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Saturday, January 5, 2019
Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society: How to Organize All This Genealogy Stuff  (ISGS Member Society Events)
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL
Featured Speaker:  Lisa Louise Cooke
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Hidden Gems in the FamilySearch Wiki (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Program:  What is a Wiki? It's one of the best-kept secrets of FamilySearch. Let's learn how this powerful and robut tool can bring the world to your fingertips.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children: Early Illinois Laws (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Judy G. Russell

Program:  The laws our ancestors lived by tell their own story of life in earlier times, and, from the very first territorial statutes, enacted in 1809, the choices made by legislators about what laws were needed give a rich and deep context to family history. Using early Illinois laws as genealogical resources, we are able to tell the stories of a time when the big concerns were Blue Laws, wild animals, and children needed humbling.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 through Saturday, March 2, 2019
RootsTech 2019  (National Events)
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
The 2019 conference will feature learning opportunities for all ages and at all levels. Choose from over 300 breakout sessions with topics including DNA, records, methodology, social media, innovation, technology, family trees, photos, stories and many more! Registration is now open - register before Oct. 12 to take advantage of early bird pricing. Full details, including the 26 page RootsTech Conference Guide, are on their website:

DuPage County GS: 44th Annual Conference
Saturday, March 9, 2019
DuPage County GS: 44th Annual Conference  (ISGS Member Society Events)
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
NIU Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville IL 60563
The 2019 Conference will include 16 sessions, offered in 4 tracks/4 sessions each, with topics for everyone, presented by great speakers:  F. Warren Bittner, Daniel Earl, Thomas MacEntee, and Michael L. Strauss.
Complete details about the conferenece, sessions, and speakers are available on the DCGS website. Register now online to get the best pricing and to reserve your spot (no mail-in registrations accepted). 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here – Illinois (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Janice Lovelace

Program:  Do you have ancestors that might have been involved in the Underground Railroad? How do you find records of those who were involved?


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Using Bureau of Land Management Tract Books (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Michael John Neill

Program:  This presentation will focus on use of the unindexed tract books created by the Bureau of Land Management as a part of the patent application process. Organized geographically and unindexed, these books can contain clues not listed in the original patent or patent application and include the names of those who began land claims but did not complete them.


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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society: 46th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference  (ISGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 101 18th St., Moline, IL
The Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society and the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society combine their genealogy expertise and community spirit to present their annual genealogy conference. Featured speaker for this event is Beth Foulk, and program topics are:
  • Sourcing in the Digital World
  • Introduction to Public (Federal) Lands
  • Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines
  • Civil War Women & Their Organizations
Visit the RICIGS website for a Conference Brochure and Registration Form which will be availabe in Winter 2019.

NGS 2019 Family History Conferece –
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 through Saturday, May 11, 2019
NGS 2019 Family History Conferece – "Journey of Discovery"  (National Events)
St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
The National Genealogical Society's 2019 conference includes more than 150 unique lectures on topics such as vital records and religious records, migration and immigration, U.S. census and military records, land records and maps, court records, ethnic resources, government documents, using DNA testing, technology for genealogy, Midwest regional topics, and much more. Conference registration begins Dec. 1, 2018 – you can also register for workshops, tours, meals, and other special conference events. Every conference attendee receives a digital syllabus of more than 600 pages that includes each handout provided for every lecture. There are a number of Conference Hotels and reservations are now being taken! For more info on the conference, registration, and conference hotels, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Colleen Greene

Program:  This introductory lecture covers key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.


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Thursday, May 30, 2019 through Sunday, June 2, 2019
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree  (National Events)
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burban, CA
The 2019 conference marks SCGS' 50th birthday! This year's event features 100+ classes, special DNA workshops, mini-classes & demos, exhibit hall and show specials, and free expert advice for family historians and genealogists of all experience levels. Registration opens Jan. 7, 2019. For more information, visit their website –

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
From East to West: Ancestral Migration Through Canada (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Kathryn Lake Hogan

Program:  How did your family get from Europe to the Prairies? Why did your ancestors migrate through Canada? What clues can be found in records to track your ancestor's migration? Why did so many Quebeckers leave the province during the 1800s? What was so appealing about the Prairie Provinces? Explore the reasons that motivated our ancestors to move and start over again. Learn the techniques and strategies to follow your ancestors from east to west and beyond.


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International German Genealogy Conference
Saturday, June 15, 2019 through Monday, June 17, 2019
International German Genealogy Conference  (National Events)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento will host the 2nd International Conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). More than 1000 people are expected to attend the 3 day conferece focusing on the history and genealogy of those throughout the world with German ancestry. Online registration opens on November 1. Visit the IGGP website for complete details –

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019
Association for Gravestone Studies Conference  (National Events)
Gardner-Webb Univ., Boiling Springs, NC
AGS holds an annual conference every June. Held in a different location each year, the conference features lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours. Registration for this event will open in Spring 2019. For more information, visit

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  James M. Beidler

Program:  No genealogist with German-speaking ancestors avoids using church records, and the good news is that many more of them are coming online in digital form. It's important, however, to know whether you're looking at originals, duplicates or extracts from these records – this presentation will explain the differences.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Great Lakes and the Role They Played in the Years of Prohibition (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Jean Wilcox Hibben

Program:  During Prohibition in the United States, a great many people obtained alcohol from Canada, then moved it to big cities in the U.S. (e.g., Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, etc.). This program will focus on Chicago's illegal importation of booze. If your ancestor lived in or near the Windy City (or any other large cities around the lakes) during the 1920s, there is a possibility that he/she was involved in bootlegging, on some level.


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 through Saturday, August 24, 2019
Federation of Genealogical Societies: Annual Conference  (National Events)
Washington, D.C.
FGS makes its first visit to the nation's capital with the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR Library, and more a Metro ride away. Details on the conference and links for the conference hotels are not yet available – check their website to keep up-to-date on conference news:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Telling the Story with Maps: Maps of Early Illinois and Where to Find Them (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Ginger Frere

Program:  As the saying goes, "A picutre is worth a thousand words.". This is also the case with maps. From simple hand-drawn sketches to intricately detailed masterpieces, maps can convey immense detail. The can provide the names of places, distances, topography, geographical feature, migration routes, land ownership, boundaries and political jurisdictions. Maps allow us to see the physical relationship between places. Maps can help us answer questions – how did our ancestors get from one place to another?


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Researching Your Illinois Catholic Ancestors (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Presenter:  Lisa Oberg

Program:  Since Father Jacques Marquette first visited the area that is now Chicago in the later 17th century, Catholic immigrants have been drawin to Illinois. Germans, Pols, Bohemian/Czechs, Italians, and more recently immigrants from Central and South America, have all settled in significant numbers in Illinois, in addition to other ethnic groups. Catholic records can provide invaluable clues for genealogists. This webinar will provide insight into how Catholicism shaped history and discuss how to locate parish records, what you can expect to find and how to interpret records when you do find them.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details on this program and online registration link will be pubished as soon as they become available.


Presenter:  Jeanne Larzalere Bloom



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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records (Webinar)  (ISGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details on this program and online registration link will be pubished as soon as they become available.


Presenter:  Anita Boyd



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