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ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest
Friday, April 1 through Tuesday, May 31
ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest  (ISGS Events)
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
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!

Saturday, June 4
Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections   (ISGS Events)
1:30 pm
Newberry Library, 66 E Walton, Chicago, IL
Learn how to locate and how to use manuscript collections. Case studies show how these underutilized collections can bring an ancestor to life.
Jeanne Larzalere BloomCG will be our speaker. She is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is a Trustee and the president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Friday, June 10
Dedication of the War of 1812 Grave Marker - John Whitmore  (ISGS Events)
4:30 pm
Clover Chapel Cemetery, Woodhull, Illinois
National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay Chapter #350 & The Illinois General Society 1812
Cordially Invites You to Witness the Dedication of the War of 1812 Grave Marker Celebrating the Service of John Whitmore (1790-1884)
John is the Ancestor of U.S.D. 1812 members Davena Louise Rigel Liepman & Janisue Rigel, Sarah Amanda Schneider-Buckley, Gavin D. Buckley &  Luna G. Schneider & Ancestor of the General Society member Baron Alexander Schneider
Friday  June 10, 2016, 4:30 PM
Clover Chapel Cemetery, Woodhull, Henry County, Illinois
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.  Davena Liepman &  Janisue Rigel 281-292-4766 or 972-743-5406

CAGGNI GeneaQuest 2016 Conference
Saturday, June 18
CAGGNI GeneaQuest 2016 Conference  (ISGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 18
CAGGNI GeneaQuest 2016 Conference (of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois)
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Conference Center, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg
Program: Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA, and databases for evidence
Maureen Taylor on Photographs
Diahan Southard on DNA
Juliana Szucs on
Maureen Brady on
and more...!

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference
Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference  (National Events)
Springfield, Illinois

Join Us for the FGS 2016 Conference Time Travel: Centuries of Memories

For its 40th anniversary, the Federation of Genealogical Societies returns to Illinois for its 2016 annual conference, as it did back in 2011. Springfield, the state capital and the historical home of Abraham Lincoln, will host thousands of genealogists and genealogical society members for Time Travel: Centuries of Memories, August 31 to September 3, 2016.

If you have attended an FGS conference, you know the excitement of not only learning from many of the top genealogy speakers in the country, but also networking and socializing with fellow family historians in a congenial setting.

The local host for FGS 2016 is the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS), founded in 1968 and based in Springfield. FGS National Conference Chairs and ISGS members Janice Fritsch and Susie Pope will be assisted by FGS and ISGS members and many others in providing a unique and exceptional educational experience for every genealogist.

Visit the FGS Conference Website at for more information.

Saturday, September 10
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor’s Business Biography  (ISGS Events)
1:30 pm
Newberry Library, 66 E Walton, Chicago, IL
A presentation by Marsha Peterson-Maass. Think about the percentage of your Chicago ancestors’ lives that were spent working. Does your genealogical research so that percentage justice? And what if they owned and ran their own business? One of the most overlooked genealogical research areas is business and employee records. In this lively presentation, we’ll review sources for these records, take a look at the many ways to easily incorporate business information into your ancestors’ biographies and even enjoy a business rendition of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Marsha got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for State Champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library-Chicago in the beginner’s class that she now teaches (since 2002).  She is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series, blog and social media platforms. And today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of topics, Marsha has a thriving forensic genealogy practice where she uses science and technology to measure portions of the evidence (like verifying adoption research with DNA test results).