Archived News - August 2011

ISGS News - Thursday, August 25, 2011
Getting Ready for the FGS 2011 Conference?
If you are planning to attend the FGS 2011 Conference in Springfield, IL from September 7-10, 2011 be sure to check out the FGS Conference News Blog ( for the latest information.
What will you find? Here's a quick look:
  • Tips on packing and what to bring for the best possible conference experience.
  • Highlights of research locations such as archives, libraries and cemeteries.
  • Write up on historical sites in the Springfield area that should not be missed.
  • Information on events including luncheons. 
Make sure you check out the FGS Conference News Blog as you get ready for FGS 2011 - and we'll see you in Springfield!
ISGS News - Monday, August 22, 2011
ISGS Board Member Appears on WGN AM Radio in Chicago

In case you missed it, ISGS Board Member Thomas MacEntee appeared on the WGN Radio show The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan earlier this morning.

During the segment, Thomas not only discussed some of the basic trends in the genealogy industry and why family history is becoming more and more popular, he also had a chance to mention the upcoming FGS 2011 conference in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011.
You can listen to the segment by clicking the link below:
Thanks to ISGS member Linda Swisher who used her many contacts to arrange for Thomas's appearance on The Sunday Papers!
ISGS News - Saturday, August 20, 2011
Visit the ISGS Booth at the FGS 2011 Conference

Be sure to drop by the ISGS Booth in the Exhibit Hall during the FGS 2011 conference. In addition to a great display, we will have some goodies to hand out, including a fabulous book At Home with Illinois Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion, 1855-2003. And as a bonus, if you join or renew at the conference, you will receive a special gift.

ISGS board members will be working the booth, so this is a great opportunity to ask questions or learn about the many ways you can participate in the society.

ISGS News - Thursday, August 11, 2011

ISGS Makes Donation to War of 1812 Pensions $10,000 Match Challenge

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce its recent donation to the War of 1812 Pensions $10,000 Match Challenge sponsored by the Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS).

This challenge has been organized by IGS in support of the Preserve the Pensions project which the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the National Archives, and the genealogical community have started a project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of this important war.

The $10,000 Match Challenge is important because not only is IGS matching all donations up to $10,000 (thus creating $20,000 in donations), but will generously match up to $20,000 in donations to create a $40,000 donation. With that $40,000, the Preserve the Pensions project will be able to digitize 80,000 records related to the War of 1812 pension files. As of today, there are over 58,000 files available on (at which represents just 1% of the total to be digitized and indexed.

With the $1,010 that ISGS has just donated, the campaign total now stands at $9,600 towards a goal of $10,000. You can help out by visiting the War of 1812 Pensions $10,000 Match Challenge page at the Indiana Genealogical Society and make your donation by the August 31, 2011 deadline.
ISGS News - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
18 Prairie Pioneers Added Since January 2011

Did you know that ISGS has a Prairie Pioneers Certificates database online that lists the certificates that we have issued? The certificates are issued as part of the Prairie Pioneers Certificate project that honors Illinois pioneers.

The database lists the pioneer’s name along with the county, the year the came to Illinois, and the ISGS Prairie Pioneers Certificate number. This searchable database is available to anyone under the Free Databases section of the ISGS Website.

Additionally, back in June we created a questionnaire regarding our certificate projects. If you haven’t already completed the Certificate Projects Questionnaire, please take a few minutes to do so. We are very interested in your feedback.

Pioneers Added Since January 2011

Seth Carver
Solomon Hart
James Tweedy
John A Smith
William Butler
Thomas M. Weir
Abraham Vescelius
William Vesselius
Henry Vescelus
Nicholas Hoffman
Captain John Giles Adams
William Wagner
Samuel Goslin
John Price Jones
Margaret Stumbaugh Mayhue
Joseph A Shafer
Elijah Elledge
Zadoc(k) Barna

Remember, the Prairie Pioneers Certificates database is updated as certificates are issued, so be sure to check back regularly. If you would like to apply for a certificate, refer to the Prairie Pioneers Certificate project page for additional information, time periods covered, and application form.
ISGS News - Tuesday, August 2, 2011
New Ancestor Photo Contest Winners Page Added to Free Databases
Due to the overwhelming response to our Ancestor Photos Contest winners, we've decided to create "static" standalone pages in the Free Databases section of the ISGS Website.  All the photos appear in our website's header on a rotating basis but you can get a closer look and learn more about the photo subjects by visiting the new Ancestor Photos page.
Click here to visit the Ancestor Photos page.
ISGS News - Monday, August 1, 2011
A new feature has been added to the ISGS Website - Member Forums! If you want to ask a question about your genealogy research, or post a query, or even reply to an existing discussion, use the Member Forums located under the Members Section.
You must be a member of ISGS in order to view any of the content in the Member Forums. If you are not already a member, consider joining us by clicking here.
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