Genealogical Methodology in Practice: Conflict Resolution From Sicily to Lincoln Park | Newberry

Genealogical Methodology in Practice: Conflict Resolution From Sicily to Lincoln Park

Led by Karen Stanbary. Three sessions, 1 - 4 pm.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Saturdays, March 31 - April 14

1 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $190

Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $209

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This course explores genealogy through a fun, hands-on case study of a Sicilian immigrant family who resided in Chicago’s “Little Hell” neighborhood in the first decades of the twentieth century. In this seminar you will learn to use tried and true strategies to resolve conflicts in the evidence, including falsified identities. The focus is on extracting every bit of useful information from the records and putting the information through tests of analysis and correlation. In-depth analysis tools will be provided. Three sessions.

Karen Stanbary, CG(SM) is trained in advanced genealogical methodologies and the tools for DNA in complex genealogical problem-solving. Her case study incorporating DNA was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (June 2016) and was awarded the NGSQ Award for Excellence.

Materials List


  • Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2013. ISBN#: 978-1935815075
  • Instructor will provide shorter materials and all genealogical records, digitally, by the course Dropbox folder.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 from Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.