Joan Griffis

Joan Griffis

Illinois Ancestors | Nominees sought for state genealogical society awards

The Illinois State Genealogical Society presents awards each year at its fall conference. Nominations can be made by individuals or societies for these awards, and nominations are now being sought for 2018, to be awarded at the conference in Springfield on Oct. 26 and 27.

Illinois Ancestors | Expert's Irish research guide posted online

John Grenham, noted author of the definitive "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: 4th Edition," has posted an article online, "How to trace your Irish family history: a step-by-step guide," at

Illinois Ancestors | Mayflower's 400th anniversary being planned

In 2020, there will be celebrations here and abroad to commemorate the voyage of the Mayflower to the Plymouth Colony. There will be special events in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the Wampanoag Nation in addition to those in the United States.

Illinois Ancestors | 'Shot Down' a moving tribute to WWII vets

Steve Snyder began his search for details about his father's World War II experiences after he retired. His findings, from diaries, letters, government records, and personal interviews, were extensive — enough for a book to be written.

Illinois Ancestors | Textbook helpful for genealogists

Genealogy continues to be an ever-increasingly popular hobby for individuals everywhere. A natural result of this interest is the creation of goods and services by persons seeking to earn an income based on their expertise in this subject — whether it be writing, speaking, teaching, etc.

Illinois Ancestors | D.C. trip is free for World War II veterans

The Honor Flight Program is an opportunity for WWII veterans to apply for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials there, in appreciation for their service. There aren't many WWII vets still living, but those that are would certainly appreciate such a visit — along with vets of the Korean and Vietnam era who may also apply.

Illinois Ancestors | Make plans to attend August conference

It is not too early to start making plans to attend the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Fall Conference on Aug. 22-25 in Fort Wayne, Ind., where attendees will have "convenient access to Allen County Public Library, which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world."

Illinois Ancestors | New guide from expert on Irish research

John Grenham, author of the definitive reference for research in Ireland, the fourth edition of "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors," has posted a great guide for beginners, "How to Trace Your Irish Family History: A Step-by-step Guide," at

Illinois Ancestors | New books aid Scottish-heritage research

Noted author David Dobson has published two more books of information helpful to researchers with Scottish ancestry.

Illinois Ancestors | Alabama monument to remember lynching victims

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is expected to open later this year in Montgomery, Ala., is to remember the 4,000-plus African-Americans who were lynched in this country during America's years of "racial terror."