Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering occupations, legislative petitions, and Colonial German ancestors.

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records” on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. Our ancestors’ occupations are a way of identifying them. Exploring records created about occupation and employment can yield specific information about the ancestor, help place the ancestor in historical and social context, and spark ideas for further research.

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Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions” on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. As colonists and as citizens of the new United States, Americans were fiercely protective of their right to petition their government. Whether the issue was forming new counties, building bridges and highways, or some matter of public concern, our ancestors made their voices heard in legislative petitions that are a treasure trove for genealogists.

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Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Desperation, Displacement, Determination and Deuteronomy: Colonial Germans and What We Can Learn about Them” on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Our early Germanic ancestors’ desperation led them to board ships for a three-month journey into the unknown. What factors drove them from Europe? How did walled towns, guilds, and social status determine who emigrated? Once here, how did their religion determine what records may exist for them and those to whom they might be related? We’ll explore these topics and discuss existing records and where they are located.

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