ISGS News - April 20, 2016

Upcoming ISGS Webinars – May 2016
 
Upcoming ISGS Webinars – May 2016
 
Join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8:00 PM Central, when Stephen Szabados will present Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How. To attend this webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281
 
Last week's webinar, Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources, presented by Lisa A. Alzo, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).
 
Upcoming Webinars
 
May 10 - Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados
 
June 14 - Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant
 
July 12 - Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
 
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.
 
Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar. 
 
Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.
 
Spread the Word: Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.
 
Make a Contribution: Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner. To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.
 
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at isgseducation@ilgensoc.org.
 
The 2016  ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).
 

ISGS News - April 12, 2016

Announcing the ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest
 
George and Frank GOULD. “George S. Gould: born Aug 1883, Chicago, died Dec 1944, Chicago.  John Francis Gould: born Jan 1878, Chicago, died Sep 1953, Chicago. A photo of my grandfather, George S. Gould, and his brother, John Francis “Frank” Gould, at work.  I do not know the date of the photos, but both men were in Chicago, working for the railroad, in the 1910 Census.  Frank was married and had six children by that time.  My grandparents did not marry until 1917.  My mother was 18 years old when her father died, so photographs and stories are the only connection I have to him and I treasure every detail.  Frank and George are next to each other on the left.” Submitted by Marsha Hosfeld.
 
When visiting the ISGS website, have you ever wondered “Who are those people in the photos at the top of the page?
 
The photo above and all the photos you see in the header of the ISGS Website were winners in the last ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest. ISGS is happy to announce the 2016 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest and asks this question: wouldn't it be great to see our own ancestors' photos up there?
 
Between April 1 and May 31, 2016, ISGS is asking members to submit photos of their own ancestors for use on the ISGS website. If your photo is selected, it will be displayed on a rotating-basis in the top banner of the ISGS website along with other member-submitted photos. You can view all the pervious years' winners at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=156.
 
Not only will you be credited with the photo submission, but you'll also be able to provide a brief biography of the person or persons in the photo. Click here for more information and instructions on submitting your ancestor photos!
 
NOTE: You must be a member of ISGS to participate in the 2016 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest. Click here to join!
 
Photo: George and Frank GOULD. “George S. Gould: born Aug 1883, Chicago, died Dec 1944, Chicago. John Francis Gould: born Jan 1878, Chicago, died Sep 1953, Chicago. A photo of my grandfather, George S. Gould, and his brother, John Francis “Frank” Gould, at work. I do not know the date of the photos, but both men were in Chicago, working for the railroad, in the 1910 Census. Frank was married and had six children by that time. My grandparents did not marry until 1917. My mother was 18 years old when her father died, so photographs and stories are the only connection I have to him and I treasure every detail. Frank and George are next to each other on the left.” Submitted by Marsha Hosfeld.

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