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Upcoming ISGS Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, January 14, at 8:00 PM Central, where Thomas MacEntee, will present, 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists.To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees, presented by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom,is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars

January 14 – 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
Presenter:Thomas MacEntee

February 11 – Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
Presenter:D. Joshua Taylor

March 11 – Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent
Presenter:Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

A Look Back at the 2013 ISGS Webinar Series

It has been another exciting year for the Education Committee, having produced another year in our monthly webinar series that we kicked off in January 2012.  We have now held 24 webinars to-date, all of which are available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website. In case you missed our announcement in October, our webinar series will continue in 2014.  We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and topics and we hope you will join us next year.Our second year was incredibly successful, drawing in viewers from around the world.  We are grateful to have been able to fulfill one of ISGS’s many goals, that being education.  We’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we learned through the 2013 ISGS Webinar Series.Linda Woodward Geiger kicked off the year with Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional WWI Selective Service Records.  We learned the anatomy of WWI draft cards and the differences for each registration.  She provided an excellent handout that shows images for each …

ISGS Newsletter Now Available - November-December 2013

Please click here to download your copy of the latest ISGS newsletter! Or visit the ISGS Website at and click on Newsletters in the sidebar.
Contents ·The Illinois Regional Archives Depository System·President's Message·75th Anniversary of Illinois State Archives Norton Building·2013 ISGS Fall Conference Report·ISGS Webinar Updateand more . . .

December 2013 Webinar – Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Tree

Using online family trees can help you with your genealogy research if you approach it in an effective manner.  On December 10, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom will show us how in her presentation Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees.  

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 8:00 pm Central  

Description:  We want to build on the research of others but those online family trees often contain miracles, mysteries and mayhem. Does the tree need to be pruned? Learn effective techniques to determine if branches on a tree are diseased or if they are healthy. 

Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicagoand Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers.  Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is …