January 1, 2019 

Tina Beaird MLIS '02 is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a genealogy and history librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She was recently featured in The Daily Herald as she speaks to local groups about how courthouses are great resources for personal family history.

Tina holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in archives/preservation from Dominican University. She has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, she is a board director of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Northern Illinois Historic League, and the Illinois State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as a commissioner for the Illinois World War One Centennial Commission. Tina is also an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local levels on topics including genealogical methodology, military records, and archival preservation. She has offered assistance to researchers for over 15 years and occasionally still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over 20 years.

Read more: Local history librarian to speak at Jewish Genealogical Society meeting in Northbrook