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Carol McGee to speak at BCGS on European research

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:46 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The March regular meeting of the Bureau County Genealogy Society will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Society library, 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Carol McGee, local member, will present the program “Researching German Ancestors and Visiting Their Villages.” Her PowerPoint presentation will feature her recent trip to the Poznan area of Poland (formerly Posen, Prussia) where her Schwarzkoph ancestors lived during the 1800s before immigrating to Chicago. She will inform the audience about what to look for when hiring a researcher abroad and the value that it brought to her research. She will explain what types of records can be found in regards to  European research and where they are located, including the U.S. and the Internet. This program will be of particular interest to those researching Lutheran Germans from Prussia or Catholics from Poland, as well as those doing other European research. For those who simply like to learn more about foreign travel and enjoy pictures of other countries the program will be engaging, also.

Now that weather is improving, BCGS is looking forward to several months ahead of heavier traffic in visitors coming in to do research. As with most organizations that operate based on volunteer staffing, BCGS is hoping to attract additional volunteers. If anyone in the area is interested in serving in some volunteer capacity at this facility, he or she is encouraged to stop by for a visit to learn about the various service tasks that need to be filled. Those with computer skills are highly needed, but there are other tasks which can be of value which do not require computer skills. Hours and jobs can be arranged to suit the volunteer’s interest, skills and available time to devote.

For further information, call 815-879-3133 or stop in during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the first Saturday of each month.

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