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Unique Document Discoveries: CCGS Members and attendees
Tuesday, June 11
Unique Document Discoveries: CCGS Members and attendees  (Monthly Meeting)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom/Virtual
 
The Champaign County Genealogical Society will host the second annual Unique Document Discoveries.
 
Most genealogists are familiar with vital or census documents. While these documents are critical to our research, there are many unique documents that can help uncover information about our relatives. At this meeting we invite attendees to share images of unique or rare documents they have uncovered in their research. This could also be a document that added to their family story in an unexpected way. We look forward to hearing more about your document discovery!
 
Please email a scanned copy of the document that you would like to share to programs@ilccgs.org. We will put it up on the screen for you to discuss during the meeting.
 
We will begin sharing documents at 7pm (CDT). Want some extra time to talk about genealogy? Log on as early as 6:30pm to socialize and get to know other family historians in our group. There will be a society business meeting immediately following the presentation. 
 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you do not receive a Zoom link within 15 minutes after registering, please check your spam folder.  If you do not receive a link, please send email to programs@ilccgs.org.
 
Note: This meeting will not be recorded.



The Facts and Fictions of the Orphan Train by Heather Bigwood
Tuesday, July 9
The Facts and Fictions of the Orphan Train by Heather Bigwood  (Monthly Meeting)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom/Virtual
There have been movies such as “Orphan Train,” starring Glenn Close, and books such as Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, but what is the REAL story of the orphan train? Since the book and the movie are fiction, how truthful are the stories they tell?  Curator Heather Bigwood of the National Orphan Train Complex, a museum in Concordia, Kansas that specializes in researching and preserving the national history of the orphan train, will tell all. She will help the audience tell fact from fiction in her presentation called, “The Facts and Fictions of the Orphan Train.” Heather will guide the audience through the ideals of the Orphan Train Movement as well as its pitfalls, sharing vignettes of real Orphan Train Riders’ lives. She will address common misconceptions about the orphan train and how those assumptions came to be formed.  A question-and-answer session will be held at the end of the presentation for those who still have questions about the Orphan Train Movement.
 
Register in advance using the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIscuytqjotGdMcVckd5-gYvdhROz0eSwjc
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library. This event is free and open to the public. A recording of the presentation will be made available to CCGS members following the event.


Quarterly Deadline: September Issue: Veterans of Champaign County
Wednesday, July 31
Quarterly Deadline: September Issue: Veterans of Champaign County  (Quarterly Deadline)
12:00 am to 11:59 pm
The September Quarterly will be entitled Veterans of Champaign County. Send us all veteran-related stories, photos, and articles regarding veterans who served from the dawn of this country through current conflicts. We have a special interest in Black and African American soldiers from the Civil War, but all veteran-related information is welcome.
 
Content is always needed and appreciated. Please send questions and submissions to editor@ilccgs.org no later than July 31st.



Using American Ancestors
Tuesday, August 13
Using American Ancestors  (Monthly Meeting)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This program introduces the viewer to American Ancestors – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) - who we are, what we do, and how we can help you. With a focus on what is available to virtual viewers, this program talks about navigating our website, exploring our databases, finding subject guides, research templates and more. Our online accessible collections cover a wide range of genealogical records from the 17th to 21st century and span geographic locations from New England, the rest of the United States, as well as Canada and Europe. Our services include online courses, AncesTrees-our tree platform, online chat as well as Research for hire. Join this program to learn how American Ancestors can help you accomplish your genealogic goals.

 

Register in advance using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ofuuqqzwoGNPqIODEsVVWn3fYTy4lo6u_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 
This event is co-sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library. This event is free and open to the public. A recording of the presentation will be made available to CCGS members following the event.

 




Using University Archives for Family and Local History
Tuesday, September 10
Using University Archives for Family and Local History  (Monthly Meeting)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom/Virtual

Some of our relatives took academic paths following high school. There is a surprising amount of collegiate information found at most university libraries. On this night, Jessica Ballard-Lawrence, Archivist of Multicultural Collections and Services at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss how we can use these university records to add character and depth to our ancestors’ stories.

Register in advance using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuceisrjosEt20-LST0E0Npz3BMvtYB2s7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 
This event is co-sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library. This event is free and open to the public. A recording of the presentation will be made available to CCGS members following the event.



Quarterly Deadline: December Issue: Holiday Family Traditions and Recipes
Thursday, October 31
Quarterly Deadline: December Issue: Holiday Family Traditions and Recipes  (Quarterly Deadline)
12:00 am to 11:59 pm
The December Quarterly will focus on Winter/Christmas/Family Visits/Holiday RecipesShare your published winter holiday stories, photos of family celebrations, recipes that your great-grandmother cooked from, and other related materials to help kickstart the holidays.
 
Content is always needed and appreciated. Please send questions and submissions to editor@ilccgs.org no later than October 31st, 2024.



Quarterly Deadline: March Issue: Graveyards, Cemeteries, Headstone Symbols and Iconography
Friday, January 31, 2025
Quarterly Deadline: March Issue: Graveyards, Cemeteries, Headstone Symbols and Iconography  (Quarterly Deadline)
12:00 am to 11:59 pm
The March Quarterly will focus on Graveyards, Cemeteries, Headstone Symbols and IconographyOne of the most fascinating aspects of genealogy research is finding headstones that provide great information about our ancestors. Send in your most interesting photos, articles, and other information related to this month’s theme.
 
Content is always needed and appreciated. Please send questions and submissions to editor@ilccgs.org no later than January 31st, 2025.