Board for Certification of Genealogists offers free webinars

The Board for Certification for Genealogists will be offering a day of free webinars on Friday, October 19 through Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

There will be five one hour sessions. If you are interested in watching any of the webinars, you must register for the sessions are you interested in. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

11 a.m. – Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’a Promise
12:30 p.m. – Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem Solving
3 p.m. – John Jacob Kramer: Case Study of Mistaken Among Revolutionary War Soldiers
4:15 p.m. – Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events
5:30 p.m. – The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad

To register for any of these webinars, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/bcg

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.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6477944665954725635

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.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8136806446297837058

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?

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8445840681135423235

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.

To log on to the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and select the appropriate date.

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.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3265963337167037185

Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several webinars will be offered this week with topics on Chicago, adoption, Catholic records and FamilySearch.org.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Chicago Rises from the Ashes” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 put Chicago on the map. Inventions surfaced, methods of dealing with potential epidemics were developed, and people came from around the world to learn about cultures they would otherwise never experience. Learn how this event in Illinois’ history affected personal and educational lives. If your ancestor lived anywhere in the vicinity, the chances are he or she attended this monumental event.

To reigster for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “In Search of My Brother’s Mother – An Adoption Story” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Presenter Beth Foulk always knew her brother was adopted. After their mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, she couldn’t have imagined the journey they’d embark on.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1111387839362237187

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Strategies for Using FamilySearch” on Friday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. As one of the go-to resources for research FamilySearch is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2471824571525865475

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Catholic Heritage Collection on Findmypast” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Learn about the rich genealogical resources that can be found in Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Collection.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1523767378489387778

Many free webinars scheduled for beginning of October

There are many free webinars scheduled to kick-off the first week of October.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Remote Research in the Databases of the DAR Genealogical Research System” on Wednesday. Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The Society operates a large library in Washington, DC. Over the last few years they have scanned and provided public access to extensive online resources.

To register, to go: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4908307154305194755

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2896749533410390787

Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Writing a Family History” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. In this webinar, learn how to pull from your research to craft a captivating story your family will want to read. The presenter will share tools on how to get organized and help you identify a starting point for your first story.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7434733086908585217

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “The Home Archivist” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Learn how to become your own home archivist and preserve documents, photos and heirlooms.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4003064944054501378

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The GPS, Document Analysis and Citations” on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. This presentation discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard, document analysis and evaluation, and citation standards, and how to make them second nature in your genealogical research.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1586204240054863106

Two free webinars scheduled for the end of September

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “North Carolina Land Grants Overview” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Land records can provide useful genealogical information beyond just time and place, such as relationships, clues to wealth, occupations, neighbors, and more. Land Grants are of particular interest because they represent the first time a particular plot of land was allocated to settlers, and also because the grant process required a number of steps and often took several years. North Carolina has original documents going back to 1663, and the free website www.nclandgrants.com has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6510824466305617923

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service will present “Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service Records at the National Archives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will be an overview of the historical immigration and naturalization records available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These records begin in the early 1900s and continue until 1975. Participants will learn about research aids and learn how to request files from the National Archives.

To attend the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and select the appropriate date.

Several genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Several genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “The 24th Infantry, 1862-1865, Brothers Forever” on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. In 1862, Wisconsin got the 2nd call for volunteers for the Union Army in the Civil War. The 24th was comprised of many Germans, along with many long-time Milwaukee resident. The soldiers from this and other units made up part of the population of the state, contributing to it long after the War. But the veterans were forever connected because of their shared experience; find out why and how. Drawing from historical records, newspapers, military, and GAR documents, the regiment’s history will come to light for family, Civil War, and Wisconsin historians.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1858458712039712771

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5225674589411968258

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Whether you are searching online databases, trying to obtain information from an uncooperative cousin, or need to streamline your research workflow, this webinar will outline 25 simple hacks you can use to get more genealogy done in less time!

To register, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=750
The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “But It’s All on the Internet” on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. The internet is a wonderful tool for researching our ancestors. But, it should not replace some of the tried-and-true methods for discovering our ancestors.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4229832613470786049

Free webinars to cover slave narratives, Chicago research

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Chicago research, British Isles migration and slave narratives.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Researching Pre-Fire Chicago” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a turning point in Chicago’s history. The rebuilding of the city enhanced Chicago’s (and thus Illinois’s) position on the world stage. For genealogists, the fire presents a challenge as many important records were lost – including vital records. But it didn’t all burn! Maps, diaries, church records, directories, newspapers, and other records survived.

To register for this program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6977633117555548675

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Examining Migration and Researching Migrants in the British Isles” on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. This webinar will examine the reasons for migration and focus on the individual migration groups coming to the British Isles. The United Kingdom is in an interesting position in that it sits within Europe and yet also has been a focal point of Empire, some of which influenced migrants.

To register for this program, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=747

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families” on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. The WPA Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the late 1930’s provides us with more than 2,300 first person accounts of former slaves. The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context, and clues for family research.

To register for this program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9087990656132588291

Three free webinars to be offered this week

Three free genealogy webinars will kick off the month of September.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Sept 5 at 2 p.m. Whether you are new to genealogy or you’ve been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here’s how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5540295442766887171

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action. The webinar will cover wills and the information they can contain, and also examine records generated by disposing of an estate without a will, as well as guardianships and competency determination.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8937252011644254211

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Navigating Online Sources for Irish Research” on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating but many of the surviving records are now available online. The number of major records that have become available online in the past few years is amazing. Images of civil registration records now online as well as images of Roman Catholic records have revolutionized the way we research in Ireland. In addition, new records are becoming available almost weekly from multiple sources. When researching our Irish ancestors, since there are no complete record sets in Ireland prior to civil registration in 1864, it’s important to search any source that becomes available that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2833254934433283329

Family History Library to offer several free webinars in September

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in September. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Thursday, Sept. 6 – 3 p.m. – German Civil Registration

Thursday, Sept. 13 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research; Mid-Atlantic

Thursday, Sept. 20 – 3 p.m. – England and Wales Civil Registration

Friday, Sept. 21 – 1:30 p.m. – Finding Your Hispanic Ancestors on FamilySearch.org

To attend any of these webinars, go to: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/a/aa/9-Sep_2018.pdf and click on the appropriate date.

Free genealogy webinar to discuss YDNA testing

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite” on Wednesday, August 29 at 2 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.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3718521223841750787