member since: 9 Nov 2007
DNA SIG Co-Chair (2015-present)
FTM Chair (2011-2015)
Alan Wilson has been working on the genealogy of his family for eight years. He has used various software tools and databases, including Family Tree Maker, Ancestry, The Master Genealogist, Webtrees, WikiTree and Gramps. Alan became interested in DNA for genealogy in 2008. Since then he has tested with Family Tree DNA and Ancestry, and he has used DNA comparisons on Family Tree DNA, DNAGedCom, GedMatch, Y-Search, YBase and Ancestry.
A member of CAGGNI since 2008, Alan is currently the co-leader of the DNA Special Interest Group (2015- present). He is a regular contributor to the CAGGNI monthly newsletter and a past leader of the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (2011-2015). Alan left Harris Corp. in 2015, where he held a senior technical position in radio systems and telecommunications. He lives in Long Grove and is married to Past President Michelle Bray Wilson.
Nancy R. Thomas
member since: 1 Aug 2007
Past President (2016-present)
Program Chair (January-June 2014)
GeneaQuest 2014 Conference Chair (2013-2014)
Vice President (2013-2014)
Nancy has been searching for her ancestors and her husband's for over 30 years. She published The Roeser Family: Ancestors and Descendants for a family reunion using Family Tree Maker software. Nancy has enjoyed traveling to her ancestral homes in Ireland, England and Germany, as well as other parts of the world. She is especially interested in pre-fire Chicago history. Her case study on Irish research has been presented at several genealogical society meetings in the area, including CAGGNI.
A retired Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage, Nancy was President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society from 1979-1981 and 2009-2013.
|Lynda Roddy Ozzauto |
member since: 05 Jan 2015
Vice President/Program Chair (2016-present)
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Born and raised in Chicago, Lynda began her hunt for her ancestors during a trip to Ireland in the spring of 2014. Her ancestors are mostly Irish, with a bit of English thrown in. While she thought that should make the research easier, she’s found that all the men are John, Michael and Patrick, and the women are Mary, Bridget or Catherine!
Lynda has a B.A. in art and has taught painting, drawing and design courses at private art schools and Columbia College in Chicago. Her work is in collections at Loyola University School of Dentistry, Walgreens and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She currently works at Columbia College as part of an academic advising team in the Fashion Studies Department.
member since: 31 Dec 1994
Promotions and Publicity (2015-present)
Membership Chair (2003-2005)
Genealogy Mentor (2002)
Program/Publicity Chair (1999-2001)
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Larry Olson is a Minnesota native who has been doing family research since the early 1970s, when a grandmother told him he was related to John Philip Sousa. He has never proved that legend, but he's discovered a lot of other things and had a great time doing it (Norwegians and Germans on his side, and Swedes and Revolutionary War on his wife's). He hopes that one day someone in his immediate family will appreciate all the work he has done (while he was neglecting them for dead relatives and dusty old records...). Larry works for the IRS Crime Lab as a forensic document examiner.
One of Larry's proudest accomplishments was presiding when CAGGNI was born. The group had been created several years before as the Northern Illinois Personal Ancestral File User's Group (NIPAFUG) at the Schaumburg LDS Church. Because of increasing diversity of genealogical interests, the group decided to expand its scope and became the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, or CAGGNI.
member since: 19 Mar 2011
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Jacqueline Krieps Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She volunteered at the Family History Center in Schaumburg for 15 years, teaches genealogy for Districts 211 and 214, teaches beginning genealogy at area libraries and is active in several genealogy societies.
Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She works as a school secretary, allowing her free time in the summer to pursue new information. Living in Palatine, she has been happily married for 35 years, has three grown children and two sons-in-law and four adorable grandchildren.
Robert G. Allen
member since: May 2014
Bob has been
conducting his genealogy research for more than 30 years. Beyond
recording names, dates and places, he has focused on how his ancestors and
relatives lived their lives – their work, community involvement, beliefs,
memberships and politics. He has over 100,000 people in his database.
Bob received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.B.A. from the University of Kansas – Lawrence, plus a Doctor
of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He held a number of executive positions with
Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
A past president of the Institute for Continued Learning at Roosevelt
University in Schaumburg, he has led many study groups – including Chicago and
Illinois history, Secret Societies, Genealogy, Investing, Preparing for the
End, Neat Internet Sites, The Romans, Notable Women and Old Time Radio.
member since: 2011
Newsletter Editor (2015-present)
to genealogy for the past five years, doing it for 20, Rose enjoys making the connection to her
ancestors and finds researching new clues, continuing education, teaching and
technology rewarding aspects of family history research. She often shares her
stories with family members and has created family trees for newborns, but is
dismayed no one else in her family is very interested.
When not doing
genealogy, Rose enjoys European travel and has had the opportunity to visit her
father’s birthplace in Sicily and the church in County Clare, Ireland, where
her 2nd great grandparents
were married. She is currently on the board of the DuPage County Genealogical
Society where she is Web Coordinator, 2015 Conference Co-Chair and 2016 Conference Chair. In her
“spare” time Rose is an adjunct faculty member in the College of DuPage’s Life
Long Learning program.
Michelle Bray Wilson
member since: 9 Nov 2007
Membership Chair (2015-present)
DNA Special Interest Group Co-Leader (2015-present)
Newsletter Editor (2014)
Past President (2014-present)
Family Tree Maker SIG Co-Leader (2014)
Policies and Procedures Committee Member (2012-present)
Program Committee Member (2011-present)
Michelle began her genealogical quest in 2007 when her Dad gave her an old family tree. She felt the need to authenticate it. Seven years later, she’s still working the task, but nevertheless, she’s embraced genealogy with a passion. Michelle specializes in French-Canadians and genetic genealogy and is now branching out into Slovakia.
She is a CAGGNI Past President. When she’s not doing genealogy, Michelle is a biotech engineer in the Chicagoland area.
Nancy I.Z. Reese Website Content Director (2016-present)
member since: 28 Jul 2012
Nancy began her search in 2000 for her ancestors, most of whom arrived in the U.S. before the Civil War. She has researched in archives and libraries across the U.S. and will never forget finding the obituary of her great-great-great grandmother, who died in Oregon, in a small town library in Indiana.
She retired in 2012 after 32 years with the Chicago Tribune. She now volunteers at the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Public Library in its genealogy department. She is also president of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect. Nancy has served on the newsletter committee, the road trip committee and as the coordinator of the CAGGNI surnames page on the website. She and her husband, John, a golf professional, enjoy antiquing in their spare time.
|Gail Santroch |
member since: 16 May 2008
GeneaQuest 2016 Conference Chair (2015-present)
Gail began her quest for her ancestors in 1981 when she cleaned out her deceased aunt's home built in the 1920s by her paternal grandfather. Gail's research is primarily in Cook County for her mother's line and Wisconsin for her father's side. She has visited ancestral villages in Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Gail is a member of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group and has hosted its Genealogy SIG for over 10 years. She taught some genealogy classes for the Retired Adult Program at McHenry County College in the fall of 2015. Besides genealogy, Gail loves to go on mystery tours offered by Fancy Free Holidays; these are not “who done it” variety but rather “where are we going?” Gail retired in 2014 from the Carol Stream Public Library where she cataloged all youth materials for 12 years.
OPEN-Road Trip Chair
Road Trip 2017 Chair
2016 Special Interest Group Leaders
OPEN-FTM SIG Leader
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) Leader
member since: 31 Dec 1994
The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group (TMG SIG) Leader (2015-present)
See Larry's bio above.
member since: 19 Jan 2013
Reunion for the Mac Special Interest Group (Reunion SIG) Leader (2015-present)
Bruce started studying his family tree in high school and can even say he started using computers in this hobby as early as 1972, though in a very limited way. His areas of research include Scandinavia, British Isles, Canada and Colonial America. And since 2011, he has participated in DNA testing.
Bruce joined CAGGNI in January 2013, becoming the Reunion SIG leader effective January 2015. He has been a user of Reunion for Macintosh since at least 1998 and has used it to build a fairly large family tree and publish it online with photos and source citations.
|Alan and Michelle Wilson |
members since: 9 Nov 2007
DNA Special Interest Group Leaders (2015-present)
Al and Michelle are long-time CAGGNI members. Michelle has lectured on DNA for CAGGNI and for the French-Canadian Genealogists of Wisconsin, at GeneaQuest and at the North Suburban Genealogical Society. Al is the former FTM SIG lead. He also produced most of the 2014 CAGGNI newsletters while Michelle chaired. Al and Michelle together administer about a dozen DNA test kits at all three of the main companies. They are members of ISOGG.
|Marti Swanson |
member since: 2009
Storyteller's Workshop Leader (2015-present)
Marti is a retired English teacher who's active in retired teachers' activities on the local, regional and state level. She belongs to several genealogical societies, both county-based and surname-based, and publishes a newsletter for one surname. She has a 5-acre natural yard featuring close to 100 kinds of wildflowers, lots of oaks and hickories and two ponds. She has 3 children, 4 grands, 3 greats and 2 English springers.