Monday, May 23, 2016

ISGS Office Closed Monday, May 30, 2016

ISGS Office Closed Monday, May 30, 2016

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – June 2016

Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls

Join us on Tuesday, June 14, at 8:00 PM Central, when Amie Tenant will present Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

Last week's webinar, Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and Hows, presented by Stephen Szabados, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

June 14 - Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

July 12 - Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2607347059774722305

August 9 - Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1406973931847993857

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.

The 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).


Sunday, May 8, 2016

ISGS May/June 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

The May/June 2016 issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members.


Visit the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org and click ISGS Newsletter to download the current issue (in PDF) and to view past issues going back to January/February 2008.

© 2016, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – May 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – May 2016

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8:00 PM Central, when Stephen Szabados will present Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281

Last week's webinar, Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources, presented by Lisa A. Alzo, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

May 10 - Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281

June 14 - Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

July 12 - Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2607347059774722305

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.

The 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Announcing the ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest


George and Frank GOULD. “George S. Gould: born Aug 1883, Chicago, died Dec 1944, Chicago.  John Francis Gould: born Jan 1878, Chicago, died Sep 1953, Chicago. A photo of my grandfather, George S. Gould, and his brother, John Francis “Frank” Gould, at work.  I do not know the date of the photos, but both men were in Chicago, working for the railroad, in the 1910 Census.  Frank was married and had six children by that time.  My grandparents did not marry until 1917.  My mother was 18 years old when her father died, so photographs and stories are the only connection I have to him and I treasure every detail.  Frank and George are next to each other on the left.” Submitted by Marsha Hosfeld.


When visiting the ISGS website, have you ever wondered “Who are those people in the photos at the top of the page?

The photo above and all the photos you see in the header of the ISGS Website were winners in the last ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest. ISGS is happy to announce the 2016 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest and asks this question: wouldn't it be great to see our own ancestors' photos up there?

Between April 1 and May 31, 2016, ISGS is asking members to submit photos of their own ancestors for use on the ISGS website. If your photo is selected, it will be displayed on a rotating-basis in the top banner of the ISGS website along with other member-submitted photos. You can view all the pervious years' winners at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=156.

Not only will you be credited with the photo submission, but you'll also be able to provide a brief biography of the person or persons in the photo.

Click here for more information and instructions on submitting your ancestor photos!

NOTE: You must be a member of ISGS to participate in the 2016 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest. Click here to join!

Photo: George and Frank GOULD. “George S. Gould: born Aug 1883, Chicago, died Dec 1944, Chicago. John Francis Gould: born Jan 1878, Chicago, died Sep 1953, Chicago. A photo of my grandfather, George S. Gould, and his brother, John Francis “Frank” Gould, at work. I do not know the date of the photos, but both men were in Chicago, working for the railroad, in the 1910 Census. Frank was married and had six children by that time. My grandparents did not marry until 1917. My mother was 18 years old when her father died, so photographs and stories are the only connection I have to him and I treasure every detail. Frank and George are next to each other on the left.” Submitted by Marsha Hosfeld.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 2016 Webinar - Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources

Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources


Title:  Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Ethnic resources often contain detailed personal and genealogical information, and yet, they are often overlooked by researchers. Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources. Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.

Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and numerous magazine articles. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences and webinars. An avid genealogist for over 25 years, Lisa blogs at The Accidental Genealogist (http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com).

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on March 8th, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/members.php. If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=8 for more information.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.

The 2016 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).




© 2016, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – April 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – April 2016

Join us on Tuesday, April 12, at 8:00 PM Central, when Lisa A. Alzo will present Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922

Last week's webinar, Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts, presented by Melissa Barker, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

April 12 - Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922

May 10 - Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281

June 14 - Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.

The 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).