Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015 Webinar – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving

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Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Although most researchers are aware of tax records, they are seldom utilized and dismissed as boring and insignificant. Tax records can solve MANY genealogical dilemmas and should be a primary records source to utilize, especially in states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky, but nationwide. This lecture will show you how they can help you!

Presenter: Michael Locopo

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Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a life-long resident of northern Indiana. He began his genealogical research in 1980. His first published work appeared in 1985 with several books, journal articles and published contributions following. In 2000 he appeared in USA TODAY and has lectured locally, regionally nationally, and internationally since 2004. Dr. Lacopo has a varied and interesting ancestry and is a self-described "all-American mutt." He has research experience in numerous fields with particular strengths in research involving Mennonite families, Pennsylvania Germans, immigrant ancestry and Midwest/Middle Atlantic research (IN, OH, IL, MI, and PA). He has a passion for incorporating social history into research and promotes "story telling" when discussing ancestors and research. His blog, "Hoosier Daddy?, narrating his own adventures can be found at roots4u.blogspot.com, and his Internet presence can be found both at his webpage Roots4U (www.roots4u.com) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Roots4U).

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on September 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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – September 2015

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Join us on Tuesday, September 8, at 8:00 PM Central, when Michael Lacopo, will present Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969.

Last week's webinar, School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors, presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

September 8 – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
Presenter: Michael Lacopo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969

October 13 – Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
Presenter: Steve Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8211336816720900865

November 10 – In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1041320337723100418

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

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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Monday, August 10, 2015

August 2015 Webinar – School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors

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Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:00 pm Central

Description: We may even be somewhat astounded to learn that our ancestors even attended school. Locating school records can be an amazing way of putting our families into place, especially when there may be no vital records available in an area.

Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

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Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, has been involved in family history research all of her life. As a child, she accompanied her parents to courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing and swimming. All of her grandparents were born in the late 1800's, and she loved listening to their stories of flu epidemics, swinging across "hollers" on grapevines, harnessing up mules, and Kentucky "haints". She and her husband, Kerry, and Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on August 11th, 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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – August 2015

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Join us on Tuesday, August 11, at 8:00 PM Central, when Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, will present School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697 .

Last week's webinar, Dissect Obituaries for New Clues, presented by George G. Morgan, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

August 11 – School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697

September 8 – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
Presenter: Michael Lacopo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969

October 13 – Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
Presenter: Steve Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8211336816720900865

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

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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nominations Sought for ISGS Awards

The Illinois Genealogical Society (ISGS) Honors and Awards Committee uses the following criteria for selecting individuals or societies to be honored by the ISGS Governing Board for the many hours and talents the nominees have contributeimaged to furthering genealogy in Illinois. All recipients will be notified that they will be receiving an award at an ISGS event on a specific day and place. It is their responsibility to attend the event to receive the award or to ask another individual to receive the award in their absence.  Please make only one nomination per category per society.  Award nomination forms must be used. The forms are available on the ISGS website.


Community Service Award - This award may be given to an individual, company, or institution for service or contributions to genealogy. Nominations may be made by local genealogical or historical societies.

Special Recognition Award - This award may be given to an individual for the promotion of genealogy in general or for having been a major influence toward the success of the nominating organization. Nominations may be made by local societies.

Youth Award - Students are eligible for this award for a genealogical project. Nominations may be made on the suggestion of a teacher, advisor, or local society.

Distinguished Service Award - A national figure may be honored for exceptional contributions or service to genealogy.

Individual Writers Award - A writer or co-writers who made a significant contribution to genealogy through an article of exceptional merit published in the ISGS Quarterly during the past year is/are eligible for this award. Nominations will be made by the Editorial Board of the ISGS Quarterly.

Volkel Memorial Awards  - Named for ISGS founder, Lowell M. Volkel, the Volkel Medal of Honor and the Volkel Hall of Fame awards are presented in alternate years to recognize exemplary contributions to the field of genealogy.  The Medal of Honor is awarded in even-numbered years and the Hall of Fame in odd-numbered years. Nominations may be made by local genealogical societies.


Completed forms should be mailed by July 31 to the attention of the Honors and Awards Committee at the above ISGS address.  To submit a nomination for the above awards (except the Individual Writers Award), please complete the Honors & Awards Nomination Form.

Direct questions to isgsawards@ilgensoc.org.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 2015 Webinar – Dissect Obituaries for New Clues

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Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them. A sample obituary is dissected and discussed.

Presenter: George G. Morgan

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George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents around the world.

George is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition How to Do Everything: Genealogy, will be released in January 2015. He and Drew Smith also co-authored a book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, which is a bestseller in the genealogical community.

He co-hosts The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/723818762217470209

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on July 14th, 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/isgs2015webinarbrochure.

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 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Monday, July 6, 2015

July/August 2015 - ISGS Newsletter Available

The July/August 2015 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.

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