DuPage County Genealogical Society
DuPage County Genealogical Society
 
Join us at our
 
40th Annual Conference
 
Saturday March 14, 2015
 
NIU Conference Center
1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL
 
 
 
 


Our membership year begins June 1
General membership meetings are held at 7:00 p.m., with social time beginning at 6:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month, in September, October, November, January, February, April, and May. 
There are no general member meetings in June, July, August, December, and March - see our annual conference. 
General Membership Meetings are held in the Lower Level Meeting Room at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton.  An elevator is available. 


 
PRESERVE the PENSIONS
 
WAR OF 1812
 
Donate to the War of 1812
Pension Records Digitization Project
 
A Community Digitization Project Sparked by the 200th anniversary of the start 
of the War of 1812, the genealogical community has come together for this monumental task.
 
 
DCGS is proud to support the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) “Preserve the Pensions” campaign by joining the Illinois State Genealogical Societies’  “ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge.” 
 
DCGS will match any donation up to the first $100 
received by January 15, 2015.
 
This means that if you donate $10 (tax deductible)
DCGS will match your contribution for a total of $20. 
 
Donate online before January 15, 2015 here at dcgs.org
 
AND THE MATCH CONTINUES!
  •  ISGS will MATCH the combined contribution (up to $10,000) for a total of $40!
  •  FGS will MATCH the combined contribution (up to $20,000) for a total of $80!
  •  Ancestry.com will MATCH the combined contributions for a total of $160!
 
 Any contribution you make will actually be SIXTEEN-FOLD!  Any size contribution is welcome!  A $100 contribution equals about 1776 pages of Pension files digitized as part of the "Preserve the Pensions" project. 
 
MISSION:  The National Archives reports that these War of 1812 pension files are among the heaviest requested materials.  With that level of use, these valuable records, available in no other format, are in danger of grave deterioration.  These fragile documents are in urgent need of digitization.
GOAL:  The goal is raising $3.7 million to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files held at the National Archives and make them freely accessible online.
FREE to the PUBLIC:  As these valuable historical documents are digitized, they will be made available to all at no cost, and the original pension files can be retired to much less active use.
DIGITIZED IMAGES AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY:  Completed images and associated indexing are posted incrementally.  Genealogists, historians, teachers, patriotic societies, and history buffs all have access to the images that have been digitized right now. Images will be offered free at Fold3 indefinitely.
 
By check, note 'War 1812' in memo line
Mail to DCGS P.O. Box 3, Wheaton, IL 60187-003


 
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Upcoming Events
November 1st:
FamilySearch.org – The Ultimate Free, On-Line Genealogy Resource
FamilySearch.org is the largest, free genealogy resource on the internet.  This program will cover why you want to have an account; how to search the records; using FamilySearch’s Family Tree; adding photos, stories and documents, accessing FamilySearch’s digitized books, how to get help, searching the catalog and ordering film and a few other features of interest.
 
The fee for the class is $10, payable with check/cash at the door.
Registration is kindly requested for purposes of planning
and class handouts, but not required.
 
November 15th:
Making Ancestry Work for You
Ancestry.com is home to over 6 billion records in more than 30,000 collections. Learn how to navigate the site, use the search tools, find best ways to search and manage your results.
 
The fee for the class is $10, payable with check/cash at the door.
Registration is kindly requested for purposes of planning
and class handouts, but not required.
 
 
November 19th:
November Montly Meeting
Presenter: Grace DuMelle
"Chicago Genealogy 101"
Join us for light refreshments at 6:30 pm