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Upcoming ISGS Webinars – February 2016

Join us on Tuesday, February 9, at 8:00 PM Central, when Angela Walton-Raji, will present Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process, presented by Drew Smith, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars

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

ISGS Office Closed Monday, January 18, 2016

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

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January 2016 Webinar - Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process

Title: Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: This class focuses on the genealogical research process and how to organize it. Attendees will learn to define their research goals; to create manageable projects; to break projects down into sub-projects and tasks; to track their goals, projects, and tasks using software tools; to use a research log in order to organize and record their research questions, their search strategies, and their results; to use tools for documenting the process from source to information to evidence to conclusion; and to complete the process by transferring their conclusions into genealogical database programs.

Presenter: Drew Smith

Drew Smith, MLS, is a University of South Florida (Tampa) librarian. He is Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. Drew is a past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists,…

ISGS January/February 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

The January/February 2016 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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