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August BCGS meeting will feature Rachael Mellen

Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 2:48 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Society library, 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. The public is invited to attend. The speaker will be Rachael Mellen of LaSalle County, the highly experienced English genealogical researcher.

Mellen has written two books on the subject: “The Practical Guide for the Genealogist in England” and “The Handy Book to English Genealogy.” She is currently writing a new book on English family history research, updated for the 21st century. Her topic for the meeting will be “The Parish Chest,” which will take an in-depth look at English parish records from the 16th century forward. It will go beyond the basics of parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials to explore Poor Law, probate records and other valuable information found in parish records.

Those attending who have English ancestry or an interest in European research skills should find this program especially valuable. Much English research can be done in the United States without traveling abroad.

More information on the program, society or speaker may be learned by visiting BCGS during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, and the first Saturday of each month, or by calling 815-879-3133.

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