Archived News - June 2012

ISGS News - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Upcoming ISGS Webinars - July 2012
On Tuesday, July 10, at 8 PM Central, Jean Wilcox-Hibben, PhD, MA, CG, will present, Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family Over Time and Miles, which will show you how to move from one piece of information to the next in order to piece together the life of an ancestral family. To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, The War of 1812 – America’s “Forgotten” War, presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (
Upcoming Webinars
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit And don't forget to spread the word by printing out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
ISGS News - Monday, June 18, 2012
Announcing the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge
The Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to support the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ “Preserve the Pensions” campaign.
In support of this digitization project the ISGS announces the ISGS $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS will MATCH any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. For instance, if you donate $100, the ISGS will match your contribution for a total of $200! In addition, has announced it will also match ALL ISGS contributions which would mean any contribution you make will actually be QUADRUPLED! Your $100 contribution would become a $400 contribution! Any size contribution is welcome! A $10 contribution equals about 80 pages of Pension files digitized as part of the Preserve the Pensions project.
The goal of the “Preserve the Pensions” campaign is to raise the $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. There are over 180,000 Pension files that total over 7.2 million pages! The National Archives gets over three thousand requests per year to photocopy these records and this hard use is taking its toll on the original documents. By digitizing these documents we could halt further damage to these historical documents. The pages are being digitized as funds become available and some of these files are already viewable by visiting
To make a contribution via Pay Pal or for more information visit our web site at . Or mail a check, made payable to Illinois State Genealogical Society (Put “War of 1812” on Memo line), to: Illinois State Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10195, Springfield IL 62791-0195.
ISGS News - Saturday, June 16, 2012
ISGS Honors & Awards Nominations Due July 1
award Time is Running Out!
Those who have given outstanding service to the genealogical community really deserve your nomination.  Be sure to turn in your nominations to the ISGS Office by July 1, 2012.
The following categories are available for Awards:
  • Community Service Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • Youth Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Volkel Memorial Awards
Further details and instructions as well as the nomination forms can be found at the ISGS website at
Recipients will receive their awards at the ISGS Annual Meeting on October 20, 2012 in Rockford, Illinois.
ISGS News - Tuesday, June 5, 2012
June 18, 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812. To honor the history of the war and its patriots, Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, will present The War of 1812 – America's "Forgotten" War for next week's webinar.
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
Description: The War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States, yet records abound for our ancestors who were willing to fight the British once again.
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG has been involved in genealogy and family research since even before she was born. Being born into an older family afforded her the opportunity to be around a generation that loved to tell stories and visit cemeteries. She is accredited in the Southern States, and is a frequent speaker at workshops and jamborees around Ohio. She is a former Family History Center Director, keeping a staff of thirty trained and up to date on current genealogy trends, as well as implementing yearly seminars.
Recordings and Syllabus Also Available
For ISGS members who cannot attend on June 12th, a recording of the webinar, along with the syllabus, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! for more information.
ISGS Office Closed Thursday, June 14, 2012
The ISGS Office will be closed on Thursday, June 14, 2012; however, the office will be open from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Regular hours will resume on Monday, June 18, 2012.