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Upcoming ISGS Webinar – May 2017

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, at 8:00 PM Central, when Lisa A. Alzo will present Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy, presented by Nicka Smith, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars
May 9 - Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for GenealogyPresenter:Lisa A. Alzo
Registration: 13 - Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist
Presenter:Melissa Barker
Registration: 11 - The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Registration: For the complete list of upcomin…

Newberry Library's Interactive Maps

The Newberry Library of Chicago recently added the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries back to their website. These interactive maps are a wonderful resource for understanding county border changes. The maps show how the borders of each state's counties have changed over time. Give it a try! 
To access the maps, click here. Get started by selecting a state from the map and then click on “View Interactive Map.”

Many thanks to the Newberry Library for making these maps available and to Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, for getting the word out.
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April 2017 ISGS Webinar - Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy

Title:  Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00 pm Central

Description: The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this session, learn how to combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to confirm or deny slave, slaveholder, and ancestral ties to one of history's most peculiar institutions.

Presenter: Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African-ancestored genealogy and reverse genealogy. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed seve…