Illinois Ancestors | Textbook helpful for genealogists

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.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, a professional genealogist, has just published a most helpful guide for anyone in, or wishing to be in, a genealogy-related business, "Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards." Twenty-two additional experts have edited chapters devoted to each specialist's area of expertise. For example, Judy G. Russell, creator of the award-winning blog, The Legal Genealogist, has written the chapters titled, "Copyright & Fair Use" and "Genealogical Lecturing," and co-authored the chapter, "Genetics for Genealogy." Noted author, George G. Morgan, has written the chapter, "Genealogy Journalism" (which includes various media, both printed and electronic.)

Professional genealogy has changed over the years and Mills' guide should be an essential reference for anyone in this field, with 26 chapters containing topics that include educational preparation, ethical considerations, setting fees, marketing, lineage applications, and teaching. Mills has been cited by her peers as the most influential genealogist in the post-Roots era. Her 15 books include "Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace."

"Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards" is a 8-by-11-inch, 678-page, indexed, hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-8063-2072-4, that can be ordered from Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211 as item #3886 at $59.95 plus postage and handling (first item $5.50; each additional item $2.50). MasterCard and VISA orders may be placed tollfree at 800-296-6687 or on the publisher’s website at

Illinois Newsletter online

The recent issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society's Newsletter (Vol. 39, No. 3, May/June 2018) is now available to read/download free at President Laura Marshall Kovarik's letter announces that registration is open for the ISGS Fall Conference on Oct. 26-27 in Springfield. Also, ISGS is proud to announce the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program, which recognizes and honors those families that have continuously lived in Illinois since it became a state in 1818.

Other news: genealogy events around the state (with links to further information), local society news, a history-writing contest (open to all, with $500 prize), the 50th anniversary giveaway (and names of first winners), new ISGS members, the ISGS Webinar Schedule and more. Visit the ISGS website at for links to ISGS services, projects, publications, free databases, Illinois resources, membership information and more.

Local group receives cemetery award

The New France Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century recently received several awards at the society's national convention, including one for "outstanding performance for gravestone preservation." President Norma Fiedler reports that Scoggin Hill Cemetery in Bloomington had been the group's main focus since there are no tax funds available and there are veterans from every war (including the American Revolution) buried there. Many inscriptions were not readable before cleaning and professionals had been hired to repair headstones of two children buried there, Lizzie Miller and Clara Beckman.

The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, established in 1915, is a nonprofit "organization of women, 18 years of age or older, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies." Visit for more information. The New France Chapter welcomes new members. Contact Norma Fiedler at 217-840-3442; email

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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