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CAGGNI Proudly Presents...

New Tools for
Finding Old Stuff

Presented by Ginger Frere

Saturday, July 19th
10:30 am

Schaumburg Township Public Library

Technology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors. Smartphone apps, software "to-go", current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more! Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.

Ginger Frere, a life-long Chicagoan, has been involved in family history for over 20 years. She has an extensive technical and training background with years of experience introducing people to technology. In addition to working with private clients, speaking and teaching seminars, Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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Attention FTM Users!
A Special Interest Group Meeting

Family Tree Maker

Facilitated by Michelle & Alan Wilson

Saturday, July 19th
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Schaumburg Township Public Library

Family Tree Maker (FTM) software product is the top selling software product for building, customizing, searching and sharing family history. This interest group was formed to provide a forum in the Chicagoland area for FTM users to share their knowledge and build their expertise with the product.

Meetings are held after the regular program meeting, unless otherwise indicated. Check at the library for meeting room location.

Meetings are Q & A style, open forum. Bring your questions!

See you there!


Attention TMG Users!
A Special Interest Group Meeting

The Master Genealogist
Facilitated by Sandy Imyak

Saturday, August 9th
10:30 am

Schaumburg Township Public Library

Chicago Area TMG Users Group - All level of users are welcome to join!

The Master Genealogist (TMG) software product is a very flexible and powerful package; many different techniques are possible when using this software. This interest group was formed to provide a forum in the Chicagoland area for TMG users to build their knowledge and share their experience with the product.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is considerably enhanced in a hands-on environment.

If you don't own TMG, but would like to try it out, access a fully-functional trial version at:



Attention MAC Users!
A Special Interest Group Meeting

Facilitated by Marscha Chenoweth

Saturday, August 9th
1:00 pm

Schaumburg Township Public Library

Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

Click here for more information regarding Reunion


Coming in August...

Photo: Theodore Roosevelt in Chicago, 1915

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors
Presented by Steve Szabados

Saturday, August 16th
10:30 am

Wheaton Public Library
225 N Cross St,
Wheaton, IL 60187

PLEASE NOTE the venue changes for this month's CAGGNI Membership Meeting to

Do you have Chicago Ancestors? This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Database discussed will include vital records, church records, state records, federal records, employment records, histories of the neighborhoods and many more. The sources that are reviewed will include online websites, genealogy collections held at the major libraries, collections at local libraries and collections compiled by area genealogical societies. Join us in WHEATON for this highly informative program.


See all the conference highlights on this video.  Visit the conference blog for highlights from the conference at the conference blog.


Upcoming events
Note: Monthly Meeting location will be confirmed 90 days in advance.

26 Jul 2014 • email to newsletter@caggni.org
09 Aug 2014 10:30 AM • Schaumburg Public Library
09 Aug 2014 1:00 PM • Schaumburg Public Library
16 Aug 2014 10:30 AM • Wheaton Public Library
16 Aug 2014 12:30 PM • Schaumburg Public Library
23 Aug 2014 • email to newsletter@caggni.org


Need a handout from a previous meeting? 
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NOTE: This is a member benefit, 
so you must log in first.

ATTN attendees from Jan 11, 2014 "Genealogy Basics" meeting - handouts are now available at the link above.


CAGGNI (The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to using technology and the internet more effectively in support of their research activities. 

Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest in supporting genealogical activities including software, tools, techniques and methodologies.  Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for both computer and genealogy issues and Internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership. 

A variety of genealogy software packages are used by the membership. Popular software includes Family Tree Maker (FTM), Ancestry.com public member trees, Genii, Reunion, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), and The Master Genealogist (TMG).  We are also interested in personal websites, digital photography, handheld apps, and other ways to share our family histories.

For questions about the group, comments, and suggestions contact secretary@caggni.org To report problems with the website contact webmaster@caggni.org.


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