17 February 2011 –
A nationally known author, editor, instructor, lecturer, and researcher, Sandra was the editor of the FGS FORUM for over 22 years. Known for her radiant smile and helpful ways, almost everyone who was a member of or worked with a ge
nealogical society, or attended a conference knew Sandra. In nearly three decades as a professional ge nealogist, she presented over one thousand lectures.
Beginning in 1979, Sandra taught annually at
's Samford University and Historical Research (IGHR) and twice accompanied their British Research tour. From 1990 to 2007 she was Course I Coordinator for IGHR. From 1994 until its close in 2005, Sandra was Intermediate Studies Coordinator for the Ge Institute of Ge nealogy nealogical Institute of Mid-America (at the , sponsored by the Illinois State Ge University of Illinois nealogical Society). With Loretto Dennis Szucs, Sandra co-edited three award-winning books, including two editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Ge nealogy; and The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Sandra also wrote two chapters for Professional Ge nealogy (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor) titled “Ge nealogical Education” and “Fee Setting.”
Helping thousands of people to find their Chicago/Cook County roots, Sandra conducted research projects for the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publishers and attorneys, and an international clientele from
, Australia , England , Finland and Germany . She was a past trustee for the Association of Professional Ge Sweden nealogists (APG) and a volunteer research assistant at the National Archives—Great Lakes Region.
Sandra’s honors included the Professional Achievement Award from the APG (2008); the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award from FGS (2008); lecturer for the Richard Slatten Lecture Series by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives (2003) and, lecturer for the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecture at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference (Indiana Historical Society) (1999). She was a Fellow of the Utah Ge
Per Dick Eastman, Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter …
Her family says there will not be a funeral, but that a memorial service is being planned for her instead. The memorial will be held on Saturday, April 2 at at the
on Roosevelt Road in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. A map showing the location may be found at http://www.chapelhillgardenswest.com/dm20/en_US/locations/26/2674/directions.page? Chapel Hill Gardens
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