Archived News - April 2012

ISGS News - Monday, April 23, 2012
2012 ISGS Fall Conference Registration Now Open
Everyone from novice genealogists to hobbyists to people interested in becoming professional researchers will find something of value at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) 2012 Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center in Rockford.
“There’s something for everyone,” says Stephanie Carbonetti, ISGS Fall Conference Co-Chair.  “We want to provide a conference for all levels of interest, whether it’s someone who hasn’t started researching their ancestors yet and doesn’t know where to begin, to people just wanting to hone up on their research skills.  There’s so much to choose from!”
This year’s conference, entitled “Family History in Profile,” is being co-hosted by the Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society and will feature nine nationally and regionally known genealogy research experts who will lead more than 15 workshops on such topics as “Breaking Through Brick Walls,”  “Facebook for Genealogists,”  “Our National Archives,” and “Discovering the Real Story of Your Immigrant Ancestors.”
Carbonetti says this year’s conference also will include a day-long workshop on Saturday for young people interested in genealogy.  First through fourth-graders will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and fifth through twelfth-graders from 1 to 4 p.m. 
“If we can spark an interest in a young person, then they will carry it all through their life,” she adds.  “When young people do family research, they have the benefit of being able to talk with older members of their family who are still alive and who can provide them with valuable information.”
Scheduled presenters include John Philip Colletta, PhD, a Washington, D.C.-based genealogy lecturer who has worked at the Library of Congress, taught workshops at the National Archives, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University; Thomas MacEntee, Chicago, organizer of the 2,000+ member GeneaBloggers, lecturer and teacher of online webinars; Dr. Daniel Hubbard, a former particle physicist who owns Personal Past, which focuses on American, Canadian and Swedish records; Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, trustee and treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County records.
Other presenters are Dr. Gary K. Hargis, past president of the ISGS, president of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, and director of the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America; Oriene Springstroh, founder and first president of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, and past editor of the ISGS “Quarterly” magazine; Larry Pepper, owner of and an expert on restoration of old photos; Dave McDonald, director of the National Genealogical Society and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists whose research focuses on the Midwest and Plains states, New England, the UK and Germanic Europe; and Kathy Carey, a district director and past Illinois state registrar and organizing secretary for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a volunteer genealogist.
Carbonetti says the ISGS holds these conferences annually at different locations around the state in part to provide information and generate an interest in the people who helped establish and develop Illinois, and to encourage people to seek, preserve and make Illinois family history data available.
Enrollment for the Youth Workshops is limited.  Special early registration pricing for the conference is available. To register for the conference or the Youth Workshops, to download registration forms, or to get more information, visit the ISGS website at
ISGS News - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Upcoming ISGS Webinars - May 2012
On Tuesday, May 8, at 8 PM Central, Timothy Pinnick will present, Some Great, Seldom-Used, Resources: A Genealogical Potpourri, where you will learn about unique resources Timothy has come across that may help you break through some of your brick walls. To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically, presented by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (
Upcoming Webinars
May 8 – Some Great, Seldom-Used, Resources: A Genealogical Potpourri with Timothy Pinnick
June 12 – The War of 1812 – America’s “Forgotten” War with Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
July 10 – Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family Over Time and Miles with Jean Wilcox-Hibben, PhD, MA, CG
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 - Thursday, April 12, 2012
Illinois 1940 Census Images Now Available for Indexing
Did you know that at this very moment, members of the Illinois State Genealogical Society are busy indexing the 1940 Census images which were released to the public on April 2, 2012? You can join in this volunteer effort to produce a searchable index which will be freely accessible to the genealogical community and the public.  Here's how:
  • Visit the 1940 Census Community Project site here to download the indexing software, create a FamilySearch account and then get started with your first batch of Illinois images. Learn more at this recent ISGS blog post.
  • PLEASE make sure that when you set up the indexing software you select Illinois State Genealogical Society as your affiliated group.  FamilySearch has set up incentives and prizes for genealogy societies who index the most images - so make sure your indexing efforts get credited to ISGS!  See this video to learn more.
  • Stay on top of the latest 1940 Census Indexing news by following the 1940 Census blog at Visit the blog daily for new information and updates. Also, make sure you add the blog to your Google Reader or place it in your bookmarks/favorites in your web browser.
And if you aren't available to index, please take a minute to check out the 1940 Census images over at the Official 1940 Census Website by clicking here. Visit the FamilySearch 1940 Census Indexing map here to see a map of the progress so far. As of today, only 2% of the images for Illinois are indexed and we have a long way to go.  But with your help, we can make sure that all Illinois 1940 Census images are searchable.
ISGS News - Tuesday, April 3, 2012
April 2012 Webinar - Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically
Just in time for National Organize Your Files Week (third week in April), don't miss our upcoming webinar, Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically, presented by D. Joshua Taylor.
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
Description: Thinking of going digital? Organizing your research files electronically can speed up processing time, save space, and help anyone become a better genealogist. Learn how to take your paper research notes, logs, and documents and convert them into your own personal “digital archives.”
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS D. Joshua Taylor "Josh" is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Currently Joshua is a Business Development Manager for brightsolid online publishing, the creator of A frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, his previous speaking engagements include RootsTech, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conferences, the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He has authored articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, and was a columnist for Digital Genealogist.
Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, where he chairs the Conference Planning and Long-Range Planning Committees. He previously oversaw the Research Services and Education Departments at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and holds an MA (History) and MLS (Archival Management) from Simmons College. He has also been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
Recordings and Syllabus Also Available
For ISGS members who cannot attend on April 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 - Monday, April 2, 2012
1940 US Census Community Project - ISGS Indexing
ISGS Supports 1940 Census Indexing with
We are excited to announce that ISGS has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the 1940 U.S. Federal Census! By indexing records from Illinois, we will be an essential part of this monumental grass-roots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online - complete and free of charge forever.
Go to and register to participate with ISGS:
ISGS 1940 US Census Indexing - Sign Up 
When you open the software, a sign-in screen will appear:
ISGS 1940 US Census Indexing - Sign Up Screen
If you already have an account with FamilySearch, just input your name and password and click OK; if not, click Register for a New Account to set one up.
When creating your account, remember to select Illinois State Genealogical Society from the dropdown box for Group on the profile screen. Every person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!
Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to the impact this resource will have for researchers of our area and so many others.
About the 1940 Census Community Project
On April 2, 2012, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be released for the first time. Unlike previous census years, images of this census will be made available as free digital images.
Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between, FamilySearch,, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.
Interest in the 1940 U.S. Census is both significant and sentimental since it documents what is often referred to as “The Greatest Generation” of U.S. citizens. As a group, these are individuals who:
  • Survived the Great Depression
  • Fought in the Second World War
  • Innovated technology (TV, Microwave)
There are many people still alive today who will be able to find themselves in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Others will be able to readily connect with relatives they knew personally or through family stories. Imagine the great resource this will be to current and future society members!