“Resource Scavenger Hunt” Contest With Prizes Being Offered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society

Hi Everyone!

I recently received a publicity notice from Thomas MacEntee, Publicity Chair of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS).

It sounds like the ISGS is running a “Scavenger Hunt” within Illinois, looking for genealogical resources that would be placed in an ISGS Wiki entry that exists at FamilySearch.org .  Resource information would be contained in this Wiki for all counties of Illinois.

The contest runs from June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011.  Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership.

I have provided in this blog post after the plus sign separator lines the full verbiage of the e-mail in Italics I received from Thomas .  Please look at the details of what follows and consider providing some great Illinois resources, both in narrative form created by you as well as hyperlinks to web sites you are familiar with.

It is definitely beneficial to click on the links provided by Thomas within his e-mail to me so you get all of the details on the rules to participate as well as a link to the Wiki so you can see what is already there so you don’t duplicate submissions.

Even if you have no intention of participating, I think it would be good for you to at least visit and bookmark the Wiki site itself on Illinois information.  There already appears to be quite a lot of information on the site.  The Wiki itself resides as part of the FamilySearch website and the massive Wiki of information that is being created there.

Read what follows and consider becoming a “scavenger hunter” to add resource material you know about from your own genealogical research that relates to Illinois.

Don’t forget to just visit the ISGS website at www.ilgensoc.org just to see what they have to offer in general.

Please note the time frame for the contest.  It ends on June 30, 2011.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011

The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt

Help Find Illinois Genealogy Resources and Win Prizes!

June 1, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, June 1 – June 30, 2011 and invites all family historians to participate in this unique community effort.

ISGS, in partnership with FamilySearch, is hosting a virtual, online scavenger hunt and asks the public to submit their favorite Illinois genealogy resources to be included in the FamilySearch Research Wiki (http://wiki.familysearch.org). Described as “free family history research advice for the community, by the community,” the research wiki contains a page for each of the 102 Illinois counties as well as many other subject matters related to genealogy.

Find Illinois Genealogy Resources and Win Prizes!

Between now and June 30, 2011, the public is invited to locate information on Illinois genealogy-related resources and tell us why a resource is worthy of inclusion in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Examples include links to research websites and genealogy databases, as well as original articles on repositories, archives and other resources. A complete description of The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt can be found on the ISGS website at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=135.

Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership. In addition, a prize will be awarded each day between June 1 and June 30, 2011 to one lucky winner drawn at random. For complete details, please consult the contest rules at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=137.

How to Enter The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt

Participants should first visit the Illinois pages of the FamilySearch Research Wiki at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois and consult the various pages, including the county pages, to see what content has already been added. Next, submit your original narrative article or Illinois genealogy-related hyperlink using the entry form at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=136.

Illinois Roots Run Deep . . . We’ll Help You Dig For Them!

Through The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, ISGS, together with FamilySearch, hope to provide genealogists and family historians with the best set of Illinois-related resources available.

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in October of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

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Contact:       Illinois State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195
+1 (217) 789-1968

Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies for Pathways to the Heartland, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit http://fgs.org/2011conference/.

Thomas MacEntee


Publicity Chair, Illinois State Genealogical Society
+1 (773) 661-3080

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