Illinois State Genealogical Society
Conference Schedule
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 6:00 pm
Friday Night Gathering at the Holiday Inn's Traders Grille
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 9:15 am
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. David Joens
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10:30 am
Caron Brennan:  How I Use DNA in My Genealogical Research 
In this presentation, I talk about "why" and "how" of DNA testing in genealogy research. Using case studies and examples, I explain how I have incorporated DNA testing into my genealogy research. Disclaimer:  this is NOT a primer on the science of DNA, although some basic information is included. The audience does not have to be knowledgeable about DNA testing to learn from this presentation.
David McDonald:  Illinois Settlement Patterns from the Colonial Period to 1850
From the opening of European explorations of North America, to the opening of the heartland in the early republic, Illinois has drawn adventurers and fortune seekers, Yankees and southerners, freed slaves and European-ordinary folk, seeking a home. We'll examine the communities they created, and the networks who joined them in settling the area we now call the Prairie State.
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 11:45 am
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1:00 pm
Laura Kovarik:  Illinois History and Genealogy: Speed Version!
If you are new to researching in Illinois, or need a refresher, come and learn some of the basics about Illinois' history and the recources that can assist you in your genealogy quest.
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 2:15 pm
Rick Allen:  Research in Deepest Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois was the first region in the state to be settled. This session will explore a little of its unique history and discuss the records, resources and facilities available to assisst researchers within the region. Time for Q&A will follow the presentation.
Teri Barnett:  Researching Your Ancestors at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Have you ever wondered what materials and collections the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has for genealogists to use? Have you ever wondered what happened to the Illinois State Historical Library? This session will answer those questions and walk you step by step on what is available for genealogists and other researchers to use and how to request those materials, both in the library and from afar.
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 3:30 pm
Tina Beaird:  Illinois County Resources Primer
With 102 counties in Illinois, there are hundreds of locations scattered across the state where significant records collections live. Tina will help you sift through these repositories to find county resources pertinent to your Illinois ancestors including vital records, land patents, school censuses, justice of the peace records, and more. 
Aimee Rose-Haynes:  Unraveling DNA Histories: Inspiring Stories of Discovery
Over-the-counter DNA tests have gained significant traction in recent years, not only because they offer insights into one's ancestral roots but also due to their capacity to reveal health predispositions. While many undertake these tests out of sheer curiosity about their lineage, some individuals stumble upon unexpected and life-altering truths. This presentation will delve into the transformative experiences of three such individuals. Upon receiving their unexpected results, each person embarked on a journey not just of personal introspection but of outreach, dedicating their efforts to assist and enlighten others who might be grappling with similar revelations.