Several free webinars set for this week

Several free webinars are being offered this week covering topics of French research, Y-DNA, California research and vital records.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Tips and Techniques for French Records” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. What do you do when you want to research your French-Canadian ancestors and don’t speak or read French? This webinar will cover techniques for working through French language records, including typical formats, when to use a word list or dictionary, and when to spend the money on a translator.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Y-DNA Test Should Be Your Favorite” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This webinar will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Few events in America have had the impact of the California Gold Rush – an event that lasted seven short years. The Gold Rush swelled the population of California by the hundreds of thousands. People rushed in from all over the world. Did it beckon your ancestors, too?

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “New Access to an Old Index: Good News for Immigration Research” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. The webinar will provide an introduction to the Name Index from the 1890s to the 1930s, part of which is now available to researchers through the National Archives online catalog. The National Archives Staff has digitized the index and it is searchable by name. It includes investigation and deportation files.

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Everyone knows about vital records, right? This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, variations of those records, and alternatives.

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