2014 Conference Program

FRIDAY CONFERENCE PROGRAM

AFTERNOON

12:00 Noon - REGISTRATION AND VENDOR BROWSING

1:30 pm - LECTURES

 
  • 1A Podeschi: Suddenly She was the Head of the Family. A look at the genealogical resources available on coal miners and their families in 20th century Illinois, especially as focused on selected surviving families of the Cherry Mine Disaster victims in 1909.
  • 1B Garner: African America Genealogy Basics. African Americans have helped shape America into what it is today yet the search to prove their existence is often taxing. Setting a strong foundation in research methodology will move family research from meager results to uncovering the past.

2:30 pm - BREAK

3:00 pm - 
LECTURES
 
  • 2A Burroughs: Black Migrations. When the census says your ancestor was born in another state, it will be difficult to track him without understanding historical migration patterns. This presentation will cover the history of African American migrations along with strategies of tracing ancestors backward.
  • 2B Garner: Preservation of Midwest Pioneer Cemeteries. Pioneer cemeteries are enduring, physical landscapes displaying our cultural heritage. Without intervention, their loss through deterioration and destructive practices will erase historical and archaeological fabric that cannot be reproduced.

4:00 pm - VENDOR & SOCIETY SHOWCASE

6:00 pm - RECEPTION & DINNER WITH SPEAKER: J. Mark Lowe
 


SATURDAY CONFERENCE PROGRAM

MORNING

8:00 am - REGISTRATION AND VENDOR BROWSING

8:45 am - WELCOME AND ISGS ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS

9:15 am - BREAK AND VENDOR BROWSING

9:30 am - 
LECTURES
 
  • 3A Lowe: Early River Towns. A knowledge of the gathering places for early arrivals and the marketplaces for regional settlements may help you solve some migration issues within.
  • 3B Burroughs: Researching Pullman Porters. Railroad Records for African Americans. The Pullman Company was the largest private employer of African Americans at the turn of the century. Many of the employee and union records have survived enabling researchers to fill in pictures of ancestor's lives.
  • 3C What is IRAD? The Illinois Regional Archives Depository System archives local governmental records. This is an overview of the system and what the IRAD facility at Southern Illinois University has available for researchers.

10:30 am - BREAK AND VENDOR BROWSING

11:00 am - 
LECTURES
 
  • 4A Lowe: Cheap Land on the Prairie (Or That's What the Railroad Man Said…). What stories and marketing efforts lured our ancestors to the midwest and beyond. Learn what really attracted these pioneers to new lands.
  • 4B Stamm: Railroad Men & the Records They Left Behind. Many families had railroad men in their history. By 1881, one out of 32 people were involved with railroads. Learn about the various railroads, their records, and where to locate the information.
  • 4C Southern Illinois Genealogical Research Facilities. Learn what is available at various facilities in Southern Illinois to enhance your research. A panel of local society and library representatives will offer descriptions of their collections and what they can offer you."

AFTERNOON

12:00 Noon - 
PLATED LUNCH

1:30 pm - LECTURES
 
  • 5A Burroughs: Farmers, Tenant Farmers, and Share Croppers. Many of our ancestors were farmers, or worked on farms. But have we considered what farmers do, how they do it, and what unique farm records exist?
  • 5B Podeschi: In Search of Cyrus. Many Illinois recruits into the Union forces were diverted into Missouri Union Regiments. This is a review of what can be discovered about these men on both sides of the Mississippi.
  • 5C ISGS Opportunities. We are a group of dedicated, industrious people working on many projects for the greater genealogical good, and having fun and making good friends in the process!  Learn about the opportunities ISGS has to offer, including our current indexing project to bring records from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation into digital/indexed form.

2:30 pm - BREAK AND VENDOR BROWSING

3:00 pm - 
LECTURES
 
  • 6A Lowe: My Taxes Were Due When? Using Delinquent Tax Lists and Release Books. If paying taxes are not your favorite pastime, then your ancestors may have avoided taxes as well. Learn to use their delay in paying as a tool to finding those pesky family members. Tax records can tell us much more than about property.
  • 6B Stamm: Journey Along With Our River and Canal Ancestors. Whether it was the Illinois River or the Illinois and Michigan Canal, our families used waterways for their livelihood and transportation. See what information is available for our river ancestor.
  • 6C ISGS Prairie Pioneers and Military Certificates Projects. Did your ancestor reside in Illinois prior to statehood? Did they arrive between 1819 and 1880? Maybe they were veterans of one of the wars and lived, died or were buried in Illinois. Learn what you need to submit an application for one of the ISGS certificates and help preserve your Illinois legacy.