On Saturday, February 25. 2012, the Du Page County Genealogical Society will host their 37th annual conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4070 East Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois. This one-day conference has a tradition of providing excellent educational opportunities for genealogists. Conference information can be found at their web site: www.dcgs.org.
I attended this conference two years ago and had the opportunity to hear Elissa Powell and Philip Colletta, Ph.D. lecture. They are top-notch genealogists! This year’s conference once again is filled with quality speakers: Maureen Brady, Tony Burroughs, Jennifer Holik, Paul Milner, Juliana Smith and Loretto (Lou) Szucs.
I am particularly excited to hear Paul Milner’s lectures. This native of England has an impressive biography. It reports that he is a past president of BIGWILL and currently serves as product review editor of the society’s newsletter; which is of particular interest to me. BIGWILL is an acronym for British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois. It just so happens that I have a Membership Application for BIGWILL sitting on my desk!
My British interests lie in the County of Somerset and am confused with the British jurisdictions. I have learned of the Civil Parish of St. Decumann, The Hundred: Williton and Freemanners, The County of Somerset and the Country of England. Additionally there is a registration district and a sub-registration district both being Williton.
Paul Milner will be speaking about the English Parish Chest. An English Parish can be both ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions. Records were kept in what is called a Parish Chest. I plan on spending most of the day listening to this gentleman and learning about this Parish Chest and British jurisdictions.
I have heard Tony Burroughs speak on the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. He offers insight into finding those surviving records in an interesting and entertaining manner.
I would love some company at this year’s conference. Please visit the web site and review the program schedule. You might find something of interest. Let me know if you do!