Win a RootsTech 2012 Registration

WANTED: Your Illinois County Knowledge!

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. 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 by clicking here.

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.

How to Enter The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt

Participants should first visit the Illinois pages of the FamilySearch Research Wiki 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 Official Entry Form.

Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook. By using the Official Entry Form for The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, participants are providing information to the Illinois State Genealogical Society only and not to Facebook. In addition, participants agree to release Facebook from any responsibilities or duties related to The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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