Upcoming Webinars

The 2016 ISGS Webinar series is sponsored by FamilySearch
June 2016
Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
  • Presenter: Amie Tenant
  • Date: June 14, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Social media isn't just for teenagers anymore! Learn to use the power of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to overcome genealogy brick walls in your family tree and share your family story. Knowledgeable people around the world are just waiting to help you with your biggest problems and maybe you can help someone else along the way.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321
July 2016
Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
  • Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
  • Date: July 12, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: There is a wealth of records among NARA microfilms of US Postmaster appointments (now accessible via Ancestry.com). Ancestors who were merchants, newspaper editors, politicians, or lawyers may have also served as Postmasters. Learn how to access and navigate these records and see how they can be correlated with other documents to get a more complete picture of your ancestor.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2607347059774722305
August 2016
Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: August 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history.  Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research.  Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers.  Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1406973931847993857
September 2016
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
  • Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
  • Date: September 13, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Our ancestors’ occupations are a way of identifying them. Exploring records created about occupation and employment can yield specific information about the ancestor, help place the ancestor in historical and social context, and spark ideas for further research.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5222129746649412097
October 2016 
Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS
  • Date: October 11, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Many years of social history, local/state history, military, and other serials aid in studying migration, land, military, churches, railroads, cemeteries, and other aspects of Midwestern ancestry. A plethora of FREE specialized finding aids, print and online access, and indexes exist. A journal might not mention a specific ancestor but may tell the story of a battle, town disturbance, or dispute in which an ancestor took part or observed. It might detail the history of a business or of a cemetery and list early burials.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4021548811025038081
November 2016
Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
  • Presenter: George G. Morgan
  • Date: November 8, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Evidence comes in many forms and with varying amounts of content. This lecture focuses on studying evidence for reliable and less-than-reliable information. It begins with a discussion of types of source materials - original vs. derivative - and the differences between primary and secondary information, and goes on to address mixed content on sources. Print vs. electronic media are considered throughout, and evaluation of source citations to determine evidence weight and reliability is stressed.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5160689038658812674
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