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Welcome to the Official site of The Christian County Illinois Genealogical Society
"The Original Christian County Society" formed in 1983 & located in the
Christian County Historical Museum's Pence Building

Located near the intersection of Illinois Routes 29 & 48

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January 2016 ISGS Webinar - Finding Dirk: Records of Insane Asylums in Illinois

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
Presenter: Jill Morelli

Description: Individuals were committed to "insane asylums" for a variety of reasons in the 19th century--sometimes necessary and sometimes by others for personal reasons. This presentation explores the evolution of care of the mentally ill in the 18th century starting with Bethlam Hospital in London, the source of the term "bedlam," through to the early 20th century. The records publicly available during this era is wider than one might expect and certainly contains more information than one would see today. The presenter also petitioned the courts for the records of 3 mental hospitals, containing information that was initially withheld. Tracing the experiences of a patient who was confined in the Jacksonville, Elgin and Peoria (Illinois) asylums between the years of 1872 and 1905, we can identify the changes in care and record keeping for Dirk Bode of Stephenson County, Illinois, and get a picture of his daily life. Publicly available and court-obtained sources and resources will be outlined and compared. While focused on a case study set in Illinois, the process and results will not be too dissimilar from that of other states which will be discussed.

Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.

February 2017 ISGS Webinar - February 14, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research!   Presenter: Diane Richard

Description: The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by most of those living from DE to TX regardless of race or original circumstances. Many pertinent records are found in the Records of Field Offices for the various states. It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about ALL impoverished North Carolinians, regardless of race. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found listed in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc.
March 2017 ISGS Webinar - March 14, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
Nurse, Matrons, Laundresses & Cooks. Documenting Women in the Civil War   Presenter: Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Description: Several thousand women served in the capacity of nurses and matrons during the Civil War, although the exact numbers are not known. Through carded service records, one can find the names of 20,000 women served the Union Army. The women came came from all classes and backgrounds. They served in some camp sites, but many served in hospitals established as conditions warranted them. This workshop will look at the roll of the Civil War Women and the roles they played in various hospitals, campsites and medical units in the Civil War.

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President - Jeaninie Biondolino    1st Vice President - Charles Dilley     2nd Vice President - Vauna Stahl
Treasurer - Elaine Lederbrand   Secretary - Irene Rickman    Librarian - Lorrie Meadows-Foor    Genealogist - Joan Pearson-Blood
  Cemetery Walk - Charles & Shirley Dilley       Publications - Vauna Stahl       Web Page - Joan Pearson-Blood

Directors:    Rick Marucco - 1 yr term  =  Judy Deal - 2 yr term  =  Fran Morgan - 3 yr term  =   Nelvin Sloan

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