Spring Conference 2019

April 13, 2019

Location: IGS West Wing, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50309-1924


Our speaker is Tina Beaird.

Tina Beaird Biography

Tina Beaird is owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is also a Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsized Chicagoland public library. Tina lectures extensively on topics including genealogical methodology, military research and archival preservation. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Northern Illinois Historic League, and the Oswego Heritage Association. She volunteers her time with several historical and genealogical societies across Illinois.

She has recently had articles published in the National Genealogical Society Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists eNewsletter and the Federation of Genealogical Society’s Forum Magazine.  Tina has provided research assistance for fifteen years and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over twenty years.



Courthouse Finds

Courthouses are great resources for personal family history. Probate files, chancery cases, land sales and law suits are just a handful of the types of records one can find in their local courthouse files. Join Tina for tip and tricks to identify and secure these records.

Internet Archive for the Family Historian

Internet Archive has become a must-visit site for genealogy and history, but how do you know you’re getting the most out of your search? Tina will help you navigate Internet Archive by showing you how to effectively use their advanced search features, featured collections and the WayBack Machine and to get the most out of your user experience.

Rediscover Your WWI Soldier’s Experience

Many federal WWI personnel records were destroyed in a National Archives fire in the 1970s. Tina offers ways to locate copies of peripheral federal military records and provides solutions for recreating some of the lost history in these “fire” records by using local government documents, newspapers & base records.

Unlocking the Treasures Within Midwest Archives and Repositories

The Midwest is blessed with a series of top-notch repositories, museums and archives.  Tina will highlight some of types of materials available and the best places to research your Midwest ancestors including Allen County Public Library, Ohio History Connection, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Newberry Library, Mid-Continent Public Library and the Indiana Historical Society.


Agenda in print form.

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For vegetarian lunch select vegetarian

Members $60.00 Non-Members $75.00