faces of the National Parks Service by Cara L. Moore
3 p.m. Closing Remarks by Acting Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings

National Archives, http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair