Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy www.tamarackgenealogy.com and is also the Genealogy/Local History librarian at the Plainfield Public Library, in Plainfield, Illinois where she has worked since 2002. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Over the years she has been awarded several digitization grants to scan and preserve historic records. Recently she completed the Preserving Plainfield’s History grant through the Illinois State Archives, available at www.idaillinois.org.
She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as the First Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Northern Illinois Historic League. She is also contributor to other historical and genealogical societies across Illinois. Tina lectures extensively across the U.S. on genealogy and history topics including genealogical methodology, military records, Scottish research and archival preservation. Tina is proudly fifth generation South-Side Chicago Irish and had the honor of traveling to Belfast, United Kingdom, in November 2015, to lecture on Chicago’s Irish. She has been published in The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) Newsletter; the National Genealogical Society Magazine; the Forum, the Federation of Genealogical Society’s publication. Currently, she is writing a book on the history of the Scottish settlement at Tamarack, Illinois which she has been researching for twelve years. Tina has provided research assistance for nearly 20 years and has been researching her family’s history, as time permits, for over twenty five years. She lives in Oswego, Illinois with her husband and twins. A baseball fanatic, Tina has visited 22 out of 30 Major League ballparks.