Several free webinars offered this week

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence” on Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

In this webinar, learn how to use the source citation templates, evidence evaluation features, as well as how to add/remove features to create a customized research log of your own. A good deal of time will be spent on citing sources and resources to make the process easier. In addition, it will cover how to look at a record and evaluate the evidence to determine if it proves or disproves the proof point. In addition, learn how to add new source citation templates, add new columns and more.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6166639938782146051

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Forces Ancestors (England/Wales) on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Do you have a British ancestor who served as a soldier or sailor? This webinar will highlight the sources available over the last two centuries both online and offline, including researching at The National Archives (Kew), in local repositories and museums, to add flesh to the bones of your ancestor’s service history.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=745

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online” on Wednesday, August 22 at 8 p.m. There is no such thing as “one stop genealogy shopping!” This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Learn what’s new on these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3550833608082417665

The USCIS History Office and Library will present “Indexes to Alien Case Files at the National Archives” on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. USCIS transferred over a million Alien Case Files to the National Archives in Kansas City and San Francisco. Learn what information is included in each index and how to search the various indices to find these files.

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

Many free genealogy webinars available this week

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch” on Tuesday, August 14 at 9 p.m. The National Archives at Chicago holds Federal records from agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin dating from the 1800’s. There are General Land Office, Farming and Agriculture, Naturalization, Military, Taxes, Postal Service, Court Cases and many more records that can be invaluable when researching your family history.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7025326633433470723

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Untangle the Web of German Websites” on Wednesday, August 15 at 2 p.m. The internet is offering more and more quality information for Germanic researchers. This webinar will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet. Most websites presented are based in Germany, so tips and tricks for navigating them will be included.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2189338044116449281

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “How Autosomal DNA Is Really Inherited: Case Studies of Siblings” on Wednesday, August 15 at 9 p.m. Most of us know we get half our autosomal DNA from each parent and about a fourth from each grandparent, etc. But does it really work that way? How much variation is there among siblings?

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2581187496401214722

The New England Historic Genealogical Society will present “Applying for Dual Citizenship by Descent” on Thursday, August 16 at 3 p.m. While most countries base citizenship on place of birth, parentage, and marriage, there are a handful of countries that also offer citizenship by descent — meaning if you have ancestors who were citizens of that country two, three, or even four generations back, you might qualify for dual citizenship! Two well-known examples are Italy and Ireland. In this webinar, Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will go over the requirements involved, gathering documentation, applying—and waiting—for dual citizenship.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6728135243198502402?source=reminder+email

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Sharecropping or Tenant Farming? The System and Its Records” on Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. Was your ancestor a farmer without land? Maybe he was a sharecropper or tenant farmer. Learn how this system worked and where the records are.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5255796808953191681

Free webinar on vital records research to take place Friday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “50 Websites to Find Vital Records” on Friday, August 10 at 2 p.m.

Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn’t always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=742

Three free webinars set for this week

There will be three free webinar this week with topics on Jewish genealogy, prisoners and archive research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Therefore it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this “new” field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

To register for this webinar go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=768

Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Crime, Prison and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal and Prisoner Records Online” on Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information for their ancestors in a pre-census world.

To register for the webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4767137558016406786

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?” on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. Genealogists use minute books, ledger books and other bound records that are located at archives, libraries and genealogical societies. There is also another type of record available called Loose Records that the genealogist should be seeking. Learn what loose records are, what record groups they can be found in and how they can benefit your research.

To register for the webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/313007158485317122

Family History Library to offer free webinars in August

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

Thursday, August 2 – 3 p.m. – Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Low Countries

Thursday, August 9 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research: Midwest Region

Thursday, August 16 – 3 p.m. – England Non-Conformist Church Records

Thursday, August 23 – 3 p.m. – Swedish Moving Records

Thursday, August 30 – 3 p.m. – Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA

Thursday, August 30 – 4:15 p.m. – DNA: I’ve Tested, Now What?

To attend any of these webinars, go to: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars and click on the August calendar

Two free genealogy webinars to take place on Wednesday

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week on the topics of the Freemen’s Bureau and photography tips.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Photoshop: What you Need to Know as a Photographer” on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. In this webinar, learn the need-to-know tools and skill sets that a photographer needs when using Photoshop.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8782559520072312067

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Freedmen’s Bureau Records” on Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. Though an invaluable and rich resource for information on freed slaves, the Freeman’s Bureau Records also cover many other southerners from Delaware to Texas – including ex‐soldiers, impoverished widows, and destitute parents. If your ancestors lived in the south in the immediate post-civil war time period, you will want to learn about these records.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2457401178861541122

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Erie Canal, photographing treasures and genetic genealogy.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest” on Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. The Erie Canal opened the Midwest to settlement and prosperity. It provided an easier migration route to the Midwest than any of the land routes and it also gave settlers a less expensive way to get their goods to Eastern markets. Learn about the building of this engineering marvel and how it affected the lives of our ancestors.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9215461437790991619

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Family Treasures” on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. Your home is filled with personal and family treasures in the attic, garage, shelves, and walls. You do not need to be an expert photographer to spotlight your keepsakes and their stories. Come and learn simple tips to take magazine quality photos.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6239795945151357186

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy” on Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. Most individuals have hundreds of genetic cousins. Come learn a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3941526371016695041

Free genealogy webinar to focus on museum records

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Museums Have Records, Too” on Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

Genealogists are always looking for places where records are located. More and more these records are being found in places that are not your typical archives, library or genealogical society. One of these places is a museum. Many museums have back rooms filled with genealogical and historical records just waiting for the genealogist to discover them!

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539

Free webinar to focus on neighborhood research

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors” on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m.

Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help you fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4801425828128483330

Family History Library to offer free webinars in July

The Family History Center Library in Salt Lake City will be offering several free webinars in July. All webinars will take place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Thursday, July 5 – Lost Shoebox: Finding Your Eastern German Ancestors

Thursday, July 12 – U.S. Research: Gulf South Region

Thursday, July 19 – How Understanding Jurisdictions Can Help Your Irish Research

Thursday, July 26 – Finding an Ancestor’s Place of Origin in Norway: A Case Study

To attend any of these webinars, go to: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars