South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society - Illinois

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society - Illinois Organized in 1968, SSGHS promotes education, research and dissemination of genealogical and historical information related to south Cook County and east Will County, IL.
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Free monthly meetings; free use of genealogy library. SSGHS serves south Cook & north Will counties, IL, including Chicago's Roseland & Pullman communities. Research library hours are as shown, plus 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on 1st & 2nd Saturdays of the month. As we are staffed by volunteers, it is best to call first, if possible.

Operating as usual

Here are this week’s updates at FamilySearch:https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-...
05/06/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 May 2021

Here are this week’s updates at FamilySearch:

https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-3-may-2021/

Search this week (3 May 2021) 6.7M more records in US City and Business Directories, Bureau of Land Management Track Books, and Catholic Church records from Venezuela, plus digital images from the Archdiocese of Mérida, and more records for Canada, El Salvador, England, Finland, and the US (IN, NJ,...

Here are updates to FamilySearch for this week: https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysear...
04/27/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 26 April 2021

Here are updates to FamilySearch for this week: https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-26-apr-2021/

Search this week on FamilySearch 2.4M Catholic Church Records for Mexico (Veracruz, Yucatán, and Zacatecas), more Civil Registrations for Mexico (Sinaloa), Roman Catholic Church Records for Canada (Ontario), and Parish registers for England (Northumberland and Middlesex), plus expanded collections ...

The National Archives will forego its Virtual Genealogy Fair in favor of a Genealogy Series: https://www.archives.gov/ca...
04/27/2021
National Archives Genealogy Series

The National Archives will forego its Virtual Genealogy Fair in favor of a Genealogy Series: https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair?uid=genealogybargains&fbclid=IwAR3kISmLOLRfstjaw_5tZy8KHZJMnTpz3mymatQbRSI5POlIYJv5pOGNizM

May & June 2021 In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the program sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and....

Crimes are being solved even after having been cold for decades. One reason why is a company called Othram Inc., which i...
04/27/2021
Lake Stickney John Doe

Crimes are being solved even after having been cold for decades. One reason why is a company called Othram Inc., which is able to glean genetic evidence, even from severely degraded DNA. One recent victim identification was made even though the company had less than 20 cells' worth of DNA. Read some of the stories posted by Othram's founder and CEO, David Mittelman, at https://evolvability.substack.com/p/lake-stickney-john-doe.

Last seen in 1987, Rodney Johnson was a homicide victim, identified decades later from only twenty cell's worth of DNA.

04/21/2021
Here are this week's updates from FamilySearch: https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysear...
04/21/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 19 April 2021

Here are this week's updates from FamilySearch: https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-19-april-2021/

Make exciting family history discoveries this week (19 Apr 2021) on FamilySearch in US City and Business Directories ca. 1749 – ca.1950, New York Land Records 1630–1975, and additional Catholic Church Records for Mexico, plus more for England, France, Papua New Guinea, and the USA (IL, MA, IA, K...

New records on FamilySearch this week include more than 173,000 records in Illinois, Cook County Deaths, as well as more...
04/01/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 29 Mar 2021

New records on FamilySearch this week include more than 173,000 records in Illinois, Cook County Deaths, as well as more than 4,200 records in Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates 1871-1949.
https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-29-march-2021/

Search more Catholic Church records (29 Mar 2021) from Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela, plus Catholic and Lutheran Church records from Germany, Tax Assessment Rolls from Canada, and expanded collections from Brazil, England, Uruguay and the US (GA, IL, MA, VA).

New this week on FamilySearch:https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-22-marc...
03/24/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 22 March 2021

New this week on FamilySearch:
https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-22-march-2021/

Examine newly added records at FamilySearch this week (22 March 2021) for Chile, the Dominican Republic, DR Congo (Census 1984), Puerto Rico, Germany, (West and East Prussia Catholic and Lutheran Church records), S. Africa (Civil Marriages) and the US (AL and LA Voter Registrations, VA Marriages, an...

Family names were changed in several places. Ellis Island was not one of them.https://eogn.com/page-18080/10215859
03/20/2021
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - No, Family Names Were Not Changed at Ellis Island

Family names were changed in several places. Ellis Island was not one of them.
https://eogn.com/page-18080/10215859

There is a family myth amongst tens of thousands of American families: "The family name was changed at Ellis Island." The stories claim the immigrant arrived at Ellis Island and was unable to communicate with the officials. A record was then created by someone who (undoubtedly did not speak the same...

DNA expert Roberta Estes says that recent 23andMe changes mean that triangulation does not work the same way that it did...
03/08/2021
23andMe Changes: Triangulation Doesn’t Work the Same Way

DNA expert Roberta Estes says that recent 23andMe changes mean that triangulation does not work the same way that it did. Read more about it here: https://dna-explained.com/2021/03/08/23andme-changes-triangulation-doesnt-work-the-same-way/?fbclid=IwAR0saydYs46CzXcH89T1yU5PX2CkXNtOMIn2hK9p2pVe6WfE9wctY1FVY9E

23andMe made a significant change about the time I was recording my RootsTech presentation about triangulation which provided examples at each vendor. Unfortunately, there was no notification to cu…

Sometimes we're stymied when our ancestor used a nickname and we don't know their "real" name. Some nicknames are obviou...
03/08/2021
Your Guide to Female Ancestor Nicknames

Sometimes we're stymied when our ancestor used a nickname and we don't know their "real" name. Some nicknames are obvious: Elizabeth can be Beth, Bess, Lizzie, Eliza, et al. Some aren't so obvious. FamilyTree Magazine is here to help, with a list of nicknames. https://www.familytreemagazine.com/female-ancestors/female-first-names-nicknames/

Can’t find your female ancestor in a database? This list of popular first names plus a nicknames list will provide you the clues you need to identify them.

Congratulations to Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List. This free resource for genealogists celebrates its 25th anniversary.
03/04/2021
Silver bells for Cyndi's List!

Congratulations to Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List. This free resource for genealogists celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Celebrating 25 years It was just 1,025 links on a single web page when it launched, 25 years ago today. It is, today, one of the most remarkable, durable, and valuable genealogical resources anywhere on the internet, one The Legal Genealogist uses -- and treasures -- all the time. It is Cyn

If you're lucky enough to have photos of your ancestors, congratulations! If not, or if you want to find historical phot...
03/04/2021
Premium: 22 Online Historical Photo Databases

If you're lucky enough to have photos of your ancestors, congratulations! If not, or if you want to find historical photos of the towns, businesses, or landmarks your ancestor would have known, check out this article by Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective!

Step into your ancestors’ world with the historical photos in these 22 free online archives.

Hammond Public Library concludes Black History Month with a free virtual event this afternoon, starring one of our favor...
02/26/2021

Hammond Public Library concludes Black History Month with a free virtual event this afternoon, starring one of our favorite speakers, Tim Pinnick. If you're interested, plan to join on Zoom.

Don't miss our program, African American Resources with Tim Pinnik, on Friday, Feb 26 at 2 p.m. JOIN US ONLINE: tinyurl.com/africanamericanresources #blackhistorymonth #africanamerican #resources #database #hpl #library #potpourri #genealogy #TimPinnik #Hammond #Indiana

Check out Deep Nostalgia, a new tool from MyHeritage. Like their photo enhancer, this uses Artificial Intelligence - som...
02/25/2021
New: Animate the Faces in Your Family Photos - MyHeritage Blog

Check out Deep Nostalgia, a new tool from MyHeritage. Like their photo enhancer, this uses Artificial Intelligence - some photos will turn out great, while others will look a little strange. But wow, what a way to bring your ancestor to life!

Do you sometimes wonder how your ancestors moved, smiled and looked in real life? You can now see your ancestors from generations past like never before!

Here is even more detail about RootsTech in the linked article. Remember to be signed in with FamilySearch.org first. Th...
02/24/2021
RootsTechConnect 2021: February 24 – 27

Here is even more detail about RootsTech in the linked article. Remember to be signed in with FamilySearch.org first. The Expo Hall opens today at 6 pm (CST). The RootsTech Connect site starts live-streaming at 10 pm (CST).

https://familylocket.com/rootstechconnect-2021-february-24-27/

Have you always wanted to attend RootsTech, but couldn’t travel to Salt Lake City? The silver lining in the worldwide pandemic has been the ability to attend conferences, institutes, and clas…

RootsTech Connect starts this week. Not only is it completely virtual, it’s completely FREE, featuring HUNDREDS of genea...
02/21/2021
RootsTech.org

RootsTech Connect starts this week. Not only is it completely virtual, it’s completely FREE, featuring HUNDREDS of genealogical talks over several days. Normally you’d have to pay $$ for a flight to Utah, conference registration, lodging and meals - you get the picture. So you can watch safely, from home, for free. Register and get more info at https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng

RootsTech conferences are dedicated to celebrating and discovering family connections, both past and present. With over 150 breakout sessions, an exciting lineup of celebrity speakers, and a gigantic expo hall, we’ve got something we’re sure you’ll love. Get ready to explore your family connec...

FROM FEB 21-28, MyHeritage will accept DNA uploads for free! See the blog for details. Why upload? You may find DNA matc...
02/21/2021
Upload your DNA Data to MyHeritage and Get FREE Access to All DNA Features — Limited-time Offer! - MyHeritage Blog

FROM FEB 21-28, MyHeritage will accept DNA uploads for free! See the blog for details. Why upload? You may find DNA matches who did not test elsewhere. You may also find more matches from outside the US.

https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/02/upload-your-dna-data-to-myheritage-and-get-free-access-to-all-dna-features-limited-time-offer/

Christmas came just a tad early for MyHeritage DNA users when we finally released a long-awaited enhancement to our DNA ethnicity results: Genetic Groups.

Roberta Estes writes the DNAeXplained blog, and she put together a nice intro to what RootsTech will be like this year. ...
02/16/2021
Customize Your RootsTech Conference: 96 DNA Sessions to Choose From!

Roberta Estes writes the DNAeXplained blog, and she put together a nice intro to what RootsTech will be like this year. You might want to take a look at it if you have registered to attend the conference.
https://dna-explained.com/2021/02/16/customize-your-rootstech-conference-96-dna-sessions-to-choose-from/

We should have been in Salt Lake City this past week, but alas, we’ll all be getting together virtually instead during February 25-27. As much as I regret not being able to see people, in person, (…

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3000 West 170th Pl (Hazel Crest Municipal Bldg, West End)
Hazel Crest, IL
60429-1174

General information

We cover south Cook and north Will counties, IL (including Chicago's Roseland & Pullman communities). Meetings and use of our research library are free. We also offer research and cemetery photo services. Visit ssghs.org for details and hours.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(708) 335-3340

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Merry Christmas to my fellow Genealogists and Family History members. May our New Year bring us back together soon. Stay healthy. Miss you all!
Discover Your Quebec Roots [All Presentations in English] Saturday, October 03, 2020 Schedule of Events: 10:00-10:40 The Best Ways to Use the GénéalogieQuébec and P.R.D.H. Websites With Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S. 10:45-10:55 The Special Gaspe and Quebec City Genealogical Material in the Q.F.H.S. Heritage Centre With Douglas Armstrong, Vice President, Q.F.H.S. 11:00-11:40 Notarial Records in Quebec With Deborah Waddell, Vice-President, Q.F.H.S. 11:45-11:55 Digitization of Historical Documents and Photographs With Gerry Mathews, President, Micromatt 12:00-12:30 Lunch 12:30-1:10 How Do You Find Your French-Canadian Ancestors? With Luc Lépine, Ph.D., Military Historian and Author 1:15-1:25 Highlights of Genealogical Information on the Members-Only Section of the Q.F.H.S. Website With Nicholas Barker, Director of Computer Operations, Q.F.H.S. 1:30-1:40 Images from a Quebec Village That No Longer Exists With Luc Lépine, PhD., Military Historian and Author 1:45-2:25 Cemetery Records in Quebec With Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S. 2:30-3:30 Meet the Experts Panel Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S., Frank Mackey, Author and Historian Lesley Anderson, Canadian Spokesperson for Ancestry.ca, Luc Lépine, Ph.D., Military Historian and Author Fee: $25.00 for Members $40.00 for Non-Members Place: No need to travel, just boot up your computer and join us for a full day of finding your Quebec Roots! Register: Advance payment is necessary as space is limited. Register Here www.qfhs.ca Registrants will be able to view all sessions until October 17th
My Grandfather, Ira E. Bishop. One of the founders of the Society.
Just watched the Zoom meeting on Catholic Records research. It was GREAT!
I have 6 Thortonite Yearbooks 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931 & 1936. Free to a good home. They smell a bit musty they have been boxed up for a while. I don't need or have a use for them. If interested message me.
I work at an Entrepreneurship Center at BYU in Utah. A project I'm working on is to build a platform where people can create their own children's books based on family history stories. I was wondering if I could get feedback on the idea. I don't need any personal information at all. Just advice about the project. And I'm not selling anything. Attached is a very SHORT form - it'll take 3 min. It just has a few questions about the process we're thinking of.
Hello! I am trying to find out where my great grandfathers farm was located and possibly the records of his sale. His name was Daniel C. Lauffer. My grandmother was his daughter, Hannah C. Laufffer-Dawson. My mother recently passed and we have been going through old family photos and came across some photos of a farm that may have been his. In one of the pics there is a rd sign that says 11w 440. Does anyone possibly know what that sign may have been located on August 2, 1982? And where I could possibly find the records of his farm selling. He was killed in an auto accident On June 10, 1967 at the intersection of 171st and 80th Ave. His property was at 19624 Mokena St. Thanks for any help.
I will self quarantine for the next 14 days to work on my family genealogy.
Saw this on Irish site. You all should agree.
I am researching a family whose names are in one of your cemetery indexes, but it just occurred to me that this may be the wrong time of year. Are you all buried in snow?
Great looking site here! Hey I just found out my great grandfather Fritz Larson 11640 Wallace was a foreman at the Pullman Works! Could I pay someone to go through the Pullman records for me?
A genealogical meeting at the Hammond Public Library next Saturday. (Make a genealogy day of it! Come to SSGHS for Finding Catholic Ancestors that morning at 10, and at the Hammond Public Library with "Proving Adoption" that afternoon at 2.)