Archived News - June 2011

ISGS News - Monday, June 27, 2011
Don't Miss Out - FGS 2011 Early Bird Registration Ends July 1st!
Save up to $50 on registration!
The Federation of Genealogical Societies invites you to the FGS/ISGS 2011 Conference for the Nation's Genealogists. Our local host, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, joins FGS in welcoming you to historic Springfield as we celebrate "Pathways to the Heartland." And if you register by Friday, July 1st you'll save up to $50 on the registration fees. Click here ( to register - don't delay! Remember, the early bird gets the worm and saves money too!
Why should you make plans to be at FGS 2011?
Take a peek at what we have in store for this year's FGS conference:
  • More than 150 educational presentations with well-known speakers from all over the U.S. Check out the conference program at
  • Lectures that appeal to beginning, intermediate and experienced genealogists.
  • Topics that cover almost every aspect of genealogy as well as libraries, archives, and repositories.
  • Sessions for professional genealogists.
  • Keynote address by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States (NARA).
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration speaker Harold Holzer, noted Lincoln scholar. Get your tickets for the gala now!
  • Day.
  • Large exhibit hall with exhibitors and vendors.
  • Vendors loaded with genealogy and history books, magazines, databases, software, maps, CDs, magazines, journals, and more.
  • Focus on Societies Day on Wednesday, 7 September 2011. Attend sessions to help your genealogical society grow, prosper, develop, and educate.
  • Librarians Day on Tuesday, 6 September 2011, sponsored by ProQuest.
  • Visit historic sites, libraries, and more in the Springfield area.
  • Many research opportunities in the Central Illinois region and along the way!
  • Daily meal functions with exciting speakers and time for networking.
To learn more
ISGS News - Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Insider's Guide to FGS 2011 Now Available!
A fact-filled, helpful guide to the upcoming FGS 2011 Conference - Pathways to the Hearland - is now available!
Click here to access the Insider's Guide to FGS 2011 (opens in PDF - Adobe Reader required).
ISGS News - Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Announcing The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt
ISGS, in partnership with FamilySearch, is hosting a virtual, online scavenger hunt and asks the public to submit their favorite Illinois genealogy resources to be included in the FamilySearch Research Wiki ( Described as “free family history research advice for the community, by the community,” the research wiki contains a page for each of the 102 Illinois counties as well as many other subject matters related to genealogy.
Find Illinois Genealogy Resources and Win Prizes!
Between now and June 30, 2011, the public is invited to locate information on Illinois genealogy-related resources and tell us why a resource is worthy of inclusion in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Examples include links to research websites and genealogy databases, as well as original articles on repositories, archives and other resources. A complete description of The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt can be found on the ISGS website at
Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership. In addition, a prize will be awarded each day between June 1 and June 30, 2011 to one lucky winner drawn at random. For complete details, please consult the contest rules at
How to Enter The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt
Participants should first visit the Illinois pages of the FamilySearch Research Wiki at and consult the various pages, including the county pages, to see what content has already been added. Next, submit your original narrative article or Illinois genealogy-related hyperlink using the entry form at
Illinois Roots Run Deep . . . We’ll Help You Dig For Them!
Through The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, ISGS, together with FamilySearch, hope to provide genealogists and family historians with the best set of Illinois-related resources available.
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