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September 1, 2013

Genealogy: Illinois State Genealogical Society plans fall conference

TERRE HAUTE — The Illinois State Genealogical Society will stage its 2013 Fall Conference Oct. 25-26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center in Sandwich, DeKalb County, Ill.

The convention will feature eight nationally-known presenters speaking on a variety of topics, which includes: genealogical resources in the National Archives, using the Evernote note-taking application, researching military records in NARA, Civil War records, Revolutionary War soldiers of Illinois, getting started in genealogy, using genealogy blogs, planning a successful research trip, managing digital files, privacy and your ancestors, cataloging your digital photographs, World War I draft registration, the Charleston Riots in Coles County during the Civil War, slave tags, alternative records you may never have considered, and using MACs and iPads for genealogy.

The cost of the conference is $98 for ISGS members and $113 for non-members. This includes the Friday banquet and lunch on Saturday. The cost without the Friday night banquet is $86 for members and $98 for non-members (Saturday lunch is included in all options). One-day fees are $15 and $20 for the Friday sessions and $47 and $57 for the Saturday sessions, with the lunch.

The conference motel will be the Timber Creek Inn & Suites, 3300 Drew St., in Sandwich. For more information call 866-992-7335 or visit

The conference room rate is $89.99 per night, if reserved by Oct. 1. Please mention “ISGS conference” when making your room reservation.

In addition to the main conference for adults, the third annual Youth Workshop will be staged in the upper level of the center on Oct. 26. A morning session from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. will be available for children grades one through four, and an afternoon session from 1:30-4:00 p.m. will be offered for older youth in grades five through 12.

Registration for the youth sessions is $5 for the morning session and $10 for the afternoon session.

Register for these events at

The ISGS was formed in 1968 and is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. The office is located in the Illinois State Archives Building, 2nd Floor, Norton Building Capitol Complex, 400 E. Spring St., in Springfield. The Society has a long list of member societies and member libraries, both inside and outside of the state of Illinois.

Their library was donated to, and is housed in, the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield.

Membership in the ISGS is $30 for an individual and $35 for two individuals residing at the same address. Members receive 1) access to the members section of the ISGS website that lists Illinois-related genealogy databases, indexes, and the new member forums, 2) four issues of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly per year, 3) six annual issues of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter, 4) 20 percent off on purchases of all Society publications, 5) access to the surname research database, 6) reduced fees on death certificate look-ups and on conferences, and 7) access to a genealogist to help with research problems.

One of the Society’s many projects is the certification of Prairie Pioneers. Certificates are issued to the descendants of an Illinois pioneer who fits into one of three categories: settler was residing in Illinois prior to statehood (1818), settler came to Illinois in 1819-1850, or settler moved to the state in 1851-1880.

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