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ISGS Fall Conference- meet our Spark Session Featured Speakers!

ISGS is excited for the return of our popular "Spark Sessions" at this year's Fall conference! These live Zoom Q&A sessions were introduced at last year's conference and were a big hit with attendees. We have even more sessions this year, featuring research experts on a variety of topics and repositories! These Sessions give you an opportunity to ask questions and get expert advice for your brick walls, as well as plan and prepare for upcoming research trips! For the full Fall Conference schedule, including Spark Sessions, CLICK HERE to visit the Conference page - and check out our featured Spark Session speakers and topics below! FALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 13TH!  © 2022, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society
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Exciting October Events!

LAST DAY TO REGISTER! AAGHSC 40th Annual Family History Conference- October 9th Don't miss the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago's 40th Annual Conference, "Treasure Chest of Genealogical Jewels!" Current AAGHSC members get a one-time FREE registration- non-members can CLICK HERE for more info and to register! Featured speakers include Debora A. Abbott, Ph.D.; Ahmed Johnson, James R. Morgan III, and Robyn Smith- all experts in African American research and methods. ISGS Congratulates AAGHSC on 40 YEARS of spectacular and educational conferences! The North Suburban Genealogical Society will hold their next conference this Saturday, October 8th, at the Glenview Public Library or on Zoom. Jason Kruski, author of A Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Polish American Genealogy,  will present "Advanced Polish Genealogy Research." CLICK HERE for more info! Got Wisconsin ancestors or interested in Wisconsin history? Check out the Wisconsin Hi

ISGS Fall Conference Speaker Highlights- Julia Johnas & Andrew Bullen

ISGS Conference Registration NOW OPEN through October 13th- CLICK HERE for more info and to register! Are you interested in learning more about the history of your house, or the house of an ancestor? You don't want to miss Julia Johnas' pre-recorded webinar, "Your House Has a Story." Julia has extensive experience in historical research and preservation, and in her webinar, she'll help you get started on learning more about your historic house! Julia will also present a LIVE Spark Session on the topic of House Histories, on Saturday October 22nd at 10:00am- don't miss this chance to ask questions and collaborate with other conference attendees! Have you heard of the Illinois Digital Archives  website? Have you visited, but are not sure how to find what you need for your family history research? Don't miss Andrew Bullen's pre-recorded lecture, "The Collections and Resources in the Illinois Digital Archives," to learn about the countless treas

Upcoming Events!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will hold their next hybrid meeting on Saturday October 1st. Matt Rutherford will present "Researching Genealogy at the Newberry Library." Learn more on the WBCGS website (and hear more from Matt Rutherford at the upcoming ISGS Fall Conference! ) ISGS' own Laura Kovarik will be presenting a special lecture about Illinois research resources at the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society's Heritage from the Heartland Series on October 1st! This lecture series will feature lectures on research gems from several midwestern states, beginning with Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois this Saturday. Visit the EWGSI website for more info! Don't miss the 24th annual Conference on Illinois History, October 6-7 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield! This conference features two days of panel discussions that highlight research on aspects of Illinois histor

Meet the New ISGS Quarterly Editor- Sandra Roberts!

ISGS is excited to announce that we have a new editor for the ISGS Quarterly- Sandra Roberts! Sandra Roberts, M.S., Computer Information Systems and M.A., English, is a writer, editor, database administrator and webmaster, and she works in the areas of genealogy, history and education. A 35-year resident of Colorado and active member of several Colorado-based genealogical societies, Sandra enjoys digitization projects, databases, family stories, historical accounts and DNA research. Her Illinois ancestors include the Shaw and Keifer/Keefer families. We are excited to have Sandra join the ISGS Board! Her first issue will be the upcoming Winter 2022 issue. The Board sincerely thanks Richard Anderson for his 4 years of dedication to the Quarterly and his top-notch work as Editor, including in our latest Fall 2022 issue (now available in our online store and in the mail for members!). Do you have stories about your Illinois ancestors...? An interesting family heirloom? Discoveries from th

ISGS Fall Conference Speaker Highlights- LaDonna Garner

ISGS is excited to welcome LaDonna Garner as a featured speaker for our 2022 Fall Virtual Conference! LaDonna will present two on-demand webinars for conference attendees. Check out the details below! Registration is OPEN for the Fall Conference- CLICK HERE to visit the ISGS Conference page! © 2022, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2022 ISGS Fall Conference!

ISGS is excited to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for our 2022 Fall Conference! This year's theme is "Mid Century to Modern." In celebration of the 1950 U.S. Census release, we have planned a jam-packed, educational event focusing on genealogy research into the later half of the 20th century. Topics include 1950 census research, the Great Migration, institutional records, newspaper research, house histories, and more! Attendees will have full access to several on-demand webinars, plus two LIVE keynote lectures- including our opening lecture on Sunday, October 16th from Michelangelo Sabatino and Susan Benjamin, authors of Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975! In addition, our "Spark Sessions" are making a return for a second year- these are special, LIVE Zoom meetings with research experts representating various repositories and reserach centers in Illinois. This year will feature experts from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, the Chica