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ISGS September/October 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

The September/October 2016 issue 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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ISGS Office Closure - Thursday, September 1st and Monday September 5th, 2016

The ISGS Office will be closed on Thursday, September 1, 2016, for the FGS 2016 Conference, and on Monday, September 5, 2016, for the Labor Day holiday.

Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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Illinois State Genealogical Society 2016 Award Winners Announced

Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016
Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, eight 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 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference – Time Travel: Centuries of Memories – August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. The recipients include:

Rick Womack, of San Francisco, California and Ken Alexander, of Evanston, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for their work indexing CDs for the Archives Indexing Project.Darlene Hinkle, of Amboy, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for her work with the ISGS Newsletter, Church Records and Nomination Committees.Harold Schook, of Odell, Illinois and Paul Ritter, of Pontiac, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS C…

ISGS Announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016-2017 - Notice of Election and Annual Meeting

Illinois State Genealogical Society announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017. Election will take place at our Annual Meeting.

Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017

President: Dawn Carey Henry, Naperville
1st Vice President: Angela Cathey McGhee, Chicago
2nd Vice President: Susan Scoville Pope, Normal
Recording Secretary: Laura Kovarik, Naperville
Treasurer: Christina Bannon, Homer Glenn

2019 Directors:

Jackie Lyell, Marion
Donna Pond Hartwig, Peoria
Jan Conkrite, Dixon

Annual Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Minutes of the 24 October 2015 Annual Meeting
IV. Financial Reports
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
a. Elections of Officers and Directors
b. Presentation of Honors and Awards
VII. Announcements
VIII. Adjournment

The Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, September 3, 2106 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois immediately following our ISGS sponsore…

ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

The Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to announce the winners of its recent Ancestor Photo Contest held earlier this year.

Rotating Ancestor Slide Show Added to ISGS Website



There were 12 photos selected from the many images submitted by ISGS members and they are all available for viewing at the ISGS website. We’ve created a “rotating slide show” which will display two images when you click on a sidebar menu item.

ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners and Photos

In addition, place your mouse pointer over an image to learn more about the person or persons depicted and which ISGS member submitted the photo.

You can also view all of this year's winning photos and those from previous years by clicking Free Databases in the sidebar and selecting Ancestor Photos.


AREND Wedding

AREND Wedding. Mattoon, Coles County, 1907. Wedding photo of Ada Beulah Cox (1886 – 1911), daughter of George Steele Cox and Minerva Jane Sidell and Henry Edward Arend (1881 – 1928), son of George Henry…

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – September 2016

Join us on Tuesday, September 13, at 8:00 PM Central, when Amy Johnson Crow, CG will present Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5222129746649412097

Last week's webinar, Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate, presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

September 13 - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5222129746649412097

October 11 - Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4021548811025038081

November 8 - Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
Presenter: George G. Morg…

August 2016 ISGS Webinar - Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate

Title:  Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history. Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research. Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers. Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry.

Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a Family History Director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life.…

ISGS 2016 Annual Meeting - Saturday, September 3rd 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Genealogical Society will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois immediately following the IGSS Sponsored Luncheon featuring The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL during the FGS 2016 Conference. Tickets for the luncheon are still available. No ticket is required to attend the Annual Meeting.

To register for the FGS 2016 Conference, click here.

See you in Springfield!

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