Tuesday, September 9, 2014

RESCHEDULED September 2014 Webinar – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

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RESCHEDULED! Please update your calendars . . . this webinar has been rescheduled due to illness. The webinar will now take place at 8:00 pm Central on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. If you are already registered, you will receive an update via email - you do not need to register again!

Join us on September 23, for Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD) with Luana Darby, where you will learn about the Illinois State Archives regional depositories and how you can gain access to a variety of common and unique records.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 8:00 pm Central


Description: If you research in Illinois, you don’t want to miss the resources held in the seven regional archive repositories of IRAD. From vital records to city directories, probate to local histories, each site has its own unique set of records. Learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your visit, whether long-distance or on site. Come see some of the gems already gleaned from the vast resources of this amazing Illinois asset.


Presenter: Luana Darby, MLIS


Luana Darby 100Luana Darby, MLIS, is a Salt Lake City based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother's knee while a young girl. She has been working with clients for over 20 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1778023905401548033


Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/members.php.  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=8 for more information.


Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.


Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.


Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.




The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2014 Webinar – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

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Join us on September 9, for Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD) with Luana Darby, where you will learn about the Illinois State Archives regional depositories and how you can gain access to a variety of common and unique records.

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: If you research in Illinois, you don’t want to miss the resources held in the seven regional archive repositories of IRAD. From vital records to city directories, probate to local histories, each site has its own unique set of records. Learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your visit, whether long-distance or on site. Come see some of the gems already gleaned from the vast resources of this amazing Illinois asset.

Presenter: Luana Darby, MLIS

Luana Darby 100Luana Darby, MLIS, is a Salt Lake City based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother's knee while a young girl. She has been working with clients for over 20 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1778023905401548033
Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/members.php.  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=8 for more information.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

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Join us on Tuesday, September 9, at 8:00 PM Central, where Luana Darby will present Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD). To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1778023905401548033.

This month’s webinar, Land Records in Illinois, presented by Michael John Neill, is available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

September 9 – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

October 14 – Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals

November 11 – Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

And don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

On the Road with ISGS

Over the next month ISGS will be traveling to different events with the ISGS booth. Next week Jane Haldeman, Janice Fritsch and Joan Murray will be  at the Federation of Genealogical Societies National Conference, “Gone to Texas” in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will include workshops, guest speakers, an exhibitor’s hall and special events. .ISGS  will have a booth set up in the exhibitor’s hall where we will provide information about ISGS membership and our upcoming 2014 Fall Conference and free ISGS Webinars
In addition, ISGS has also been invited to exhibit at the  taping of the PBS television series, “Genealogy Roadshow.” The show is part detective story, and part emotional journey. Participants are chosen for the show and then genealogy, history and DNA experts use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down information about their ancestors.  The answers are then revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the regions. PBS has invited ISGS along with other genealogical societies and associations to exhibit at the filming event in St. Louis, MO (August 23-24).  The public is welcomed to attend this free event. Attendees are able to watch the live filming and interact with the genealogical societies in attendance. Information about attending the St. Louis filming can be found here: http://ninenet.org/GenealogyRoadshow.



Friday, August 15, 2014

ISGS War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

ISGS Announces the $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

03057rThe Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to support the Federation of Genealogical Societies' "Preserve The Pensions" campaign, with the goal of raising $3.7 million to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files held at the National Archives and make them freely accessible online. The digitized pension files will be available for free on Fold3.com - see http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/ to view the files that are available so far.

In recognition of the importance of this digitization effort, the Illinois Genealogical Society has issued the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS will MATCH any donation up to the first $10,000 that is made before January 31, 2015.

  • This means that if you donate $100, ISGS will match your contribution for a total of $200
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has agreed to MATCH the combined contribution (up to $20,000) for a total of $400.
  • In addition, Ancestry.com will also match the combined contributions for a total of $800!

Any contribution you make will actually be EIGHT-FOLD!  Any size contribution is welcome! A $100 contribution equals about 1776 pages of Pension files digitized as part of the "Preserve the Pensions" project.

War of 1812 Pension Application Files - A Valuable Resource

The National Archives has over 180,000 of these pension application files, containing more than 7.2 million pages. These files are among the files most frequently requested by genealogy and family history researchers. Pension application files contain valuable information - not just about the day-to-day life of the applicant while in military service, but also information on the applicant's widow, family members and even neighbors.

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Illinois and the War of 1812

Often referred to as "The Forgotten War" or "America's Second Revolutionary War," the War of 1812 was a defining event for what was

then the Illinois territory and helped lead to statehood for Illinois in 1818. For more information on Illinois and the War of 1812, see the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee website at http://illinoiswarof1812bicentennial.org/.

Remember, donations of any size will help - even a $10 donation means 80 more pages of War of 1812 Pension Application files will be digitized as part of the Preserve the Pensions project.

How To Donate to the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge

Donate online using the link below or send a check (made payable to Illinois State Genealogical Society - please indicate "War of 1812" on the memo line) to: Illinois State Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791-0195. You may also click here to make your donation using our online form.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 2014 Webinar – Land Records in Illinois

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Join us on August 12, for Land Records in Illinois, presented by Michael John Neill. While the focus is on Illinois, much of the information and many of the techniques apply to other states as well.

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: This presentation will discuss searching and using local land records in the state of Illinois. Typical methods of organization and recording will be covered along with search methods, problem-solving, and records analysis. This presentation will not discuss federal land records and attendees should have a basic knowledge of the township and range system of property surveying within the state.

Presenter: Michael John Neill

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Michael John Neill has been actively involved in genealogical research for over thirty years. An experienced courthouse, archives, and library researcher, he as extensively researched numerous families in the Midwestern and Southern areas of the United States. Michael writes the popular "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and the how-to newsletter "Casefile Clues." He lectures on a wide variety of genealogy topics, has lectured at Samford's Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research and has led week-long research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7772534911757198337
Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/members.php.  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=8 for more information.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

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Join us on Tuesday, August 12, at 8:00 PM Central, where Michael John Neill will present Land Records in Illinois. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7772534911757198337.

Our July webinar, Newspaper Research—More Than Obituaries, presented by Patricia Walls Stamm, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

August 12 – Land Records in Illinois

September 9 – Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)

October 14 – Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

And don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.


The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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