Joan Griffis

Joan Griffis

Illinois Ancestors | Photos sought of veterans honored at Vietnam Wall

The Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., contains the names of more than 58,000 American veterans who were casualties of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is committed to finding a photo of each of those named veterans. To date, fewer than 2,500 photos are still needed — 168 of them from Illinois.

Illinois Ancestors | Search for obituaries on the web

The Ancestor Hunt has posted a helpful website at where researchers can search indexes to old Canadian newspaper obituaries and then learn the holder of that obituary. Keep in mind that the library or genealogical society having the obituary may charge a small fee to send a copy of it.

Illinois Ancestors | Cemetery restoration workshop is Saturday

The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U, will be hosting a two-part cemetery restoration workshop. Part one will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library. John Heider, a professional gravestone conservator, will teach how to properly care for Illinois cemeteries and grave markers.

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."