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Interview with Karen Stanbary, an ISGS Speaker

The Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Fall Conference is just a little more than two weeks away! Karen Stanbary, CG℠ is one of our featured speakers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. Karen specializes in Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving and DNA analysis. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She published a complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she serves on the Genetic Genealogy Standards committee. Register for the fall conference today to attend …

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2017

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 8:00 PM Central, when Thomas MacEntee will present Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5490586515192783362.

Last week's webinar, Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You, presented by Daniel Earl, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars
November 14 - Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical ResearchPresenter: Thomas MacEntee
Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5490586515192783362December 12 - Ephemera: Genealogy Gold
Presenter: Sharon S. Atkins
Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6337734935626870274
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 a…

Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Volkel Hall of Fame Award

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.
Volkel Hall of Fame Marjorie Vance Rice, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will be inducted into the Volkel Hall of Fame.
Lowell M. Volkel was instrumental in establishing and promoting an interest in genealogy in the State of Illinois. He was a founder of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (founded 26 Oct 1968) and its first President, 1968-1970; he served again as President, 1984-1985.
In 1970 he became an Archivist in the Illinois State Archives and was the Head of the Reference Unit there from 1974 until his death in 1992. He compiled, edited, and indexed more than 3 dozen volumes of historical sources, co-authored, with Marjorie Smith, “How to Research a Family wit…

ISGS Special Edition Newsletter Now Available!

At ISGS we have just published a special pre-conference edition of the ISGS Newsletter filled with great information in advance of our Fall 2017 Conference in Moline, Illinois. Click HERE to download the newsletter.




Visit the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.organd 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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Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.
Community Service Awards: Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Awards for his service to LCHGS and helping to keep history alive.
Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.
Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.
Members of t…

It's time for Try-It Illinois!

Try-It Illinois is a collection of databases available to Illinois residents for a free trial until November 30. Fold3, Newspaper Archive, Newspapers.com, and the Historical Chicago Tribune are just a few of the resources that will appeal to genealogists! To get access, request the username and password on the Try-It Illinois website or contact your local public library.

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October 2017 ISGS Webinar - Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You

UPDATE: This webinar is now FULL and no further registrations can be handled. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that if you are registered, that you connect to the webinar EARLY on Tuesday, October 10th, starting at 7:30 pm Central.

Title:  Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Most genealogists know to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about the funeral home? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This presentation will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online and "in the field", as well as provide real life examples of how to search for ancillary clues in funeral home records.

Presenter: Daniel Earl

Daniel Earl got his start in family history at age 10 when his father took him to the grave of his great-grandfather; that sparked a lifetime of interest in family history. Dan…