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Illinois Veterans Databases

Follow Friday - Laws of Illinois

There are many times when researching Illinois ancestors, that you need to consult the laws in place at the time your ancestor was living.  The Western Illinois University Libraries site has started a new website entitled Laws of Illinois which lists not only current state laws but also the following time periods:

Prior to Statehood
Northwest TerritoryIndiana TerritoryIllinois TerritoryThe Road to Illinois StatehoodIllinois State ConstitutionThe State of Illinois
1818-18391840-18491850-18591860-18691890-1920Recent/Current© 2010, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

Genealogy - Will It Play In Peoria?

Not only will genealogy play in Peoria, but genealogists will too! On Saturday, October 23, 2010 the Illinois State Genealogical Society and their co-host, the Peoria County Genealogical Society, will be holding their Fall Conference in Peoria, Illinois at the Historic Hotel Pere Marquette.

The conference theme is "You Have Family - You Have History." The society has added a new Youth Workshop to teach students how to discover their own history. As usual, the conference will include great speakers and exhibits. The conference also offers great networking opportunities and the many sights and activities Peoria has to offer.
2010 Fall Conference Registration Form (downloads in PDF)2010 Fall Conference Online Registration Form
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Resource: Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Thanks to our Recording Secretary, Julie Cahill Tarr (who has her own genealogy blog at GenBlog!) for pointing out this resource: the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society which is available for the years 1950 - 2006 in an online, searchable database.

The JISHS digitization is one of many such projects at the Northern Illinois University Libraries and we are grateful to have such a genealogy resource available online.

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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Illinois State Archives

[52 Weeks to Better Genealogy is a series of genealogy challenges developed by Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog and hosted by GeneaBloggers]

The Illinois State Archives maintains a variety of records and resources to help the genealogy researcher with roots in the Prairie State.  Managed as part of the Secretary of State's office, the Archives has a strong web-presence with not only online databases but links to helpful information for family history researchers.

Online Databases

While it isn't possible to list each and every database available online, here are some highlights:
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916–1950)Database of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)

In addition to those  records held by the Archives, several regional universities across the state act as depositories for specific collections.  With over 40 such databases covering…

GSSI Presents "What Can That Cemetery Tell You?" Workshop

The Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois is holding a workshop on Saturday, June 5, 2010 entitled "What Can That Cemetery Tell You?" at Stonefort Community Center.

Presenters include Carol Crisp, Richard Kuenneke, Mike McNerny, and Jeanette O'Boyle, who will cover a variety of topics pertinent to cemetery research including effigy stones and how to "dowse" for graves.

More information is available on the GSSI flyer (opens in PDF).

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Wordless Wednesday - NGS 2010

ISGS Board Members at NGS 2010
(front - l to r) Janice Fritsch, Jane Haldeman, Donna Pond, Nancy Blackwell (rear - l to r) Kim Kasprzyk, and Carole McCarty NGS 2010 Convention in Salt Lake City, UT, April 30, 2010
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Welcome to the ISGS Blog

Welcome to the blog of the Illinois State Genealogical Society!

This blog is one of many new social media endeavors we are undertaking in order to spread the word about our society as well as the many genealogy resources available to those whose ancestors settled in and even passed through the Prairie State.

In the upcoming weeks, you'll learn more about ISGS, its members, its publications and services as well as upcoming events like our Fall Conference held in Peoria, IL on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

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