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Exciting events in April and Beyond- Mark your Calendars!

Mark Your Calendars for these upcoming events from our Member Societies!   

The Peoria County Genealogical Society will be hosting their next Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 8th at 6:00pm. Evalynn Blanco will present, "So, You Want to Be a Pilgrim?"

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, we will describe this voyage for the first pilgrims and their challenges of the first winter in what would become Massachusetts. Uncovering the genealogy back to one of these original 102 passengers will bring us to the present and we'll learn how to join the Mayflower Society of Illinois. CLICK HERE to learn more and register!

The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will present their next Zoom meeting on Saturday, April 10th at 1:30 pm. Vicki Ruthe Hahn will present, "How to Find the Genealogy of a House and Those That Lived in It." 

Vicki will show you how to use genealogy techniques of house architectural clues, local history, legal documents, and stories, to learn more about a building and all of its occupants. Please email to get your ZOOM link BEFORE NOON on the day of the event. Your sign in information will be emailed to you a few days before the event.


Mark your calendars for the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society's 2021 Virtual Summer Conference! The event will take place on Saturday, July 10th- featuring the GENEALOGY SQUAD- George G. Morgan, Drew Smith, Cyndi Ingle, and Cari A. Taplin, CG! CLICK HERE to learn more and register online!

And don't miss MCIGS' next Zoom Webinar on Thursday April 8th, featuring Debra Dudek and "Allied with the Allies."

Debra will examine the abundant resources, service files, and information for service men and women who served in Canadian, UK, Australian, and French forces during World War I. The lecture will also examine Red Cross records and resources in the US and abroad. CLICK HERE to learn more and register!


Join the Fox Valley Genealogical Society on Saturday, September 25th for their Virtual Conference featuring Rich Venezia! Rich will present 3 lecture topics and host an Immigration Records ROADSHOW, where you can submit your own immigration record challenge for Rich to research! CLICK HERE to learn more and register!

And don't miss FVGS' next webinar on Thursday April 8th at 7:00pm. Suz Bates will present "Family Historian in 3 Basic Steps." CLICK HERE to register!

Hey Teachers! Mark your Calendars for the 23rd Annual Conference on Illinois History

The 23rd Annual Conference on Illinois History is set for October 7th & 8th at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (though it may be moved online, TBD).

Are you interested in submitting a paper or panel proposal on an aspect of Illinois' history, culture, politics, geography or archaeology? The deadline for proposals is May 1st. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Multi-Cultural Events and Activities!

Illinois students and young adults age 11-21 can enter the "No Malice" Film Contest, hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation. Students can submit a 3-to-7 minute film addressing the topic of racial healing. The first place winner in each age bracket will receive $2000! CLICK HERE to learn more information about the contest.

Our friends at the Wisconsin Historical Society are celebrating Hmong Heritage Month this April! Did you know that Hmong Americans are the largest Asian ethnic group in Wisconsin, and the state is home to the third-largest Hmong population in the U.S.? CLICK HERE to learn more!

Legacy Tree Genealogists shared some great information about Japanese emigrants from Hiroshima. Do you have ancestors who emigrated from Hiroshima Prefecture between 1885 and 1932? CLICK HERE to learn about the history of emigration from this area of Japan, and about research resources and tips!

Got German Ancestors? Check out the 2021 International German Genealogy Conference, which will be held virtually July 17th-24th. CLICK HERE for more info!

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