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Upcoming ISGS Webinars – October 2015

Join us on Tuesday, October 13, at 8:00 PM Central, when Steve Szabados, will present Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to successful research. To attend this webinar, register at This month’s webinar, Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving, presented by Dr. Michael Lacopo, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website ( WebinarsOctober 13 – Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
Presenter: Steve Szabados
Registration: 10 – In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About The Family Skeletons
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Registration: 8The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
Presenter: Gary Smith
Registration: the comple…

Sep/Oct 2015 Newsletter Now Available!

The Sep/Oct 2015 issue of the ISGS Newsletter is now available to both ISGS members and non-members.
Visit the ISGS website at and click ISGS Newsletter to download the current issue (in PDF) and to view past issues going back to January/February 2008.

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ISGS 2016 Webinar Series – Call for Proposals

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is seeking qualified genealogy presenters to participate in its ISGS 2016 Webinar Series. ISGS webinars are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 9:00pm Eastern/8:00pm Central. Scheduled dates are:

January 11, 2016February 9, 2016March 8, 2016April 12, 2016May 10, 2016June 14, 2016July 12, 2016August 9, 2016September 13, 2016October 11, 2016November 8, 2016December 13, 2016
Preferred Webinar Topics

Genealogy methodology including research and evidence evaluation.Record sets: “how to” and usage practices.Midwest United States genealogy, research and record sets.Ethnic genealogy including African-American, Scandinavian, Irish, German, Polish.
Click here to view a list of previous ISGS webinar topics dating back to January 2012.

Qualifications and Requirements

Potential presenters must have previous genealogy speaking experience at a local, regional or national level.Potential presenters must have previous webinar presenting experience, pref…

September 2015 Webinar – Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving

Date: Tuesday, 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! Presenter: Michael Locopo Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a life-long resident of northern Indiana. He began his genealogical research in 1980. His first published work appeared in 1985 with several books, journal articles and published contributions following. In 2000 he appeared in USA TODAY and has lectured locally, regionally nationally, and internationally since 2004. Dr. Lacopo has a varied and interesting ancestry and is a self-described "all-American mutt." He has research experience in numerous fields with particular strengths in research involving Mennonite familie…