The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Newsletter (Nov/Dec. 2019 issue) has listed the following meetings for 2020 — all open to the public:

• Jan. 7 — Elgin Genealogical Society, Elgin IL- Internet Resources for Czech Genealogy, Roger Liska,

• Jan. 13 — Lake County IL Genealogical Society, Mundelein, IL- Warrants & Patents & Deeds, OH MY! Daniel Hubbard,

• Jan. 15 — DuPage County Genealogical Society, Wheaton, IL- Explore U.S. Church Records: Find Family, Jacquie Schattner,

• Jan. 18 — North Suburban Genealogical Society, Wilmette, IL- What is the Right Genealogical Software Program for You? Jenny Warner,

• Jan. 18 — British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois (BIGWILL), Richmond, IL- Panel stations featuring England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, with experts,

• Jan. 21 — McLean County Genealogical Society, Bloomington, IL- Annual meeting, Installation of Officers and Dessert Social,

• Jan. 23 — Kane County Genealogical Society, Geneva, IL, After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research, Thomas MacEntee, http://

• Jan. 23 — Marissa Historical & Genealogical Society, Marissa, IL, monthly meeting,

• Feb. 1 — Chicago Genealogical Society, Chicago, IL- Newspaper Necessities, Tina Beaird,

• Feb. 4 — Elgin Genealogical Society, Elgin IL- Scotland’s Resources, There’s More to Scottish Research than Scotland’s people, Tina Beaird, http://

• Feb. 19 — DuPage County Genealogical Society, Wheaton, IL- Navigating Autosomal DNA Results and Contacting Matches, Robert Silwinski, http://

• Feb. 27 — Kane County Genealogical Society, Geneva, IL- New Resources for British Isles Research, Paul Milner, meeting-schedule.

• Feb. 26-29 — RootsTech, Salt Lake City, UT-

The Old Farmers Almanac

The 2020 edition of The Old Farmers Almanac is now available in stores. As the “oldest continuously published periodical in North America,” it was probably read by many generations of our grandparents. Why not pick up a copy and see what they used to read?

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter cites some additional interesting facts about this publication at Also an electronic version (different but interesting) can be found at

Guide to Newspaper Website

Starting in 1999, genealogist Thomas M. Tryniski’s has digitized more than 41 million newspapers from the U.S. and Canada and elsewhere and made them searchable on his website at

A helpful guide for using this website to its greatest potential can be found at; it also explains how Tryniski “single handedly beat the Library of Congress” with this project. By the way, his website is called Old Fulton New York Postcards but it is not a website for postcards.

New York State Library

The New York State Library has posted a helpful website at that describes in detail some of its collections and resources.

For example the topics include Getting Started (with links to African-American resources and adoption research), Official Records (e.g. vital records, census), Military Records (including DAR, Loyalist, Civil War) and Regional Information (city directories, The New Netherland Project, and more). Be sure to click on the link to Other Genealogy Sites for a very extensive list of resources.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing

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