Friday, October 30, 2015

Membership Renewal Time Is a Great Opportunity to Support the Preserve the Pensions Project

Membership Renewal Time Is a Great Opportunity to Support the Preserve the Pensions Project via

Societies typically have Membership Renewals distributed to their current members during the last quarter of the year. The renewal time is a perfect opportunity to support the preservation of the War of 1812 pension files. 

Simply add a separate line to your society's renewal form and when the donations start rolling in, forward them on to the Preserve the Pensions project at

Societies can create their own text, or pick from the ideas we have created for societies to use on their membership renewal forms:

  • Donate to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project: ($25, $35, $45, or any amount of your choice) $_______________
  • Contribution to Preserve the Pension ($25, $35, $45) $________________ 
  • I am adding a contribution to help Preserve the War of 1812 Pension Files $_______________
Any amount helps!

Fran Jensen
FGS Preserve the Pensions Committee

Friday, October 23, 2015

Voting Is Now Open for the FGS 2015 Election

Cast your vote now, delegates!

All FGS delegate and FGS member society representatives are eligible and encouraged to vote for the 2015 slate of FGS officers.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has compiled another outstanding list of candidates for election to the FGS Board and Executive Committee:

After clicking on "Cast Your Vote" at the bottom of the list of nominees, you will be asked to log in with your society's username and password.

If you need any assistance in locating that information, please contact the FGS Office at

Voting will remain open until 23 November 2015 at 11:59 PM ET. 

Come Visit FGS in Florida and Texas in November for Genealogy Roadshow

FGS Volunteer Diana Ritchie at the taping in St. Louis in 2014

FGS is excited to be a part of the taping of the popular PBS show Genealogy Roadshow. Explore your family history and learn how genealogical societies can help you find your family history. Join us November 1st in Miami and November 22nd in Houston!

Miami, Florida — Sunday, November 1, 2015

History Miami Museum
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, Florida 33130

Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Lines form at 8:00 AM)

FGS Volunteer Diane Boumenot at the taping in Providence in 2015 (Photo Credit: Maureen Taylor)

Houston, Texas — Sunday, November 22, 2015

Julia Ideson Building (@ Houston Public Library)
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002

Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Lines form on Lamar St. at 8:00 AM)

PBS Genealogy Roadshow

ISGS Announces 2016 Webinar Schedule

ISGS 2016 Webinar Schedule

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)  has announced their 2016 FREE monthly webinar lineup which is is made possible by ISGS webinar donation fund contributors and FamilySearch.

Get on top of your genealogy education by registering now for the topics you are interested in. The ISGS webinars are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinars is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience. Join ISGS today to gain access.

ISGS 2016 Webinar Schedule

January 12 – Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
Presenter: Drew Smith

February 9 – Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji

March 8 – Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don'ts
Presenter: Melissa Barker

April 12 – Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

May 10 – Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados

June 14 – Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant

July 12 – Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG

August 9 – Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

September 13 – Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG

October 11 – Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS

November 8 – Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back afterNovember 8, 2015, for the registration link.

December 13 – Without the Hint - There is No Story
Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back afterDecember 13, 2015 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information
Illinois State Genealogical Society

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...