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January 18th, 6 p.m. – Managing DNA Kits Safely Through Different Companies (Virtual)
Join Genealogist Suz Bates to learn about methods for managing your DNA results.
DNA and genealogy can really help with your research, but what are some ways to keep your DNA information safe? Suz Bates, a professional genealogist will discuss and demonstrate managing tools in Ancestry DNA, MyHeritageDNA, 23andMe Ancestry, and FTDNA kits.
February 7th, 6 p.m. – Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad (Virtual)
Join Connie Martin as she tells the stories passed down to her great-grandmother Lizzie of how her family survived the antebellum period through trials and tribulations, and how they used quilts that contained hidden codes and secret messages to assist abolitionists–white and Black–to guide enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Canada.
This speaker is co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau.
March 14th, 6 p.m. – Meadowbrook: A History – Author Talk and Book Signing (In-person)
Local author and Urbana Park District Commissioner, Roger Digges, will discuss his new book, Meadowbrook Park: A History. Digge’s book traces the history of Meadowbrook Park, from its origins as 131 acres of McCullough family farm, to the present day. Join us in discovering the resources used to document the history of this local park, from maps and photos, and talk briefly about the prehistory of its landscape.