Friday, July 24, 2015

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – August 2015

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Join us on Tuesday, August 11, at 8:00 PM Central, when Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, will present School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697 .

Last week's webinar, Dissect Obituaries for New Clues, presented by George G. Morgan, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

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: Michael 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

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nominations Sought for ISGS Awards

The Illinois Genealogical Society (ISGS) Honors and Awards Committee uses the following criteria for selecting individuals or societies to be honored by the ISGS Governing Board for the many hours and talents the nominees have contributeimaged to furthering genealogy in Illinois. All recipients will be notified that they will be receiving an award at an ISGS event on a specific day and place. It is their responsibility to attend the event to receive the award or to ask another individual to receive the award in their absence.  Please make only one nomination per category per society.  Award nomination forms must be used. The forms are available on the ISGS website.


Community Service Award - This award may be given to an individual, company, or institution for service or contributions to genealogy. Nominations may be made by local genealogical or historical societies.

Special Recognition Award - This award may be given to an individual for the promotion of genealogy in general or for having been a major influence toward the success of the nominating organization. Nominations may be made by local societies.

Youth Award - Students are eligible for this award for a genealogical project. Nominations may be made on the suggestion of a teacher, advisor, or local society.

Distinguished Service Award - A national figure may be honored for exceptional contributions or service to genealogy.

Individual Writers Award - A writer or co-writers who made a significant contribution to genealogy through an article of exceptional merit published in the ISGS Quarterly during the past year is/are eligible for this award. Nominations will be made by the Editorial Board of the ISGS Quarterly.

Volkel Memorial Awards  - Named for ISGS founder, Lowell M. Volkel, the Volkel Medal of Honor and the Volkel Hall of Fame awards are presented in alternate years to recognize exemplary contributions to the field of genealogy.  The Medal of Honor is awarded in even-numbered years and the Hall of Fame in odd-numbered years. Nominations may be made by local genealogical societies.


Completed forms should be mailed by July 31 to the attention of the Honors and Awards Committee at the above ISGS address.  To submit a nomination for the above awards (except the Individual Writers Award), please complete the Honors & Awards Nomination Form.

Direct questions to isgsawards@ilgensoc.org.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 2015 Webinar – Dissect Obituaries for New Clues

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Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them. A sample obituary is dissected and discussed.

Presenter: George G. Morgan

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George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents around the world.

George is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition How to Do Everything: Genealogy, will be released in January 2015. He and Drew Smith also co-authored a book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, which is a bestseller in the genealogical community.

He co-hosts The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/723818762217470209

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on July 14th, 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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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

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Monday, July 6, 2015

July/August 2015 - ISGS Newsletter Available

The July/August 2015 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 January/February 2008.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – July 2015

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Join us on Tuesday, July 14, at 8:00 PM Central, when George G. Morgan will present Dissect Obituaries for New Clues. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/723818762217470209.

Our June webinar, Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves, presented by Ron Arons, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

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

August 11 – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
Presenter: Michael Lacopo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

2015 ISGS Fall Conference–Oct 23 & 24, 2015

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2015 Fall Conference

October 23rd & 24th, 2015

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Co-host: Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago

Two days filled with genealogy education, nationally-known speakers, and the opportunity to network with other genealogists and family historians, and meals. Featured speakers include:

 

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA: Professional genealogist specializing in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Her lectures, research, and consultations for individuals, societies, law firms, and Indian tribes seeking records and advice has taken her to many states, courthouses, archives, historical societies, and libraries. Her Illinois research covers many counties.

Geoffrey Baer: Multiple Emmy award-winning Public Television writer, producer and program host Geoffrey Baer is known for his masterful storytelling, conversational style, and contagious enthusiasm.

Tony Burroughs, FUGA: Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. He is author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree and is a Director of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Thomas MacEntee: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media marketer, network builder and more.

Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CGSM, CGLSM: Researcher, author, and speaker at local, state, and national levels. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in history and a master of arts in teaching degree. She retired in 2014 after 16 years as Reference Specialist in the History and Genealogy Department of St. Louis County Library. For a number of years, she also taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Ala.

Carol Chandler: Carol is a retired registered nurse and active volunteer from Dixon, IL, will share her knowledge of Orphan Trains. Her research covers northwestern Illinois and adjoining counties of Wisconsin and Iowa.

Grace Dumelle: Professional researcher since 1995 and a staffer since 2001 at the Newberry Library.  Guiding beginners to family discoveries is something she greatly enjoys. 

George Findlen: A retired academic administrator and faculty member.  His genealogical articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and journals in New England, Louisiana, New Brunswick, and Quebec.

Janis Minor Forté: Researcher, writer and presenter who lectures at state, local and national conferences on methodology, case studies and problem solving.

Jane G. Haldeman: Professional genealogist and presenter lecturing at local, state and national levels. She is the immediate Past President Illinois State Genealogical Society.

John C. Heider: Professional gravestone conservator. He has served as a consultant to the State of Illinois Cemetery Preservation Program. 

Conference Brochure

Click here to download the Conference Brochure (PDF).

Program: Click here for full program details.

Dates: Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Location

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

Conference Rate: $119.00 per night if reserved by 02 October 2015. Breakfast is NOT included at this rate. Mention "2015 ISGS Conferences" when making your room reservation.

Registration - Online and By Mail

  • Click here to register and pay online.
  • Click here to download printable registration form and mail in with your check
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Not a member of ISGS? Click here to join now!

Individual membership is $35 a year
Joint membership $40 a year

Meals

Friday Banquet Dinner Choices:

  • Grilled Lemon Herb Breast of Chicken
  • Sliced Sirloin of Beef
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Phyllo Purse

Saturday Luncheon Sandwich Choices: (included with price of Saturday only or Friday & Saturday sessions)

  • Roast Beef & Provolone
  • Smoked Ham and Cheddar
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portobello

Note: Meals cannot be guaranteed with late registration. No refunds made after October 5, 2015. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Nominations Sought for ISGS Board Positions

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The Illinois State Genealogical Society is putting together the slate of officers for the coming year.  If you or your society would like to make a recommendation for the office of president, vice-president, 2nd vice-president, recording secretary, treasurer or for one of three positions as a director, please email your suggestions to dhinkle42@gmail.com .Hoping to hear from you soon as the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015.

Thank you,Darlene Hinkle, convener