Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week on such topics as Illinois law, genetic genealogy, newspaper research and work house records.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children: Early Illinois Laws” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. The laws our ancestors lived by tell their own story of life in earlier times, and, from the very first territorial statutes, enacted in 1809, the choices made by legislators about what laws were needed give context to family history. Using early Illinois laws as genealogical resources, we are able to tell the stories of a time when the big concerns were Blue Laws, wild animals, and children needing humbling.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1580559354350300674

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. A genetic family tree is the list of genealogical ancestors from whom you inherited DNA. One of the goals of genetic genealogy is to recreate this genetic family tree through a process called “chromosome mapping.” Chromosome mapping uses cousin matches to identify which segments of DNA came from which ancestors. This webinar will look at the fundamentals of chromosome mapping and some tools you can use to begin to map your DNA.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/747919844440223564

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Newspapers for Genealogical Research” on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Discover the wide array of information about your ancestors that can be found in newspapers, and learn the best search strategies for finding and searching historic newspapers through a number of free and subscription-based websites.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2133790725348272643

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Using Work House Records for Genealogy Research” on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Learn how this little used resource can assist researchers in researching your pauper ancestors.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1143521074688684801

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

There are three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week covering the topics of Australian research, DNA and British Isles Research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Six Feet Down Under – Cemetery Records in Australia”  today at 8 p.m. There will be a discussion of the history of burial practices in the colony of New South Wales as well as current legislation regulating burials and cremation and a look at current trends, practices and statistics for burials in Australia. The focus of the webinar will be on resources available for locating details of people who were buried or cremated in Australia since European settlement in 1788.  Discussed will be free and subscription print and online resources that provide these details.

To register, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=910

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “DNA for Beginners” on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Have you taken a DNA test and wonder “now what?” Curious about using DNA for genealogy research but don’t know where to begin? We will start at the beginning…the very beginning. Learn all about genetic genealogy, but without all the science. But just enough to build your understanding of what DNA is, types of DNA, how it is used in genealogy, how the different testing companies compare, and much more. We’ll also go over common genetic genealogy terminology and basic inheritance patterns.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6095900668093205260

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “British Isles Research at the Family History Center” on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. In this webinar you will learn about the wealth of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8521246296088239874

 

 

Free genealogy webinar to discuss genetic genealogy

The Southern California Genealogical Association will present “Looks Like We’re Cousins – Tips for Genetic Genealogy Collaboration” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

Collaboration is a key principle of genetic genealogy analysis. In this session we will explore tips and tricks for successful collaboration with your genetic cousins. Identify useful information you can request from them. Put your skills to work as you draft and revise your own communications and tap into the full power of DNA test results by improving your correspondence with your genetic cousins.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9132235013125311491

Free genealogy webinar to cover photo organization

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Photo Organizing and Preservation” on Wednesday, January 30 at 2 p.m.

Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? Do you have boxes of family vacation slides, photo negatives or home movies? Participants will learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach. Learn quick and easy inventory and organizing tips as well as a strategic plan to get your photo project done.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6107973303775917570

Three free webinars to cover OneNote, Ellis Island and military research

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering the topics of OneNote, Ellis Island and military research.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Using OneNote with Your Genealogy” on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. OneNote has been one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets. It is a robust program to use in conjunction with your genealogy management software. Learn how to get the most out of this great note-taking program.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1370867093474011905

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “Beyond the Image, Part 2: Documenting the Immigration Stories Behind Augustus Sherman’s Ellis Island Portraits” on Thursday, January 24 at 1 p.m.

Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Frederick Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Today, Sherman’s portraits serve as some of the most iconic images of American immigration during the Ellis Island years. This webinar will use historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records to document the immigration stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend this webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and scroll down the page until you see the webinars dates and then click on January 24.

The Utah Genealogical Association will present “Introduction to Military Genealogy Research” on Thursday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Conducting military research can be a challenge for those not familiar with the records, repositories, and the methodology employed to bring out the details of military service. This webinar focuses on the vast number of genealogy records, strategies, and techniques on how these records from the Colonial era through the Vietnam War can be used to discover facts about your ancestor’s life while in service.

To attend this webinar, go to: https://ugagenealogy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hu_N_48mQn-grW4BSnSsxg

 

Three free webinars set for this week

There are several free webinars are scheduled for this week with topics including: the National Personnel Records Center, epidemics and preserving family heirlooms.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Military and Civilian at the National Personnel Records Center” today at 8 p.m. The National Records Personnel Center in St. Louis has many records pertinent to your soldier’s service. OMPFs, Official Military Personnel Files, monthly regimental rolls, hospital records, military court-martials and graves registration service files all offer clues into your veteran’s military experience. NPRC also houses civilian and government employment files as well. Learn about the types of information that can be found in these records and how you can access them in person.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2598641151923744771

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Pandemics and Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economy and Religion” on Wednesday, January 16 at 9 p.m. Epidemics and pandemics all affected our ancestors, either directly or indirectly. Lifestyles were altered by major illnesses. Politics, religion, and economics all played a part in eradicating these scourges from our predecessors’ lives. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will also be discussed.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1949071672772523521

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Your Family Treasures” on Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Many of us have books, photographs, Bibles, letters, and other paperbased objects relating to our families – some of which can be quite old and fragile. This webinar will present and discuss strategies and steps for preserving your individual cultural heritage, with a focus on ways to store your material to ensure long-term survival.

To register go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/342004586629417731?source=website

Free genealogy webinars to discuss FamilySearch and GEDMatch

Three free webinars will be offered this week with topics covering FamilySearch.org, organizing computer files and GEDMatch.

Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Hidden Gems in the FamilySearch Wiki” on Tuesday, January 8, at 9 p.m. What is a wiki? It’s one of the best-kept secrets of FamilySearch. Let’s learn how this powerful and robust tool can bring the world to your fingertips.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2211404150786424322

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Maintaining an Organized Computer” on Wednesday, January 9 at 8 p.m.  Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can’t find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4817653527605444353

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Find Genealogical Gems in Your Genes with GEDMatch” on Thursday, January 10 at 8 p.m. Learn how to navigate and manipulate this genetic genealogy toolbox to answer your genealogical questions. From real world cases, discover how to master GEDmatch’s utilities to find and analyze evidence in your DNA, construct and test hypotheses, demolish brick walls, and extend your family tree.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5018379272027333635

 

Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover the topics of Australian research, the ethics of DNA testing and researching the “black sheep” in your family.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching in Australian Archives” on Tuesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. There are many Australian archives for research. From local council, town, State, Commonwealth, religious, business, organizational and more. Jurisdictional responsibilities changed over time, so it is important to know when and where your ancestor was to determine which archive might contain the records you need.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2942273718618130957

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “DNA Rights and Wrongs: The Ethical Side of Testing” on Wednesday, January 2 at 2 p.m. Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? Learn the ethical rules that can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3006918405355863809

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side” on Saturday, January 5 at 1 p.m. How well do you really know your ancestors? Most of us want to believe our ancestors were hard-working, noble, or “salt-of-the-earth” types. However, if we go back far enough, we all can dig up a few proverbial “skeletons in the closet.” This webinar will show you how to research and write about the black sheep in your family tree.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8656834772554802945

Free genealogy webinar to discuss how to create a family video

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Why Video for Genealogy?” on Wednesday, December 26 at 8 p.m.

A short video about an ancestor’s story can help share genealogy research with family members who may not be “genealogically inclined.” Topics will include: how to quickly brainstorm ancestor story ideas, storyboarding a video using available images, sources of public domain images to augment your story, putting together a finished video using free or low-cost editing tools and ways to share videos with family members.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1414334084377898755

Free webinars to discuss fraternal organizations, military research

Three free webinars will take place this week covering the topics of fraternal organizations, timeline tools and Spanish-American War veterans.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Finding Your Ancestors in Fraternal Organizations” on Tuesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Were your ancestors Freemasons? Did your family have a connection with the I.O.O.F. or Daughters of Rebekah? Discover the history and genealogical material that await you with membership records, historical research, and photographs of your family who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies or female auxiliaries.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4109215089190675203

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Solving One Name and Many Locations with a Location and Timeline Tool” on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 p.m. When an ancestor appears to be in several locations over a short period of time, it may be multiple individuals. With an exhaustive search resulting in negative evidence, the case can be proved of one person. This is a case study that introduces the Location and Timeline Analysis Chart (LoTAC).

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2873105634795147010

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors” on Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m. The end of the 19th century witnessed the transformation of the United States from a developing nation into a global power. Discover your ancestors that served in the war with Spain along with records of the Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) in which U.S. troops participated on land and sea. This webinar focuses on records at the National Archives and other research facilities covering all three military conflicts.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4273301806926998531

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “Beyond the Image: Documenting the Immigration Stories behind Augustus Sherman’s Ellis Island Portraits” on Thursday, December 20 at 1 p.m. Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through Ellis Island. However little is know about many of the immigrants Sherman photographed. The webinar will use historical records to document the stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. Participants will learn about INS records that may be useful to their own research projects. This webinar is not recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars, scroll down and select December 20.