Showing posts with label Illinois. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illinois. Show all posts

Friday, July 9, 2010

Upcoming Appearance - Bloomingdale Public Library

I will be presenting Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists at the Bloomingdale Public Library in Bloomingdale, IL on Wednesday evening, July 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Main Phone: 630.529.3120

The event is free and open to the public but you are encouraged to register using this link in order to ensure there is enough room for all participants.  I hope to see some of my readers there!

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Latest Project - ISGS Blog

You know what they say, "Idle hands . . ."  Well, I've never been one to shy away from a challenge and this one is actually a labor of love.  As the new Publicity Chair of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, I've been busy over the past few months trying to make certain social media tools such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter to work for ISGS.

This past Saturday, May 22, 2010, at our quarterly meeting, the Board approved my proposed social media plan for the society.  I greatly appreciate this vote of confidence and finally I can say that it is taking shape.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society blog is now ready for public consumption and contains lots of helpful information for those researching Prairie State ancestors.  In addition, ISGS now has its own Facebook fan page as well as a Twitter account!

If you get a chance please visit these sites and add them to your list of those you follow in the genealogy community.  ISGS has great plans for the next year including our Fall Conference in Peoria, IL on October 23, 2010.  And to top that, we'll be the host genealogical society for the FGS 2011 conference to be held September 7-11, 2011.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

FGS 2011 - Call for Volunteers!

I'm very excited because not only am I now working with the Illinois State Genealogical Society, but ISGS will be the host society for the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference in 2011 in Springfield, IL!

This is a great opportunity for you to volunteer with the wonderful ISGS FGS 2011 Conference organizers.  The official communication is below - please consider contributing your time over the next 18 months!

Call for Volunteers!

2011 promises to be an exciting year for ISGS!  The Federation of Genealogical Societies has given us the honor of hosting their national fall event in Springfield, IL!  FGS conferences offer everything you can imagine, from fantastic speakers, to a huge number of vendors, and networking opportunities galore.  If you’ve never attended an FGS event, check out this year’s Knoxville, TN conference information at:

ISGS absolutely needs the involvement of volunteers throughout Illinois with interesting ideas & follow-through.  There are many opportunities to work on the planning and execution of this event.  FGS offers a compensation package to on-site volunteers.  Please let us know how we can best use your talents!

Contact us at

David Kent Coy, 2011 Conference Co-Chair
ISGS Parlimentarian

Susie Pope, 2011 Conference Co-Chair
ISGS 2012 Director, Prairie Pioneer Chair

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tour of Illinois State Archives and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Here is a great opportunity for Illinois genealogists and family historians - a behind-the-scenes tour of the Illinois State Archives and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois.

On Saturday, 10 April 2010, the Illinois State Genealogical Society will be holding its annual Spring Tour and Workshops event (click here for PDF brochure).  Attendees get to choose from several different options including:
  • Archives Tour - An informational tour of the Archives will be offered .You will see what is available on weekdays. Civil War Muster Rolls, Revolutionary War pension applications, WWI draft cards, original land records, census records, and much more! 
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Tour - Find out what extensive resources are available for your genealogical research.
  • Military Records Workshop - Tina Beaird will show us how to trace military records from the American Revolution to WWI with an emphasis on sources pertaining to the Civil War, available at the Illinois State Archives. Learn how to search microfilm reels and original documents including Adjutant General Records, Muster Rolls, and burial records.
  • General Land Office Records and Federal Township Plats Workshop - Karl Moore, IRAD Supervisor, will cover the Public Lands Survey, the value of General Land Office records, how to locate and print the land tract an ancestor purchased. You will learn several ways to use records online with the Public Domain Land Sales Database and the Federal Township Plats of Illinois.
  • Illinois Death Certificate Assistance - How to find and copy a death certificate from microfilm from the years 1916-1947.
This is a once-a-year opportunity and allows researchers access on a Saturday when these resources are normally inaccessible to the public.  Take advantage of this event and sign-up here.

Note: you can sign up online and pay via credit card or Paypal here - this link only works for Internet Explorer users.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Appointment to the ISGS Governing Board

This weekend I attended the quarterly meeting of the Governing Board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society in Springfield, Illinois where I was appointed to the board as Publicity Chair.  I will be handling various publicity-related duties including creating a social media plan for ISGS in order to publicize its activities as well as attract new members.

I was honored and excited when Carole McCarty, the ISGS President, contacted me back in January and asked if I would serve on the board.  I am looking forward to working with a great team of people!

In addition, ISGS is the host society for the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference in 2011 which will be held in Springfield 7 - 10 September 2011.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee