Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1940 Census |

1940 Census |

This site provides very interesting incite into the 1940 census and some of the different questions asked. Also, you'll find information about when and how the records will be available and how important it will be to help with the indexing.
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The Armchair Genealogist: RootsTech: Live-Streaming Schedule

The Armchair Genealogist: RootsTech: Live-Streaming Schedule:

Even though some of us can't be in person at RootsTech, we can still sit in on some interesting lectures. Check out the live-stream schedule posted by Lynn, The Armchair Genealogist. Also, while you're there, how about signing up for the Family History Writing Challenge and kick starting your genealogy writing efforts.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

January 2012 Evening Meeting

More than 25 hearty members and guests attending the January evening meeting last night. Considering the frigid and ever dropping temperature outside, all I can say is I'm truly impressed! I hope each person took something useful away from the sesstion.

The topic was a Computer Interest Group discussion about Family Tree Maker's mapping and timeline features. I facilitated the evening and am happy to report I learned a few new things on the topic as well. The participation of attendees was wonderful and greatly appreciated.

In anticipation of assisting with the indexing of the 1940 census, we also demonstrated how to register as a volunteer indexer for Family Search at, as well as, how to be included with the indexing group for the Illinois State Genealogical Society. ISGS is embarking on an initiative to gather support from local Illinois genealogy societies to index the Illinois portion of the 1940 census. Everyone is welcome to join ISGS in this effort. If you have questions or want more information, feel free to contact me, Becky, at bhiggins9@gmail,com.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Genealogy's Star: Privacy and the Social Security Number

Genealogy's Star: Privacy and the Social Security Number:

James Tanner puts and excellent perspective on the SSN dilemma.
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News Flash: ISGS to Hold 1st Webinar this Tuesday.

10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012

The first offering in the ISGS webinar series is entitled 10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012 presented by nationally-known genealogist, educator and author Thomas MacEntee on Tuesday evening, January 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm Central time.
Whether stuck in a rut with genealogy research for the past year or just wanting to expand the ways in which family history can be pursued, the genealogy community is encouraged to join ISGS for this fun and informative FREE webinar. Those attending will learn how to energize their genealogy research and will be ready to hit the ground running in 2012.
This webinar is FREE to the public and those wanting to attend are encouraged to register at since space is limited.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free Digitized Books Links

If you're looking for free digitized books related to genealogy you've got to check out this site! It posted on the Illinois Genealogy Research facebook page originating from Fran Ellsworth.

This is a great resource!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Brings a Challenge!

Yesterday morning was the 1st EGS meeting of 2012. It was well attended and I must say the K and Jean Mallory out did themselves providing a beautiful and tasty treat table!

Review of our 2011 resolutions went as one might expect. A few of us were successful, as few of us took a stab, and more of us had to admit we'd need at least another year. There was plenty of applause for those first few; for the rest of us, there was plenty of laughter (of course, we laughed with each other, not at each other;-).

Our president, Judy Van Dusen, decided we'd take a different tact this year - no resolutions!! Stealing a bit from our friends at the Kane County Genealogical Society, she threw out a few challenges. She gave us a list of 16 - I added a seventeenth, just so you know. We are to pick one or more challenge and see what we can do with it.
Out-of-Area members (and non-members as well) are encouraged to join us in this on-going event. Let's see how many challenges we can complete this year. It's not a competition but we'd love to hear how and what you've done!

To see the list, just go to the top of this home page and click on 2012 Genealogical Challenges.