Education

Finishing the Story Presentation

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. I will present  Finishing the Story. This lecture consists of three case studies presented on World War I and II military ancestors who died in service, locating their records, and telling their stories. The presentation is being held at the Algonquin Public Library. Hope to see you there! […]

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Breaking It Down – Put It In Date Order

I have been working on a friend’s genealogy off and on when I have time for the last three years. Found out he has two Civil War soldiers on his dad’s side. We have not done his mom’s side yet. My friend ordered the pension files for these two soldiers and had them shipped to […]

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Don’t Underestimate Your Power

This weekend I spoke at the Illinois Family History Expo. One of the lectures I gave was Finishing The Story which is three case studies about my World War I and World War II ancestors who died in service. My lecture basically goes like this for each case study: Tell the story I heard from […]

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Friday at the IL Family History Expo

Yesterday Terri O’Connell and I drove to Springfield, IL, for the IL Family History Expo. Our first stop, of course, was Starbucks for coffee and a snack before we hit the Illinois State Archives for research. Then we were off to lunch and a little shopping before checking in at the hotel. Apparently we missed […]

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Generations Speaking Engagements in 2012

Are you looking for some genealogy education in the Chicagoland area? I will be speaking at several locations this fall. More dates and places to be added so watch my blog for more information. August 3-4, 2012 at the Family History Expo in Springfield, IL I will be presenting three lectures on Friday and Saturday. […]

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Military Monday – World War I Soldier Michael Kokoska

Michael Kokoska was born September 28, 1891 in Chicago, the seventh child of Bohemian immigrants Joseph and Majdalena, nee Priban, Kokoska.  Joseph and Majdalena immigrated from the Pilsen area of Bohemia in 1881 on the Fresia. Their ship left the port of Hamburg, Germany on August 31, 1881 en route to Le Havre, France, and […]

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