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Friday, October 23, 2015

ISGS 2016 Webinar Series

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received by our friends from the Illinois State Genealogical Society. 

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Once again Family Search is Exclusive Sponsor of ISGS Webinars

October 23, 2015 – Springfield, IL.
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2016. The 2016 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2015 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2016 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinars is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2016 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2016 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 12 – Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process

February 9 – Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji

March 8 – Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts
Presenter: Melissa Barker

April 12 – Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

May 10 – Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados

June 14 – Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant

July 12 – Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG

August 9 – Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

September 13 – Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG

October 11 – Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS

November 8  Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after November 8, 2015, for the registration link.

December 13 – Without the Hint - There is No Story
Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 13, 2015 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information
·        All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
·        For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at
·        You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at
·        Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2016 series can be accessed at

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2016 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.