Illinois Ancestors | State genealogical society's website update helpful

Illinois Ancestors | State genealogical society's website update helpful

Researchers who have recently viewed the website of the Illinois State Genealogical Society ( have, no doubt, been pleasantly surprised at the recent (June 2018) updates. The category, "Illinois Research — Resources," provides a list of 25 important websites (with descriptive information as well as links) that can be considered essential places for Internet research in Illinois.

The list, which can be accessed directly at, is worth noting: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library; Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center; County Boundaries in Illinois; Family History Centers in Illinois; Illinois Adoption Laws; Illinois Ancestors (not this column); Illinois Department of Public Health; Illinois Digital Archives; Illinois Genealogy Trails History Group; Illinois GenWeb; Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; Illinois History & Lincoln Collections; Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD); Illinois State Archives; Illinois State Historical Society; Illinois State Library; Illinois Statewide Death Index: 1916-1950; Illinois Statewide Death Index: Pre 1916; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index: 1763-1900;; National Archives & Records Administration — Chicago; National Archives & Records Administration — Washington, D.C.; State of Illinois Holidays; The Newberry; and Wisconsin Historical Society's Library & Archives Collection.

The ISGS webmaster manager is to be thanked for this helpful information.

Conference in southern Illinois

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and the John A. Logan College will co-sponsor a family history conference and book fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the college's Ray Hancock Conference Center, Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville. Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, will be the featured speaker. Visit for complete information.

Quebec's adoption records now open

The recent passage of Quebec's Bill No. 113 now allows "300,000 orphans and adopted children, born in Quebec between 1920 and 1970 ... to learn who their biological parents were." This announcement, described at, gives details on the two-step process to obtain the records as well as a toll-free number (1-888-441-7889) for more information. "Relatives of deceased orphans and adopted people will not be allowed access to the records."

Damaged daguerreotypes 'restorable'

What began as a student's search for a better understanding of the chemistry of damaged daguerreotypes, has resulted in a means of recovering images on badly damaged daguerreotypes by using a university's synchrotron. This process, described online at, "seemed as incredible as landing on the moon." It is hoped that many damaged historical daguerreotypes can now reveal their secrets.

Fnding British WWII vets' records online

A British website, Forces War Records, at, provides information (and links) to some 4 million World War II searchable records in these collections: WWII Daily Reports (missing, dead, wounded and POWs), Bomber/Fighter Command Losses 1939-1945, Imperial Prisoners of War held in Japan, and Prisoners of War of the British Empire held in Germany 1939-1945.

Explaining copyright notice

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, has posted a helpful article, "About that copyright notice," at She explains exceptions to the rule that newspapers published before 1923 are out of copyright and why the copyright notice "is on that 1894 clearly out-of-copyright article."

Some different questions to ask relatives

An essential part of genealogical research is asking relatives some questions about the family. It is important to ask basic questions about names, dates and locations, but inquiries about family members' lives should also be included. At is a helpful list, "20 Family History Questions You May Not think to Ask Your Relatives."

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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