Previous Webinars
ISGS members have access to handouts and recordings of past ISGS Webinars.  Below is a listing of our previous webinars.  If you would like more information about joining ISGS to take advantage of this member benefit, please visit our Join! page.
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.
October 2017
Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You
  • Presenter: Daniel Earl
  • Date: October 10, 2017
  • 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.
September 2017
Luxembourgers on the Prairie: Researching your Luxembourg Ancestors
  • Presenter: Lisa Oberg
  • Date: September 12, 2017
  • 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.
August 2017
Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years
  • Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
  • Date: August 8, 2017
  • 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.
July 2017
The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: July 11, 2017
  • 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.
June 2017
Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist
  • Presenter: Melissa Barker
  • Date: June 13, 2017
  • 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.
May 2017
Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy
  • Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo
  • Date: May 9, 2017
  • 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.
April 2017
Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy
  • Presenter: Nicka Smith
  • Date: April 11, 2017
  • 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.
March 2017
Nurses, Matrons, Laundresses & Cooks. Documenting Women in the Civil War
  • Presenter: Angela Y. Walton-Raji
  • Date: March 14, 2017
  • 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.
February 2017
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research!
  • Presenter: Diane Richard
  • Date: February 14, 2017
  • 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.
January 2017
Finding Dirk: Records of Insane Asylums in Illinois
  • Presenter: Jill Morelli
  • Date: January 10, 2017
  • 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.
December 2016
Without the Hint - There is No Story
  • Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
  • Date: December 13, 2016
  • 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.  
November 2016
Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
  • Presenter: George G. Morgan
  • Date: November 8, 2016
  • 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.
October 2016 
Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Date: October 11, 2016
  • 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.
September 2016
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
  • Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
  • Date: September 13, 2016
  • 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.
August 2016
Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: August 9, 2016
  • 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.
July 2016
Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
  • Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
  • Date: July 12, 2016
  • Description: There is a wealth of records among NARA microfilms of US Postmaster appointments (now accessible via 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.
June 2016
Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
  • Presenter: Amie Bowser Tennant
  • Date: June 14, 2016
  • 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.
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.
April 2016
Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
  • Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • Date: April 12, 2016
  • 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.
March 2016
Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Presenter: Melissa Barker
  • Date: March 8, 2016
  • 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!
February 2016
Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
  • Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
  • Date: February 9, 2016
  • 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.
January 2016
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
  • Presenter: Drew Smith
  • Date: January 12, 2016
  • 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.
December 2015
The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
  • Presenter:  Gary M. Smith
  • Date: December 8, 2015
  • DescriptionThe 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.
November 2015
In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons
  • Presenter:  Janet Hovorka
  • Date: November 10, 2015
  • Description: Sharing your family history can be an important part of the health of your family relationships but every family has a few sticking points.  If you don't have some family skeletons, you just haven't done enough family history research yet.  Every family has heroes and scoundrels.  How do you pass down this information to the next generations in your family in a healthy, safe way that encourages strong connections to family and good coping skills?  Sometimes it is all in the way you frame it.  Here are some rules for making sure your family learns from the past and proceeds forward into the future in a healthy way.
October 2015
Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to successful research
  • Presenter:  Steve Szabados
  • Date: October 13, 2015
  • Description: When did your Polish ancestors immigrate, from 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 is designed to give the researcher the tools needed to research their Polish ancestors and find possible answers to the origins of your Polish heritage. The program outlines a simple process that will identify where your ancestors were born and where to find their Polish records. Steve uses his own genealogical research experience to outline a simple process that has been successful for the author.
September 2015
Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
  • Presenter:  Michael Lacopo
  • Date: September 8, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Although most researchers are aware of tax records, they are seldom utilized and dismissed as boring and insignificant.  Tax records can solve MANY genealogical dilemmas and should be a primary records source to utilize, especially in states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky, but nationwide.  This lecture will show you how they can help you!
August 2015
School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our AncestorsPresenter:  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: August 11, 2015,
  • Description: We may even be somewhat astounded to learn that our ancestors even attended school. Locating school records can be an amazing way of putting our families into place, especially when there may be no vital records available in an area.
July 2015
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
  • Presenter:  George G. Morgan
  • Date: July 14, 2015
  • Description: Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them. A sample obituary is dissected and discussed.
June 2015
Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves
  • Presenter:  Ron Arons
  • Date: June 9, 2015
  • Description: Genealogy is more than just finding ancestors and other relatives to create a giant family tree. In this talk you will learn the basics of 'Family Systems Theory', the same technique used by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and social workers to help their clients understand themselves better. By understanding our ancestors through 'Family Systems Theory', you'll be able to understand family dynamics through multiple generations and your relative's impact on the family 'system' and how the system affected you.
May 2015
Need Direction? Try City Directories!
  • Presenter:  Jean Wilcox Hibben
  • Date: May 12, 2015
  • Description: More accessible than ever, City Directories can fill in blanks between census years, opening new chapters in your family history research. Learn how to find, navigate, and cite this valuable record source.
April 2015
Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas
  • Presenter:  Drew Smith
  • Date: April 14, 2015
  • Description: Evernote is a free tool that runs on PCs, Macs, tables and smart phones and that can be used to capture, organize, preserver, and synchronize (across multiple devices) information of different formats and sizes, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs. Learn how to set up an Evernote account; how to create and edit notes; how to tag notes so that they can be identified with particular surnames, locations, and document types, so that they can be easily found, later; how to get content into Evernote using e-mail; how to clip articles found online into Evernote; how to share Notebooks with others for research collaboration; and how to use Evernote to create research to-do lists.
March 2015
Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
  • Presenter:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • Date: March 10, 2015
  • Description: Male ancestors weren’t the only ones who had secrets, or got caught behaving badly. Whether we like it or not, the black sheep of our family may have been the women, and they leave fabulous records!  Through sample case studies, this session will show how to use court, census, newspaper, and other key records, and study social history to explore the law breakers, vigilantes, and other scandalous female ancestors. 
February 2015
Basic Scandinavian Research
  • Presenter:  Diana Smith
  • Date: February 3, 2015
  • Description: Researching the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) is very different from researching in the US. Learn about the patronymics, language, and more.
    • Overview of the influence of history and geography
    • Patronymics
    • Alphabets of each language - extra letters and search techniques
    • Use of dates and calendar basics
    • Hints for keeping track and searching efficiently
    • Resources for each country
January 2015
Using Google Earth for Genealogy
  • Presenter:  Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Date: January 13, 2015
  • Description: In this extremely popular class Google Earth Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will teach you how to unlock mysteries in your research: from unidentified photographs, to how an ancestral location looked a hundred years ago or more, to plotting homesteads precisely using land patent legal descriptions. You'll learn how to interpret the genealogical records you already have in new and exciting ways, and be amazed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!
December 2014
HeritageQuest Online - The Ins and Outs
  • Presenter:  C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
  • Date: December 9, 2014,
  • Description: HeritageQuest Online contains much more than just the Federal population census. If you are searching for immigration, naturalization, land grants, monetary claims, pensions, public works projects, military matters, vital records, parents, etc. you should take a look at this collection. This lecture will show what is available in this collection of databases.
November 2014
Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research
  • Presenter:  Barbara Renick
  • Date: November 11, 2014
  • Description: Just because it is in print (in a courthouse record, a county history, a family history book, or published online) doesn't make it so. All too often we find tantalizing bits and pieces of our family trees in various sources. It takes knowledge and experience to carefully evaluate what you have found and to determine when further research and documentation is necessary. This lecture covers the evaluation of both compiled and original sources.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
October 2014
Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals  
  • Presenter:  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • Date: October 14, 2014
  • Description: Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, Illinois. The United States records that were created about him indicate only that he was from the Province of Hanover in Germany. This lecture will detail how his town of origin and parents were identified, in spite of the lack of records naming him. Carefully researching each of his associates and correlating all available evidence reveals the origins of Henry. Use of the Genealogical Proof Standard is demonstrated.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
September 2014 
Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives (IRAD)
  • Presenter:  Luana Darby, MLIS
  • Date: September 23, 2014
  • Description: If you research in Illinois, you don’t want to miss the resources held in the seven regional archive repositories of IRAD. From vital records to city directories, probate to local histories, each site has its own unique set of records. Learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your visit, whether long-distance or on site. Come see some of the gems already gleaned from the vast resources of this amazing Illinois asset.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
August 2014
Land Records in Illinois
  • Presenter:  Michael John Neill
  • Date: August 12, 2014
  • Description: This presentation will discuss searching and using local land records in the state of Illinois. Typical methods of organization and recording will be covered along with search methods, problem-solving, and records analysis. This presentation will not discuss federal land records and attendees should have a basic knowledge of the township and range system of property surveying within the state.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
July 2014
Newspaper Research - More Than Obituaries
  • Presenter:  Patricia Walls Stamm. CG, CGL
  • Date: July 8, 2014
  • Description: Newspapers contain obituaries. But newspapers can provide us so much more information than just obituaries! See what searching the local newspaper can tell you about your family.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
June 2014
Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online
  • Presenter:  Cyndi Ingle
  • Date: June 10, 2014
  • Description: The Internet is a source for a variety of maps and geographical tools that will help you in your research. From new maps and atlases with online driving directions to old gazetteers with county lines and ancient place names, the Internet has them all. We'll explore those resources, ideas for using them, and integrating them into your research routine.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
May 2014
Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion
  • Presenter:  James M. Beidler
  • Date: May 13, 2014
  • Description: There’s no place as good for a family’s history as a reunion, but the gatherings come and go – learn how to organize one that will last or reorganize one that’s fading. 
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
April 2014
Using Canadian Records to Find Your Midwestern Ancestor
  • Presenter:  Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS, UE
  • Date: April 8, 2014
  • Description: Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Maybe your ancestor was in Canada. Discover reasons why your Midwestern ancestors may have been in Canada, and where to find the records. A variety Canadian record sources and websites will be presented.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
March 2014
Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent
  • Presenter:  Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
  • Date: March 11, 2014
  • Description: Learn to link families using autosomal DNA test results from any testing company. Maximize impact on your genealogical research goals. Includes how to use test results such as those from 23andMe and Family Tree DNA Family Finder tests. 
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
February 2014
Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
  • Presenter:  D. Joshua Taylor
  • Date: February 11, 2014
  • Description: Discover the methods used in the 19th and early 20th century to create a compiled genealogy, and how to ensure its information does not lead you down the wrong trail.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
January 2014
7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
  • Presenter:  Thomas MacEntee
  • Date: January 14, 2014
  • DescriptionLearn how savvy genealogists are find success with 7 basic habits of frugality. You’ll not only find a list of key resources but more importantly you’ll learn how to embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors.
  • This webinar is sponsored by FamilySearch (
December 2013
Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees
  • Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
  • Description: We want to build on the research of others but those online family trees often contain miracles, mysteries and mayhem. Does the tree need to be pruned? Learn effective techniques to determine if branches on a tree are diseased or if they are healthy.
November 2013
Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques
  • Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
  • Description: Do you have Midwestern ancestors? Have you found them difficult to research because they are "different" from New England, or the south, or ..... wherever? There are some tricks and techniques which make researching this region less intimidating.
October 2013
Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Description: War and natural disasters have taken their toll on many of our nation’s county courthouses. Let’s look at some helpful sources that may still exist.
September 2013
“To the Honorable, the General Assembly” - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions
  • Presenter: Judy G. Russell, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  • Description: As colonists and as citizens of the new United States, Americans were fiercely protective of their right to petition their government. Whether the issue was forming new counties, building bridges and highways, or some matter of public concern, our ancestors made their voices heard in legislative petitions that are a treasure trove for genealogists.
August 2013
Getting to Here from There: Following your Ancestor’s Migration Trail
  • Presenter: J. H. "Jay" Fonkert, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • Description: Every migration story is different, but learning about common migration routes helps us understand the migration possibilities for our individual ancestors. Learn about major 19th Century American migration routes, as well as how to look for clues for the routes taken by your particular ancestor.
July 2013
Common Surnames: Ways to Identify Your Ancestors in a Crowd
  • Presenter: Juliana Smith
  • Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
  • Description: Techniques for finding your Smiths (or Kellys or Browns...). Methodology and some helpful reports and charts that can make your search easier.
June 2013
The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
  • Presenter: Luana Darby
  • Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • Description: How many times have you run across documents only to realize that you had previously done the same research years before? Research logs or calendars are at the core of good research and are essential in documenting evidence. Come learn easy shortcuts and tips on how to make that job quicker and easier.
May 2013
Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective
  • Presenter: Laura Prescott
  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • Description: Match historical events to an ancestor's life, or synchronize one ancestor's life events to another's using genealogical software as well as everyday software programs to create a graphic profile and timeline.
April 2013
Digging Through Documents Word by Word
  • Presenter: Debbie Mieszala, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • Description: Proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.
March 2013
Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip
  • Presenter: Lisa Alzo
  • Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • Description: Learn how to plan that dream trip to your ancestral homeland, including how and what to pack, book affordable travel and accommodations, how to create a workable itinerary, key tips for visiting archives and villages, and other secrets to make it your most memorable trip ever!
February 2013
Best Genealogy Present You Can Give Yourself: Citing Your Sources
  • Presenter: Harold Henderson, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
  • Description: Footnotes are not just for professors any more. The secret is not where to put the commas—it's understanding the record you're looking at.
January 2013
Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional Selective Service Records of World War I
  • Presenter: Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
  • Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • Description: Explanation of the selective service process including discussion of the three distinct registrations; classification lists; inductees lists; appeals to the President; and records relating to delinquents and deserters.
December 2012
Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan
  • Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Description: Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get more research done while remaining focused.
November 2012
Sidestep Genealogy
  • PresenterGeorge G. Morgan
  • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  • DescriptionBrick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected.  Sidestep genealogy means researching these alternative individuals, their records, the places that they lived, and other resources. This lecture will make you stop and think about what alternative research paths you might use, and point you to new resources you may never have considered.
October 2012
Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research
  • PresenterLeslie Albrecht Huber
  • Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
  • DescriptionHas your German research run into a hurdle? Find out how to jump over some of the most common hurdles such as immigration, access to records, language, and handwriting.
September 2012
Grandma did What!?: Researching Your Famous and Infamous Relatives
  • PresenterGena Philibert-Ortega
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
  • DescriptionIn order to research infamous ancestors, genealogists have to be knowledgeable about the diverse historical resources available. In this presentation, using various case studies, we  will look at manuscript collections, ephemera, newspapers and repositories available to research your famous or infamous ancestor.
August 2012
Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
  • DescriptionDates, names, ages, relationships, lawsuits, prison records, church records, bibles, probates, and more await us in archives. This presentation highlights some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, and special indexes. An overview will be presented for each state’s archive and some will be covered in greater detail. Archives are not created equally! For the states we are covering this is very evident. Some have a combination state historical society and/or library and the state archives. The websites, research services, online databases, range of holdings, and even the mission statements show big differences. We will also look at other unique archives in the Midwest. The main aim is to show the wealth of material available, how to access it, and why the on-site experience can be so rewarding.
July 2012
Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family Over Time and Miles
  • PresenterJean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
  • DescriptionUsing various clues, this presentation shows how to move from one piece of information to the next to piece together the life of an ancestral family.  The steps used are illustrated so that they can be followed by the beginner as well as the seasoned genealogist.  Use of census, probate, property, and personal records, among others, are explained.
June 2012
The War of 1812 – America's "Forgotten" War
  • PresenterPeggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
  • DescriptionThe War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States, yet records abound for our ancestors who were willing to fight the British once again.
May 2012
Some Great, Seldom-Used, Resources:  A Genealogical Potpourri
  • Presenter: Timothy Pinnick
  • Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • DescriptionGenealogists are largely beholden to their peers for the introduction to marvelous resources that they may have otherwise missed.  During this presentation I share some of the unique and exciting resources I have come across with the potential to knock down one or more of the troublesome brick walls aggravating seasoned researchers.
April 2012
Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically
  • Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
  • Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • DescriptionThinking of going digital? Organizing your research files electronically can speed up processing time, save space, and help anyone become a better genealogist. Learn how to take your paper research notes, logs, and documents and convert them into your own personal “digital archives.”
March 2012
Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors
  • Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2012
  • DescriptionChanging surnames and scant records -- it's enough to make a genealogist ignore the female half of the family tree. This webinar will explore sources and methodologies to help you find those elusive female ancestors
February 2012
Cool Tools for Publishing Your Family History
  • Presenter: Lisa Alzo
  • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
  • DescriptionNow that you’ve written your family’s story, what do you do with it?  Thanks to technology and the Internet, it’s easier than ever to document and share your genealogical discoveries. Those attending this FREE webinar will learn about some of the popular online tools and methods available for writing and publishing a cutting edge family history.
January 2012
10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy
  • Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  • DescriptionWhether stuck in a rut with genealogy research for the past year or just wanting to expand the ways in which family history can be pursued, the genealogy community is encouraged to join ISGS for this fun and informative FREE webinar. Those attending will learn how to energize their genealogy research and will be ready to hit the ground running in 2012.