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Last update: November 3, 2014

          General meetings are held quarterly on the second Saturday of the month at libraries and other sites in the GSSI 28 county service area.  Dates, times and places of these meetings will be announced in this space and in local media.   

          The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois' collection of genealogy and history books and microforms in the John A. Logan College Library may be used whenever the College Library is open during the week.  For current library hours consult the JALC Library website or call 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338.

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Next General Meeting
Saturday, December 6, 2014

John A. Logan College Library
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

The JALC Library and the GSSI Genealogy Collection will be open for research on December 6 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The Governing Board will convene at that time to conduct routine business.

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
    2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The slate of candidates for office in 2015 will be voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting, which will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.  Also on the agenda for the meeting are two amendments to the GSSI Constitution, publicized to all members in the November Newsletter.

Program
Edward O'Day,

"Internet Archive: Gateway to Free Digitized Books and Documents"
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Following the voting, Ed O'Day will present a program on the Internet Archive and FamilySearch, which together offer access to millions of digital images of books and documents free of charge. Internet Archive has been building a digital library of texts, films, audio recordings, and music since 1996.  Its Open Library project, launched in 2006, contains searchable texts of one million older public domain books, many of them very useful to genealogists.  Links  to  digitized records at the National Archives and several research libraries offer documents not found for free elsewhere on the internet.
    The Family History Library in Salt Lake City began digitizing its microfilm and book collections in 1998 and now counts over 1 billion images in its collection, among them a Digital Book Collection with 150,000 family histories.  These images are  freely accessible at FamilySearch, although not all of them are indexed. After a brief introduction to the Internet Archive and FamilySearch websites, O'Day will illustrate how to navigate both sites successfully.
    O'Day is an Emeritus Professor of History at SIUC, a  Past President of GSSI and he currently serves as Webmaster for the Society. He began his family history research in the 1970's and has been an invited speaker at many genealogy conferences in the Midwest and abroad, most recently at the GSSI 2013 Family History Conference.

Meetings of GSSI are open to the public; membership in the Society is not required to attend.  A fee is charged to attend conference sessions, but registration is not required to browse the Book Fair.

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