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Happy New Year! - Upcoming Genealogy Events for January 2021

ISGS wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Here's to finding new family discoveries about your Illinois Ancestors in 2021! Mark your calendars for these upcoming genealogy events in Jauuary! Join the Fox Valley Genealogical Society on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM for Adam Pratt's webinar, "Best Practices for Organizing Photos."   Gathering and scanning family photos is an important step in building a Family Photo Archive, but what’s next? Learn best practices from a professional photo organizer for organizing your photos, following industry standards, to ensure your photos are safe and searchable for generations to come. This talk will also include the use of metadata for organizing photos. Adam Pratt loves people, photography, and a good story! He has experience as a photographer, book author, software trainer, and photo organizer. He’s also the founder of Chaos to Memories where he helps people enjoy their photos again by turning their photo chaos in

ISGS Can Help Make Holiday Shopping for the Genealogists In Your Family - EASY!

Looking for the perfect gift for that cousin, aunt, or brother-in-law who's interested in researching their Illinois ancestors? Look no further than the ISGS Online Store! ISGS publishes numerous indexes and publications for the family historian, including: Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois,  expanded to include NEW entries, children of Soldiers, history, pension records, locations of graves, and more! Children of Orphan Trains from NY to IL and Beyond Familiy Bible Records- records include those received from members and non-members- and do not pertain just to Illinois! Remembering Illinois Veterans ISGS Surname Index Member Ancestor Charts the ISGS Quarterly  Index and past issues Prairie Pioneer Indexes Don't forget to take advantage of our discounted Death Certificate Lookup Service as well- fill your family's stockings with those missing death certificates and make someone's holidays by helping break down their brick walls! CLICK HERE for instruction

Online Resources for Researching your Illinois Ancestor who Served During WWII

   2nd Lt. Walter E. Truemper, born in Aurora, Illinois, was killed in action on 20 Feb 1944, during a flight combat mission to Leipzig, Germany. Truemper and the flight engineer, S.Sgt. Archie Mathias, refused to abandon the plane and its wounded pilot. The two attempted to land the plane, but sadly, all three men were killed in a crash landing. Truemper and Mathias were posthumosly awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery and refusal to leave their wounded comrade. Truemper is the only Aurora soldier to have received this highest military honor; a monument was erected in his honor at Philips Park in Aurora, and a street was named for Truemper in 2014. (   Tomorrow marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and America's entry into WWII. Are you researching an Illinois ancestor who served during the war? Be sure to bookmark these resources!  ISGS would LOVE to hear your ancestor's story and share it with others- consider subm

ISGS November/December Newsletter is Hot off the Presses!

Our November/December 2020 newsletter is hot off the presses and jam-packed with the latest news, including: Feedback from our 2020 Virtual Conference Details on our 2020 Honors & Awards Winners Research tips on finding old newspapers, and the benefits of using our Death Certificate Lookup service Volunteer Opportunities Who's Who in ISGS Upcoming Events And MUCH MORE! Click below to start reading, and Happy Holidays from ISGS! © 2020, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society