Friday, August 15, 2014

ISGS War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

ISGS Announces the $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

03057rThe Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to support the Federation of Genealogical Societies' "Preserve The Pensions" campaign, with the goal of raising $3.7 million to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files held at the National Archives and make them freely accessible online. The digitized pension files will be available for free on Fold3.com - see http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/ to view the files that are available so far.

In recognition of the importance of this digitization effort, the Illinois Genealogical Society has issued the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS will MATCH any donation up to the first $10,000 that is made before January 31, 2015.

  • This means that if you donate $100, ISGS will match your contribution for a total of $200
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has agreed to MATCH the combined contribution (up to $20,000) for a total of $400.
  • In addition, Ancestry.com will also match the combined contributions for a total of $800!

Any contribution you make will actually be EIGHT-FOLD!  Any size contribution is welcome! A $100 contribution equals about 1776 pages of Pension files digitized as part of the "Preserve the Pensions" project.

War of 1812 Pension Application Files - A Valuable Resource

The National Archives has over 180,000 of these pension application files, containing more than 7.2 million pages. These files are among the files most frequently requested by genealogy and family history researchers. Pension application files contain valuable information - not just about the day-to-day life of the applicant while in military service, but also information on the applicant's widow, family members and even neighbors.

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Illinois and the War of 1812

Often referred to as "The Forgotten War" or "America's Second Revolutionary War," the War of 1812 was a defining event for what was

then the Illinois territory and helped lead to statehood for Illinois in 1818. For more information on Illinois and the War of 1812, see the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee website at http://illinoiswarof1812bicentennial.org/.

Remember, donations of any size will help - even a $10 donation means 80 more pages of War of 1812 Pension Application files will be digitized as part of the Preserve the Pensions project.

How To Donate to the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

Donate online using the link below or send a check (made payable to Illinois State Genealogical Society - please indicate "War of 1812" on the memo line) to: Illinois State Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791-0195. You may also click here to make your donation using our online form.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 2014 Webinar – Land Records in Illinois

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Join us on August 12, for Land Records in Illinois, presented by Michael John Neill. While the focus is on Illinois, much of the information and many of the techniques apply to other states as well.

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: This presentation will discuss searching and using local land records in the state of Illinois. Typical methods of organization and recording will be covered along with search methods, problem-solving, and records analysis. This presentation will not discuss federal land records and attendees should have a basic knowledge of the township and range system of property surveying within the state.

Presenter: Michael John Neill

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Michael John Neill has been actively involved in genealogical research for over thirty years. An experienced courthouse, archives, and library researcher, he as extensively researched numerous families in the Midwestern and Southern areas of the United States. Michael writes the popular "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and the how-to newsletter "Casefile Clues." He lectures on a wide variety of genealogy topics, has lectured at Samford's Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research and has led week-long research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7772534911757198337
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, July 22, 2014

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

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Join us on Tuesday, August 12, at 8:00 PM Central, where Michael John Neill will present Land Records in Illinois. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7772534911757198337.

Our July webinar, Newspaper Research—More Than Obituaries, presented by Patricia Walls Stamm, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

August 12 – Land Records in Illinois

September 9 – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

October 14 – Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals

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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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Webinar – Newspaper Research—More Than Obituaries

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Newspaper Research—More Than Obituaries, the title says it all. Learn how to incorporate newspapers into you genealogy research on July 8 with Patricia Walls Stamm.

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Newspapers contain obituaries. But newspapers can provide us so much more information than just obituaries! See what searching the local newspaper can tell you about your family.

Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm

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Pat, who was born and raised in Delaware, now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She serves as the NGS Education Manager. Additionally she is a course coordinator at Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research and teaches for St. Louis Community College and St. Louis Genealogical Society. She holds the credentials of Certified Genealogist sm and Certified Genealogical Lecturer sm as well as the tested concentration of Genealogical Instruction from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. She serves on St. Louis Genealogical Society Board.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4215015562064657921
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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Save the Date! ISGS 2014 Fall Conference – Oct 24-25

Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, Illinois

ISGS%202014%20Fall%20Conference%20Brochure,%202,%20v2The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces its 2014 Fall conference to be held on October 24 and 25 in O’Fallon, Illinois, at the Regency Conference Center.

Illinois: Land of Opportunity as this year’s theme. Our featured speaker is J. Mark Lowe along with other nationally known speakers.

Besides attending genealogy focused lectures and social events, conference goers can visit the O’Fallon/St. Louis area which offers a variety of venues for historical sightseeing.

Conference details will be available at the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org. For room reservations, contact the Hilton Garden Suites at (636) 625-2700 or visit Hilton Garden Inn - O'Fallon (mention the ISGS conference to secure the group rate). Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis/O'Fallon, 2310 Technology Dr., O'Fallon, IL

Questions about the ISGS 2014 Fall Conference can be emailed to the Conference Chair, at isgspublications@ilgensoc.org.


Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in O’Fallon this Fall!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

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Join us on Tuesday, July 8, at 8:00 PM Central, where Patricia Walls Stamm will present Newspaper Research - More Than Obituaries. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4215015562064657921.

Last week's webinar, Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online, presented by Cyndi Ingle, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

July 8 – Newspaper Research—More Than Obituaries

August 12 – Land Records in Illinois

September 9 – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

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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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Montgomery County Genealogical Society Offers History Book

The Montgomery County Genealogical Society is proud to offer you our new
history and families book at the pre-publication price. This book will go to the
publisher in the fall and the pre-publication price is good until that time.
The final deadline for stories is June 15 and the deadline for the feature pages is June 30. Our approximate delivery date is February 2015.

If you have any questions, please email the book committee at
montgomerycofamilybook@mcgsil.com or call Deanna Reeves at 217-324-2425 or Carol Berry at 217-556-6777.

Montgomery County Genealogical Society
POBox 212, Litchfield, IL 62056-0212
www.mcgsil.com
email: info@mcgsil.com