On Saturday, October 23, 2010, five individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming ISGS Fall Conference – “ You Have Family – You Have History ” – held at the historic Hotel Père Marquette in Peoria, Illinois. The recipients include: Curt Witcher , Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his numerous contributions to the field of genealogy. Cheri Hunter , of Decatur, Illinois will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for her extensive work with the Decatur Genealogical Society (DGS) as well as her service as a board member with ISGS. Fred Katko , of Peoria, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for his work as a generous volunteer with the Peoria County Genealogical Society as well as other societies.
The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will hold its 17th Annual Conference entitled Ancestor Research: A Fresh Look at Classic Techniques on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The conference - held at the Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, Illinois from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - will feature noted genealogist D. Joshua Taylor. The one-hour lecturs include: Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends - Just because Great Aunt Mable said your ancestor was from Scotland, doesn¿t mean that he was. Learn how to uncover the truth behind family legends and stories, and how to integrate them into your personal writing and research. On and Off the Net: Locality Searching - Researching by locality is an essential research method for genealogists. Uncover the best resources (both online and offline) for research by localities. Highlights of this lecture include a look at the USGenWeb Project and the resources found in genealogical and historical societies. Successful Sear
Two new links have appeared for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library over at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency : ALPL Newspaper/Microfilm Obituary Finder : search for citations for obituaries that can be found in the Newspaper Microfilm Collection of the ALPL. You will not find the actual obituary. You will find citations (name of newspaper, date, page and column ) for the obituaries. The database does not contain every obituary citation for anyone who ever died in Illinois. It contains only those names that have been researched at the library. If you do find someone’s name, the obituary is available through the ALPL. If you do not find a name it doesn’t mean the obituary is not in a newspaper here, it just means that no one has researched that particular name and recorded it. ALPL Surname Index Search : assists genealogists and historians in locating biographical sketches that are included in nineteenth and early twentieth century Illinois county histories, biographi