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Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2017 FREE Webinar Lineup

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2017. The 2017 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2016 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2017 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 webinars 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 2017 Webinar Schedule So what does 2017 have in store? Here…

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2016

Join us on Tuesday, November 8, at 8:00 PM Central, when George G. Morgan will present Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals, presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars
November 8 - Principles of Effective Evidence AnalysisPresenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: 13 - Without the Hint - There is No Story
Bernice Alexander Bennett
Registration: ISGS Webinar SeriesStay tuned for an announcement later this week with a listing of all 12 webinars in our 2017 series! For the complete list of upcoming webinars…

African American Genealogy Workshop

ISGS Office Closed Monday, October 10, 2016 for Columbus Day

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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Try-It! Illinois - FREE Trial Through November 30, 2016

October means not only Family History Month but also the return of the database trial at Try-It! Illinois which is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State's office. You must be an Illinois resident in order to qualify for a trial login and password.

Here is a list of trial databases which include Digital Sanborn Maps (ProQuest), Fold3 (library edition), historical newspaper collections, MyHeritage (library edition) ProQuest Obituaries, and more!

From the Try-It! Illinois website:
Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2016, the seventeenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating ele…

October 2016 ISGS Webinar - Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals

Title:  Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Many years of social history, local/state history, military, and other serials aid in studying migration, land, military, churches, railroads, cemeteries, and other aspects of Midwestern ancestry. A plethora of FREE specialized finding aids, print and online access, and indexes exist. A journal might not mention a specific ancestor but may tell the story of a battle, town disturbance, or dispute in which an ancestor took part or observed. It might detail the history of a business or of a cemetery and list early burials.

Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS

Paula Stuart-Warren is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Her lectures, research, and consultations for individuals, societies, law firms, and Indian tribes seeking records and advice has taken h…