Genealogy Club

The Bloomingdale Genealogy Club is a unique club that meets on the fourth Thursday of every month except November and December. The club is facilitated by Leslie Drewitz, a Certified Genealogical Librarian. The club offers classes for beginners and assistance for intermediate/advanced researchers.

Computers are available to do genealogical research using Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, World Vital Records, and Family Search. As there are a limited amount of computers, please bring your laptop or tablet that can be connected to the library’s Wi-Fi. Leslie and members of the Club’s Executive Committee are available to answer your questions and provide guidance.

Are you interested in starting the journey to find your family roots? A beginners packet and introductory class is available at the club’s monthly meeting.

If you have questions, please email Leslie at ldrewitz@mybpl.org or call her at (630) 924-2765.

The club also has a blog (not sponsored by the library) that club members can join to post questions or stories about their research. Ask one of the executive committee members for the link to the blog and instructions on how to create an account to get access to the blog.

Our meetings are held in the lower level of the library in Room C from 6:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Meetings will start at 6:45 p.m. with announcements and the topic of the month. After that, the beginning and intermediate sessions will begin along with round table discussions.

The club is open to anyone at no charge!

Previous Months Topics:

  • Five Google Research Strategies and Eastern European Genealogy
  • Video Tutorial For Ancestry Library Edition
  • Navigating the 1940 Census Without an Index
  • Tips and Strategies from Census Records to New Internet Records

A few of our favorite links:

Other Resources:

The library has a subscription to Pronunciator that has a translation feature. This could be a useful tool if you need help translating documents. Also, the library provides access to newspapers for research. The newspapers that are available are the Chicago Tribune, Historical Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, or ProQuest Newsstand. All of these items are located under the Research Databases page. Once there, either click on Language Learning for Pronunciator and Newspapers for all the newspapers.