Monday, November 13, 2017

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2018 Webinar Schedule
So what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9018044124091495425

February 13 – Illinois Digital Resources
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4371369446769984259

March 13 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications

April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One Individual
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8235096187730802435

May 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage Society
Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7567631057019748611

June 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/488055438110738509

July 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind Closed Doors
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539

August 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch

September 11 –Researching Pre-fire Chicago

October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011

November 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.

December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information
·       All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
·       For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page.
·       You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs.
·       Don't forget to spread the word! Share this with 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. 

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!


The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Monday, November 6, 2017

ISGS November/December 2017 Newsletter Now Available!

The November/December 2017 issue of the of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members.



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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interview with Karen Stanbary, an ISGS Speaker

The Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Fall Conference is just a little more than two weeks away! Karen Stanbary, CG℠ is one of our featured speakers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. Karen specializes in Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving and DNA analysis. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She published a complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she serves on the Genetic Genealogy Standards committee.
Register for the fall conference today to attend Karen’s lectures!


Illinois State Genealogical Society: Tell us a little about the lectures you'll be presenting at the ISGS conference.
Karen Stanbary: The five lectures I will be presenting this year at the ISGG conference are sequential and designed to flow from one to another. Although any one lecture can stand on its own.

The first lecture "DNA:  A Power Tool in the Genealogist's Tool Box" will use real-life case examples demonstrating many different ways DNA test results helped to answer long-standing genealogical problems. I hope it will motivate the audience to commit to the learning necessary to do proper analysis.

The second and third lectures "Autosomal DNA Basics I and II" review the fundamentals of using autosomal DNA match lists including basic inheritance principals what a DNA match list is and isn't using relationship prediction ranges the value of the shared match list a tour of some of the analysis tools at the testing companies.
The fourth lecture  will review the unique inheritance pattern of the X-chromosome. Case examples will illustrate how shared DNA on the X can lead to a proven conclusion.

The fifth lecture explores the parameters of best practice when incorporating DNA evidence into a genealogical proof argument. The Genealogical Proof Standard plays a starring role.

ISGS: How did you become interested in genealogy?
KS: I was an impressionable high school student in the mid-1970's.  Three concurrent events sparked my lifelong interest in genealogy:  1) an American History teacher with a passion for micro-history incorporated details of everyday people in the curriculum; 2) Roots aired on television. I loved it. It so captured my imagination, I immediately read the book. I couldn't put it down; and 3) I spent time talking with family in my grandparents' generation, asking them to tell me stories of their childhoods.

ISGS: How long have you been researching?
KS: 40 years.  Facing an empty nest, I attended my first genealogical institute in 2012:  the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research's course "Advanced Methodology" taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills. From that moment, I committed to learning the genealogical standards for best practice. I enrolled as a student in the very first genealogical institute course on DNA in 2014 at the Genealogical Research Institute at Pittsburgh. Debbie Parker Wayne, Blaine Bettinger and CeCe Moore made me a believer in the power of DNA analysis for genealogy.

ISGS: What has been a defining moment in your career as a genealogist?
KS: Achieving the Certified GenealogistSM credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016.

I was deeply honored to be awarded the National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s Award for Excellence for my article "Rafael Arriaga, A Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity" (June 2016).

ISGS: What are you most looking forward to at the ISGS annual fall conference?
KS: Inspiring others to use DNA test results to solve their own genealogical problems and simply--networking with other genealogists.  

ISGS: What should conference attendees look forward to at your lectures?
KS: Fast-paced fun!

ISGS: In what ways are you expanding your knowledge in the field of genealogy?
KS: There is so much to learn in genealogy. One of the ways I continue learning is to study the articles in the NGSQ to learn how others creatively combined shards of evidence to prove theories.

ISGS: Why do you research your ancestors?
KS: I am most interested in the social narrative of my ancestors' lives. I study the challenges they faced and marvel at their resiliency.

ISGS: You'll be sharing your knowledge of genetic genealogy with us in October. What about DNA is so captivating for you?
KS: Knowing that my ancestors live on in the DNA in my cells. Chromosome mapping facilitates the identification of specific chromosomal segments and then assigning one of those segments to the unique ancestor from whom I inherited that bit of DNA.

ISGS: How has your previous career made you a better genealogist?
KS: I still practice Clinical Social Work.  The skill set is compatible. In both careers, I break overwhelming problems into small pieces and then reassemble them to reach a solution. Additionally, my social worker skills help me to work with people who receive unexpected DNA test results.

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The ISGS 2017 Fall Conference is on October 27 and 28. Register today!

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Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2017

Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research


Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 8:00 PM Central, when Thomas MacEntee will present Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5490586515192783362.

Last week's webinar, Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You, presented by Daniel Earl, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

    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/isgs2017webinarbrochure.

    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 Webinar Committee at
    isgswebinar@ilgensoc.org.

    The 2017  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).


    Monday, October 16, 2017

    Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Volkel Hall of Fame Award

    SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

    Volkel Hall of Fame
    Marjorie Vance Rice, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will be inducted into the Volkel Hall of Fame.

    Lowell M. Volkel was instrumental in establishing and promoting an interest in genealogy in the State of Illinois. He was a founder of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (founded 26 Oct 1968) and its first President, 1968-1970; he served again as President, 1984-1985.

    In 1970 he became an Archivist in the Illinois State Archives and was the Head of the Reference Unit there from 1974 until his death in 1992. He compiled, edited, and indexed more than 3 dozen volumes of historical sources, co-authored, with Marjorie Smith, “How to Research a Family with Illinois Roots,” completed an addendum for the 1989 edition of Illinois Place Names and was the creator of the Illinois Marriage Records Project as a joint effort of the Illinois State Archives and the ISGS.

    In honor of his accomplishments in the field of genealogy and records preservation, the ISGS established the Volkel Memorial Awards. The Volkel Medal of Honor is awarded in even-numbered years to a living person who has made significant contributions in the field of Illinois genealogy. The Volkel Hall of Fame is given in odd-numbered years to honor a deceased person who has made significant contributions in the field of Illinois genealogy. 

    This year the Illinois State Genealogical Society will induct Marjorie Vance Rice into the Volkel Hall of Fame.

    Marjorie Vance Rice “Marge,” whose orphaned ancestral photos were featured in the ISGS Quarterly column, Faces from the Past, spent 17 years reuniting pictures with families of ancestors they never expected to see through photos. 

    Marge would find these photos in antique shops and set out to find their family through census records, genealogy societies tied to the photographer’s location, and surname boards. 

    She sometimes spent 20 hours or more a week on her reuniting efforts and only asked for reimbursement for the cost of the picture and postage.  The heartwarming stories and thank you notes, that she saved, were her reward.
    She declared that her mission in life was to do as much reuniting of original photos as possible in the years she had left to her and true to her word she did right up until her death on 11 April 2017, Marge reunited 2,284 photos with 1,562 people.  

    Marge and her husband lived in Joliet, Illinois, where Marge was an active member of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society where she served as a board member, trip organizer, and conference chair and was responsible for establishing the greeter program at their monthly society meetings.  She was described as a constant, dedicated, volunteer who for 12 years, once a month, spent a day at the Oswego Public Library District assisting anyone that came in with a genealogy question.

    For her outstanding contributions to genealogist and family historians not only in Illinois, but throughout the country, the Illinois State Genealogical Society is honoring her through the “Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award” and is awarding posthumously the prestigious Volkel Hall of Fame award to Marjorie Vance Rice.

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    ISGS Special Edition Newsletter Now Available!

    At ISGS we have just published a special pre-conference edition of the ISGS Newsletter filled with great information in advance of our Fall 2017 Conference in Moline, Illinois. Click HERE to download the newsletter.


    ISGS Special Edition 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.

    © 2017, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

    SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

    Community Service Awards:
    Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Awards for his service to LCHGS and helping to keep history alive.

    Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.

    Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.

    Members of the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Scottish Genealogy Group of the IL St. Andrews Society, nominated by Marsha Peterson-Maass will receive a Community Service Award for their work on the "Purple Hearts Reunited WW I Anniversary Tribute" project. Purple Hearts Reunited is a charitable foundation that rescues and reunites lost Purple Heart medals and Wound Certificates with the veteran and or their family. The group of volunteer researchers have worked on 46 of the 100 World War I veteran’s cases that were submitted to the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation.

    Individuals receiving the honor are: Caron Primas Brennan, Cindy Cady, Stephanie Pierce Carbonetti, Kathleen Craine, Janet Desaulniers, Ann Tice, Larry Klauser, Devin Payne, Marsha Peterson Maass, Matthew Rutherford, Laura Scalzitti, Theresa Toms, Jill Weiss, Jean Zack, Felicia Ziomek, Carol Zsolnay. 

    Members of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, nominated by Riverside Public Library, will receive a Community Service Award for the vast number hours they donate, for their commitment to researchers, the preservation of Illinois history and to library patrons they so willingly assist.

    Individual members receiving the honor are Marianne Miklas, Mary Kamin, Victor Kos, Paul Nemecek, Dolores Benes Duy, and Beverly Scheer.

    Special Recognition Awards:
    Joseph Ginger, nominated by Stephenson County Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service and leadership to SCGS over the last 18 years.

    Clyda Ogle of Gilberts, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her efforts and leadership of ISGS Physicians Register and Licensing indexing project in conjunction with the State Archives.

    Duane Paulsen of Grand Detour, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his dedication and service to the LCHGS.

    Susan Scoville Pope of Normal, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her dedication, service, and leadership as part of the ISGS Governing Board over the past 12 years.

    Marcia Stang of Bradley, IL, nominated by Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her service on the KVGS board and society projects.

    Individual Writer's Award:
    Kenneth Ross Alexander of Evanston, IL, nominated by ISGS Quarterly Advisory Committee, will receive the Individual Writer’s Award for his article "The Ross Brothers of Fulton County and Their Roles in Illinois and American History" which was published in Summer 2017, Volume 49, Number 2, p. 88-94 of the Quarterly.


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