Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
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GSSI was organized in Carterville, Illinois in March 1973 for the purpose of encouraging the science of genealogy; helping others gather genealogical information; and preserving, protecting and publishing information of importance to Southern Illinois genealogy. Our geographic area includes the twenty-eight counties of Illinois south of Interstate 70 which are listed in our website header above.
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Upcoming Events

September 9, 2023 “A Brief Reintroduction of Native Americans into Illinois” Presented by Gerald Savage “Ho-Chunk Ska Ga” Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Gerald’s topic, A Brief Reintroduction of Native Americans into Illinois, is a program sponsored by Illinois Humanities. Gerald’s formal native name is Ho-Chunk Ska Ga. (White Winnebago) He is a tribal elder with the Ho-Chunk Nation. He will discuss the reintroduction of his family into the Illinois Valley, tribal customs and ways, the history of the tribe, modern natives, naming ceremonies, stereotypes, environmental concerns, tribal settlements and reservations. Gerald’s grandparents were Chief Walks with the Wind and Princess Stands on a Cloud. They were very influential in the teaching of Gerald the native customs and ways. He carries on his grandfather’s tradition of teaching people about their tribal ways. His program is about the history, past and present, from a Native perspective . Join us Saturday September 9th on the campus of John A. Logan College. For easy access, use parking lot D. Use the Hancock Conference Center, Building F entrance for room F119. The presentation will begin at 10:00AM.