Upcoming Webinars

The 2015 ISGS Webinar series is sponsored by FamilySearch
 
 
December 2014
HeritageQuest Online - The Ins and Outs
  • Presenter:  C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
  • Date: December 9, 2014, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7159116276516038146
 
January 2015
Using Google Earth for Genealogy
  • Presenter:  Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Date: January 13, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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 amamzed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2933074072977427457

February 2015
Basic Scandinavian Research
  • Presenter:  Diana Smith
  • Date: February 3, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6829079176792483329
 
March 2015
Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
  • Presenter:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • Date: March 10, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.  Through sample case studies, learn how to use key records and social history to explore law breakers, vigilantes, and other scandalous female ancestors.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/792741648604580353
 
April 2015
Using Evernote as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas
  • Presenter:  Drew Smith
  • Date: April 14, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8189883145839699201
 
May 2015
Need Direction? Try City Directories!
  • Presenter:  Jean Wilcox Hibben
  • Date: May 12, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6094939660972982529
 
June 2015
Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves
  • Presenter:  Ron Arons
  • Date: June 9, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4967076026363157761
 
July 2015
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
  • Presenter:  George G. Morgan
  • Date: July 14, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/723818762217470209
 
August 2015
School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors
  • Presenter:  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: August 11, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697
 
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!
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664379703628947969
 
October 2015
Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to successful research
  • Presenter:  Steve Szabados
  • Date: October 13, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8211336816720900865
 
November 2015
In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons
  • Presenter:  Janet Hovorka
  • Date: November 10, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • 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.
  • Registration:  Registration link will be available after January 1, 2015
 
December 2015
The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
  • Presenter:  Gary Smith
  • Date: December 8, 2015, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: The 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.
  • Registration:  Registration link will be available after January 1, 2015