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NEW for ISGS Members- Online Educational Series and SIGs! Don't miss our NEW online educational series and Special Interest Groups, open exclusively to ISGS Members!  These educational opportunities are small group activities, designed to allow members to interact with and learn from each other.  Talk Tuesdays: These are one-time events covering a variety of topics. The March events will include: Adding oral histories to your research Using Wikitree How to conduct remote research at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library How to apply for an ISGS Prairie Pioneer Certificate Follow-Up Fridays: These one-time events involve the attendees reviewing one of the webinars from the ISGS webinar archive, in order to ask questions at an extended Q&A with the presenter! The follow-up events in March will review "Illinois Digital Resources" with Tina Beaird, and "Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records" with Anita Boyd. Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

Calling all Illinois Genealogical and Historical Societies- ISHRAB 2021 Grant Program!

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) is pleased to again offer their annual grant opportunity to assist Illinois archival repositories and government agencies with preserving and making accessible records of historical importance. Using funds awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the ISHRAB is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects to identify, preserve, access and use historical records in Illinois. All grant projects will run for one year. The 2021 grant application period ends on March 22nd and awards will be announced in early June. Visit the Historical Records Grant Program page to learn more about this terrific opportunity for local Illinois archives and repositories! © 2021, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

More Genealogy Fun in February!

ISGS Webinars Hosted by our Member Societies! Join us on Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM Central for "Think Outside The Box" by Dan Jungclas, hosted by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society. Consider a different perspective. Give your research a boost. Maximize your research results with a change from traditional research methods while maintaining high standards. Tools like eBay, social media, the Internet, and other resources can prove to be very beneficial! Dan Jungclas, has over 30 years of research experience and is known as both The Ancestry Guy and The German Genealogy Guy. In addition to Germanic genealogy, Dan specializes in the US Civil War, WWI, WWII and in research locations including Cincinnati, Ohio; Northern Kentucky, and other areas of the Midwest. Dan is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is a member of numerous regional and German genealogy societies. CLICK HERE to Register! Join us on Thursday,

FREE ACCESS to an ISGS 2020 Fall Conference Webinar, plus more Learning Opportunities!

BIG NEWS from ISGS!  Dr. David Joens' presentation from the ISGS 2020 Fall Conference is now available FREE to all! Both members AND non-members are able to enjoy Dr. Joens' highly-rated and super-informative webinar about the Illinois State Archives- don't miss it! Click below to view, or visit the ISGS home page for the link. You'll just need to enter your name and email address first, on the Go To Webinar landing page. Bookmark this Website- Great find from Past President Laura! ISGS Past President Laura Kovarik would like to share a terrific website she found for researching your Illinois firefighter ancestors! The Illinois Fire Service Institute maintains a searchable database of firefighters who died in the line of duty. Some entries even include images and audio! The database documents the ultimate sacrifice of more than 800 Illinois firefighters over the past 150 years. Upcoming Events Our friends at the Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society wi