Community Corner: Town & Country offers genealogy, local history programs

By on September 4, 2014

by Amy Vidlak Girmscheid
History and Genealogy Collection Coordinator, Elburn Town & Country Library

In memory of Almer Gliddon, a life-long Elburn resident, the Elburn Town & Country Public Library hosts a lecture series biannually, in May and October.

The next installment of the Gliddon Local and Family History Series will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. Marsha Peterson-Maass, forensic genealogist, lecturer and teacher, will present “A 60 minute Crash Course: Beginning Genealogy Using Accredited Methods.” This lecture is a fun look at accredited basics and research methodology, and is suitable for everyone.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll take away a sense of what you need to be doing in your research. If you’re an experienced genealogist, you might be surprised to discover how much of the accredited methodology you only “sort of knew,” and that knowing the accredited research precepts can actually help revitalize your current search.

This is a free event. Seating is limited, so contact the library to make reservations.

The Library’s Family History Interest Group meets the third Thursday of each month, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. A typical meeting includes training and time to work on current projects. This group is computer based. Feel free to bring your laptop and questions.

The Historical Collection is in need of a few good volunteers to work with special projects. Current projects include transcribing oral histories, indexing collections and more. If you have some time to spare and are interested in volunteering, contact Amy Vidlak Girmscheid at or (630) 365-2244.

Finally, the library is always looking for new and significant items related to the history of the Elburn area to add to the Historical Collection. Materials pertaining to local businesses, families, schools, etc., are welcome.

Have questions about the Historical Collection or related activities? Feel free to contact

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