Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Genea-Musings: U.S. Census Records FREE Until 3 September

Genea-Musings: U.S. Census Records FREE Until 3 September:

Some free records on Ancestry to peruse this weekend!!
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EGS Welcomes Michael Mulholland

Here's hoping everyone has a great Labor Day holiday!! However, don't have so much fun you forget to come to the EGS meeting on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Michael Mulholland will be presenting Online Sources for Illinois Research. Don't have Illinois ancestors? Never fear, there is always something new to learn about how to find information online!

EGS Meeting: Tuesday, September 4 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL at 9:30 am.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

~ Becky

Monday, August 27, 2012

The We Tree Genealogy Blog: If Genealogy Dominated Reality Television

The We Tree Genealogy Blog: If Genealogy Dominated Reality Television:

Into Reality TV or not; this is a great read!! So funny!!

~ Becky

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EGS Donates to War of 1812 Digitization

In memory of Chester A Bowser, the Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) has donated $250 to the Illinois State Genealogical Society's (ISGS) $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. Our $250 will be matched by ISGS making the donation $500, then Ancestry will match that $500 to make it $1000. What a deal!!
Becky Higgins, EGS treasurer makes presentation to 
Janice Fritsch, ISGS president August 18, 2012
 To learn how you can participate in this worthy project take a look at the ISGS website here. As little as a $5 or $10 dollar donation can make a huge difference.

~ Becky

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sad News

As posted to the EGS facebook page by Judy VanDusen, August 22, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of EGS member Leah Lamberty's husband Paul. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 12:30 pm at St. Laurence Catholic Church, Elgin. Paul's obit is in today's Courier-News.

Our deepest condolences to the Lamberty family.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

EGS Awards Scholarship

Chester A. Bowser Scholarship recipient, Madonna Davis Marks, attended the EGS evening meeting on August 16, 2012. Madonna told the attendees about some of her journey researching her own family history and of her goal to contribute to the community after completing her studies in Library Sciences through the University of Illinois Graduate School.

EGS President, Judy VanDusen and Scholarship Chair, Lee Ellsworth, were pleased to award Madonna with a check to further her education.

Judy VanDusen, Madonna Marks, Lee Ellsworth

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Eventful EGS Meeting Tonight Aug 16, 2012

Be sure to join us this evening, Aug. 16, at 7:00 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, Illinois.

Our webmaster, Bill Brandes, will be giving a brief demo of EGS's updated website format with its wonderful new features. Members should contact him for information regarding the Members Only section.

Madonna Davis Marks, one of our two 2012 scholarship recipients, will be on hand to receive her funds and tells us a bit about herself and her goals.

Judy VanDusen will be presenting Rootsweb Message Boards  - the who, what, where, and when of a valuable resource.

We're looking forward to a full evening so don't be late:)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

EGS Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients

For Immediate Release – August 15, 2012
Elgin (IL) Genealogical Society
P.0. Box 1418, Elgin, Illinois 60121-1418

Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) announces the 2012 Chester A. Bowser scholarship recipients

Two $1000 scholarships provided this year

August 15, 2012 – Elgin, IL.  From the many excellent scholarship applications received this year, EGS proudly awards 2012 Chester A. Bower scholarships to Madonna Davis Marks and Jesse Nasta.

Madonna is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Library Science with an emphasis on Special and Historical Collections at the University of Illinois. She believes “this career demands someone with not just desire but a passion for saving and preserving the pieces that make up a life.”

Jesse is a PhD candidate at Northtwestern University in the Department of History. His fields of specialization are United States, Early Republic to Reconstruction; African American and legal history; comparative slavery and emancipation. This scholarship will assist in the completion of his dissertation research in which he “analyzes hundreds of previously unexamined court cases, initiated by African Americans in local courts in St. Louis and throughout Illinois”. EGS believes his dissertation will be extremely valuable to many Illinois genealogist.

In honor of late member and benefactor, Chester A. Bowser,  Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) provides scholarship funds to deserving graduate students in studies related to genealogy and grants to local organizations for projects to benefit the genealogical community.

 “The EGS is pleased to have been able to award over 25 grants and scholarships since the program’s inception in 1991,” declares Judy VanDusen, EGS president.

 About EGS- 
Since it began in 1972, the Elgin Genealogical Society, a not-for- profit education organization has worked towards
·         bringing together persons who are researching family history,
·         informing people of the value of and need for preserving family and local history,
·         providing information, methods, and practice of family research,
·         fostering idea sharing
·         seeking, preserving and making available materials concerning past and present families,
·         encouraging officials to preserve public records and genealogical collections and make them accessible to interested persons.

Contact: Becky Higgins
Phone: 630 373-4824