Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.
Currently, She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is a board director for the Northern Illinois Historic League and the Illinois State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member. She finds time to volunteer for other local history and genealogical societies as time permits.
Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.
Illinois Research – Saturday, 1 April 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S31) Researching Your Chicago Ancestors. The Chicago urban area encompasses over two thousand square miles and represents nearly three million residents. Genealogical record keeping exists on many governmental levels in numerous locations within and outside the city of Chicago. Tina will help you dig deeper into Chicago records to help you find your ancestors by utilizing local resources from government entities to libraries and archives.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S32) Illinois–Online. Genealogy can be an ‘arm-chair hobby’ when you live miles away from where your ancestors once lived. Illinois has numerous digital resources available to help the non-resident trace their ancestors in the Land of Lincoln. Tina will walk you through our digital Illinois resources and offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of your online research.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S33) Illinois County Resources Primer. Illinois is comprised of 102 counties. These county genealogical records are often housed in multiple locations with many historically significant collections living in various universities, archives and historical societies scattered across the state. Tina will help you mine these records to find information on your Illinois ancestors using vital records, land patents, justice of the peace records and much more.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S34) Navigating the Illinois State Archives System. The Illinois State Archives and regional repositories contain hundreds of thousands of documents retelling the history of Illinois and its citizenry. Tina will describe how the regional archives system works; the types of documents housed in each facility; and how to obtain records for next to nothing!