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ISGS November/December Newsletter Hot off the Presses!

The November/December issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available for EVERYONE to read and enjoy! 
This issue is jam-packed with great information, including:

The "President's Letter" from our new ISGS President, Dawson BallardPhotos from our 2019 Fall Conference in NapervilleDetails on two great NEW Member BenefitsOur Events Calendar, featuring holiday events in Illinois and the MidwestInformation on how to use and add names to the ISGS Surname IndexUpdates on the next State Archives Indexing project, and how YOU can help!Current and past ISGS newsletters are always available for members AND non-members on the ISGS Website, under "Newsletters."
Happy Reading!


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Introducing a NEW ISGS Member Benefit - "Good To Know" Educational Series!

The ISGS Education Committee is excited to present our newest ISGS Member benefit- the Good To Know educational series!

Good To Know is a series of presentations designed to assist genealogists using archives, libraries, and other research facilities in Illinois. Each video starts with a short audio introduction, leaving you with the flexibility to view the remainder of the presentation at your own pace.

The Good to Know videos can be found on the ISGS website under the "Members Only" tab. Once you log in as a member, you will see the "Good to Know Videos" option in the Members Only menu.

The first two "Good to Know" videos available are "Introduction to IRAD @ NIU," and "Introduction to IRAD @ WIU." The Education Committee plans to create videos for all 7 IRAD regions in Illinois, the Illinois State Archives, and more!

The videos will prepare you for visiting the research facilities in person- including important information about park…

FREE Military Research Resources this Veterans Day Weekend!

Check out these FREE resources to focus on your military ancestors this Veteran's Day Weekend!


Find My Past is granting free access through November 11th. Find My Past is the leading website for British and Irish family history research. Take advantage of free access to their entire collection of military and civilian records, including more than 85 million military records covering the Armed Forces of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Fold3 is offering free access to their Native American Records through November 15th. Explore Native American records never before seen on the internet, including Ratified Indian Treaties, Indian Census Rolls, Eastern Cherokee Applications, and photos. Over 1.5 million images are available for the first time!Ancestry is also featuring free access to their U.S. military records collections through November 17th. Ancestry's U.S. military records cover all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American histor…

Try-It! Illinois is HERE - Don't miss your chance to try FREE online access to Genealogy Databases!

Have you heard of Try-It! Illinois? It's a statewide database trial that runs from October 1-November 30, 2019, sponsored by Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library.

Try-It! Illinois offers library users in Illinois the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is NO CHARGE for accessing these databases!

Try-It! Illinois offers a wide variety of databases for you to try- and many of them relate to genealogy and historical research! This year's offerings include:

Access World News Research Collection African American Newspapers: The 19th CenturyAmerica and World War I: American Military Camp NewspapersGenealogyBankAmerica's Obituaries and Death Notices- NewsBankCivil War Collections- and several other databases from Accessible Archives, Inc.Historical Chicago Tribune- and several other databases from Pr…