The most recent issue of the Iliana Genealogical & Historical Society’s (IGHS) quarterly publication, Illiana Genealogist (Vol. 55, No. 3, Fall 2019), has been sent to the society’s members and is available to view or purchase at the Iliana Genealogy Library, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832; phone (217) 431-8733.

Editor Donna Edington shares stories of the Vermilion Chapel Regular Baptist Church and some of its members.

Janive Lowe Underwood’s article, “Finding Needles in Haystacks: The Trials and Joys of a Once-Reluctant Researcher,” describes her interesting study, including an “unbelievable ‘coincidence.’”

IGHS volunteer Mark Denman’s article, “Vermilion County’s Klaman & Czapski Families,” has a self-descriptive subtitle, “40-Year Search, New Resources, and Trip to Poland Reveal Family Origins.”

The article, “Vintage Advertisements & Political Cartoons,” includes a “Wife Wanted” ad in the Williamsport Republican in 1854.

Librarian, Rebecca Woodrum, continues to share interesting books at the IGHS Library, such as Ernie Pyle as a cowboy.

IGHS still is having a book sale. Richard Cannon’s 586-page book, “Fithian: A Diary of a Town,” is being discounted at $15 while supplies last. (Regular price, $55.)

The IGHS Annual Meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Iliana Genealogy Library. All members are invited to attend. The past year’s activities will be reviewed and next year’s officers will be installed.

An individual membership in IGHS costs $30 per calendar year. Members may conduct research in the IGHS Library free; non-members are requested to donate $3 per day.

Fraudulent DNA tests

CBS has reported on a DNA scheme aimed at unsuspecting seniors. Individuals are told that Medicare will pay for a test and when the crooks get those individuals’ Medicare numbers, they submit bills to the government and then those individuals get billed for excessive procedures never done.

This report can be viewed at and warns about such schemes.

DNA testing has been mentioned in this column before. This report confirms advice given earlier: don’t be DNA tested.

GRS explained

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has posted its collections of genealogical databases in its Genealogical Research System (GRS) on the Internet.

These include its Ancestor Database, Member Database, Descendants Database, DAR Library Catalog, and its DAR Genealogical Records Committee database. Instructions for using this valuable resource can be found at (To access the tutorial video, click on the GRS in the first sentence, printed in blue ink.)

Research your patriot ancestor

Debbie Duay, Ph.D., has posted a most helpful article on the Internet, “Researching Your Patriot Ancestor,” at It consists of four modules: Getting Started, Finding a Revolutionary Patriot, Documenting the Lineage and Joining the DAR. (It should be noted that the first module includes helpful instructions for using the Social Security Death Index. This website was recommended in this column years ago, but is worth repeating.)

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

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