Wednesday, December 11, 2019


2019 Family History Conference

Event date: 8/10/2019 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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2019 Family History Conference

Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois

Join the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois at its 2019 Family History Conference and we will help you get started.  Have you reached a brick wall in your research, or need some fresh ideas, or motivation?  Join us at this Family History Conference and get reenergized.  Yes, we have something for everyone- beginning, intermediate, or advanced.

Caron Primas Brennan will be the featured speaker. She loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research!  She has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested.  Caron is passionate about genealogy so she has subscriptions to many resources including,,,, and  She is also a big fan of free sites, her most used being
Caron belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups as well as being a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is currently the Recording Secretary and Society Liaison for the Illinois state Genealogical Society; Facilitator for the Chicago Region of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is leading the Web Site Redesign Committee for the Chicago Genealogical Society.  She previously held Board positions at the Chicago Genealogical Society and CAGGNI (the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois).  Caron Primas Brennan blogs as Your Cousin Caron.  
When not working at her day job, researching her own family tree and making genealogy presentations Caron may be researching for others or writing for her blogs!

Register Early – Seating is limited. Registration form can be found here.
Conference Questions:  Contact Jackie Lyell at

8:00 – 9:00      Registration; Vendor Fair Open
8:45 – 9:00      General Meeting – Members to vote on Slate of Officers
9:00 – 10:00    Session 1: Read All About It!  Newspapers as Genealogical Resource
Learn how to find and use newspapers to find information about your ancestors as well as the times they lived in.  Some of the items to be found in newspapers include obituaries, marriage and engagement announcements, birth announcements, legal cases, and ship passage information.  We will learn how to find newspapers on line and in libraries and archives and cite your sources.
10:00 – 10:30  Break & Vendor Fair Browsing
10:30 – 11:30  Session 2: Looking for European Roots
If you are ready to “cross the Pond” in your research, this presentation will provide ideas of where to find records for European records.  Includes the well-known sites like Family Search and Find My Past, and also lesser known sites, as well as how to prepare for a research trip.
11:30 – 1:15    Lunch; Vendor Fair Browsing
1:15 – 2:15      Session 3: How I Use DNA in My Genealogy Research
This presentation discusses the “why” and “how” of DNA testing in genealogy research.  Using case studies and examples, learn how to incorporate DNA testing into your research.  Disclaimer: This is NOT a primer on the science of DNA, although some basic information is included.  The audience does not have to be knowledgeable about DNA testing to learn from this presentation.
2:15 – 2:45      Break & Vendor Fair Browsing
2:45 – 3:45      Session 4:  Research Your Family History Using the Internet
Ready to start your genealogy research on-line but do not know where to go except  This presentation will give you the basics as well as some other little known, and perhaps unusual, genealogy resources and internet sites to help you in your research.
3:45 – 4:00      Drawing for Door Prizes.

John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Drive
Carterville, IL 62918 (Map)

Directions:  John A. Logan College is located on Illinois Rte. 13 at Greenbriar Road in Carterville, between Marion and Carbondale.  Turn North off Rte. 13 at Greenbriar traffic light and proceed past the ball fields to the campus entrance and follow the signs to parking lot “D” which is immediately adjacent to the entrance of the Ray Hancock Conference Center. Overflow parking will be available I lot “A” nearby.  Parking is free. 
Hotels:  Several chain hotels are located on Rte. 13 between Marion and Carbondale, within a few miles of the conference.

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