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.

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Great Migration and citation techniques.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration” on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of families left the south in the 1900s, headed north. Their destinations were Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. This webinar looks at communities in the urban north and illustrates what can be learned about the county of origin in the south, by studying the communities where they arrived.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2762471676044596227

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Citation for Beginners” on Friday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to produce quality work.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5539650030411078915

Free webinars focus on Scottish research and PERSI

Three free webinars will take place this week featuring topics on indexes, PERSI and Scottish research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ins and Outs of Indexes” on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. Learn about 15+ indexing systems discover strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1544408504475919107

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. This presentation will look into PERSI, discuss its partnership with FindMyPast and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource. The presenter will demonstrate a variety of search tips, discuss how researchers can obtain copies of the journals they locate on PERSI, and report on ongoing digitization work.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6013117330248619267

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Scotland’s Resources” on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. There are dozens of sites available to help you in your Scottish research once you are ready to move beyond Scotlandspeople. Sites like GENUKI, ScotlandsPlaces, SCAN and the National Library of Scotland are just a few of the free websites available to you from ‘across the pond.’

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/680274828444428035

Two free webinars scheduled for Saturday

Two free webinars are scheduled for this Saturday, December 1.

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Solving Adoption Mysteries in Your Family Tree Through DNA” at 11 a.m. Genetic genealogist Maurie Gleeson will show how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in your family.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3005535218778015234

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Always Time for Timelines” at 1 p.m. Timelines illustrate your ancestor’s life and can do more than identify gaps in your research. The chronology in your genealogy program does not provide context. A variety of timelines can easily add context to your ancestor’s life and bring the past alive.

To register for the webinar, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1629398554352199426

Two free webinars to focus on railroad history, Georgia research

Two free genealogy webinars will take place on Wednesday, November 28.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Railroad Records and Railroad History” at 2 p.m. Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2288421634582302977

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Georgia Research Locations; Not Just for Georgia Researchers” at 8 p.m. Learn details about unexpected Georgia research spots regardless of your ancestor’s location or yours. The webinar will cover five research locations: Huxford-Spear Genealogy Library, Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Thomasville Genealogical Library, the Georgia Archives and the Southeast National Archives. It is surprising what you will find on those ancestors who never even went to Georgia.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4768948456068430339

Free webinars focus on government documents, ancestral villages

Two free genealogy webinars will take place this week.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “More Than Just the Census: Federal Government Publications for Genealogical Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. The U.S. Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world, giving federal depository libraries in each Congressional District government published books full of personal information and history on our ancestors. This webinar will demonstrate the types of information to be found in books and databases as close as the nearest federal depository library in your Congressional District.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7343375765735486211

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

To register for this webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126659940891896066

Four free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Illinois research, Louisiana research and Evernote software.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “The Prairie State: Over There” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. During World War I, Illinois answered Uncle Sam’s call and men and women from across the Prairie State served both in Europe and on the home front. This webinar will highlight some of the ways the Great War changed Illinois and how to research your ancestors who may have served at home and abroad. In particular, utilizing social history resources to help enrich the story of Illinois’ war contributions will be discussed.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5825186603980794115

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Louisiana for Beginners” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9117161799367908867

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services History Office will present “Introduction to the Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files at the National Archives” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. These files cover topics related to nationality and naturalization policy from 1906-1944. The webinar will include information on research aids and how to request files from the archives.

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

The Utah Genealogical Association will present “Evernote: The Genealogist’s Workhorse” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. Evernote is a free program that stores your notes, pdfs, webpages, images, audio clips, and more, and makes them available to you on each of your computers and devices. The free version has limitations, but is still sufficient for many family history purposes. This presentation will demonstrate Evernote and some ways it is helpful in genealogy.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5669605714548765954

Free webinars cover voting records, online mapping tools

Two free genealogy webinars are scheduled for this Wednesday, November 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor” at 2 p.m. Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor’s signature.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8439544877642620161

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Free Online Services to Map Your Ancestors” at 8 p.m. See how to build interactive and attractive-looking maps of places our ancestors lived, which can provide additional insights about their lives. The webinar will introduce free, mostly online mapping services and show how to combine old maps from various timeframes, current maps, and location information (from gedcom files, grave databases, land owners registers, etc.).

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5411967044343401731

Several free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover the topics of privacy issues, Franco-Ontario records, and using Facebook for genealogy.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.

Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees each offer different levels of privacy protections. The webinar will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations. How should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? The webinar will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1183583971839236098

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Franco-Ontarians: History and Genealogy” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This webinar will cover the history of Francophones in Ontario, as well as what records are available to conduct genealogical research. Whether you can speak French or not, once you learn the basics of French records it can be an enjoyable journey researching the Francophone past.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8233261103162451969

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Facebook for Genealogy” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Learn how to use Facebook to maximize its utility as a powerful tool for genealogy help and research while minimizing the social annoyances. Covers how to tweak your settings to maintain privacy and control over what you see from whom, how and where to post a message to get maximum results, the downloadable PDF of more than 10,000 FaceBook pages for genealogy, and the speaker’s own FaceBook success stories.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3968090572957256194

Two free webinars to set for this week

Two free webinars will be offered this Wednesday, Oct. 24, on the topics of Eastern European research and slave research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “10 Eastern European Resources You Might Be Missing” at 2 p.m. While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land, military, and other records and how to access them.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2466981222805236995

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor” at 8 p.m. Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. In this webinar, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5991906651909042691