Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

The Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to announce the winners of its recent Ancestor Photo Contest held earlier this year.

Rotating Ancestor Slide Show Added to ISGS Website



There were 12 photos selected from the many images submitted by ISGS members and they are all available for viewing at the ISGS website. We’ve created a “rotating slide show” which will display two images when you click on a sidebar menu item.

ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners and Photos

In addition, place your mouse pointer over an image to learn more about the person or persons depicted and which ISGS member submitted the photo.

You can also view all of this year's winning photos and those from previous years by clicking Free Databases in the sidebar and selecting Ancestor Photos.

AREND Wedding

AREND Wedding

AREND Wedding. Mattoon, Coles County, 1907. Wedding photo of Ada Beulah Cox (1886 – 1911), daughter of George Steele Cox and Minerva Jane Sidell and Henry Edward Arend (1881 – 1928), son of George Henry Arend and Adrianna Byl. Submitted by Leslie Rankin.

BEHAN Anna

BEHAN Anna

Anna Behan b. 7-Jun-1860 Kilrush, Clare, Ireland to Daniel Behan and Mary Scanlon, m. 23-Nov-1887 Chicago, IL to John William Maher, d. 27-Aug-1943. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.

BORGUS Benjamin Burgess

BORGUS Benjamin Burgess

Benjamin BURGESS "BORGUS" - Benjamin was born in May 1888 in Collinsville, Illinois and died in 1918 in France. "Benny" served in the military for a few months before dying of influenza in France. Submitted by Sheryl Grandt.

FARIS Family

FARIS Family

Faris Family, Olney, Richland County, circa 1909. In the back, Mary Ellen Faris Reed (1882 – 1968). The child is her son, Clarence Reed (1906 - 1979). Seated from the left is John Bell Faris (1848 – 1911), Mary Ellen’s father, then David Faris (1827 – 1922), Mary Ellen’s grandfather. Submitted by Leslie Rankin.


MAHER Family

MAHER Family

MAHER family. Seated: Anna Behan Maher and John William Maher, Standing L to R: Joseph Ambrose, Donald Philip, Lester John, John "Jack" William Jr., Edward Arnold. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.


MESSINA Family

MESSINA Family

MESSINA family. Carolina Messina, Rosalia Calderone Messina, Antonino Messina, Alfonso Antonio Messina. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.


OXLEY Christmas 1931

OXLEY Christmas 1931

OXLEY Christmas 1931. This is my mother and Grandmother Christmas, 1931 in Marseilles, IL (on Illinois St.) My mother was Betty Matthews (Catherine Elizabeth, later she married my Dad, Harry Farmer) and my Grandma was Jennie Buffo Matthews. I love the 1930 car and the old toys and clothes. My mother would have been 4 in the photo and my Grandma (an Italian immigrant in 1901) would have been 32. My Grandmother was born in northern Italy, about 30 miles north of Torino. My mother was born in Marseilles, IL, at home, in the house where they stand on Illinois Street. Submitted by Pat Oxley.


 SCHROEDER Family

SCHROEDER Family

SCHROEDER Family, near Humboldt, Coles County, circa 1907. Front Row: Lena Schroeder Gillespie (1872 – 1927), Mary Mohlenhoff Schroeder (1837 – 1916), Christian Schroeder (1835 – 1918), Anna Schroeder Handley (1866 – 1946). Back Row: Frederick Schroeder (1870 – 1914), William Schroeder (1868 – 1937), Herman Schroeder (1875 – 1952). Submitted by Leslie Rankin.


SHANNON Barbara and Ed

SHANNON Barbara and Ed

SHANNON Barbara and Ed. The couple in the picture is my aunt Barbara and Ed. note on the back says 8/21/54, Maywood, IL. Ed is unknown to me. Submitted by Donna Adams.


SHANNON Family

SHANNON Family

SHANNON Family. The family picture, my paternal grandfather, Ralph Flemming Shannon, born 29 July 1907 in Oak Park, IL. died 30 June 1960 in Chicago, IL. My paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Brown, born 8 Oct 1905 in Corydon, Ind. died 29 June 1973 in Chicago, IL. My uncle, Robert Laverne Shannon, born 4 Nov 1929 in Aurora, IL. died 20 Feb 2008 in Santa Monica, CA. And my father, William Alfred Shannon aka Billy :-) And my aunt, Barbara. The note on the back says Aurora, IL. 1940. Submitted by Donna Adams.


SHANNON William Alfred

SHANNON William Alfred

SHANNON William Alfred. The baby in the pram is my father, William Alfred Shannon, born 9 Sept 1933 in Chicago, IL. died 11 Oct 1973 in Chicago, IL. The little girl that you can just see in the background is my aunt, Barbara Estelle Shannon, born 25 Oct 1941 in Aurora, IL. died 20 July 1992 in Denver, CO. Submitted by Donna Adams.


SHIRLEY Clarence and Edna

SHIRLEY Clarence and Edna

Clarence and Edna SHIRLEY taken early 1900's (they were married in 1919). Submitted by Cleta Shirley.

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