‘Getting Started in Genealogy’

The Evanston History Center presents “Getting Started in Genealogy,” a presentation by Grace DuMelle on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and appetizer reception.

The Dawes family, whose home now houses the history center, was known for its fascination with genealogy, from tracing its roots to William Dawes (who rode with Paul Revere) to chronicling various branches of the family tree. They were hot on the genealogical trail long before the celebrity genealogy shows became popular.

In this presentation, award-winning author and researcher Grace DuMelle will help you explore your own family history. She’ll explain the top 10 concepts, such as working backwards, talking to relatives, using the census, three building blocks, and more.

Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC Members, free. RSVP recommended: 847-475-3410 or jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org 

Grace DuMelle is the author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginners Guide To Family History In The City Of Chicago. She is president of the Heartland Historical Research Service whose past clients include the United States Department of Justice, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, and Graystone Communications (parent company of The History Channel).

Since 2001, Grace has worked in association with the Newberry Library in their Local & Family History section. She guides patrons through the many resources there and frequently lectures on the Newberry's genealogical holdings.

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