Upcoming Webinars 

June 2018
Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
  • Presenter:  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
  • Date:  June 12, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:  Ohio was the first gathering place of the LDS Church. Eventually those who joined with its membership found themselves displaced into Missouri and Illinois before their trek to Utah. (Note: this is not geared toward LDS members.) The story of the LDS Church is a story of persecution. This lecture will focus on the members from both the United Kingdom and New England who were disowned from their families, and finished their live in the western United States.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4880554381107385091

July 2018
Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestors Behind Closed Doors
  • Presenter:  Melissa Barker
  • Date:  July 10, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:  Genealogists are always looking for places where records are located. More and more these records are being found in places that are not your typical archives, library, or genealogical society. One of these places is a museum. Many museums have back rooms filled with genealogical and historical records just waiting for the genealogist to discover them!
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539

August 2018
National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch
  • Presenter:  Jane Haldeman
  • Date:  August 14, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:  "The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper." The National Archives at Chicago holds Federal records from agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, dating from the 1800s. There are General Land Office, Farming and Agriculture, Naturalization, Military, Taxes, Postal Service, Court Cases, and many more records that can be invaluable when researching your family history. Learn what's available and how to access these rich resources. Some records that will be highlighted are: record books of the General Land Office, Federal criminal records including the Mann Act (also known as the White-Slave Traffic Act), and Farm Ownership Case Files for Illinois.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7025326633433470723

September 2018
Researching Pre-Fire Chicago
  • Presenter:  Ginger Frere
  • Date:  Sept. 11, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a turning point in Chicago's history. The rebuilding of the city enhanced Chicago's (and thus Illinois') position on the world stage. For genealogists, the fire presents a challenge as many important records wre lost – including vital records. But it didn't all burn! Maps, diaries, church records, directories, newspapers, and other records survived. This lecture will present some of these alternative sources and discuss where they can be found.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6977633117555548675   

October 2018
Chicago Rises from the Ashes:  The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
  • Presenter:  Jean Wilcox Hibben
  • Date:  October 9, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description: The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 put Chicago on the map. Rising from the ashes of the Chicago Fire of 1871, a swampland was turned into an educational and entertainment region for the White City. Inventions surfaced, methods of dealing with potential epidemics were developed, and people cam from around the world to learn about cultures they would otherwise never experience. Listeners will find out how this event in Illinois' history affected personal and educational lives. If your ancestor lived anywhere in the vicinity, chances are he or she attended this monumental event. Chicago is more than the site of a horrendous fire; it rose from the ashes to become a world-famous city. Visitors today can find remnants of the Columbian Exposition all over the region and into Wisconsin so listeners will also find out how to connect personally to this exciting part of Illinois history. "The hog butcher of the world" literally became the leader of the world for six months at the end of the 19th century.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011

November 2018
1918: The Prairie State "Over There"
  • Presenter:  Lisa Oberg
  • Date:  Nov. 13, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description: In addition to Illinois' bicentennial, 2018 also marks the centennial of the end of World War I. Illinois answered Uncle Sam's call and men and women from across the Prairie State served during World War I both in Europe and on the home front. This presentation will highlight some of the ways the Great War changed Illinois and how to research your ancestors who may have served at home and abroad. In particular, utilizing social history resources to help enrich the story of Illinois' war contributions will be discussed.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5825186603980794115

December 2018
Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration
  • Presenter:  Angela Walton-Raji
  • Date:  Dec. 11, 2018
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   Hundreds of thousands of families left the South in the 1900s headed North. Their destinations were Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. This workshop looks at communities in the urban North and will illustrate how much can be learned about the county of origin in the South by studying the communities where they arrived.
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2762471676044596227

The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by Family Search.