Our Events Calendar lists society programs, classes, Special Interest Groups, and other activities. See below for the lineup of 2024 general monthly meetings, and for a description of our members-only Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

2024 Upcoming Monthly Programs:

All programs are Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Where possible, they will also be livestreamed via Zoom.
Click here for a printable list in PDF:

July 13 — Annual Field Trip: We visit historic Lemont. See the details on our calendar.

Aug. 10 — 10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success (virtual): Whether you’re just “dabbling” in genealogy or you’ve become obsessed with “the hunt,” Thomas MacEntee will review basic skills that family historians of all levels have in common.

Sept. 14 — 19th Century Life through Artifacts: Join brothers Michael and Mario Bovino, modern-day “diggers” as they show how they unearth remnants of the past in the Chicago area.

Oct. 12 — How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read (virtual): Researcher and speaker Pam Vestal of Generations Genealogy shows how, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers.

Nov. 9 — H. H. Holmes & New Links to Chicago & the White City: Ever since Erik Larson’s Devil in The White City, the murderous swindler H.H. Holmes has been linked to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Ray Johnson, “The History Cop,” discusses new links between Holmes and Thomas B. Bryan and Daniel H. Burnham, and a possible link to a swindle in England.

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Writer’s Group is a members-only Special Interest Group that meets in person at the SSGHS Library. Meeting times alternate (either Thursday afternoons, or in the morning on the third Saturday of the month). Members learn how to write their ancestors’ stories.

Websites: New & Interesting is a members-only SIG that meets on Zoom on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. Learn about websites that can help you in your family history

DNA Genealogy is a members-only SIG that meets in person on the 4th Saturday from 10am – noon, and via Zoom during December and January. Learn how to use DNA to further your family history.

Our Library and Our Special Collections

Our SSGHS Library is a non-profit 501(c)3, non-circulating reference and research library that is open to the public.  The Library contains more than 14,000 books and items for the United States as well as many other countries.  Our card catalog is online (see top of page).

Our collections include but are not limited to:

  • Acme Steel Newsletters 1926-32, 1935-50, 1954-61
  • Hammond City Directories* 1943-1974
  • 600+ family histories*
  • Selected funeral homes’ records
  • County Histories and Atlases*
  • Church histories and records*
  • High School yearbooks*
  • Regional telephone directories*
  • Local area information files
  • Microform and CD materials*

    * see our online catalog

Library visitors may use these programs for free (in-library use only):

FamilySearch — SSGHS is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, providing access to millions of records including additional digital records and images not available outside a FamilySearch Family History Center or an Affiliate Library. When you are inside the SSGHS Library using your own computer, you will be able to access the “locked” records at

Ancestry Library Edition — When you are inside the SSGHS Library, you may access Ancestry Library Edition using your own computer. Ancestry Library Edition delivers census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Content is from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.  This resource is provided through the generosity of one of our members.

Our helpful Library Volunteers are genealogists themselves, and are happy to assist you.

2023-2024 Membership Year

Our 2023-2024 Membership Year runs from September 2023 to August 2024. Click here to join, or to renew your current membership. (You may print, complete and mail a membership form along with your check, or you may join or renew online by using PayPal.)


Where The Trails Cross, The Journal of the South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society, is published twice a year. Volume 54:1 (Fall/Winter 2023) is now available in the members-only area.

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