Honors And Awards To Be Presented By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) At Their Fall 2017 Annual Conference; Awards To Be Presented On October 28, 2017; Conference Occurs October 27-28, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I received a press release from the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announcing honors and awards that will be presented at their Fall 2017 Annual conference.  The conference occurs October 27, 2017 and October 28, 2017.  The honors and awards will be presented on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The ISGS bestows Community Service Awards, Special Recognition Awards and an Individual Writer’s Award.

I thought you might like to see this list because of the wide scope of activities mentioned by the ISGS that were notable for award recognition.  Plus, you may see some groups you are familiar with as well as some individuals you may know.

The individuals and groups noted are from all around the state of Illinois.

Big congratulations to all the groups and individuals that were noted in the release.  A big “thank you” to them for all the hard work they performed that was award notable!

You may see some familiar names of speakers we have had at our library making genealogy presentations.  I see the names of Marsha Peterson-Maass, Caron Primas Brennan and Matt Rutherford as award recipients specifically in what they have done for the Purple Hearts Reunited Project.

The  release was provided to me by Jaymie Middendorf,  Marketing & Publications Chair of the ISGS.

The release follows after the separator line in italics:


Press Release: Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

Community Service Awards:

Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL and Duane Paulsen of Grand Detour, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical Society, will receive Community Service Awards for their service to LCHS and helping to keep history alive.

Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.

Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.

Members of the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Scottish Genealogy Group of the IL St. Andrews Society, nominated by Marsha Peterson-Maass will receive a Community Service Award for their work on the Purple Hearts Reunited “WW I Anniversary Tribute” project. Purple Hearts Reunited is a charitable foundation that rescues and reunites lost Purple Heart medals and Wound Certificates with the veteran and or their family. The group of volunteer researchers have worked on 46 of the 100 World War I veteran’s cases that were submitted to the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation.

Individuals receiving the honor are: Caron Primas Brennan, Cindy Cady, Stephanie Pierce Carbonetti, Kathleen Craine, Janet Desaulniers, Ann Tice, Larry Klauser, Devin Payne, Marsha Peterson Maass, Matthew Rutherford, Laura Scalzitti, Theresa Toms, Jill Weiss, Jean Zack, Felicia Ziomek, Carol Zsolnay

Members of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, nominated by Riverside Public Library, will receive a Community Service Award for the vast number hours they donate, for their commitment to researchers, the preservation of Illinois history and to library patrons they so willingly assist.  Individual members receiving the honor are Marianne Miklas, Mary Kamin, Victor Kos, Paul Nemecek, Dolores Benes Duy, and Beverly Scheer.

Special Recognition Awards

Joseph Ginger, nominated by Stephenson County Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service and leadership to SCGS over the last 18 years.

Clyda Ogle of Gilberts, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her efforts and leadership of ISGS Physicians Register and Licensing indexing project in conjunction with the State Archives.

Susan Scoville Pope of Normal, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her dedication, service, and leadership as part of the ISGS Governing Board over the past 12 years.

Marcia Stang of Bradley, IL, nominated by Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her service on the KVGS board and society projects.

Individual Writer’s Award

Kenneth Ross Alexander of Evanston, IL, nominated by ISGS Quarterly Advisory Committee, will receive the Individual Writer’s Award for his article “The Ross Brothers of Fulton County and Their Roles in Illinois and American History” which was published in Summer 2017, Volume 49, Number 2, p. 88-94 of the Quarterly.

Media Contacts:
Dawn Carey Henry
Illinois State Genealogical Society
PO Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195

Jaymie Middendorf
Marketing & Publications Chair

About ISGS: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, 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 information pertaining to individuals, families and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them.
• To inform people about the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.
• To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies


Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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