CAGGNI Member Benefits
CAGGNI today is a vibrant, active group with nearly 200 active members. Most are amateur genealogy hobbyists, some of us are professional genealogists, and many are just getting started in our family history research. Our common thread is our enthusiasm for genealogy. We welcome you to join us!
CAGGNI hosts 11 Membership Programs each year, on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m., usually at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois, in all months except December. In addition, interactive 2nd Saturday hands-on workshops are held on about 6 months throughout the year. Our newest tradition is an annual summer picnic!
CAGGNI's meetings are on a wide range of general genealogical topics, often with a focus for the online researcher. Our Membership Programs are a great way to enhance your genealogy skills and to meet with others who share our common interest. A sampling of recent Membership Programs includes:
- Online obituary research
- Strategies for finding Old-World ancestors
- DNA genealogy
- Handheld Apps for Genealogists
- Photograph restoration
Special Interest Groups
CAGGNI hosts Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings for users of the following genealogy software programs:
- Family Tree Maker
- The Master Genealogist
- Personal Ancestry File / Ancestral Quest
Each SIG meets quarterly throughout the year, either following the general Membership Program or on an alternate Saturday. Refer to CAGGNI Meetings for complete details.
Each member receives the monthly Newsletter. Our Newsletter is an excellent source of tips, genealogy news, and articles of interest for the modern genealogy researcher. We invite you to view a sample Newsletter.
Members-Only Website Access
Members receive access to the Members-Only section of the CAGGNI website. This section contains a complete archive of past newsletters, a member forum, and a member directory and much more. Members can edit their profiles and search for others in the group with similar interests. CAGGNI's Surname service puts our members in touch with anyone, anywhere, who’s searching for persons researching the same Surname.