Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 2016 ISGS Webinar - Without the Hint - There is No Story


Title:  Without the Hint - There is No Story

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Oral history, passing remarks and casual conversations can lead to a journey to discover the family story. The value of listening rather than discounting information can set the stage to crack a brick wall. Every family has a challenge to uncover the truth, and one important challenge is explore every little detail heard that will prove or disprove the information. This webinar is a case study of a casual conversation (a little hint) that opens the door to finding an amazing family story, which spans through an array of events and a myriad of records.

Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett

Bernice Alexander Bennett is a lecturer, author, and family historian researching and documenting her African American roots. She is a Citizen's Archivist ]with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, where she prepares Widows' pension records for restoration and digitization for Fold3. Also, she is the producer and host of a weekly Blogtalkradio show – Research at the National Archives and Beyond. She has spoken at national and local genealogical societies, and is a coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3458035909419848194

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar.

Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on December 13th, 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/isgs2017webinarbrochure.

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 isgswebinars@ilgensoc.org.

The 2016 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).




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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ISGS November/December 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

The November/December 2016 issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members.

ISGS November/December 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2016 ISGS Webinar - Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis



Title:  Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description:Evidence comes in many forms and with varying amounts of content. This lecture focuses on studying evidence for reliable and less-than-reliable information. It begins with a discussion of types of source materials - original vs. derivative - and the differences between primary and secondary information, and goes on to address mixed content on sources. Print vs. electronic media are considered throughout, and evaluation of source citations to determine evidence weight and reliability is stressed.

Presenter: George G. Morgan


George G. Morgan
George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and webinars. He is an instructor for the Ancestry Academy, and co-host of The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

George is the prolific award-winning 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, was released in January 2015.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5160689038658812674

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar.

Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on November 8th, 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/isgs2017webinarbrochure.

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 2016 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).




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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2017 FREE Webinar Lineup



The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2017. The 2017 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2016 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2017 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 2017 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2017 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

  • November 14 – Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research
    Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
    Registration: Stay tuned!**
    ** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after November 14, 2016, for the registration link.
  • December 12 – Ephemera: Genealogy Gold
    Presenter: Sharon S. Atkins
    Registration: Stay tuned!**
    ** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 12, 2015 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information


  • All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
  • 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 2017 series can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2017webinarbrochure.
Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2017 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!



The 2017 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2016


Join us on Tuesday, November 8, at 8:00 PM Central, when George G. Morgan will present Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5160689038658812674

Last week's webinar, Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals, presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars
  • 2017 ISGS Webinar SeriesStay tuned for an announcement later this week with a listing of all 12 webinars in our 2017 series!
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar.

Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

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/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

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 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).


Sunday, October 16, 2016

African American Genealogy Workshop


African-American Genealogy Flyer


















Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to attend a genealogy workshop featuring the internationally known genealogist, author, and speaker Tony Burroughs. Tony Burroughs is the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy and is also on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Kwame Nkrumah Academy. 

During this day-long workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about the research process Tony Burroughs uses to discover information about the history of African-American Ancestry. 

Several interesting topics will be discussed during this event including:
  • Evaluating Evidence
  • From Census to Slavery
  • Did Your Ancestors Serve in the Civil War?
  • Out of the Mouths of Slaves


The event, hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society, takes place in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library on October 22nd, 2016 from 9am-4pm CST. 


For more details on the event and information on purchasing tickets follow the link provided! http://bit.ly/2dfvOk4


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

ISGS Office Closed Monday, October 10, 2016 for Columbus Day

ISGS Office Closed Monday, October 10, 2016 for Columbus Day

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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