Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fox Valley Genealogical Society Conference - Saturday, October 1, 2016



On Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, Naperville, Illinois, will present our annual all-day conference at Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville. The featured speaker will be David McDonald, CG®.

David is a Certified Genealogist® who is a trustee and past president of the Board of Certification of Genealogists. David is a former director of the National Genealogical Society and past editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society newsletter. An ordained Protestant minister his specialties include the Midwest, migration patterns across the United States, religious records and denominations. He has lectured widely in the Midwest on various genealogical topics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new clues and insights to assist you in going beyond vital records.

The conference theme is Church or Court: Where did Grandma Go?

David McDonald, CG® will present four lectures entitled:

1. Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns

2. Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where did Grandma’s Church Go?

3. Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcription & Analysis

4. The Other Side of the Courthouse: Criminal & Civil Court Records

Genealogy vendors will be on-site. Door prizes are also featured. Muffins and coffee before 9 a.m. and boxed lunch are included. Grace United Methodist Church is at 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, Illinois, conveniently located just east of Washington Street (north of 75th Street and west of Naper Boulevard).

Please direct questions concerning the conference to (630) 857-3452 or send an email to conference@ilfvgs.org. We invite you to visit the FVGS website at www.ilfvgs.org for conference information and registration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – October 2016


Upcoming ISGS Webinars – October 2016

Join us on Tuesday, October 11, at 8:00 PM Central, when Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS will present Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4021548811025038081

Last week's webinar, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records, presented by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

October 11 - Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4021548811025038081

November 8 - Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5160689038658812674

December 13 - Without the Hint - There is No Story
Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3458035909419848194

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).


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 2016 ISGS Webinar - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records

September 2016 ISGS Webinar - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records


Title:  Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records

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

Description: Our ancestors’ occupations are a way of identifying them. Exploring records created about occupation and employment can yield specific information about the ancestor, help place the ancestor in historical and social context, and spark ideas for further research.

Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG

Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors. She figures that if anyone were to steal her phone, the thief would probably be alarmed at the number of tombstone photos on it. She blogs regularly at AmyJohnsonCrow.com.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5222129746649412097

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 September 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/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).




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Monday, August 29, 2016

ISGS September/October 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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

ISGS September/October 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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ISGS Office Closure - Thursday, September 1st and Monday September 5th, 2016

ISGS Office Closure - Thursday, September 1st and Monday September 5th, 2016


The ISGS Office will be closed on Thursday, September 1, 2016, for the FGS 2016 Conference, and on Monday, September 5, 2016, for the Labor Day holiday.

Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2016 Award Winners Announced

ISGS Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016 Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"
Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016
Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, eight individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference – Time Travel: Centuries of Memories – August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. The recipients include:

  • Rick Womack, of San Francisco, California and Ken Alexander, of Evanston, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for their work indexing CDs for the Archives Indexing Project.
  • Darlene Hinkle, of Amboy, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for her work with the ISGS Newsletter, Church Records and Nomination Committees.
  • Harold Schook, of Odell, Illinois and Paul Ritter, of Pontiac, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Community Service Award for their work in restoring the graves of Civil War veterans in Odell, Illinois.
  • David C. Bailey, of Naperville, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for his work documenting Civil War soldiers connected to Illinois.
  • Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, of Lockport, Illinois, will receive the Volkel Medal of Honor Award for her lifetime of work for the genealogical community, including research, instruction, archiving, editing, and writing, as well as founding the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • D. Joshua Taylor, of New York, New York, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his work in the genealogical community, including hosting the Genealogy Road Show on PBS, appearances on the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a lecturer and writer.

Dawn Carey Henry, ISGS President, notes: “Once a year ISGS takes time to recognize some of our exceptional volunteers and those who have to contributed to the genealogical community as a whole. This year is no exception. I am delighted to acknowledge and honor this year’s recipients. Thank you for your dedication to ISGS and sharing your passion for genealogy. Congratulations to each of the winners!”

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

ISGS Announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016-2017 - Notice of Election and Annual Meeting



Illinois State Genealogical Society announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017. Election will take place at our Annual Meeting.

Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017

President: Dawn Carey Henry, Naperville
1st Vice President: Angela Cathey McGhee, Chicago
2nd Vice President: Susan Scoville Pope, Normal
Recording Secretary: Laura Kovarik, Naperville
Treasurer: Christina Bannon, Homer Glenn

2019 Directors:

Jackie Lyell, Marion
Donna Pond Hartwig, Peoria
Jan Conkrite, Dixon

Annual Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Minutes of the 24 October 2015 Annual Meeting
IV. Financial Reports
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
a. Elections of Officers and Directors
b. Presentation of Honors and Awards
VII. Announcements
VIII. Adjournment

The Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, September 3, 2106 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois immediately following our ISGS sponsored luncheon during the FGS 2016 Conference featuring The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell.

Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/ for more information on the FGS 2016 Conference. See you in Springfield!