Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ISGS Office Closed Monday, February 15, 2016


The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2016 Webinar - Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies


TitleReconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Benevolent societies had a major impact on the social fabric of African American communities. This session explores several groups that impacted black families in multiple states. Most of the organizations of the late 19th century and 20th century are long gone, but their stories lie buried in cemeteries throughout the nation and a rich community history can be discovered by knowing how to recognize them in African American cemeteries throughout the nation.

Presenter: Anglea Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast devoted to African American genealogy news, methods and events, and is also one of the founding members of AfriGeneas.com, the oldest online website community for African American genealogy.

Ms. Walton-Raji hosts 3 genealogy blogs, and is moderator of an ongoing genealogy message board devoted to Native American genealogy. She also authored the book “Black Indian Genealogy Research” first published in 1993 and revised in 2007 This book is the first and only book that addresses the documentation of African-Americans with ties to Native Americans within the family structure. She is also active on social media from Facebook to Twitter and hosts a YouTube channel, African Roots TV.

For over a decade she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and she is the only genealogist in the nation to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian in both Washington DC, and New York facilities. She was awarded the honor of presenting a special series of genealogy lectures to coincide with the Smithsonian Exhibition IndiVisible that has been traveling throughout the nation.

Ms. Walton-Raji holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from St. Louis University, and a Master of Education from Antioch University. She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and Samford Genealogy Institute, and has served as a faculty member at both Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8291948619192469250

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 February 9th, 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).





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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – February 2016

Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

Join us on Tuesday, February 9, at 8:00 PM Central, when Angela Walton-Raji, will present Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8291948619192469250.

Last week's webinar, Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process, presented by Drew Smith, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

February 9 – Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8291948619192469250

March 8 – Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1846416843611494402

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

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).



Saturday, January 9, 2016

ISGS Office Closed Monday, January 18, 2016


 The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 2016 Webinar - Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process

Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process - ISGS Webinar

Title: Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process

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

Description: This class focuses on the genealogical research process and how to organize it. Attendees will learn to define their research goals; to create manageable projects; to break projects down into sub-projects and tasks; to track their goals, projects, and tasks using software tools; to use a research log in order to organize and record their research questions, their search strategies, and their results; to use tools for documenting the process from source to information to evidence to conclusion; and to complete the process by transferring their conclusions into genealogical database programs.

Presenter: Drew Smith

Drew Smith, MLS, is a University of South Florida (Tampa) librarian. He is Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. Drew is a past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and currently the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for FGS FORUM magazine. He is co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and together with George G. Morgan has produced over 275 one-hour episodes. Drew is author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists and co-author of the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8573458780274373378

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on January 12th, 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).





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Sunday, January 3, 2016

ISGS January/February 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society January/February 2016 Newsletter


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.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

ISGS Office Closed Thursday, December 24, 2015



The ISGS Office will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2015 in observance of Christmas Eve.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 28, 2015.

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