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Happy Memorial Day! FREE Online Resources to Research your Veteran Ancestors

Memorial Day is a great time to honor the military history of our veteran ancestors. Here are some links that offer great opportunities to learn more about your Illinois ancestors' military service! The American Legion lists 8 military museums with virtual exhibits and educational materials, including the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. Fold3 is again offering its yearly FREE access to their collection of more than 550 million military records this weekend, covering conflicts as early as the Revolutionary War. The Illinois State Archives has a must-research collection of nearly a dozen online searchable databases of Illinois veterans, including those who served in the Black Hawk War, Civil War, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, and the war of 1812. The Veteran's Databases also honor those who were listed in the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor, and provides listings of residents of the Illinois Soldiers an

Were Your Ancestors I & M Canal laborers?

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. " Illinois & Michigan Canal, Aux Sable Creek Aqueduct, Morris, Grundy County, IL" The Illinois & Michigan Canal just passed its 173rd anniversary in April 2021! Were your ancestors some of those who labored to build this "modern marvel" during the heyday of canal building in the United States? Most of the workers were Irish immigrants. It took 12 years, with construction beginning in 1836, under grueling conditions, plagued by malaria and other major hardships.  Below are links to some recent articles and blogs giving more historical details. WAS YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED? From an April 2021 ALPLM Blog - From an ISGS Spring 2020 Quarterly article by Debra Dudek - From an April 2021 Chicago Tribune -  https://www.chicagot

NEW on the ISGS website Don't miss our NEW ISGS Quarterly 25-year Index and the NEW Good to Know video (IRAD at NEIU in Chicago)!  NEWLY ADDED: Quarterly 25-year Index Find it by clicking on "Free Databases & Indexes" and it's in the "Miscellaneous" list.  This is a PDF of a book we published in the 90s that indexes the articles published in the first 25 years of the Quarterly. It's free for anyone to view. Enjoy! NEWLY ADDED: Good to Know video - Introduction to IRAD @ NEIU The Good to Know series is a member benefit It is an ongoing effort to assist researchers using archives, libraries and other research facilities in Illinois. Find it by accessing the Members Only * tab, then click "Good to Know Videos" from the list at left. This newest addition covers the IRAD at NEIU in Chicago. Earlier videos offer introductions to the IRADS at NIU, WIU, SIU, and UIS, plus the Illinois State Archives! E

How About some Spring Zing?

ISGS Associate member Societies share some Zing for Spring! Don't miss the next ISGS Associates FORUM - May 11, 2021, 7 pm , "Spotlight on Societies: Unique Offerings and Best Practices".  Contact for more info. MORE SPRING ZING: St Clair County Genealogical Society The St Clair County Genealogy Society announces the debut of its online book store, fulfilling one of the goals set out in their Publications Digital Plan adopted in January. The Shop link is displayed in the upper right menu on SCCGS's public website. Of the 34 books in the Shop, some will be a downloadable PDF (readable with free Acrobat Reader), some are still available only in print, and a few may be offered as a choice of either PDF or print.  Each may be paid for by credit card or PayPal account on that secure site. Quarterly issues, unfortunately, must still be purchased with a check. Those who want to purchase by check will have a limited selection as the stock of print