Calendar of Events

January 2020

February 2020

2/4/2020 – Warrenville District Library, DNA and Genealogy Research at 7:00 PM (done)

2/16/2020 – PGSA at Eisenhower Library at 2 PM, Writing your Family history, (done)

2/17/20 – 3/2/20 – Harper Collge CE – Getting Started – Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM (done)

2/26/2020 – Algonquin Library, Naturalization Records at 7:00 PM (done)

March 2020

3/5/2020 – Geneva Library – DNA at 7 PM (done)

3/19/2020 – Downers Grove Public Library, TBA at 2 PM (canceled due to Covid-19)

3/26/2020 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Finding Your Ancestors Online at 10-11:30 AM (canceled due to Covid-19)

3/30/20 – 4/13/20 – Harper Collge CE – Advanced Research – Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM (postponed till Fall 2020 due to Covid-19)

April 2020

April 2020 – Toledo Polish Genealogy Society,  – spring banquet (canceled due to Covid-19, possibly reschedule as webinar)

4/15/2020 – DuPage County Genealogical Society, Migration Trails (changed to webinar)

4/18/2020 – BAGS Conference (Bay Area Genealogy Society) in Depere, Wisconsin Saturday (canceled due to Covid-19)

4/20/20 – 5/4/20 – Harper Collge CE – European Immigration – Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM (postponed till Fall 2020 due to Covid-19)

May 2020

5/2/2020 – Sulzer Library – Chicago, at 10 AM, Mining the census records (postponed due to Covid-19 – no date yet)

5/09/2020 – DesPlaines Library – DNA (canceled due to Covid-19)

5/14/2020 – Fox Valley GS, Write Your Family History (rescheduled as online webinar)

5/18/2020 – Ela Library (Lake Zurich) – Polish Immigration at 3-5 PM (canceled due to Covid-19)

June 2020

6/08/2020 – Elmwood Park Library, Beyond the Basics, 7 PM (rescheduled as online webinar)

6/11/2020 – Mt Prospect Library – Czech and Slovak Genealogy at 7 PM (canceled due to Covid-19)

6/23/2020 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Finding Your Ancestors Online at 7:00-8:30 PM(canceled due to Covid-19)

July 2020

August 2020

8/01/2020 – Winona Kashubian Capital Centennial Celebration – two programs, Polish Genealogy and European Genealogy Research

September 2020

9/14/2020-9/25/2020 – 3 sessions at Harper College, Start Your Family History at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

9/18-19/2020 – PGSA Conference Sept 18-19 at NIU in Hoffman Estates (canceled due to Covid-19)

9/24/2020 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Finding Your Ancestors Online at 10-11:30 AM

October 2020

10/12/2020-10/26/2020 – 3 sessions at Harper College, Advanced Research Techniques at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

10/13/202 – Schaumburg Library, Researching Your Chicago Ancestors at 7:30 PM (rescheduled as online webinar)

November 2020

11/02/2020-10/16/2020 – 3 sessions at Harper College, European Immigration to America at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

December 2020

12/01/2020 – Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Finding Your Ancestors Online at 10-11:30 AM,

January 2021


12 Responses to Calendar of Events

  1. victoria (ligas) cox says:

    Hi Steve, I am wondering if you are at the Arlington Heights Library on Friday mornings? I happen to see it, but it was from 2013. Thanks, Vicki

  2. Hello Steve – Would you consider coming up to Green Bay or Appleton, WI?

  3. John Skibiski says:

    Hi Steve…..I have your book, it’s great and I promote it to other beginner researchers. I have been having no luck to locate a Michael? Olender of the 1920-30s from Chicago Heights, IL. He may have had a shop. No obit. found, and not born there, but married or died there is a possibilty. Might you have access to some recent data. He visited his relatives in Hadley and Northampton, MA one time in this time period and had male sisblings. John Skibiski

    • sszabados says:

      Thank you for promoting my book.

      Michael does seem to be elusive. I checked the 1920 and 1930 census records and did not find him. Some people I did find Olenders living in Chicago but none in Chicago Heights. Some people were missed on one census but not all. His name may have been recorded with a mis-spelling, He may be using a different name.

      Who is Michael? When was he born? Who were his parents? Why do you think he was in Chicago Heights?

      To find him search using only his first name and other details. Look for his spouse or children.

      I always start with the U’S’ census records, then move on to city directories, birth records for children and his marriage record

      • John Skibiski says:

        Steve… only data about Michael? Olender is that a woman Julia Butynski married Michael Bemben in Hadley, MA…..her mother was an Olender in Podkamien (Brody) East Galicia. She said Michael? Olender came from Chicago Heights to an event perhaps a funeral maybe in the 1930s. My great grandmother was as Olender from that village. He perhaps was a tailor and his first name could be different and thought to have brothers Peter and ? I note a Michael B. 1870 married Pauline Czasnykowski but know nothing of them…….however, I note a Michael Olender in Hartford, Ct in 1930 census then 37, but have not checked him out. One older Skibicki relative spoke of Olender family, so I feel there is connection somewhere. Thanks for whatever you come up with, John Skibicki, Northampton, MA

  4. George says:

    I live in Wood dale..are you available for doing research..

  5. Lori Bessler says:

    Hi Mr. Szabados,
    Would you be able to come to Madison to provide 3 lectures on Polish Genealogy? I was told that you are a wonderful speaker! Please let me know?
    Lori Bessler
    Reference Librarian
    Wisconsin Historical Society

  6. Loa Susan Gorman says:

    I live in Southern California and was wondering if there is a tape or CD of your class on Polish American Genealogy on Sat. May 21 from 9am to 3pm. I would really love to hear what you have to say, but can’t make the class. Help!!!

    • sszabados says:

      The May 21 workshop is a three session event sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. I believe they are not taping it. However, I am presenting the material in the first session in a free Webinar tonight for the Illinois State Genealogical Society ( The material in the 2nd and 3rd sessions were covered in a webinar for ISGS last year. There is still time to sign up for tonight’s webinar but if you miss it, ISGS has both webinar’s archived and viewable in their Members Only section. To access their member’s only section you need to join their society ($35).

  7. scott nelson says:


    I have an odd request but would greatly appreciate a response. An old friend of mine is trying to get in touch with Anna Anders in Poland. Her father served with Gen Anders at Monte Cassino and she wanted to just shake her hand. Please advise if you could help! Thanks, Scott illinoisbroke

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