Archived News - March 2012

ISGS News - Thursday, March 29, 2012
2 New FamilySearch Databases for Illinois

On March 9, 2012, FamilySearch added to new databases of interest to Illinois researchers.

Also of note, the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 image collection was updated on February 22, 2012.


ISGS News - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
10 New Prairie Pioneers Honored
ISGS has a Prairie Pioneers Certificates database online that lists the certificates 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 they 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.
Pioneers Added Since November 2011
  • William Young
  • Elijah Potter
  • Stephen Wheeler
  • Samuel Prevo
  • Mary Orth
  • Henry Taylor
  • William Henry Long
  • Harrison Morrical
  • Jacob Bughman
  • Absalom Bradshaw
ISGS News - Monday, March 26, 2012
ISGS Newsletter Now Available - March/April 2012
The March/April 2012 issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members. Visit the ISGS website at and click ISGS Newsletter to download the current issue (in PDF) and to view past issues going back to January/February 2008.
ISGS News - Friday, March 23, 2012
Upcoming ISGS Webinars
On Tuesday, April 10, at 8 PM Central, D. Joshua Taylor will present, Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically, where you will learn how to take your paper research notes, logs, and documents and convert them into your own personal “digital archives.” To attend this webinar, register at
Upcoming Webinars
April 10 – Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically with D. Joshua Taylor Register at
May 8 – Some Great, Seldom-Used, Resources: A Genealogical Potpourri with Timothy Pinnick Register at
June 12 – The War of 1812 – America’s “Forgotten” War with Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG Register at
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit
And don't forget to spread the word by printing out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
ISGS News - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest
One of the most common questions about the ISGS website seems to be: Who are those people in the photos?
The photo above and all the photos you see in the header of the ISGS Website were winners in the 2011 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest.  ISGS is happy to announce the 2012 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest and asks this question: wouldn't it be great to see our own ancestors' photos up there?
Between now and May 31, 2012, ISGS is asking members to submit photos of their own ancestors for use on the ISGS website. If your photo is selected, it will be displayed on a rotating-basis in the top banner of the ISGS website along with other member-submitted photos. You can view all the 2011 winners at

Not only will you be credited with the photo submission, but you'll also be able to provide a brief biography of the person or persons in the photo.

Visit the 2012 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest page at and use the entry form to submit your photos.  Or go to to print out the form and submit your ancestor photos today!

NOTE: You must be a member of ISGS to participate in the 2012 Ancestor Photo Contest.

ISGS News - Monday, March 19, 2012
ISGS Forums – Now Open to the Public
For the past few months, since their introduction on the ISGS Website, the ISGS Forums have been available to members only.  In case you aren’t familiar with the forums, they can be accessed at
What does this mean?  Only ISGS Members can post new messages and respond to existing messages; however, all the information is now available for the public to read.  This will help get your query or research question a wider audience.
What’s in the ISGS Forums? Here are some of the current topics:
  • About ISGS Forums
  • Brick Walls
  • Free Lookups
  • Illinois Genealogy Resources
  • Queries
  • Research Questions
You can learn more about the ISGS Forums at (opens in Adobe Reader).
Want to suggest a new topic? Simply contact the ISGS Webmaster at with your suggestion.
You can help spread the word by posting the link on social media (Facebook, Twitter), telling your genealogy friends and also sharing the link in the newsletter, blog or website of your local genealogy society.
ISGS News - Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Join the Illinois State Genealogical Society in celebrating Women's History Month by attending the March webinar, Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors.
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8:00 pm Central

Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, is a researcher, editor, webmaster, and database developer. She is the Genealogical Content Manager for Amy has also served as a database and website consultant for libraries and societies. She is a former webmaster for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Amy earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University, where she concentrated on digital libraries and digital preservation.

Description: Changing surnames and scant records -- it's enough to make a genealogist ignore the female half of the family tree. This webinar will explore sources and methodologies to help you find those elusive female ancestors.


Recordings and Syllabus Also Available

For those who can't attend on March 13th, 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.