Calendar of Events

July 2022

7/09/2022 – North Suburban Genealogy Society – Your Next Step: Write Your Family History, 1:00 PM (in-person), Wilmette Library

7/12/2022 – New Lenox Public Library – Naturalization Records, 6:00 PM (in-person)

August 2022

September 2022

9/12, 9/19, 9/26 – Harper College Continuing Ed  – LAA0011 Start your Family History, Monday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, 3 sessions, Register at

9/13/2022 – Lakeland Genealogy-Minocqua, WI, DNA and Genealogy, 7:00 PM virtual program

9/22/2022 – Roselle Library – Polish Genealogy: Find the Polish Records, 7: PM, virtual

9/24/2022 – Wisconsin Historical Society, Polish Workshop, 4 sessions, TBA – virtual program

October 2022

10/3, 10/10, & 10/17 – Harper College Continuing Ed – LAA0012 Advanced Research Techniques, Monday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, 3 sessions, Register at

10/24, 10/31,11/07 – Harper College Continuing Ed – LAA0013 European Immigration to America, Monday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, 3 sessions, Register at

November 2022

December 2022

January 2023


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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