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Mendota reporter | Learn techniques for using genealogy websites


PRINCETON – The Bureau County Genealogical Society will present a program called “Shaky Leaves.” . . YES! Shaking foundations. . . NO! ”Thursday evening, June 24. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is accessible to the public via Zoom. Those who are not members of the Society can request the link by contacting BCGS by e-mail at [email protected] before June 22.

So much wonderful information is available on that it cannot be ignored, but we must beware of making mistakes that will result in “shaky foundations” in our family trees. The session will explore tips, techniques and strategies to minimize risk and maximize results.

The speaker will be Laura Street Chaplin, owner of Willowtree Research Genealogy Services, currently a resident of Sugar Grove. She and her husband, Mark, were inspired by the “Roots” miniseries while in college, which began to develop a passion for researching and learning genealogy. Their three daughters and now six grandchildren were raised by walking through cemeteries and reading gravestones.

In addition to her research enterprise, she is currently responsible for history and genealogy at the Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center in Elburn, which is a new research center of the Town & Country Public Library. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogy Speakers Guild and several other societies.

Chaplin is particularly well known for having lived and researched throughout the Midwest. His personal research on the family includes Pike, Adams, Schuyler, Lee, Peoria, and Sangamon counties in Illinois. Its evening topic is suitable for all genealogists, no matter where their ancestors lived.