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Upcoming ISGS Webinars – May 2016

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, at 8:00 PM Central, when Stephen Szabados will present Polish Immigration to America - When, Where, Why and How. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources, presented by Lisa A. Alzo, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars

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

June 14 - Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant

July 12 - Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG

Announcing the ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest

When visiting the ISGS website, have you ever wondered “Who are those people in the photos at the top of the page?

The photo above and all the photos you see in the header of the ISGS Website were winners in the last ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest. ISGS is happy to announce the 2016 ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest and asks this question: wouldn't it be great to see our own ancestors' photos up there?

Between April 1 and May 31, 2016, ISGS is asking members to submit photos of their own ancestors for use on the ISGS website. If your photo is selected, it will be displayed on a rotating-basis in the top banner of the ISGS website along with other member-submitted photos. You can view all the pervious years' winners at

Not only will you be credited with the photo submission, but you'll also be able to provide a brief biography of the person or persons in the photo.

Click here for more information and instructions on submitting your ancesto…

April 2016 Webinar - Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources

Title:  Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources

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

Description: Ethnic resources often contain detailed personal and genealogical information, and yet, they are often overlooked by researchers. Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources. Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.

Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and numerous magazine articles. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Instit…