ISGS News - August 23, 2016

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2016 Award Winners Announced
ISGS Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016 Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"
Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016
Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, eight individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference – Time Travel: Centuries of Memories – August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. The recipients include:
  • Rick Womack, of San Francisco, California and Ken Alexander, of Evanston, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for their work indexing CDs for the Archives Indexing Project.
  • Darlene Hinkle, of Amboy, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for her work with the ISGS Newsletter, Church Records and Nomination Committees.
  • Harold Schook, of Odell, Illinois and Paul Ritter, of Pontiac, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Community Service Award for their work in restoring the graves of Civil War veterans in Odell, Illinois.
  • David C. Bailey, of Naperville, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for his work documenting Civil War soldiers connected to Illinois.
  • Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, of Lockport, Illinois, will receive the Volkel Medal of Honor Award for her lifetime of work for the genealogical community, including research, instruction, archiving, editing, and writing, as well as founding the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • D. Joshua Taylor, of New York, New York, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his work in the genealogical community, including hosting the Genealogy Road Show on PBS, appearances on the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a lecturer and writer.
Dawn Carey Henry, ISGS President, notes: “Once a year ISGS takes time to recognize some of our exceptional volunteers and those who have to contributed to the genealogical community as a whole. This year is no exception. I am delighted to acknowledge and honor this year’s recipients. Thank you for your dedication to ISGS and sharing your passion for genealogy. Congratulations to each of the winners!”
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ISGS News - August 21, 2016

ISGS Announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016-2017 - Notice of Election and Annual Meeting
Illinois State Genealogical Society announces Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017. Election will take place at our Annual Meeting.
Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016 – 2017
President: Dawn Carey Henry, Naperville
1st Vice President: Angela Cathey McGhee, Chicago
2nd Vice President: Susan Scoville Pope, Normal
Recording Secretary: Laura Kovarik, Naperville
Treasurer: Christina Bannon, Homer Glenn
2019 Directors:
Jackie Lyell, Marion
Donna Pond Hartwig, Peoria
Jan Conkrite, Dixon
Annual Meeting Agenda
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Minutes of the 24 October 2015 Annual Meeting
IV. Financial Reports
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
a. Elections of Officers and Directors
b. Presentation of Honors and Awards
VII. Announcements
VIII. Adjournment
The Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, September 3, 2106 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois immediately following our ISGS sponsored luncheon during the FGS 2016 Conference featuring The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell.
Visit for more information on the FGS 2016 Conference. See you in Springfield!

ISGS News - August 17, 2016

ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners
The Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to announce the winners of its recent Ancestor Photo Contest held earlier this year.
Rotating Ancestor Slide Show Added to ISGS Website
There were 12 photos selected from the many images submitted by ISGS members and they are all available for viewing at the ISGS website. We’ve created a “rotating slide show” which will display two images when you click on a sidebar menu item.
ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners and Photos
In addition, place your mouse pointer over an image to learn more about the person or persons depicted and which ISGS member submitted the photo. You can also view all of this year's winning photos and those from previous years by clicking Free Databases in the sidebar and selecting Ancestor Photos.
AREND Wedding
AREND Wedding
AREND Wedding. Mattoon, Coles County, 1907. Wedding photo of Ada Beulah Cox (1886 – 1911), daughter of George Steele Cox and Minerva Jane Sidell and Henry Edward Arend (1881 – 1928), son of George Henry Arend and Adrianna Byl. Submitted by Leslie Rankin.
Anna Behan b. 7-Jun-1860 Kilrush, Clare, Ireland to Daniel Behan and Mary Scanlon, m. 23-Nov-1887 Chicago, IL to John William Maher, d. 27-Aug-1943. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.
BORGUS Benjamin Burgess
BORGUS Benjamin Burgess
Benjamin BURGESS "BORGUS" - Benjamin was born in May 1888 in Collinsville, Illinois and died in 1918 in France. "Benny" served in the military for a few months before dying of influenza in France. Submitted by Sheryl Grandt.
FARIS Family
FARIS Family
Faris Family, Olney, Richland County, circa 1909. In the back, Mary Ellen Faris Reed (1882 – 1968). The child is her son, Clarence Reed (1906 - 1979). Seated from the left is John Bell Faris (1848 – 1911), Mary Ellen’s father, then David Faris (1827 – 1922), Mary Ellen’s grandfather. Submitted by Leslie Rankin.
MAHER Family
MAHER Family
MAHER family. Seated: Anna Behan Maher and John William Maher, Standing L to R: Joseph Ambrose, Donald Philip, Lester John, John "Jack" William Jr., Edward Arnold. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.
MESSINA family. Carolina Messina, Rosalia Calderone Messina, Antonino Messina, Alfonso Antonio Messina. Submitted by Rose Messina Lehne.
OXLEY Christmas 1931
OXLEY Christmas 1931
OXLEY Christmas 1931. This is my mother and Grandmother Christmas, 1931 in Marseilles, IL (on Illinois St.) My mother was Betty Matthews (Catherine Elizabeth, later she married my Dad, Harry Farmer) and my Grandma was Jennie Buffo Matthews. I love the 1930 car and the old toys and clothes. My mother would have been 4 in the photo and my Grandma (an Italian immigrant in 1901) would have been 32. My Grandmother was born in northern Italy, about 30 miles north of Torino. My mother was born in Marseilles, IL, at home, in the house where they stand on Illinois Street. Submitted by Pat Oxley
SCHROEDER Family, near Humboldt, Coles County, circa 1907. Front Row: Lena Schroeder Gillespie (1872 – 1927), Mary Mohlenhoff Schroeder (1837 – 1916), Christian Schroeder (1835 – 1918), Anna Schroeder Handley (1866 – 1946). Back Row: Frederick Schroeder (1870 – 1914), William Schroeder (1868 – 1937), Herman Schroeder (1875 – 1952). Submitted by Leslie Rankin.
SHANNON Barbara and Ed
SHANNON Barbara and Ed
SHANNON Barbara and Ed. The couple in the picture is my aunt Barbara and Ed. note on the back says 8/21/54, Maywood, IL. Ed is unknown to me. Submitted by Donna Adams.
SHANNON Family. The family picture, my paternal grandfather, Ralph Flemming Shannon, born 29 July 1907 in Oak Park, IL. died 30 June 1960 in Chicago, IL. My paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Brown, born 8 Oct 1905 in Corydon, Ind. died 29 June 1973 in Chicago, IL. My uncle, Robert Laverne Shannon, born 4 Nov 1929 in Aurora, IL. died 20 Feb 2008 in Santa Monica, CA. And my father, William Alfred Shannon aka Billy :-) And my aunt, Barbara. The note on the back says Aurora, IL. 1940. Submitted by Donna Adams.
SHANNON William Alfred
SHANNON William Alfred
SHANNON William Alfred. The baby in the pram is my father, William Alfred Shannon, born 9 Sept 1933 in Chicago, IL. died 11 Oct 1973 in Chicago, IL. The little girl that you can just see in the background is my aunt, Barbara Estelle Shannon, born 25 Oct 1941 in Aurora, IL. died 20 July 1992 in Denver, CO. Submitted by Donna Adams.
SHIRLEY Clarence and Edna
SHIRLEY Clarence and Edna
Clarence and Edna SHIRLEY taken early 1900's (they were married in 1919). Submitted by Cleta Shirley.
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