Sunday, August 20, 2017



ISGS 2017 Fall Conference

Registration Now Open!

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The Illinois State Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that online registration is now open for its Fall 2017 Conference in Moline, Illinois. The conference will be held Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.

Featured speakers include Karen Stanbary, Jay Fonkert, Tony Burroughs, Ginger Frere, Dr. Daniel Hubbard, Marsha Peterson-Maass, and Rachel M. Popma.

Conference Location:
Radisson on John Deere Commons-Moline
1415 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
(309) 764-1000 (Map)

Registration and additional information:

Funeral Homes and Family History: They’re Dying to Meet You

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar

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Most genealogists and historians know to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about the funeral home? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This presentation will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online and “in the field,” as well as provide real life examples of how to search for ancillary clues in funeral home records. 

Presenter: Daniel Earl

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Luxembourgers on the Prairie: Researching your Luxembourg Ancestors

Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar

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There are more people of Luxembourg-descent living in the Midwest than currently living in Luxembourg today, yet this immigrant group is often invisible as they frequently became absorbed in German-speaking communities following their arrival. Chicago has several historically Luxembourg neighborhoods and Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, among other states, all have unique distinctly Luxembourg settlements. This webinar will explore resources for locating your Luxembourg ancestor in the U.S., identifying their ancestral village, and tips for researching Luxembourg’ multilingual records.

Presenter: Lisa Oberg

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Illinois Bicentennial Kickoff Festivities

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Activities at the Liberty Bell of the West Memorial on Kaskaskia Island, the Pierre Menard Home, and Fort de Chartres will signal the start of the 100 Day Countdown to the Illinois Bicentennial. State and local officials will speak at each location. Officials will signal the start of the 100 Day Countdown to December 3, the date Illinois was federally recognized as a state, with a ceremonial signing of the 1818 Illinois Constitution. December 3, 2017, is the first day of the 200th year and the official start of the Bicentennial Celebration.

Clayville Car Show, Folk Music Festival, and Art Fair

Clayville Historical Site

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Cruise on over to the Clayville Car Show, Folk Music Festival, and Art Fair. The event will be on the site of the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick structure in Sangamon County. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More information can be found at:

The Festival opens at 10 a.m.; music from 2 to 10 p.m.
$5 per person, $20 per family.
Refreshments available.

The Clayville Historical Site is located off Illinois 125 near Pleasant Plains (17 miles west of Springfield). (Map)
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