The Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS) genealogical conference, Midwestern Roots, scheduled for July 19-20 in Indianapolis, promises to offer something for researchers at every level of expertise. IHS has posted an article on the Top 10 Reasons to Attend, at, but seasoned researchers are familiar with the caliber of these events.

Visit for some helpful advice on networking. Register by June 15 to get special early pricing.

Free webinar

Anyone who has not attended any of the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) free webinars does not know what they are missing. A webinar (as defined by the ISGS on its website at “is a live lecture/presentation that you can attend on a computer with an Internet connection.”

They are offered each month, but registration is required because attendance is limited to 500 “seats” for each session.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Kathryn Lake Hogan will present “East to West: Ancestral Migration Through Canada” described as “How did your family get from Europe to the Prairies? Why did your ancestors migrate through Canada? What clues can be found in records to track your ancestor’s migration?”

To register for this free webinar visit and visit the ISGS website for information on other such events.

Anniversary of D-Day

There are few veterans of World War II living today, but any that are, as well as other Americans who were living on June 6, 1944, surely remember D-Day, when the United States and its allies landed on the beaches of Normandy in France.

That event will be commemorated at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 6, 2019, as posted online at This website also has links to videos and photos of that memorable event.

Any descendants of WW II veterans, as well as other Americans, can be proud of those brave veterans — almost 9,000 of whom gave their lives there.

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has posted a most informative website about WW II at “More than 16 million Americans served in World War II, considered the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. … More than 400,000 Americans died during the war, forever changing the course of American history.”

The National WW II Museum will be hosting a tour and cruise to the beaches of Normandy on Oct. 13-21, 2019. A colorful brochure can be found at Special pricing is available until June 28.

Genealogy tips

A sitemap of Hobby Help, a website devoted to a variety of hobbies, at, offers links to guides to a variety of hobbies including 8 pertaining to genealogy.

Anyone new to genealogy may find these guides helpful and more advanced researchers can use them as “refresher” guides. They include lots of advice—as well as opinions. (Perhaps a new hobby may also become of interest.)

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