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Upcoming ISGS Webinars – March 2016

Join us on Tuesday, March 8, at 8:00 PM Central, when Melissa Barker will present Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies, presented by Angela Walton-Raji, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars

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

May 10 - Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados

ISGS Office Closed Monday, February 15, 2016

The ISGS Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

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February 2016 Webinar - Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

TitleReconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Benevolent societies had a major impact on the social fabric of African American communities. This session explores several groups that impacted black families in multiple states. Most of the organizations of the late 19th century and 20th century are long gone, but their stories lie buried in cemeteries throughout the nation and a rich community history can be discovered by knowing how to recognize them in African American cemeteries throughout the nation.

Presenter: Anglea Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast devoted to African American genealogy news, methods and events, and is also one of the founding members of, the oldest online website community for African American genealogy.

Ms. Walton-Raji hosts 3 genealogy blogs, and is mode…