Upcoming Webinars

The 2016 and 2017 ISGS Webinar series are sponsored by FamilySearch
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 an 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5490586515192783362
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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6337734935626870274