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2011 Annual Fall Conference and Book Fair

is proudly co-sponsored by

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
and John A. Logan College

28 countiesSaturday, October 15, 2011  John A. Logan
 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL

Featured Speaker

J. Mark Lowe, CG

J. Mark Lowe,CG is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer and has been researching families for more than 40 years. He grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky. With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences.

Mark was President of the of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He has published articles and reviews in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), The North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Longhunter (Southern Ky. Genealogical Society), the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. His book publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2, 1859-1873 and Pioneer Cemetery (Bowling Green, Ky.)

Lowe's topics for the GSSI 2011 Fall Conference focus on the period before 1850, when so many Tennessee and Kentucky inhabitants moved north and west to "greener pastures" in Southern Illinois.  Don't miss this conference if you have a pioneer ancestor to Little Egypt.

Advanced Sources and Strategies for Tracking that Pre-1850 Ancestor

Making those Early Census Records Talk to You

Stop avoiding those pre-1850 census records. Turn those 1's and 0's into lively pictures of your family.

Road Crews and Jury Selections: Finding an Ancestor without a Census

Our ancestors were expected to be good citizens. Court Minutes can identify where and when our ancestors participated in the community. Learn about their appropriate conduct or their leaving town.

Using State Legislative Petitions to Solve Problems 

Requests from citizens can be used to solve difficult location problems or work around burned counties.  Learn about the legislative petitions, available finding aids, and the strategies to put them in your toolkit.

  Finding Uncle John by Talking to the Neighbors

Using census records, manuscripts, and land records, learn details about your ancestor's neighborhood, and the people with whom they worked, prayed, fought, and married.

Registration for the Conference is not necessary to attend the Book Fair, but is required for all other activities.

Fall Conference Registration Form

If received by October 8, 2011 -- $40.              After October 8 and at the Door -- $45.

Registration fee does not include morning coffee or lunch, but vending machines are available in the cafeteria for snacks and drinks. Attendees wishing more may bring coffee and/or a sack lunch with them or purchase food at one of many fast-food places and restaurants nearby.  Packets provided to each registrant on conference day will include a list of area eating places.


The Book Fair is FREE and open to everyone. There will be vendors with books, forms, maps, and genealogical supplies of all kinds. GSSI and many local genealogical and historical societies will have tables with their books and membership information. Book exhibits and all conference sessions will be held in the Ray Hancock Conference Center at John A. Logan College.


JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE is located on Illinois Route 13 in Carterville, mid-way between Marion and Carbondale. All conference activities will take place in the Ray Hancock Conference Center on the JALC campus. Turn north off Route 13 at the Greenbriar Road traffic signal one mile west of the Carterville crossroads. From the College entrance follow posted signs to the conference or to the Ray Hancock Center. Parking is available in Lot D, directly adjacent to the conference center, with overflow parking in Lot A.


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Last update: February 19, 2011