Podcast: Excavating Grandma's Privy for Family History Data. This is a delightful interview with Craig Pfannkuche. Craig is an expert amateur archaeologist who describes why and how to excavate your ancestors' outhouses in order to find more about their lives.
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Born and raised in Chicago, Craig Pfannkuche received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University. He taught high school American history and anthropology for thirty years.
In addition to teaching, from which he is now retired, Craig has held several leadership positions in area genealogical and historical organizations. He is currently the president of Memory Trail Research, Inc., on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Genealogical Society, he is the Genealogical Archivist for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Historical Society, and he’s on the Board of Directors for the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society.
With whatever spare time he has, Craig is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogical topics. He has presented numerous workshops in history, historical and genealogical research, and archaeological techniques. He has also written several articles for historical journals and society newsletters.
His daughter also got the bug and is now a professional archaeologist.
Craig was the banquet speaker at the recent annual conference of the National Genealogical Society where he spoke on the same topic.
Craig Pfannkuche may be contacted at 8612 Memory Trail, Wonder Lake, IL 60097 or at