Archived News - December 2011

ISGS News - Thursday, December 29, 2011
ISGS Announces Webinar Series
The Illinois State Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a brand new service for its members as well as the genealogical community: WEBINARS! You can attend these webinars online over the Internet using your computer - that's right! Education delivered to you at your convenience.
ISGS now features a series of monthly webinars on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We'll not only be featuring topics relevant to Illinois and Midwest genealogy but also other related topics including vital records, research strategies and more. And the ISGS Webinar Series will also feature some of the best-known speakers in the field of genelaogy today.
10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012
The first offering in the ISGS webinar series is entitled 10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012 presented by nationally-known genealogist, educator and author Thomas MacEntee on Tuesday evening, January 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm Central time.
Whether stuck in a rut with genealogy research for the past year or just wanting to expand the ways in which family history can be pursued, the genealogy community is encouraged to join ISGS for this fun and informative FREE webinar. Those attending will learn how to energize their genealogy research and will be ready to hit the ground running in 2012.
This webinar is FREE to the public and those wanting to attend are encouraged to register at since space is limited.
Recordings and Syllabus Also Available
For those who can't attend on January 10th, a recording of the webinar, along with the syllabus, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! for more information.
ISGS News - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Donate to ISGS Today!
Please remember the Illinois State Genealogical Society in your end of 2011 donations - we have a variety of ways in which you can support the many programs at ISGS: Angel Project: Through the Angel Project, ISGS purchases microfilmed county records for the Illinois State Archives and for the Illinois Regional Archive Depositories (IRAD) throughout the represented regions in Illinois. These records are available for your use in researching your families when you visit the Illinois State Archives or one of the IRAD facilities.
Use the button below to donate to the Angel Project:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Book Project: The ALPL Book Project helps increase the ALPL collection of genealogy and family history materials to include each publication produced by one of the state's many genealogical and historical societies. ISGS also encourages its members who publish genealogical works to donate a copy to ALPL.
Use the button below to donate to the ALPL Book Project:
ISGS Digitization Fund: The Digitization Fund serves to implement the digitization of ISGS publications, record collections, and databases for placement on the Internet. This process will provide more genealogists with access to valuable articles and studies of whose existence they might not otherwise be aware.
Use the button below to donate to the ISGS Digitization Fund:
ISGS General Fund: Gifts to the General Fund are used by ISGS to expand both its outreach to genealogists across the state of Illinois and its level of excellence in helping to improve research and educational opportunities to family historians everywhere.
Use the button below to donate to the ISGS General Fund:
ISGS Memorial/Honorarium: Individuals have the opportunity to honor another person by providing a gift to ISGS in that person�s name. These gifts are used in a variety of ways to promote the work of genealogists in the state of Illinois.
Use the button below to donate as an ISGS Memorial/Honorarium:
You can also click here to print out a donation form and mail it in to the ISGS office.
ISGS is a non-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. All contributions are tax deductible
ISGS News - Wednesday, December 22, 2011
Don't forget that while you are scrambling to finish up your Christmas shopping or making sure everyone on your list gets a holiday gift, you can always give the gift of ISGS this season! Click here for more information on the various types of membership at ISGS. You can use this printable form (opens in PDF) and send it in with your payment or join online! Your gift recipient will have access to the following benefits by becoming a member of ISGS:
  • access to the Members Section with numerous Illinois-related genealogy databases and indices and the new Member Forums;
  • 4 issues of the 64-page Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly which is mailed in March, June, September and December;
  • 6 issues of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter;
  • 20% discount on publications;
  • ability to submit your surname information to the Surname Research database;
  • reduced death certificate lookup and conference fees;
  • and a genealogist to help with problems.
ISGS News - Monday, December 12, 2011
FamilySearch Learning Center Midwest Series
From our friends at FamilySearch:
Have an ancestor from the Midwest or just want to learn more about using census and vital records? The U.S. Midwest Beginning Research Series is a new online learning series available at the Learning Center. The series can help people start their family history research in the Midwest states. Check out all three lessons in the series today.
ISGS News - Sunday, December 4, 2011
Educational Opportunities Abound

The Education Committee has been hard at work these last few months looking for ways to provide educational opportunities to ISGS members and the genealogical community as a whole. Here are a few things we are working on implementing in the very near future:


Each month ISGS will offer an educational webinar with topics focusing on Illinois research, methodology, and beginning research. The webinars will be open to the public when they are presented live. After that, an archived copy of the webinar will be available to ISGS members at any time through our members-only website.

More information will be available soon, as we hope to kick-off our first webinar in January. If you have ideas for topics or are a speaker who would like to discuss opportunities, please email the Education Committee Chair, Julie Tarr, at

Blog Content

Starting very soon, we will begin to post more articles to this blog that are educational in nature, such as how to use/find a particular record type, researching at Illinois repositories, and research stories that can help and inspire others. We are seeking guest authors to submit these articles since everyone has something to share and we are a community that enjoys helping others. If you would like to submit an article idea for conside