Archives for August 2015

Genealogy TV show concludes on Sunday

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

In the episode, Tom Bergeron, host of “Dancing with the Stars,” sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.

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/

USCIS to present free webinar on Thursday

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Thursday, August 27, at 1 p.m. entitled, “An Overview of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives.”

This webinar provides an overview of historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records available to researchers at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The records cover every aspect of immigration and naturalization policy from the turn of the twentieth century until 1975. Participants will learn about the most important finding aids, see sample files, and learn how to request files from the Archives.

To attend this free webinar, go to:
http://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars#Guide%20to%20I&N%20History%20Research

Free webinar to focus on German research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wed. Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. entitled “German Names and Naming Patterns.”

The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first names as well as dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. This webinar will cover these and other potential problems.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000028528054

Free webinar to focus on changing boundaries over time

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. entitled “Where You Are Depends on When You Are: Resources for Finding you American Ancestors in Time.”

Political boundaries change over time, and sometimes dramatically so. Our ancestors may never have moved, yet these boundaries could have shifted around them, causing them to live in multiple different jurisdictions even though they were born and died in the same house. This presentation explores digital and hard copy resources that can help us navigate the ever-changing American political landscape as we work backwards through time through the 1700s, highlighting changes unique to Florida.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9065954220867334402

Three webinars scheduled for August 19

Three free webinars will be offered on Wednesday, August 19.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors” at 2 p.m.

Learn about the records that transcend the development of Kentucky county, Virginia to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792. Learn about the earliest counties, what to use and how to find the right records for your Kentucky ancestors.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000028975244

Georgia Genealogical Society will present “What Does That Mean? Understanding the Language of Law” at 8 p.m.

The language of the law might as well be a foreign language. It’s part Latin, part Greek,
and all confusing. But we have to understand it to understand that will or that deed.
Learn what help is available to figure out just what they meant by that confusing legal
lingo.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5805075412518820097

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records” at 9 p.m.

When you hit a brick wall in your research it’s time to consider Canada. Even if you think your American or immigrant ancestors were never in Canada, discover why they actually may have been there.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6071802638594961665

Church archives to be topic of free webinar

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. entitled “Church Denomination Archives.”

Are you still not finding that particular church record that will hopefully provide a date, a name, and a place for your ancestor? It might be a matter of not simply finding a church and its records; but the need to go beyond. Most of the church denominations have archives where records have been placed. This presentation should take the mystery out of this under-used source. Explanation into the location of select church denomination archives will be given and what you need to know about them.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/144379437388702721

School records to be topic of free webinar

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. entitled “School Daze – Finding and Using School Records to Trace Our Ancestors.”

We may even be astounded to learn that our ancestors even attended school. Locating school records can be an amazing way of putting our families into place, especially when there may be no vital records available in an area.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6372036382381853697

Genealogy TV show continues this Sunday

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

This Sunday’s episode will feature actress Alfrie Woodard. Woodard sets out to learn more about her paternal grandfather’s family, which she knows little about since her grandfather died before she knew him. She uncovers the triumphant story of her great-grandfather Alec, who endured the horrors of slavery and ascended from servitude to successful landowner.

Future episodes will feature actor Bryan Cranston and host of “Dancing with the Stars” Tom Bergeron.

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/

New database features World War I casualties

A new online database is available of residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties who died during World War I.

It is available on the website of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society. Click on Projects and then scroll down to Military Records, then click on World War I – New York State Roll of Honor. You can search by county, surname or hometown.

Information in the database includes: name, home address, military rank, unit, branch of service and date of death.

The names were copied from a July 1, 1922 report by the Adjutant Genealogy of the State of New York identifying citizens who died during World War I.

For information, go to the Troy Irish Genealogy Society website at: www.troyirish.com

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