Illinois State Genealogical Society
ISGS 2019 Fall Conference Registration is now OPEN! 
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, register online, and make hotel reservations. 

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, Sept. 10, at 8:00 PM Central as our presenter, Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, navigates us through the world of maps and how they can help answer the questions surrounding your ancestors' movements. Ms. Frere is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and genealogists. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists.


Telling the Story with Maps: Maps of Early Illinois and Where to Find Them

As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." This is also the case with maps. From simple hand-drawn sketches to intricately detailed masterpieces, maps can convey immense detail. They can provide the names of places, distances, topography, geographical features, migration routes, land ownership, boundaries and political jurisdictions. Maps allow us to see the physical relationship between places. Maps can help us answer questions – how did our ancestors get from one place to another?

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.

July/August 2019 ISGS Newsletter Now Available!
ISGS July-August 2019 Newsletter
Our July-August newsletter is now available! Click on the newsletter above to view or download. To view and download issues of the ISGS Newsletter from 2019 thru 2008, click HEREIf you are not an ISGS member but would like to receive the ISGS Newsletter in your email inbox, click this link – to sign-up on our email list.