A few weeks ago, my father-in-law attended a class on Hegewisch genealogy at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. He is already a big genealogy buff but said he picked up a few tips from the presenter and that a good-sized crowd came out to the event.
It’s a good place for beginners to learn how to research their family history, he said. If you missed the first session, you are in luck.
A second session of the program, Exploring Your Hegewisch History, will be presented at noon June 7 in the meeting room at the library, 3048 E. 130th St. Gerard Dupczak, board member of the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society and former Hegewisch resident, will present this beginner’s level course on genealogy research with special emphasis on Hegewisch history.
Attendees will learn where to begin, find available resources and get the basics on recording and documenting their findings.
The program is free and open to anyone with a family connection to Hegewisch.
Handouts and research material will be provided and class size is limited.
To sign up, visit the front desk of the library or call (312) 747-0046.
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave. in South Holland, has some wonderful spring and Mother’s Day activities planned in the next few weeks.
Wee Wonders: Amazing Butterflies is from 10 to 11 a.m. May 3 at the center. Children in preschool and kindergarten will learn about these winged wonders.
A Mother’s Day walk is from 9 to 10 a.m. May 11 at the center. Attendees will enjoy a naturalist-guided walk while seeing some spring wildflowers and migrating birds. Binoculars will be available to borrow.
Frog Frenzy! is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 31. Attendees will wade in the pond and dip one of the center’s nets to see if they can find tadpoles, adult bullfrogs or other surprises. Registration is required by May 29.
For more information on any of these programs, call the center at (708) 868-0606.