Friday, November 21, 2014

Save the Date – 2015 Fall Conference!

Plans are underway for the ISGS 2015 Conference.

October 23rd & 24th 2015

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Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn

  • 9333 S. Cicero Ave
  • Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  • (708) 425-7800

Reservation Room Block

(2015 ISGS Conferences) $119.00 per night

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

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Join us on Tuesday, December 9, at 8:00 PM Central, where C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, will show us how to properly navigate HeritageQuest Online - The Ins and Outs. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7159116276516038146.

Last week's webinar, Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research, presented by Barbara Renick, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

January 13 – Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2933074072977427457
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

And don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nov/Dec Newsletter Now Available

The Nov/Dec 2014 issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members.
Visit the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org and click ISGS Newsletter to download the current issue (in PDF) and to view past issues going back to 2008.
Contents
  • Discovery of 1840 Menard County Census
  • Cook County Cemetery at Dunnings Database Available Now
  • ISGS 2014 Fall Conference News
and more………
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© 2014, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy to be Held in Galesburg, IL Next May

We received the following press release announcing a new genealogy institute starting next year.  Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy (a.k.a. CSI-Genealogy) will be held from May 28 to June 1, 2015 on the Carl Sandburg Campus in Galesburg, Illinois.

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Carl Sandburg College is excited to announce that registration for CSI-Genealogy 2015 has started and will be held on the college’s campus in Galesburg, Illinois from 28 May through 1 June 2015.

Attendees can choose one of four lecture tracks to attend over the 4.5 days of the Institute. The following tracks will be offered: 

  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis with Michael John Neill 
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods with Teresa Steinkamp McMillin 
  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy with Cyndi Ingle 
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, & Records with Debbie Mieszala

Classes will be held in modern comfortable classrooms and attendees will have complimentary access to wifi to enhance their educational experience. Registrants can add an optional meal package to their registration. The college is completely handicapped accessible and all activities will be held under one roof.

Galesburg is easily accessible via interstate 74 and is within an hour of two international airports.

Registration is limited. More details and registration information can be found on the CSI-Genealogy website.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 2014 Webinar – Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research

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Join us on November 11, for Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research with Barbara Renick, where you will learn about the importance of studying an ancestor's associates can help solve a genealogical mystery.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Just because it is in print (in a courthouse record, a county history, a family history book, or published online) doesn't make it so. All too often we find tantalizing bits and pieces of our family trees in various sources. It takes knowledge and experience to carefully evaluate what you have found and to determine when further research and documentation is necessary. This lecture covers the evaluation of both compiled and original sources.

Presenter: Barbara Renick

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Barbara Renick teaches at many national and state genealogy conferences and at least monthly at the regional Family History Center in Orange California; was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for eleven years; authored Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage sponsored by NGS for their 100th Anniversary; and has serve on both the NGS Board of Directors and the Association of Professional Genealogists Board of Directors. The ‘Z’ Links page at her ZRoots.com Web site is popular among genealogists who use it as their browser home page.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4615403822237603330
Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/members.php.  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=8 for more information.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2015 FREE Webinar Lineup

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The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2015. The 2015 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2014 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2015 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinars is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2015 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2015 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 13 – Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2933074072977427457

February 3 – Basic Scandinavian Research*
Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6829079176792483329
* Note: This webinar is schedule on the first Tuesday of the month due to the RootsTech conference taking place the following week.

March 10 – Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/792741648604580353

April 14 – Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas
Presenter: Drew Smith
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8189883145839699201

May 12 – Need Direction? Try City Directories!
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6094939660972982529

June 9 – Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves
Presenter: Ron Arons
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4967076026363157761

July 14 – Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/723818762217470209

August 11 – School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697

September 8 – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
Presenter: Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969

October 13 – Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
Presenter: Steve Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8211336816720900865

November 10 – In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after November 10th for the registration link.

December 8 – The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
Presenter: Gary Smith
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after November 10th for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information

  • All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central.
  • For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227.
  • You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=316.
  • Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2015 series can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2015 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!


The 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge Update

03057rThe Illinois State Genealogical Society President Jane Haldeman, announced at their annual meeting in O’Fallon, IL during their Fall Conference on Saturday, October 25. 2014, that the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge goal has been met.

Since the goal was accomplished in two and half months, the ISGS board voted to increase the Challenge up to $12,000 in donations made by October 31, 2014.