The Illinois State Genealogical Society’s latest “Newsletter” (January/February 2016) is now available free on the ISGS website at Most genealogists will find this publication interesting — even those without Illinois ancestors.

For example, the schedule of webinars on the second Tuesday of each month — free online lectures — includes several topics with wide appeal.

Thomas MacEntee’s article, “Citing Sources & Evaluating Evidence,” provides excellent advice for any researcher, at any level.

There are instructions for submitting a genealogical article to the annual writing competition sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

Highlights from the 2015 ISGS Conference in Oak Lawn include brief biographies of some of those in attendance and their research projects.

ISGS will be the local host for the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 in Springfield. ISGS will showcase “Farms and Families: Across the Decades,” and “will celebrate farms in Illinois, especially centennial and sesquicentennial farms.” Photos of such farms are being sought.

Claire Prechtel-Kluskens has written a most informative article on the National Archives including newly described record series as well as an online guide for the records of the Post Office Department.

2015 ISGS honors and awards recipients are shown as well as a list of new members.

Genealogy events around the state as well as news from Illinois genealogical societies are worth noting. Did you know that the McLean County Genealogical Society is celebrating 50 years of serving the genealogical community? Visit and click on “resources” to learn what is available in the society’s library.

Browse periodicals online

Northern Illinois University Libraries has created the Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO) project, which is a digitizing project whereby participating magazines are scanned and placed on the IPO website for all to read. To date, the IPO project has reached agreement with 10 journals including several that have articles meaningful to historians and genealogists. They include “Illinois History: A Magazine for Young People”;” Illinois Heritage” (publication of the Illinois State Historical Society); “Illinois History Teacher”; and “Illinois Libraries.”

“The goal of IPO is to make long back runs of these magazines available in a web site that is fully keyword searchable, including authors, titles and subjects.”

To access the periodicals available, visit and click on any publication and issue.

For example, if one were to browse the publication, “Illinois Libraries,” there is a most useful article in the winter 2000 issue: “Illinois County Histories at the Illinois State Library.” This bibliography is a compilation of more than 500 Illinois county histories — representing all 102 of Illinois’ counties. Information is also provided on additional copies and reproductions.

The spring 1998 issue of “Illinois Libraries” has an article, “Holocaust Resources in Illinois.” One can conduct a search to find articles of interest. This IPO website is sure to become a researcher’s favorite.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing