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Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree  (National Events)
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, 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 –

Saturday, June 8
North Suburban Genealogical Society: "Using Newspapers for Genealogy Research"  (ISGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL
Guest Lecturer will be Kimberly Schlarman. For complete details, visit

Tuesday, June 11
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 through Monday, June 17
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 through Sunday, June 30
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
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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Saturday, July 13
North Suburban Genealogical Society: "Undoing Brick Walls"  (ISGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Guest Lecturer: Debra Dudek. For complete details, visit

IAJGS 39th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2
IAJGS 39th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (National Events)
Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel, Cleveland, OH
This year's annual conference will include more than 170 programs, lectures, panel discussions and workshops focusing on genealogy methodology, available archival resources and the history of all Jewish communities. Presentations are geared to genealogists of all levels – from first-timers to conference veterans.
For complete details on the conference and to register, visit the IAJGS website.

Saturday, August 10
North Suburban Genealogical Society: "Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Success"  (ISGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL
Guest Lecturer: Steve Szabados. For complete details, visit

Tuesday, August 13
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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FGS Annual Conference –
Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
FGS Annual Conference – "Come Home to Our Washington, DC!"  (National Events)
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C.
The Federation of Genealogical Socities 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 and conference registration are now available online – visit their website for all the details:

Tuesday, September 10
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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Saturday, September 14
North Suburban Genealogical Society: "DNA & Research Working Together"  (ISGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Guest Lecturer: Jeffrey A. Bockman. For complete details, visit

Tuesday, October 8
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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Saturday, October 12
North Suburban Genealogical Society: "Researching Colonial American Ancestors"  (ISGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Ave., Northbrook, IL
Guest Lecturer will be Jane Haldeman. For complete details, visit

ISGS 2019 Conference:
Friday, October 25 through Saturday, October 26
ISGS 2019 Conference: "Connecting the Dots ... Research • DNA • Ethnicity"  (ISGS Events)
Chicago Marriott, Naperville, IL
With 20+ sessions presented by nine expert and well-known genealogists including Michael D. Lacopc, DVM, and Paul Woodbury, M.Ed., we are confident there is something for everyone at this year's conference. Registration is now open! Visit the 2019 Fall Conference page on our website for complete details.

Tuesday, November 12
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
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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