If you are looking for genealogical educational opportunities, networking, and access to records, consider joining a genealogical society.There are so many benefits like monthly meetings where you learn something new or hear a topic you know about and have an AH-HA moment. There is networking whether it is making friends, business contacts, or becoming more involved in the society. Many societies also have members only record access whether it be online or paper format. Some also hold meetings in museums or libraries where you have access to new information.
I recently joined the DuPage County Genealogical Society and attended a wonderful meeting last night about Ellis Island. The meeting was held at the DuPage County Historical Museum. The other 2010-2011 meetings will be held at the Wheaton Public Library. The museum was open before and during the meeting so attendees could look around.
Marian Richter Schuetz was the speaker. She was lively, engaging, humorous, and informative. She spoke about the various laws regarding immigration; the immigration stations in New York such as Castle Garden, the Barge Office and finally Ellis Island. Marian provided a wonderful bibliography handout and calendar of important dates regarding Ellis Island.
If you are looking for something to do over the cold Chicago winter, consider the DuPage County Genealogical Society’s upcoming conference, Connecting the Dots A Genealogical Blockbuster. The conference will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4070 E. Main Street, St. Charles. More information and registration options can be found on their website under conferences. I attended last year and it was fantastic. I will be in attendance again this year.