Just received some information from the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding a special one year only (2018) program that will be taking place. The special program coincides with the bicentennial celebration of 200 years of Illinois statehood (1818-2018).
The program is called the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate Program. A certificate associated with this program will only be available in 2018.
It is intended to honor those families of ours that were in Illinois prior to statehood in 1818 and have had successive families over the years continue to reside in Illinois.
Here is the full text of the press release that I received from the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Read through it, especially if you already are aware that perhaps you have successive families living in Illinois since before 1818:
Contact: Laura Kovarik President email@example.com
Illinois State Genealogical Society Introduces: Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate Program
SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 30, 2018 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the introduction of the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program, an official project of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.
Available only during the Bicentennial year, the Illinois State Genealogical Society will issue Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificates to honor those who contributed to our state’s rich history to direct descendants of early pioneers who were living in Illinois in the year of Statehood (1818) and whose family has continued to be proud residents of our State for each generation since that time, with the applicant being a current resident of Illinois.
The Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program supports part of the Society’s purpose: • 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 all information pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them. • To inform people of the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.
Honor your Illinois ancestors and apply today. Visit the ISGS website at www.ilgensoc.org for more information, including the application and fees. Applications must be submitted to the Society by December 31, 2018.
About the Illinois State Genealogical Society: ISGS was founded in 1968 to stimulate a public interest in the people and families that contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.
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