Would’t be fun to find a Famous Family Member?


Don’t miss this opportunity to shake the branches of your family tree and possibly find someone famous sitting on a branch!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12 through June 28, 2018 at 8:30 to 9:30 am. Julie Dresser will be leading a six-session class that will provide hints, tips and tricks for genealogists of all levels, at the DeKalb County History Center, is located at: 1730 North Main Street in Sycamore. Finding family back stories and the who, what, and why about ourselves is always worth the time.

“Who am I” is a very philosophical question, but there are some concrete ways to find answers. One of the most popular ways to explore this topic is by studying your genealogy. For many historical societies and research libraries genealogy is the most common reason for visiting. Through this research, family stories can be validated, find someone famous, better understand your family traditions, reconnect with other family members and even satisfy your curiosity – while sometimes creating new questions.

Julie started as a genealogist at age eleven, and has never lost her passion. Now, she is sharing her knowledge with those interested in starting genealogy or those who want to brush up their skills. The six weeks will include 1) Introduction and home sources 2) Birth, marriage and death records 3) Census records 4) Immigration records 5) Military/court records and 6) Local and national repositories. She will provide many personal examples during the class, and it is open to all ages.

Previous attendees commented: “I found each class interesting,” and “I thought each class was very informative. The material was very well organized.” Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director of the Sycamore History Museum shared, “Julie does a great job teaching. The feedback is consistently positive from people just beginning their journey in genealogy to those who worked on it for years.”

Feel Free to bring photos as well to use as tools in finding lost relatives. Registration is required, and there is limited space available. There is a $25 charge, which will cover all six sessions and a series of handouts for each class. For more information or to register call 815-895-5762 or email info@dekalbcountyhistory.org.

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