Illinois State Genealogical Society
2019 Upcoming Webinars 

May 2019
An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
  • Presenter: Colleen Greene
  • Date:  May 28, 2019  (this is the rescheduled date) 
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   This introductory lecture covers key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.
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  • Handout:  Introduction to Mexican Ancestor Research

June 2019
From East to West: Ancestral Migration Through Canada
  • Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan
  • Date:  June 11, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   How did your family get from Europe to the Prairies? Why did your ancestors migrate through Canada? What clues can be found in records to track your ancestor's migration? Why did so many Quebeckers leave the province during the 1800s? What was so appealing about the Prairie Provinces? Explore the reasons that motivated our ancestors to move and start over again. Learn the tchniques and strategies to follow your ancestors from east to west and beyond.
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July 2019
Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes
  • Presenter: James M. Beidler
  • Date:  July 9, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   No genealogist with German-speaking ancestors avoids using church records, and the good news is that many more of them are coming online in digital form. It's important, however, to know whether you're looking at originals, duplicates or extracts from these records – this presentation will explain the differences.
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August 2019
The Great Lakes and the Role They Played in the Years of Prohibition
  • Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
  • Date:  August 13, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   During Prohibition in the United States, a great many people obtained alcohol from Canada, then moved it to big cities in the U.S. (e.g., Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, etc.). This program will focus on Chicago's illegal importation of booze. If your ancestor lived in or near the Windy City (or any other large cities around the lakes) during the 1920s, there is a possibility that he/she was involved in bootlegging, on some level.
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September 2019
Telling the Story with Maps: Maps of Early Illinois and Where to Find Them
  • Presenter: Ginger Frere
  • Date:  September 10, 2019
  • Time:  8:00 PM Central
  • Description:   As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." This is also the case with maps. From simple hand-drawn sketches to intricately detailed masterpieces, maps can convey immense detail. They can provide the names of places, distances, topography, geographical features, migration routes, land ownership, boundaries and political jurisdictions. Maps allow us to see the physical relationship between places. Maps can help us answer questions – how did our ancestors get from one place to another?
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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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Details on the following programs will be available in January 2019:
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.