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ISGS Annual Membership Meeting Announcement- and other Virtual News

ISGS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR 2020 The Annual Membership Meeting this year will be VIRTUAL, along with our 2020 Fall Conference. This will include a VIRTUAL membership vote for new Officers and Board Members.  ISGS MEMBERS- Please make sure your email is up to date so that we can be sure to send you the Membership Meeting information, once finalized. Contact for any changes to your member information.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Federation of Genealogical Societies' VIRTUAL Family History Conference! The live event will begin on September 2nd and will include more than 80 on-demand sessions to choose from. Well-known speakers include David E. Rencher, Judy G. Russel, Ari Wilkins, Thomas W. Jones, CeCe Moore, Lisa Louise Cooke and many more! For more information, visit the FGS Conference Website.

More exciting updates from Celtic Connections: We have EXCITING NEWS as we count down to the Virtual Celtic Connections Conference! 
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ISGS July/August Newsletter Hot off the Presses!

The ISGS July/August Newsletter is now available for members and non-members on the ISGS website- or click the image below to read!
This issue features new "Tips from the Genealogist," an updated VIRTUAL events listing, a "Who's Who in ISGS," and a special feature highlighting our Associate Societies!

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Exciting ISGS Announcement: A NEW Virtual Writer's Group!


Ask Away – Write Away! Join us for a NEW Virtual Program
Have you tried to write your family history? Stuck? Join this new, virtual ISGS group and let’s talk about how to get it done! 
This will be a small group to allow you to ask questions and gather ideas to help in the writing process. There will be two groups: a morning and an evening group.
Each session will focus on one or two questions, such as: What inspires you to write? Where or why are you stuck? Do you have a favorite resource? ISGS volunteers will be on hand to help moderate the sessions and to share their own writing experiences!
Registration is limited. Please email with your full name, and whether you would like to join the morning or evening group. Information about the first meeting will be sent to you. The group will finalize the meeting schedule at the first gathering.
First meeting: Morning Group - Wednesday, July 8 at…

FREE upcoming virtual events and an update from Celtic Connections Conference!

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is excited to announce a FREE Virtual Program on Monday June 29th! ISGS' own Anita Boyd will be presenting "Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records" at 7:00 pm. 
Delve into early Illinois history with Anita Boyd. With a series of case studies, attendees will be given an overview of the database, which contains a wealth of genealogical information for anyone reaching Free People of Color. Hidden among these gems is the untold story of one remarkable Queen City family with deep ties to John Brown. Her husband’s activities in the Abolitionist Movement were legendary but Louisiana’s own tale of freedom was extraordinary.
The program is open to the public and a library card isn't required to register. CLICK HERE to register!

Celtic Connections has released their Live Chat Schedule and more information on their upcoming Virtual Conference:
Those who’ve already registered for the Virtual Celtic Connections Conference recognize a goo…

Meet the ISGS Member Societies- Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI) was organized in Carterville, Illinois in 1973. Their purpose is to: Encourage the science of genealogyHelp others gather genealogical informationPreserve, protect and publish information of importance to Southern Illinois genealogy.GSSI's geographic area includes the 28 counties of Illinois that are south of Interstate 70. This is an area of great genealogical and historical importance, as the earliest settlements in Illinois were established in the southern part of the state.
GSSI members receive several benefits, including four print issues of the Society's journal, The Saga of Southern Illinois, regular issues of their Newsletter, reduced registration to their Annual Conference, and access to the resources available on the Members Only page of GSSI's website.
GSSI recently debuted a new, updated website, which is full of helpful resources for family historians with Southern Illinois ancestors- including a descriptive inven…

The ISGS Office is now OPEN for Business- and Ready for your Death Certificate Requests!

ISGS is happy to announce that our office in Springfield has re-opened and is getting back to our normal operations - including our Death Certificate Lookup Service!
The current price for one certificate is $6.00 for ISGS members; $10.00 for non-members (you can order as many as you would like). Compare that to the $17.00 rate at sites such as Genealogy Online for Cook County- whose site has not yet resumed operations. Additionally, other county clerks and local archives may not yet be ready to resume normal operations. ISGS' office is on site at the Illinois State Archives, and we are ready to serve your death certificate needs!
Currently, only 1916-1947 certificates listed at the Illinois Death Certificates database at cyberdriveillinois.comcan be obtained through the ISGS lookup service. 
Revenues Support ISGS Operations! Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic service! CLICK HERE to visit the ISGS Death Certificate Lookup page and find out how to submit your requests!
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Exciting ISGS Updates for Members AND Non-Members!

Our friends at the Fox Valley Genealogical Society will be hosting a FREE Webinar on Thursday, June 11th, 7pm- "The Latest on Cook County Vital Records Online" with Daniel E. Niemiec!  The link to register for the webinar is on the ISGS home page.  Dan Niemiec, genealogy columnist, will explain the process of getting your copies of Cook County birth, marriage and death noticesas quickly and inexpensively as possible- a great learning opportunity for those with Chicago and Cook County ancestors!

The May/June 2020 Edition of the ISGS Newsletter is hot off the presses!  This issue offers many helpful online resources and research tips from our expert genealogists at ISGS- click below to read!

NEW ISGS Member Benefit! - Volumes I and II of our Family Bible Records collection are now available FREE to members! The Bible records were submitted from members and non-members, and do not pertain just to Illinois ancestors. Each volume is available as a downloadable PDF file, searchable …