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2015 Family History Conference and Book Fair

is proudly co-sponsored by

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

28 countiesSaturday, August 8, 2015  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

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies

Josh Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Director of Family History for, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. A frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, his previous speaking engagements include the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conferences, the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and RootsTech.

He has authored articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, and was a columnist for Digital Genealogist. Joshua is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Joshua is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been featured genealogist on the hit PBS show, Genealogy Roadshow and NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe.

Bridging the Gap:
Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830

Have you lost an ancestor between 1780 and 1830? Often connecting our ancestors to colonists can be quite a task, learn how to employ probate, land, census, tax, and other compiled records to help bridge the gap.

   Essential Technology for Genealogists

Genealogists do not necessarily need to be on the "edge" of technology; however they should be aware of new technologies that can further their research efforts. Come see the list of technology every genealogist should own.

The Modern-Genealogist:
Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher

While we would all like to devote more hours to family history, there simply are not enough hours in most days to do so. Learn time-saving techniques to make the most of every minute (or hour) you are researching.

Online Resources for Colonial America

Discover web sites, online databases, university projects, online archives, and other resources for researching your Colonial American ancestors online. Learn how to use Early American Imprints, JSTOR , and other resources.

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Buffet Lunch (Meat Lasagna, Italian Salad, Vegetable Medley, Garlic Bread, Brownies, Tea and Water) is included with your paid registration if received prior to July 24th.


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. The facility is handicapped accessible with all activities on one floor without steps. If you have special needs, please indicate on the registration form.

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.


Conference Registration is not necessary to attend the Book Fair.  It 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.


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Last Update: July 20, 2015