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Floyd Ham to speak at BCGS meeting

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 1:38 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Society Library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

The program speaker will be Floyd Ham, a member of the Henry County Genealogical Society. His topic will be “Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Genealogy.” He has spent the last seven years searching through records and databases and has learned to be very frugal in the process. He has become an expert at using primary sources such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, probate records, etc. and in knowing how to acquire these sources of information, especially in regards to FOIA. This program is free and open to the public.

The Society will also host a free writing workshop on March 15 to train and assist the public in how to write an obituary. This workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Leaving behind a partially drafted obituary for loved ones is a thoughtful act and will better ensure that your own obituary would be accurate and pleasing to you. The workshop could also be useful in training you to write obituaries for other family members. No reservation is needed but would be helpful to the committee in anticipating the audience size.

For more information, call 815-979-3133 or stop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or the first Saturday of each month.

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