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Changes to the ISGS 2013 Webinar Schedule

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Illinois State Genealogical Society webinars for October 2013 and November 2013 have been switched. The new schedule is as follows:
October 8, 2013 at 8 PM Central - Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns, with Peggy Clemens LauritzenNovember 12, 2013 at 8 PM Central - Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques, with Diana Crisman Smith We apologize for any inconvenience.

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If you have already registered for either of these sessions, you will receive an update email from GoToWebinar with the new date and time. Use the information provided in this new email to attend the live webinar.
If you had previously added the webinar to your Outlook calendar via the link provided at registration, remove the current calendar entry first, then use the "Add to Outlook" link in the GoToWebinar update email to add the corrected version back to your calendar.If you added either of the sessions to your calendar manu…

ISGS Office Closed Monday, March 25, 2013

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, March 25, 2013 due to inclement weather.

The office will be open from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Upcoming Webinars - April 2013

Join us on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 PM Central, where Debbie Mieszala, will present, Digging Through Documents Word by Word. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip, presented by Lisa Alzo, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars
April 9 – Digging Through Documents Word by Word
Presenter: Debbie Mieszala, CG
Registration: 14 – Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective
Presenter: Laura Prescott
Registration: 11 – The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
Presenter: Luana Darby
Registration: For the complete list of upcomin…

2013 Family History Conference and Book Fair

2013 Family History Conference and Book Fair
8:00 am to 4:00 pm - John A. Logan College Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL
Presented by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and John A. Logan College
Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL

Featured Speaker

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.

Certified Genealogist & Certified Genealogical Lecturer

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is a trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and recipient of its 2011 Professional Achievement Award and its 2004 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Me…

Historical & Heritage Book Fair

Heritage and Historical Book Fair
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville, IL

St. Clair County Genealogical Society
PO BOX 431
Belleville, Illinois 62222-0431

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6, 2013, when the St. Clair County (Ill.) Genealogical Society hosts a Heritage and Historical Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville.

Genealogical and historical societies from St. Clair and surrounding counties are being invited to bring their publications for sale. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their organizations and activities, and provides a one-stop shopping and networking service for family history researchers. Admission is free to the public.

Updates on participating organizations are on the Society’s website at…

Genealogy Day - April 20th - Fountaindale Public Library

Genealogy Day at the Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
Saturday, April 20, 2013
9:30 am to 4 pm

Join us for fantastic free program and learn the skills you need to make a difference in your family history research! Door Prizes! Society Booths! Author Book Signings!

Tina BeairdHomesteading RecordsSteve Szabados
Naturalization – Beginning of your U.S. Family HeritageCraig Pfannkuche
Using Railroad Records in Family History Research

300 W. Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
Phone: 1-630-759-2102

Space is limited, please register online at or by calling the library at (630) 685-4176. Participants are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch or preorder a lunch from Brooks Café. (Form on back of this flyer) Beverages will be provided. Due to limited parking, please carpool or make arrangements to be dropped off for this event! Call the library for more information.

March 2013 Webinar – Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip

Want to learn how to make the most of your visit to an ancestor's homeland? Join us on March 12, where Lisa Alzo will show us how with her presentation Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Learn how to plan that dream trip to your ancestral homeland, including how and what to pack, book affordable travel and accommodations, how to create a workable itinerary, key tips for visiting archives and villages, and other secrets to make it your most memorable trip ever!

Presenter: Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo. M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealog…