Illinois State Genealogical Society
2019 Upcoming Webinars 

October 2019
Researching Your Illinois Catholic Ancestors
  • Presenter:  Lisa Oberg
  • Date:  October 8, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   Since Father Jacques Marquette first visited the area that is now Chicago in the late 17th century, Catholic immigrants have been drawn to Illinois. Germans, Poles, Bohemian/Czechs, Italians, and more recently immigrants from Central and South America, have all settled in significant numbers in Illinois, in addition to other ethnic groups. Catholic records can provide invaluable clues for genealogists. This webinar will provide insight into how Catholicism shaped history and discuss how to locate parish records, what you can expect to find, and how to interpret records when you do find them.
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November 2019
Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success
  • Presenter:  Jeanne Lazalere Bloom
  • Date:  November 12, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:  Learn how to prepare for research in Chicago, where to locate online points of entry for Chicago records, and how to plan for onsite research. A case study demonstrates how to apply these techniques.

December 2019
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
  • Presenter:  Anita Boyd
  • Date:  December 10, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:  A friend of John Brown, her husband's activities in the Abolitionist Movement were legendary but Louisana Bell's own tale of freedom was extraordinary. With a series of case studies, attendees will be given an overview of this database which contains a wealth of genealogical information for anyone researching Free People of Color. Hidden among these gems is one remarkable Queen City family.
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The 2019 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by Family Search.