Illinois State Genealogical Society
2020 ISGS Virtual Conference
Schedule
 
 
 
 
TIME DESCRIPTION
10:00am
Unique Issues for Researching: African American Genealogy Basics
LaDonna Garner
African Americans have helped shape America into what it is today yet the search to prove their existence is often taxing. Setting a strong foundation in research methodology will move family research from meager results to uncovering the past.
 
10:00am
The Illinois State Archives Tools for the Genealogist
Dave Joens
The Illinois State Archives houses Illinois state government records and, through its regional depository system, local government records. Illinois State Archives Director David Joens will discuss the history and role of the Illinois State Archives in preserving records and review the services and types of records it offers to genealogists doing their family history in Illinois.
11:30am
Inheriting Grandma Violet's Genealogy
LaDonna Garner
Inherit a box or more of someone's life-long genealogy research? Consider these steps to unearth, organize, weave through, and incorporate a family member's research project.
11:30am
Bio-Parents for Peg and Donna: an Autosomal DNA Case Study
Michelle Wilson
An interactive, real-life autosomal case study to identify the bio-parents of two related adoptees. Learn how the processes of separating maternal and paternal relatives, marshalling support to gain access to locked trees, gathering necessary genealogical records, working up pedigrees, and narrowing down candidates actually works in practice.
1:30pm
Exploring Historical Dimensions
Lauren Peightel
As we dig into the past, we can become caught up in the specifics of a person's life, often losing sight of the human experience and the lessons we can learn by applying empathy to our ancestors and their communities. We'll explore a variety of stories a history can tell by starting our research in a completely new method that inspires completely different resources and ideas of understanding the past.
1:30pm
DNA and Common Sense
Joy Upton
Some basic features of autosomal DNA and several free tools to assist in analyzing your DNA, your relatives, and gedcoms with MRCA will be covered in this session.
3:00pm
Genealogy and the Future of Technology
Lisa Louise Cooke
Envision your genealogy as technology speeds ahead into the future. Learn strategies that you can employ right now that will make the ride easier, and the results more exciting than ever. Discover the paradigm shift that will make finding the right technology for your needs easier than ever, and learn how to capitalize on how technology is changing the flow of information. Finally, explore key areas that are poised to thrust ahead in the future, making this an exciting time to be a family historian.
3:00pm
Global Thinking with Local Impact
Lauren Peightel
The future of history research is changing. Young historians are trying to better understand how we got to where we are today by studying their communities, their families, and the history that shaped them. Together we'll discover new trends of research from students in National History Day and graduate studies in public history and museology, its relationship to a national focus on the history of laborers and their communities, and how applying this lens to our own work can inspire the younger generations around us.