Archived News - September 2012

ISGS News - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Last Chance for Early Registration Discount for the ISGS 2012 Fall Conference

This is your last chance to get in on the Early Registration pricing for the upcoming ISGS 2012 Fall Conference, to be held in Rockford, Illinois on Friday, October 19, 2012 and Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Save By Registering Before September 30, 2012

ISGS Members and Non-Members can save by registering on or before September 30, 2012.  Register and pay online using this link or print the registration form using this link (opens in PDF via Adobe Reader), pay by check and make sure your form is postmarked by September 30, 2012 to be eligible for the discount.

Not a member of ISGS? Click here to join now! Individual membership is $30 a year.

WANTED: Future Genealogists for Youth Workshops on Saturday, October 20, 2012

There is still room in the Youth Workshops, but sign up TODAY! The ISGS Youth Workshop will teach children from grades one through twelve the basics of genealogical research.

Youth in 1st – 4th grade will:

  • Learn how to complete a family tree and make connections 
  • Enjoy a family tree craft 
  • Learn how to complete a family group sheet 
  • Learn about some basic records 
  • Learn why photographs and stories are important 
  • Enjoy a story craft 
Youth in 5th – 12th grade will:
  • Learn how to complete a family tree 
  • Learn how to complete a family group sheet 
  • View examples of various record types available for research 
  • Learn how to interview relatives, and more! 
The registration fee is $10.00 for the 1st - 4th Grade workshop and $15.00 for the 5th - 12th Grade workshop. Click here to download the Youth Workshop registration form.

Need More Information?

Visit the ISGS 2012 Fall Conference page at the ISGS Website at or email for more information.
ISGS News - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Upcoming Webinars - October 2012
On Tuesday, October 9, at 8 PM Central, Leslie Albrecht Huber, will present, Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research, which will help you conquer common dilemmas such as record access, language, and immigration. To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, Grandma did What!?: Researching your Famous and Infamous Relatives, presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (
Upcoming Webinars
  • December 11Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Planwith J. Mark Lowe, 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 - Monday, September 10, 2012
ISGS Announces Major Donation to War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge
The Illinois State Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a major donation to its War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge from the Indiana Genealogical Society in the amount of $1,812.
In addition, recent contributions received during the Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama last month along with the generous IGS gift have pushed the total received so far to $6,912.
The ISGS campaign is 70% to completing its goal of $10,000 which will then be quadrupled through an ISGS match and an match to equal $40,000. These monies will be used in the War of 1812 "Preserve The Pensions" campaign, with the goal of raising $3.7 million to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Application Files held at the National Archives and make them freely accessible online. The digitized pension files will be available for free on - see to view the files that are available so far.
Please visit the ISGS website at to learn how you can contribute to this worthwhile project.
ISGS News - Tuesday, September 4, 2012
September 2012 Webinar - Grandma did What!?: Researching your Famous and Infamous Relatives
Join us for next week's webinar, Grandma did What!?: Researching your Famous and Infamous Relatives presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega. Finding these famous and infamous ancestors and their stories can give you a unique perspective of their lives and your own family history.
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
Description: In order to research infamous ancestors, genealogists have to be knowledgeable about the diverse historical resources available. In this presentation, using various case studies, we will look at manuscript collections, ephemera, newspapers, and repositories available to research your famous or infamous ancestor.
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, FGS FORUM, and APG Quarterly. She is the author of the books, Putting the Pieces Together and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance. Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
Recordings and Syllabus Also Available
For ISGS members who cannot attend on September 11th, 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.