The Illinois State Archives and regional repositories contain hundreds of thousands of documents retelling the history of Illinois and its citizenry. Guest presenter Tina Beaird will describe how the Illinois State Archives is structured, what records are available online-VS-in-person, plus how the regional archives system works including the types of records housed at IRAD facilities; and how to obtain copies for next to nothing.
Tina Beaird is owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is also a Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. Tina lectures extensively on topics including genealogical methodology, military research, and archival preservation. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as First V.P. of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Board Director for the Northern Illinois Historic League, and the Oswego Heritage Association. She volunteers her time with several historical and genealogical societies across Illinois. Tina has provided research assistance for nearly twenty years and has been researching her family's history, as time permits, for over thirty years. She is a rabid baseball fan and she and her family have visited 24 out of 30 Major League Ballparks across the U.S.