Free webinars to cover social history, Freedmen’s records

Several free webinars are available this week covering social history, Freedmen’s records and geospatial records.

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?” on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives. It seeks to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills and help you better understand and tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau” on Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands are full of data reflecting newly freed slaves and their adapting to life after the Civil War. Among the lesser known records are those reflecting the movement of families in the years between 1865 – 1872. The records of various field offices vary in how the movement of former slaves were handled and there was no particular pattern in how they were documented. This webinar will illustrate the content of these records, and how to locate them in the various Bureau field offices throughout the South.

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Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Genealogy and GIS” on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. When you dig into genealogy a repeated lesson is to know your location. We’ll uncover how using GIS can connect geospatial history with your family history research. This webinar will cover the historical geospatial information that is now available for use in Google Earth and the many other tools available online.

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