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FREE Military Research Resources this Veterans Day Weekend!

Check out these FREE resources to focus on your military ancestors this Veteran's Day Weekend!

Find My Past is granting free access through November 11th. Find My Past is the leading website for British and Irish family history research. Take advantage of free access to their entire collection of military and civilian records, including more than 85 million military records covering the Armed Forces of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Fold3 is offering free access to their Native American Records through November 15th. Explore Native American records never before seen on the internet, including Ratified Indian Treaties, Indian Census Rolls, Eastern Cherokee Applications, and photos. Over 1.5 million images are available for the first time!Ancestry is also featuring free access to their U.S. military records collections through November 17th. Ancestry's U.S. military records cover all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American histor…
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Try-It! Illinois is HERE - Don't miss your chance to try FREE online access to Genealogy Databases!

Have you heard of Try-It! Illinois? It's a statewide database trial that runs from October 1-November 30, 2019, sponsored by Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library.

Try-It! Illinois offers library users in Illinois the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is NO CHARGE for accessing these databases!

Try-It! Illinois offers a wide variety of databases for you to try- and many of them relate to genealogy and historical research! This year's offerings include:

Access World News Research Collection African American Newspapers: The 19th CenturyAmerica and World War I: American Military Camp NewspapersGenealogyBankAmerica's Obituaries and Death Notices- NewsBankCivil War Collections- and several other databases from Accessible Archives, Inc.Historical Chicago Tribune- and several other databases from Pr…

The ISGS Fall Conference is Almost Here - And You Could Be A WINNER!

The ISGS Fall Conference is almost here, and we are excited for a weekend full of learning, networking, and fun!

Don't forget to purchase extra tickets for our exciting selection of Raffle and Door Prizes!

Some Door Prize highlights include:

oDNA Kits from Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Family Tree  DNA oTons of books, including Illinois histories, indexes, and lots of research guides oUnique items including a cemetery preservation guide and tombstone cleaning kit, a do-it-yourself vintage shadowbox kit, and an assortment of unique research tools and gadgets donated by Thomas MacEntee, founder of High-Definition Genealogy and one of our featured speakers!
oMembership certificates for societies, museums, and websites including Ancestry,, and more!
Our BIG Raffle Prizes include donations from Ancestry, MyHeritage, ThomasMacEntee, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)!

We'll see YOU next weekend at the Chicago Marriott Naperville!

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Mark Your Calendars for the 27th Annual Lake County IL Genealogical Society Annual Conference- Saturday October 19th!

Don't miss Lake County's Annual Conference next week, October 19th! This year's theme is "The Web & DNA: Modern Techniques to Complement Traditional Research." Featured presenters will be Tony Burroughs, FUGA, and David Stumpf, MD, Ph.D.

An award winning internationally known genealogist, speaker author, and teacher, Tony Burroughs has appeared as a guest genealogy expert on over twenty-five national and international television broadcasts, including CBS Sunday morning, CBS News, ABC World News Tonight, BET Nightly News, National Public Radio (NPR) and many local broadcasts.

Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Stumpf combines his medical and genealogical knowledge to specialize in Genetic Genealogy, Adoptee Research, and Medical Genealogy.  He is a genealogy software developer, and writes a genealogy blog.

The Lake County Conference will be held at the University Center of Lake County, 1200 University Center Drive, Gray…

Don't Miss the AAGHSC 37th Annual Family History Conference!

The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society will present their 37th Annual Family History Conference, "Following Ancestral Footsteps: From the Grave to DNA," Friday and Saturday, October 11-12th!  The Conference will be held in Chicago at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5200 S. University Ave. 

This year's keynote speaker is Bernice Alexander Bennett, Family Historian, Author and DNA Expert! Bernice is the producer-host of the popular "Research at the National Archives and Beyond" BlogTalk Radio program. She is the first recipient of the Ida B. Wells Service Award given by the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passages for her dedication to broadcast stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent.

Bennett is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society and also a founding Coordinator and faculty member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. In addition, she …

Get Ready for Genealogy Day at the Peoria Public Library- This Saturday!

Don't miss Genealogy Day 2019 at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch- THIS Saturday, September 28th! 

The Peoria County Genealogical Society and the Peoria Public Library will be hosting a fantastic day of learning! They will have workshops on using some of the latest genealogical tools and websites, tours of the Local History section of the Main Library, information from local and national heritage societies, and much more! 

Learn what Peoria County birth, marriage, death and land records are available online!The Illinois State Genealogical Society will provide information and details about Illinois resources for tracing your family tree!Tour the Peoria Public Library's local history archives and genealogical resources!
The Main Library is located at 107 NE Monroe in Peoria. Call (309) 407-2000, or learn more on the Peoria Public Library's website!

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ISGS 2019 Fall Conference- Volunteers Needed!

2019 Fall Conference – Volunteers Needed!

The ISGS 2019 Fall Conference is quickly approaching – October 25 & 26 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Get Involved! Benefits of volunteering at the conference include meeting fellow genealogists, networking, and giving back to the genealogical community.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available: Room Monitors (must be a registered attendee to volunteer for this position)Audio-Visual Support (registration not required to volunteer for this position)Bag Stuffing / Pre-Registration (registration not required to volunteer for this position)What a great way to get your spouse/partner involved!
You may choose to volunteer for one or multiple days and times. Click HEREto volunteer.
If you have any questions about volunteering,please contact Suzanne Hoffman, Volunteer Coordinator at:
REMINDER:  Early Bird Conference Registration ends October 4th! If you have not yet registered, click here:  Registration
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