ISGS News - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2016
Upcoming ISGS Webinars – November 2016
Join us on Tuesday, November 8, at 8:00 PM Central, when George G. Morgan will present Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis. To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals, presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (
Upcoming Webinars
  • 2017 ISGS Webinar Series
    Stay tuned for an announcement later this week with a listing of all 12 webinars in our 2017 series!
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit
Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.
Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at
Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
The 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (

ISGS News - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Try-It! Illinois - FREE Trial Through November 30, 2016
Try-It Illinois 2016
October means not only Family History Month but also the return of the database trial at Try-It! Illinois which is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State's office. You must be an Illinois resident in order to qualify for a trial login and password.
Here is a list of trial databases which include Digital Sanborn Maps (ProQuest), Fold3 (library edition), historical newspaper collections, MyHeritage (library edition) ProQuest Obituaries, and more!
From the Try-It! Illinois website:
Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2016, the seventeenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. Note: We ask that you not post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on Web sites or in publicly archived e-newsletters.
The get your free trial as an Illinois library user, click here and submit a Login and Password request.
NOTE: This is offer is open only to Illinois residents.


Welcome to the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society! The ISGS website has been created to enhance your passion for genealogy. It not only features links to ISGS projects, but also links you to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages that have an Illinois connection!

The public is invited to explore the ISGS website and enjoy these features:

  • The current issue of the ISGS Newsletter and archived copies back to 2008
  • Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
  • Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
  • A list of Illinois research resources

New ISGS Members will be sent via email login and password instructions. Click on Member Section and enter your login and password to change your profile and to access special members-only databases and resources.

*** If you are having trouble logging in - please contact ***