Upcoming Webinars

The 2016 and 2017 ISGS Webinar series are sponsored by FamilySearch
 
  
 
 
 
December 2016
Without the Hint - There is No Story
  • Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
  • Date: December 13, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Oral history, passing remarks and casual conversations can lead to a journey to discover the family story.  The value of listening rather than discounting information can set the stage to crack a brick wall.  Every family has a challenge to uncover the truth, and one important challenge is explore every little detail heard that will prove or disprove the information.  This webinar is a case study of a casual conversation (a little hint) that opens the door to finding an amazing family story, which spans through an array of events and a myriad of records.  
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3458035909419848194
 
January 2017
Finding Dirk: Records of Insane Asylums in Illinois
  • Presenter: Jill Morellii
  • Date: January 10, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Individuals were committed to "insane asylums" for a variety of reasons in the 19th century--sometimes necessary and sometimes by others for personal reasons. This presentation explores the evolution of care of the mentally ill in the 18th century starting with Bethlam Hospital in London,  the source of the term "bedlam," through to the early 20th century. The records publicly available during this era is wider than one might expect and certainly contains more information than one would see today. The presenter also petitioned the courts for the records of 3 mental hospitals, containing information that was initially withheld. Tracing the experiences of a patient who was confined in the Jacksonville, Elgin and Peoria (Illinois) asylums between the years of 1872 and 1905, we can identify the changes in care and record keeping for Dirk Bode of Stephenson County, Illinois, and get a picture of his daily life. Publicly available and court-obtained sources and resources will be outlined and compared. While focused on a case study set in Illinois, the process and results will not be too dissimilar from that of other states which will be discussed.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1270444282472510721
 
February 2017
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research!
  • Presenter: Diane Richard
  • Date: February 14, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by most of those living from DE to TX regardless of race or original circumstances. Many pertinent records are found in the Records of Field Offices for the various states. It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about ALL impoverished North Carolinians, regardless of race. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found listed in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1351772958627269635
 
March 2017
Nurse, Matrons, Laundresses & Cooks. Documenting Women in the Civil War
  • Presenter: Angela Y. Walton-Raji
  • Date: March 14, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Several thousand women served in the capacity of nurses and matrons during the Civil War, although the exact numbers are not known. Through carded service records, one can find the names of 20,000 women served the Union Army. The women came came from all classes and backgrounds. They served in some camp sites, but many served in hospitals established as conditions warranted them. This workshop will look at the roll of the Civil War Women and the roles they played in various hospitals, campsites and medical units in the Civil War.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8176273406953966595
 
April 2017
Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy
  • Presenter: Nicka Smith
  • Date: April 11, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this session, learn how to combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to confirm or deny slave, slaveholder, and ancestral ties to one of history's most peculiar institutions.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/878957669916352771
 
May 2017
Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy
  • Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo
  • Date: May 9, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Coroners got involved in all types of unexplained deaths from drug overdoses to drownings, mishaps to murders, making their records and excellent resource to research for details about an ancestor’s untimely death. This presentation will cover where to find coroner’s records and how to mine them for genealogy research clues.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1471706587473686019
 
June 2017
Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist
  • Presenter: Melissa Barker
  • Date: June 13, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Old Family Letters. If you are fortunate enough to have some, they are a true family treasure. Writing letters is also a thing of the past, something that is not done anymore, all the more reason why we should collect, save and most importantly preserve the letters that we do have in our family records collections. In this presentation I will talk about the ways you can preserve your family letters so that they are protected for generations to come.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2682361248631831299
 
July 2017
The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: July 11, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Few events have divided and shattered our nation like our own “War of the Rebellion”.  Though it’s impossible to cover the entire war in one presentation, we will learn of the records available to us in searching for our ancestors.  When a pension file arrived in the mail, it opened up a whole new side to a man we had only known as Asbury Moore.  Join us in this case study that shows we only had a small piece of his life story.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6586254248864499459
 
August 2017
Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years
  • Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
  • Date: August 8, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: The federal census gives us wonderful clues for our research, but the ten years between each census is a long time. This presentation will discuss records that can be used to fill in the gap and add more points to your ancestor's timeline.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2394575075177831939
 
September 2017
Luxembourgers on the Prairie: Researching your Luxembourg Ancestors
  • Presenter: Lisa Oberg
  • Date: September 12, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: There are more people of Luxembourg-descent living in the Midwest than currently living in Luxembourg today, yet this immigrant group is often invisible as they frequently became absorbed in German-speaking communities following their arrival. Chicago has several historically Luxembourg neighborhoods and Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, among other states, all have unique distinctly Luxembourg settlements. This webinar will explore resources for locating your Luxembourg ancestor in the U.S., identifying their ancestral village and tips for researching Luxembourg's multilingual records.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4916431437334451204
 
October 2017
Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You
  • Presenter: Daniel Earl
  • Date: October 10, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Most genealogists know to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about the funeral home? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This presentation will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online and "in the field", as well as provide real life examples of how to search for ancillary clues in funeral home records.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8619206168660919556
 
November 2017
Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research
  • Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
  • Date: November 14, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Stuck using the same old resources looking for your Illinois ancestors? Learn how to "mine" an extensive list of archives, libraries, online sites and unusual places and "strike gold" in your search.
  • Registration: TBD
 
December 2017
Ephemera: Genealogy Gold
  • Presenter: Sharon S. Atkins
  • Date: December 12, 2017, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Valuable clues about an ancestor’s life are often found by locating different forms of ephemera as well as researching various categories of ephemera. Ephemera can provide a glimpse into the world of your ancestor; whether you find an old postcard, a newspaper article, a graduation program, or something as wonderful as a diary, you can instantly be transported back in time and place to experience your ancestor’s life. Examples of how I researched using ephemera in writing two books; including one which centered on Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois research.
  • Registration: TBD