Polish research to be subject of free webinar

FamilySearch.org will present a free webinar on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:30 a.m. entitled “Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records.”

Are you ready to advance your research and expand your knowledge of resources in Poland? Join Ceil Wendt Jensen, Professional Genealogist, as she presents practical examples and suggestions on how to use records, databases, and archives. She dispels the myth that records were destroyed during the World Wars and that language barriers make Polish research difficult.

Both traditional and digital research techniques are presented. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers find ancestors in North America and Poland.

For more information, go to:
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/ Online_Webinars_from_the_International_and_Scandinavian_Research_Teams

Cyndi’s List to be topic of free webinar

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. entitled “A Guided Tour to Cyndi’s List 2.0.”

The session begins with a brief history of Cyndi’s List, followed by an overview of how to navigate the site and how to tell when the site is updated. Learn how to use this valuable resource tool effectively as your jumping-off point onto the internet. The presenter will be Cyndi’s List founder Cyndi Ingle.

To register for this free webinar, to go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4774454783919672321

Tour to be offered of New York Historical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the New York Historical Society on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m.

This special guided tour of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New York Historical Society will be led by Joseph Ditta, reference librarian. The manuscript collection contains over 2 million items and is one of the most important collections for New York research. An overview of the archival and reference materials will be given, followed by a viewing of manuscripts, newspapers and other materials.

Admission to the historical society is not included.

Advanced registration is required. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

For more information, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygbs-events

Genealogy TV show continues this Sunday

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will continue this Sunday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. on the TLC channel.

This Sunday’s episode will feature J.K. Rowling (US premiere, originally aired in the UK).

The famed Harry Potter author wishes to trace the French roots of her maternal side, having always been very close with her mother who’s passed away. She knows that her great-grandfather, Louis Volant, received the Legion d’honneur for his World War I efforts, but she doesn’t know why.

She discovers that a family war story might not be what she thought when military records reveal a surprising truth. Rowling also learns about her 2x great-grandmother, was not only a poor, single mother but also a witness to German invasion during wartime.

You can watch clips from past seasons on the show’s website at:
http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Tour to be offered of Green-Wood Cemetery archives

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery Archives on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

A guided tour, led by Green-Wood Green-ealogy staff, will feature samples of the original ledgers and documents covering more than 175 years. Green-Wood has one of the most comprehensive and best organized cemetery archives in New York. These records are now being shared with researchers through the Green-ealogy program.

Space is limited to 15 attendees. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

For more information, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygbs-events

Family Tree Magazine names 101 best genealogy websites

Family Tree Magazine recently published its 16th annual collection of the year’s best websites.

If you don’t receive a copy of the magazine, you can see a listing of the websites selected by going to:
http://familytreemagazine.com/article/101-best-websites-2015

Categories for this year include:

Best Virtual Library Websites
Best Big Genealogy Websites
Best Historical Newspaper Websites
Best Large-Database Genealogy Websites
Best State Genealogy Websites
Best Websites for Finding African-American Ancestry
Best Military Genealogy Websites
Best Family Tree Websites
Best Geographical Genealogy Websites
Best Genealogy Tech Tools
Best Websites for Vital Records
Best Immigrant Genealogy Websites
Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
Best Social Media Websites for Genealogy
Best Genealogy Blogs

Immigration records to be discussed in webinar

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a live webinar on Friday, July 31 at 1 p.m. to answer your questions about immigration records and research.

Do you need help understanding an immigration or naturalization record you found? Do you have a question about immigration and nationality research?

Send your question via email to cishistory.library@uscis.dhs.gov with the subject line “July Webinar Question.” If your question relates to a document you found, attach a copy of the document to the email.
Documents submitted with questions may be shared and discussed during the live webinar.

All questions must be received by Saturday, July 25.

Swedish genealogy to be topic of free webinar

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, entitled “Have Swedish Roots and Don’t Know How to Get Started?”

This webinar will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The presentation will provide an overview of emigration records, passenger lists, census records, and church records–and how to locate and use these resources.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000028528204

Free webinar to focus on DNA testing

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. entitled “Using DNA to Explore Our Origins, Part 2.”

Autosomal DNA testing can be used in genealogy to help you understand information about your heritage on both your maternal and paternal side. What has attracted many genealogists and non-genealogists alike is a feature of the test that allows you to see what your ancestral origins are. These results can be both exciting and confusing. Learn more about how this kind of ethnicity testing is completed, about its accuracy and how it can impact your genealogy.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/974112689900964098

Two free webinars to be offered on Wednesday

Two free webinars will be presented on Wednesday, July 15, “German Research Online’ and “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources.”

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “German Research Online” at 9 p.m.
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors.

The presenter, James M. Beidler, is the author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.”

To register for this program, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287813020891962625

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources” at 8 p.m.

It happens all the time. You are moving along nicely with your family history research and you hit a snag. RootsBid is an online genealogy marketplace that helps connect with others to assist you in your research. Learn what it is and how to use this great online tool.

To register for this program, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7927183434799210753