Leslie (Gignac) Drewitz


About Leslie (Gignac) Drewitz

Leslie (Gignac) Drewitz (PLCGS) is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, with a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Librarianship and currently works for a suburban Chicago public library where she has overseen the Local History collection for the past 11 years; as well as their Genealogy Club, where she teaches and lectures. Lately, she has been named a curator at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum in Bloomingdale, IL, as well. She also does private contract genealogy. Leslie lives with her husband Michael; her four children, Ellissa, Trevor, Jon and Katie; and their wonder dogs, Harley, Birdie and Mr.B. You can contact Leslie by email, LDrewitz101@gmail.com or on LinkedIn


More Sources Than Anywhere: a Plethora of Records for the Beginner

Part Three of Three As a Certified Genealogical Librarian*, I am often asked. “What is the cutoff for your records?” My answer is always the same, “There is no cutoff.” Records can be from anyone who wants to deposit their family genealogies with the institution (always with living people’s’ first names not displayed and never includes any birth dates of […]


More Sources Than Anywhere: a Plethora of Records for the Beginner (part 2) 3

Part two of three We’ve discussed the “where” of how to get your ancestral records for the mere cost of a copy in libraries, genealogical and historical societies; now, let’s discuss the “what, who, when and why” of uncovering things you didn’t know existed in these seldom used research goldmines. Let me say this: Not all libraries are created equal. […]


More Sources Than Anywhere: a Plethora of Records for the Beginner 12

Part one of three If there was a place you could go which didn’t charge you to access records; that’s right, no subscription fee – would you use it? If there was a place that didn’t charge you but the price of a 10 or 20 cent copy, to obtain records for your family’s genealogical collection – would you use it? […]


Cooperative Ventures, Awesome Exhibits: Working Together Locally to Achieve Great Things 2

The great thing about having more than one job in the same village, is that my employers get a chance every so often to all work together in a cooperative effort to participate in something which recognizes important events. This past spring we happened to do just that. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil […]


What Was I Thinking? or… Why You Should Educate Yourself in Period History 6

Occasionally, I will do private contract genealogy for clients. Sometimes, I run into research information that may deal with a sensitive subject I have to present to the client. I have also run into some sensitive research area’s in my own family genealogy. While I routinely interview perspective clients as to what research objectives we should pursue, I do not […]


Great Programs For Young Minds 1

Recently, my good friend Joe Hardesty, who is a Genealogical Librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library in Louisville, Kentucky, sent me a copy of a flyer for a kids’ genealogy program given by Anna Ruppert, the Youth Services Supervisor at the Middletown branch. Now, I’ll say right off the bat that this is one of my favorite subjects – […]