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.

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

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07/20/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch for 19 July 2021

What’s new on FamilySearch this week?

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Examine on FamilySearch this week (19 Jul 2021) new records from England, more Catholic records from Mexico (Coahuila and Oaxaca) and Venezuela, the Netherlands Archival Indexes Vital Records, plus censuses for Liberia, Switzerland (Fribourg), the US Virgin Islands, and Georgia Tax Digests.

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07/13/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 12 July 2021

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Search on FamilySearch this week (12 Jul 2021) more Catholic Church records from Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela, plus additional records for England Middlesex Parish Registers, and the United States Bureau of Land Ma...

Looking for something to do on Labor Day, Part 1:
07/12/2021

Looking for something to do on Labor Day, Part 1:

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources invite the public to the Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and Pullman State Historic Site Factory Grounds on Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2021, featuring “sneak peeks” of the Visitor Center and tours of the first floor of historic Hotel Florence, programs and walking tours of historic Pullman, live music, food trucks, and more, organized in partnership with Historic Pullman Foundation, National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Pullman Civic Organization, Illinois Labor History Society, Metra, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, Rosemoor Community Association, Greenstone United Methodist Church, Alderman Anthony Beale, Bielenberg Historic Pullman House Foundation, National Park Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and more. Watch our Facebook feed throughout the coming days and weeks for details on events, information on how to tour the Visitor Center and Hotel Florence, and more! #PullmanGrandOpening

https://go.nps.gov/pullmangrandopening

IMAGE: Illustration to announce Grand Opening weekend for Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and Pullman State Historic Site Factory Grounds.

07/04/2021

Posted by author/lecturer/Certified Genealogist, Elizabeth Shown Mills:
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Again, today, four individuals have contacted me asking how to solve their "brickwall problem." Or their friend's problem. Or their cousin's problem. As often as I get this request, I still don't have an answer—not one they want to hear or one that's easy for me to explain in an email, PM, or Facebook posting. The cold, hard truth is this ...

Of the last five "brick walls" I've tackled—and crumbled—problems that have defeated others for fifty or more years, every one required
• tracking all siblings, collaterals, and (often) associates through 21 to 29 counties, across 3 to 4 states, accumulating hundreds of pages of research notes before bits and pieces of data began to suggest an hypothesis that could be tested by DNA.
• turning every page of every county-level record-book for buried tidbits, as opposed to using the indexes to look up names and then moving on, with a sigh or cusswords, when the needed names or specific answers weren't found.
• 1,000 to 2,000 hours of research, analysis, and reporting.

This is the reality of Southern frontier research, as I see it.
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Incidentally, my reference to the "last five 'brick walls' I've crumbled" does not include the Dorothée Monet vs. Dorothée Monet article in the current issue of NGSQ. I don't consider that a 'brick wall' problem. Separating those two same-name half-sisters was just a matter of spending the time to *thoroughly* research the local records and carefully analyzing each piece of data.
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Update: I responded to one of today's email inquiries, briefly noting that I had done a webinar last month on the subject and the webinar was online at . The inquirer has now emailed again: "Yes, I knew you had done one on that subject, but I don't have time right now for a 60-minute webinar. I thought you might give me the 5-minute Cliff notes version." Newsflash, fella. A 60-minute webinar IS a Cliff Notes version. 😎

The SSGHS Library will be closed Sat., July 3-Mon., July 5 for the holiday weekend. Please celebrate safely.
07/01/2021

The SSGHS Library will be closed Sat., July 3-Mon., July 5 for the holiday weekend. Please celebrate safely.

The SSGHS Library will be closed Sat., July 3-Mon., July 5 for the holiday weekend. Please celebrate safely.

Our Publications special for this quarter (July, August, and September) is of special interest to Will County researcher...
07/01/2021

Our Publications special for this quarter (July, August, and September) is of special interest to Will County researchers. These five issues of Where The Trails Cross are $20 with postage and handling included! Limited quantities are on some items; if we run out, we will offer you a substitute. Go to our website, ssghs.org and click the Publications tab to download our order form. (Member discounts do not apply on the quarterly bundle.) Make sure your contact information is on the order form.
> 33:1 Focus on Will County
> 34:3 Will County
> 36:3 Additional Extracts from the Monee Review
> 46:4 Will County Civil War veterans
> 41:3 Green Garden Township meeting records

Please send us your check for $20 and the order form found in the Publications section of our website, ssghs.org. Indicate Will County Special on the order form. Our Order Fulfillment Team will get these issues right out to you. We have other publications about Will County and the townships located there.

Our Publications special for this quarter (July, August, and September) is of special interest to Will County researchers. These five issues of Where The Trails Cross are $20 with postage and handling included! Limited quantities are on some items; if we run out, we will offer you a substitute. Go to our website, ssghs.org and click the Publications tab to download our order form. (Member discounts do not apply on the quarterly bundle.) Make sure your contact information is on the order form.
> 33:1 Focus on Will County
> 34:3 Will County
> 36:3 Additional Extracts from the Monee Review
> 46:4 Will County Civil War veterans
> 41:3 Green Garden Township meeting records

Please send us your check for $20 and the order form found in the Publications section of our website, ssghs.org. Indicate Will County Special on the order form. Our Order Fulfillment Team will get these issues right out to you. We have other publications about Will County and the townships located there.

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06/29/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch for 28 June 2021

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Search new free historical records added this week (28 June 2021) on FamilySearch from the Netherlands Archival Indexes Vital Records, England Middlesex Parish Registers, the Liberia Census, and Catholic Church Records from Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru, plus expanded collections for the U...

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06/21/2021

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06/15/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 5 October 2020

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Checkout the 8M new German Catholic Church records on FamilySearch this week for Württemberg, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (1520–1975) and Hessen–Nassau, Diocese of Limburg (1601–1919); plus 4M more Find A Grave Index records, and expanded collections for Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Pe...

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06/08/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch for 7 June 2021

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Search this week (7 Jun 2021) the Netherlands Vital Records Indexes, the Liberia Census 2008, more Catholic Church records for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela, . plus additional records for the US (Louisiana Voter Registrations, Land M...

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06/02/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 1 June 2021

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Search this week (1 Jun 2021) US Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, England parish register and bishop transcripts, France Eure 1891 Census, plus more Catholic Church records for Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and additional civil and vital records fo...

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06/02/2021

When you shop for Father's Day gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7225648, AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society at no cost to you!

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05/30/2021

Our "Where The Trails Cross" publication special offer (for April, May, and June) is of special interest to Roseland and Dutch fans. These five quarterlies are priced at $20 with postage & handling included! Quantities may be limited; if we run out, we will offer you a substitute. Visit our publications page at ssghs.org and be sure to put your contact information on the order form.
Vol. 37:3 Early Dutch in Roseland
Vol. 35:4 Dutch in Forest Home Cemetery
Vol. 29:4 Roseland
Vol. 39:1 Roseland Memories
Vol. 44:1 La importanza dei amici – Spaghetti-Os (in English) [this is a group of former Roseland residents who regularly met at Carlo Lorenzetti's in Chicago Heights.]

Send us your check for $20 and the order form found on the Publications section of our website, ssghs.org. Indicate Roseland/Dutch special. Our Order Fulfillment Team will get the quarterlies right out to you.

We have other publications about the Roseland, Pullman, and Calumet areas. Check our Publications list on our website to see a complete list and to place another order, or come to the
Library to make your purchases.

#roseland #pullman #genealogy #chicago

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05/18/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 17 May 2021

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Search this week (17 May 2021) on FamilySearch new digital images for Victoria, Australia. and more Catholic records for Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines, plus a Liberia Census, England Middlesex Parish Registers, and US New York Land Records and Boston Massachusetts Tax...

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05/06/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 May 2021

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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,...

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04/27/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 26 April 2021

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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....

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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 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

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.)