Illinois State Genealogical Society
Join us for our 2021 conference,
“Fire It Up! Ignite Your Prairie State Research!”
All Virtual Conference
Conference Registration is closed.

This year’s unique conference format will offer a mix of live, virtual events, pre-recorded webinars and informal “spark sessions” intended to help ignite your research. 

The conference will kick off on Sun, Oct 17th with a live presentation by Ginger Frere to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, “The Night Chicago Burned.” Conference attendees will then have access to pre-recorded webinars by expert speakers: Ginger Frere, David McDonald, Jay Fonkert, Lauren Peightel, Meghan Hamon, Rochelle Joseph and Deb Dudek. These lectures will be filled with tips and tricks to expand your research! Have Questions? Jot them down and bring them to the live speaker Q & A panel session on Saturday, Oct 30th

Additionally, David McDonald and Lauren Peightel will be leading two live workshops based on their lecture topics! The workshops will be an additional fee, and will be limited attendance, so that David and Lauren have an opportunity to work more closely with attendees and their research questions.

Throughout the two weeks, there will also be live “Spark Sessions,” focused on various aspects of Illinois research. These talks will cover the Illinois Regional Archive Depository facilities, ordering death certificates using Cyberdrive Illinois, the ISGS microfilm collection and more!

ISGS is excited to bring you this new format with a variety of ways to ignite your Prairie State research!


** Info on Speakers & Programs is now available ... click HERE
** Registration for Conference & Workshops is now Open ... click HERE

Questions about the Conference?
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