Upcoming Webinars

The 2015 ISGS Webinar series is sponsored by FamilySearch
December 2015
The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
  • Presenter:  Gary Smith
  • Date: December 8, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: The US Federal Census has become a staple of genealogical research in the United States.  Using the census most effectively, however, requires understanding that there are good, bad, and truly ugly aspects of this record. Most are related to the type, quality or quantity of information recorded, but there are also some major pros and cons of the existence of the record.  Recognizing the possible pitfalls and highpoints will allow a researcher to use the record to best advantage.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4542747002682234370
January 2016
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
  • Presenter: Drew Smith
  • Date: January 12, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: This class focuses on the genealogical research process and how to organize it. Attendees will learn to define their research goals; to create manageable projects; to break projects down into sub-projects and tasks; to track their goals, projects, and tasks using software tools; to use a research log in order to organize and record their research questions, their search strategies, and their results; to use tools for documenting the process from source to information to evidence to conclusion; and to complete the process by transferring their conclusions into genealogical database programs.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8573458780274373378
February 2016
Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
  • Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
  • Date: February 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Benevolent societies had a major impact on the social fabric of African American communities.  This session explores several groups that impacted black families in multiple states. Most of the organizations of the late 19th century and 20th century are long gone, but their stories lie buried in cemeteries throughout the nation and a rich community history can be discovered by knowing how to recognize them in African American cemeteries throughout the nation.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8291948619192469250
March 2016
Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Presenter: Melissa Barker
  • Date: March 8, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Researching in archives, libraries, historical societies, courthouses and other repositories can be intimidating and scary for genealogists!  Learn how to be prepared to do research at one of these wonderful record holding repositories.  The archivists, librarians and clerks at these places are there to help you find those wonderful family records but most of them won’t do the research for you, so it is important to know the Do’s and Don’ts of conducting your research when you visit one of these facilities so that your visit is successful!
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1846416843611494402
April 2016
Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
  • Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • Date: April 12, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Ethnic resources often contain detailed personal and genealogical information, and yet, they are often overlooked by researchers. Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources.  Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922
May 2016
Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
  • Presenter: Stephen Szabados
  • Date: May 10, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: When did your Polish ancestors immigrate, where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? These are questions we all hope to find the answers. This presentation studies the history of Poland and gives some insights to possible answers to the questions about your ancestors' immigration. All three Polish partitions are covered and the material will hopefully clear-up your confusion why your Polish ancestors listed that they were born in other countries on early U.S. documents.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281
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.
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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.  
  • Registration: Stay tuned!**
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