Illinois State Genealogical Society
ISGS 2019 Fall Conference Registration
Early Bird Registration Ends Oct. 4th! 
With 20+ sessions presented by nine expert and well-known genealogists, we are confident there is something for everyone at this year's conference.
Visit our "2019 Fall Conference" pages (see the menu links on the left) to:  download/view a conference brochure, get information on the conference speakers and education sessions, find out details about the hands-on workshops, make hotel reservations and REGISTER ONLINE!

How Lincoln Saved Her Husband
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to accept donation of a speech lost for a century.
For more than 100 years, it lay forgotten in a box of family photos and papers. Soon, it will belong to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The document is a transcript of Martha Ten Eyck's speech in 1912, recalling how she begged Lincoln for his help nearly 50 years before, in 1864, to get her husband released from Confederate captivity.
It worked. Her husband, Union Capt. Tenodor Ten Eych, was released in the autumn of 1864. Five months later, Tenodor Ten Eyck was one of the honor guard at the assassinated president's bier in Columbus, Ohio.

ISGS News:  Upcoming Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, October 8, at 8:00 PM Central as our presenter, Lisa Oberg, delves into the world of researching Illinois Catholic ancestors. Ms. Oberg has an MS in Librarianship and has taught online courses aimed at library staff serving genealogists. She regularly gives genealogy-related lectures at the Univ. of Washington, Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and other societies. 


Researching Your Illinois Catholic Ancestors

Since Father Jacques Marquette first visited the area that is now Chicago in the late 17th century, Catholic immigrants have been drawn to Illinois. Germans, Poles, Italians, Bohemian/Czechs, and more recently immigrants from Central and South America, have all settled in significant numbers in Illinois, in addition to other ethnic groups. Catholic records can provide invaluable clues for genealogists. This webinar will provide insight into how Catholicism shaped history and discuss how to locate parish records, what you can expect to find, and how to interpret records when you do find them.

Webinar Registration Link:

Our 2019 Webinar Schedule is now available!
Click HERE for details and Registration Links!
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Webinar Committee at
The 2019 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch.

September/October 2019 ISGS Newsletter Now Available!
ISGS Sept-Oct 2019 Newsletter
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