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A Gift That Money Can't Buy

Give your Family A Gift That Money Can't Buy/
Record & Preserve Your Family's History!

This program encourages everyone, especially senior citizens to preserve their family's history. It gives examples including how some people dealt with situations that they didn't care to discuss. It covers: Documenting the basic facts; Identifying those important documents that your future descendants will appreciate; Showing the importance of family photographs and telling how to properly identify everyone; and then Preserving it all for future generations to enjoy. The final step is to record and preserve the stories that make your family "Your Family!" It uses examples to show the importance of certain events to a family and how the description of a single event can give great insight into a particular person.

"Don't wait for the young wipper-snappers to come and ask for the information"
 
  • One hour program that encourages everyone, especially senior citizens to preserve their family's history. It gives examples including how some people dealt with situations that they didn't care to discuss. It covers: Documenting the basic facts; Identifying those important documents that your future descendants will appreciate; Showing the importance of family photographs and telling how to properly identify everyone; and then Preserving it all for future generations to enjoy. The final step is to record and preserve the stories that make your family "Your Family!" It uses examples to show the importance of certain events to a family and how the description of a single event can give great insight into a particular person.
Audio of the March 22, 2010 program of "A Gift That Money Can't Buy"
     
  • Half Hour Dinner or Lunch program: An overview that uses a wide variety home sources to show how some people dealt with situations that they didn't care to discuss. A number of interesting and humorous family vacation stories are usedto show the importance of certain events to a family and how the description of a single event can give great insight into a particular person.
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    These programs can be directed to or used by a variety of audiences:
  • Seniors & Baby Boomers: Lecture and/or booklet
  • Genealogy Society Banquet
  • Students: Teacher Guide and booklets
  • Hospice: Caregiver or volunteer can help record information.
  • Funeral Home Preplanning: Shows Good Will and a Focus on life while helping to gather the necessary information.
Download Family Group Sheets, Ancestor Charts, List of Home Sources at Download Forms 
 
Past Programs:
17 November 2015 - Addison Public Library
Addison, IL
Rosemont, IL
 7 October 2014 - Watseka Public Library - program
Watseka, IL
21 August 2014 - Seneca Public Library - program
Seneca, IL
Rockford, IL
3 February 2014 - Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club - Meeting
Lakewood Ranch, FL
Elburn, IL
12 April 2012 - Chillicothe Public Library
Chillicothe, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
24 March 2012 - Harvard Diggins Library
Harvard, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council 
21 March 2012 - Naperville Women's Club
Naperville, IL
        Naperville, IL
21 February 2012 - Moline Public Library
Moline, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council 
17 November 2011 - Friends of the Olney Public Library
Olney, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
19 October 2011 - The Women's Literary Society of La Porte
La Porte, IN
4 June 2011 - Kankakee Public Library
Kankakee, IL- Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
18 April 2011 - McDonough County Genealogical Society
Macomb, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
12 April 2011 - AAUW - Naperville 
Naperville, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
11 April 2011 - Wauconda Area Public Library District
Wauconda, IL
24 March 2011 - Graves-Hume Public Library
Mendota, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
22 January 2011 - Geneseo Public Library District
Geneseo, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
20 January 2011 - West Chicago Public Library
West Chicago, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
Palatine, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
18 September 2010 - Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society
Cuba, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
20 May 2010 - Elmhurst Historical Museum
Elmhurst, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
15 May 2010 - CAGG-NI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group - Northern ILL
Schaumburg, IL
17 April 2010 - Peotone Public Library District
Peotone, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
22 March 2010 - Lansing Historical Society
Lansing, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
16 March 2010 - Rock Falls Public Library
Rock Falls, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
1 December 2009 - Rotary Club - Christmas Party & program that was open to the public
Fairbury, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
17 November 2009 - Woodstock Public Library
Woodstock, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
16 November 2009 - OfficeMax Corporate Headquarters - Lunch & Learn
Naperville, IL
24 October 2009 - Prairie Creek Public Library District
Dwight, IL
15 October 2009 - DuPage Historical Museum
Wheaton, IL
4 September 2009 - Hinsdale Rotary Club - Luncheon
Hinsdale, IL
22 August 2009 - Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society - Workshop
Lafayette, IN
27 June 2009 - Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society - Annual Dinner
Romeoville, IL
16 April 2009 - Vernon Area Public Library
Lincolnshire, IL
8 April 2009 - Lemont Public Library District
Lemont, IL
27 March 2009 - Milwaukee County Genealogical Society
Milwaukee, WI
11 March 2009 - Odell Public Library District
Odell, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
3 March 2009 - Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District
Hampshire, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
19 February 2009 - Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore - Mini-program & Book Signing
Forest Park, IL
12 January 2009 - Hinkley Historical Society
Hinkley, IL - Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council
6 December 2008 - Lake Villa District Library
Lake Villa, IL
7 October 2008 - Roselle Public Library
Roselle, IL
12 May 2008 - The Chicago Tax Club
Rolling Meadows, IL
8 March 2008 - DuPage County History Museum
Wheaton, IL
30 August 2007 - Mather Lifeways - Central Cafe
Chicago, IL
14 April 2007 - West Chicago City Museum
West Chicago, IL
12 April 2007 - Villa Park Noon Lions Club
Villa Park, IL
15 January 2007 - DAR - Perrin Wheaton Chapter
Wheaton, IL
9 November 2006 - Wheaton Newcomers Club
Wheaton, IL
29 April 2006 - Elk Grove Historical Society 30th Anniversary Luncheon
Elk Grove Village, IL
21 April 2006 - Wisconsin State Genealogical Society - Gene-A-Rama - Dinner
Stevens Point, WI
5 April 2006 - College of DuPage - Older Adult Institute
Glen Ellyn, IL
4 February 2006 - Gary/Winfield United Methodist Church - men's club
Winfield United Methodist Church, Winfield, IL
Chicago, IL
7 Nov. 1998 - Mariners - United Methodist Church Organization
Lombard, IL
2 Apr. 1998 - Villa Park Lions Club
Villa Park, IL
9 Jan. 1998 - Good Shepard Lutheran Church Group
Naperville, IL
12 June 1997 - Lexington Commons Retirement Center
Lombard, IL
17 Oct. 1996 - Glen Ellyn Historical Society
Glen Ellyn, IL
9 Oct. 1995 - Fairview Retirement Center
Lombard, IL
June 1995 - Glenside Public Library
Glendale Heights, IL