Genealogical Society Hosts Program on Taverns

The South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society will offer an October 14 program on “Mixers and Shakers – Tracing Your Bartending, Saloonkeeping, and Tavernkeeping Ancestors before Prohibition” with Debra M. Dudek.

The program will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. October 14 in the library at 3000 W. 170th Place, Hazel Crest.

Taverns and saloons have been a crucial American institution, and the men behind the bar were the social rock stars of their era.

This program will lead family historians through the pre-Prohibition records and resources which will help them add an extra shot of flavor into their research.

This is a hybrid program. No registration is necessary to attend in person. Those who wish to view the presentation via Zoom must first register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucemrqjovGtAv_tvU_EA52KwTrw66n0aC .

After registering, virtual attendees will be sent the Zoom link.

Founded in 1968, South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society welcomes those interested in genealogy, family history, and local history in the Chicago Southland.

The SSGHS research library and meeting space are located at the west end of the Village of Hazel Crest Public Safety Building.

The society welcomes researchers of all skill levels. Its research library holdings are concentrated on the 20 townships of southern Cook County and eastern Will County plus the adjoining Chicago communities of Roseland, Pullman, and Kensington. More information is at https://ssghs.org

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Ms. Dudek is the Book Review Editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, an executive board member of the Illinois State Historical Society, website coordinator for the Chicago Chapter NSDAR, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors.

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