Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Free Webinars from Illinois State Genealogical Soc.

August 2012
Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Dates, names, ages, relationships, lawsuits, prison records, church records, bibles, probates, and more await us in archives. This presentation highlights some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, and special indexes. An overview will be presented for each state’s archive and some will be covered in greater detail. Archives are not created equally! For the states we are covering this is very evident. Some have a combination state historical society and/or library and the state archives. The websites, research services, online databases, range of holdings, and even the mission statements show big differences. We will also look at other unique archives in the Midwest. The main aim is to show the wealth of material available, how to access it, and why the on-site experience can be so rewarding.
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September 2012
Grandma did What!?: Researching your Famous and Infamous Relatives
  • Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: In order to research infamous ancestors, genealogists have to be knowledgeable about the diverse historical resources available. In this presentation, using various case studies, we  will look at manuscript collections, ephemera, newspapers and repositories available to research your famous or infamous ancestor.
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October 2012
Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research
  • Presenter: Leslie Albrecht Huber
  • Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Has your German research run into a hurdle? Find out how to jump over some of the most common hurdles such as immigration, access to records, language, and handwriting.
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November 2012
Sidestep Genealogy
  • Presenter: George G. Morgan
  • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Brick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected.  Sidestep genealogy means researching these alternative individuals, their records, the places that they lived, and other resources. This lecture will make you stop and think about what alternative research paths you might use, and point you to new resources you may never have considered.
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December 2012
Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan
  • Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get more research done while remaining focused.
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