Oak Park Arms

Trace Your Roots – Genealogy Workshop

Oak Park Arms

Family TreeA genealogy workshop will be held from 2 – 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Genealogist Daniel J. Kane of Oak Park will help participants get started in the process of identifying their family tree.

Genealogy is the study of one’s family by tracing lineages and history to determine kinship and pedigree of family members. This can be done a number of ways including oral interviews, historical records and genetic analysis.

“The workshop is aimed at moving you from Point A to Point B and, hopefully, Point C in your search for family roots,” Kane said. “It’s a given in the genealogy business that most seniors are walking around with a library full of family lore that’s never been written down.”

Participants should bring any charts or fact sheets they may already have.

Although each individual has his or her own motivation for studying family history, there is often a desire for people to carve out a place for their family in a larger historical picture and to preserve the past for future generations.

Kane himself is a native Chicagoan with Irish, French, English and Scottish roots. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA,

He is a lifetime member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society, and a number of other genealogy organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. In addition to having served on the Chicago board, he has served as first vice president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois, and was the local society liaison for the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

In 1989 he joined the Chicago Genealogical Society and discovered the joy of research at the Newberry Library. Despite not becoming “serious” about his research until his mid 30s, Kane considers himself among the fortunate genealogists who got an early start.

He selected the Oak Park Arms for his volunteering, because he grew up ½ mile away, and he’s always had a soft spot for the former grand hotel.

“The Oak Park Arms is such a resource for anyone who is retired,” Kane said. “I’m surprised more retired people don’t take advantage of all there is to do. It’s brimming with fun things, all fun and all free. And I like free stuff.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.