Wednesday, September 04, 2013

ISGS September 2013 Webinars

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

September 2013 Webinar – “To the Honorable, the General Assembly” – The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions

What in the world are legislative petitions? Judy G. Russell will tell us more about this colonial resource on September 10 in her presentation "To the Honorable, the General Assembly" – The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions.

DateTuesday, September 10, 2013, 8:00 pm Central

Description: As colonists and as citizens of the new United States, Americans were fiercely protective of their right to petition their government. Whether the issue was forming new counties, building bridges and highways, or some matter of public concern, our ancestors made their voices heard in legislative petitions that are a treasure trove for genealogists.

Presenter: Judy G. Russell

Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. More at


Webinar Sponsor: This webinar is sponsored by David A. Joens, author of From Slave to State Legislator: John W. E. Thomas, Illinois' First African American Lawmaker, available at SIU Press (

Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members: For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on September 10, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at for more information.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

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