Illinois State Genealogical Society

ISGS Annual Awards and Honors for 2020 Announced 

As a lead-in to the ISGS 2020 Conference, which was held on Oct. 24, 2020, our annual awards and honors recepients were announced. Details on the criteria the ISGS Governing Board uses in selecting individuals or societies to be honored can be found on the Honors and Awards page of our website.

 

Volkel Medal of Honor Award

George F. Perkins was nominated by the McLean County Genealogical Society. George has been involved with genealogy for 57 years, and actively involved in local and state genealogical societies for 47 years. Prior to the formation of the McLean County Genealogical Society, George volunteered at a local historical library. George has been involved with MCGS since its formation and has served as President for 4 years, providing programs, offering advice, and acting as a resource to help others break their brick walls. George served as the Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and as President from 1981-1983. He served 10 years as ISGS archivist. George has shared his knowledge with hundreds of budding genealogists and family historians in his work as an instructor for a Beginning Genealogy class taught through local education districts from 1976-2017. George has presented at local, state, and national conferences, and has attended or participated in presenting 116 conferences throughout his 47 years of active participation. George was honored with an achievement award by the Federation of Genealogical Societies at their conference in Seattle, Washington in 1995. He is currently the archivist for the McLean County Museum of History and can often be found in their genealogical library.


  For details on the Award Winners listed below, please click HERE. 

Community Service Award

  • Tara Cajacob
  • Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society

Special Recognition Award                                                                      

  • Barbara J. Brenner
  • Dr. Mark DePue
  • Mike Dickson
  • Carol Ann Johnson Hicks
  • Betty Schatz

Youth Award

  • Riley Biondi
  • Zoe Meier
  • Joanna Morley

Individual Writer's Award

  • John Cameron


 
ISGS Update:  Upcoming "Live" Webinars
 
Webinar icon graphicJoin us on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 PM Central for another free webinar – "Pathways to Spicy Stories: An Overview of Court Records". This webinar is hosted by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society. Guest speaker, Laura Street Chaplin, will help you discover the treasure trove of court records for genealogists. Court records are pathways into the stories of our ancestors' lives. Plan to attend this humorous attempt to give an overview of the various documents found in the American courthouse.
 
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
 
Webinar icon graphicJoin us on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM Central for the 2nd part of a 3-part series on DNA. This webinar, featuring guest speaker Laura Street Chapin, will be hosted by the Kane County Genealogical Society
 
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Webinar icon graphicJoin us on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM Central for the final session of the 3-part series on DNA. This webinar, featuring guest speaker Laura Street Chapin, will be hosted by the Kane County Genealogical Society
 
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