Showing posts with label Genealogy societies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genealogy societies. Show all posts

Monday, April 25, 2011

FGS Radio - Bringing Genealogy Societies Into the 21st Century

In case you were unable to listen to the live broadcast of FGS Radio - My Society on Saturday, April 23, 2011, here is an archived version for your listening enjoyment. The topic is Bringing Genealogy Societies Into the 21st Century and it feature guest Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. In addition, the show is hosted by none other than 2012 Director, ISGS webmaster, and Publicity Chair, Thomas MacEntee.

Listen to internet radio with mysociety on Blog Talk Radio
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

FGS/ISGS 2011 Conference Registration Now Open

[Editor's Note: the following press release was received from the Federation of Genealogical Societies announcing the opening of registration for the FGS 2011 Conference. ISGS the co-host of this year's conference and many ISGS members are volunteering their time and skills to make this important event happen.]

“Pathways to the Heartland” - A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

February 2, 2011 – Austin, TX. Registration for the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 7-10 September 2011 in beautiful Springfield, Illinois, is now open. This year’s conference theme is “Pathways to the Heartland,” and the local host is the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

This year's conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 165 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch (offering extensive Focus on Societies, Migration and Immigration, and Technology tracks),, the National Archives and Records Administration, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, and others. In addition, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and ICAPGen will present their own tracks of sessions by their members that you won’t want to miss.

Conference Highlights

  • Librarians Day: On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, ProQuest is sponsoring a full day of free sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, all new programs and focus group sessions to help improve the operations and effectiveness for genealogical societies’ officers, as well as their members and volunteers.
  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels.  Topics include Mid-Western research, migration and immigration, military, strategies and techniques, technology, and writing.
  • Special Events: Include An Old Fashioned Prairie Social, the FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration, and Spotlight on Societies—all providing an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy. This exciting week of genealogy closes with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.
  • Exhibit Hall: Filled with a wide array of vendors and organizations, and a special Spotlight on Societies area will showcase local and regional genealogical and historical societies.
There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2011 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at for more information and travel advice.  We look forward to seeing you in Springfield in September!

Learn More and Stay Connected

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New! Champaign County Genealogical Society Blog

Some great news here - Champaign County Genealogical Society now has their own blog! Click here to check out their blog for information on upcoming events and genealogy resources related to Champaign County. Also, don't forget to visit the CCGS website for even more useful resources!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Peoria County Genealogical Society Adds Facebook Page

The Peoria County Genealogical Society has just created a Facebook page! If you are a Facebook member, go to and make sure you click the Like button.  This way you'll receive all the latest PCGS news.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Upcoming Social Networking for Genealogists Presentation

ISGS board member Thomas MacEntee will be presenting Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists at an upcoming meeting of the Zion Genealogical Society in Zion, IL on Tuesday evening, September 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

Beach Park Village Hall
11270 W. Wadsworth Road
Beach Park, IL 60087

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The ISGS Facebook Page

[This post has been submitted for the Carnival of Genealogical Societies, 4th Edition at the California Genealogical Society and Library blog, California Ancestors.]

The Facebook page for the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has been in existence since May 2010 when the ISGS board approved a comprehensive social media plan for the society. Having a presence on Facebook allows us to reach a wider audience than just a blog or a website.  In addition, our hopes are to attract a younger audience since many younger genealogists spend more time on social media sites such as Facebook.

Some of the features of the ISGS Facebook page include:
  • A Welcome tab which not only summarizes the ISGS mission and what can be found on our Facebook page, but more importantly instructions on clicking the Like button. Doing so allows ISGS posts to be come part of that user's News Feed. Check out this free cheat sheet on creating a Welcome Tab.
  • We list our location, email, website, telephone and office hours just as we would on our website.
  • Most of our posts are related to the ISGS blog and represent news and insights on Illinois genealogy.  We also post items of interest from other sites and blogs that our readers may have missed.
Some tips for other genealogical societies pondering the creation of a Facebook page for their society:
  • Have more than one administrator but only one person actively managing the page.  It is wise from a data successorship standpoint to make sure the account does not reside with just one person in case of an emergency. The administrators of the ISGS Facebook Page are the Publicity Chair and the President.
  • Don't allow others to post items right away - if your society members are skittish about social media technology such as Facebook, go slow.
  • Having one person post items means there is also a uniformity to the message that the society wants to send out.  That person should also be able to coordinate blog posts, Twitter messages etc. with the Facebook page.
  • Make sure there is an article in your society newsletter letting folks know about your Facebook page and how they can follow the news items by clicking the Like button.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Blog - Christian County Historical Society and Museum

A warm welcome to a new genealogy blog:  Christian County Historical Society and Museum.

As stated in their byline:
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to preserving the ancestry and the history of Christian County Illinois. We have extensive genealogical resources as well as an impressive collection of material culture. So come on out and learn a little bit about your ancestors or about the County in general!
It is great to see more and more local historical and genealogical societies set up blogs as part of their web presence and social media program.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Carnival of Genealogical Societies, 3rd Edition

I'm proud to announce that the ISGS blog's entry in the 3rd edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is the lead-off entry! I submitted a recent post - Uniquely Illinois - describing some of the services offered by ISGS.

Check out the other entries to learn what other genealogical societies across the country are doing in terms of services and offerings for their members and for the greater genealogy community.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Follow Friday: Elgin Genealogical Society

Funny how something wonderful can sit right in front of your eyes and you don't see it until someone takes the time to point it out to you.  Such is the case with the Elgin Genealogical Society blog.

The EGS blog not only has been highlighting activities of its society for the past 18 months, but it is also a "community blog," meaning there are several authors who post articles and make contributions.  This tells me that they are a pretty tech savvy group if they can round up eight folks who feel comfortable enough blogging!

Not only does the EGS blog point out some valuable resources and post meeting announcements, but it also includes members stories which are interesting to read.  Check out their list of Internet genealogy sites with an emphasis on Illinois genealogy.

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Thanks to ISGS Board member Julie Cahill Tarr of GenBlog for point this great genealogy blog out to me!  If you have an Illinois-related genealogy blog or resource that you want to see highlighted here at the ISGS blog, send your "find" to

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Uniquely Illinois

[This post has been submitted for the Carnival of Genealogical Societies, 3rd Edition at the California Genealogical Society and Library blog, California Ancestors.]

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) provides several unique offerings and services to the genealogy community.  These programs along with a dedicated group of board members and volunteers, makes for a dynamic group of genealogists committed to helping others locate their Prairie State ancestors.

  • 1916 - 1947 Death Certificate Project: In 2002, the Illinois State Archives launched a searchable index of of Illinois death certificates from 1916 - 1950.  In addition, free uncertified copies were provided upon request.  Well, as you can imagine, the response who overwhelming - so much so that the program was discontinued within six months.  While the certificates are still accessible by visiting the  archives, ISGS stepped in to make it easier to obtain these certificates through the 1916 - 1947 Death Certificate Project.  For a small fee ($6.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members), ISGS will retrieve an uncertified copy of the certificate for researchers.
  • Prairie Pioneer Certificates: descendants of Illinois pioneers can apply for a Prairie Pioneer certificate through ISGS.  Three catagories of certificates are issued to descendants of pioneers who resided in Illinois (1) prior to statehood, (2) 1819-1850, and (3) 1851-1880. Documentation showing a date in Illinois is required. After eligibility has been determined there is a small fee for each certificate. Besides maintaining a searchable index of Prairie Pioneer certificates which have been issued, ISGS also has published two volumes on the first 2,830 pioneers in Illinois.
  • Civil War, World War I and World War II Certificates: another certificate program of ISGS involves the issuance of certificates for the Civil War, World War I and World War II for those Illinois veterans who lived, died or are buried in the state.
Take a minute to review these unique programs as well as all the other offerings at the ISGS website.  And stay tuned for more offerings at ISGS including a members-only website with access to more unique Illinois databases.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

GSSI Presents "What Can That Cemetery Tell You?" Workshop

The Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois is holding a workshop on Saturday, June 5, 2010 entitled "What Can That Cemetery Tell You?" at Stonefort Community Center.

Presenters include Carol Crisp, Richard Kuenneke, Mike McNerny, and Jeanette O'Boyle, who will cover a variety of topics pertinent to cemetery research including effigy stones and how to "dowse" for graves.

More information is available on the GSSI flyer (opens in PDF).

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