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

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 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

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

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.

Free webinar to focus on alien registration forms

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. on the “1940 Alien Registration Forms.”

Topics to be discussed include: the purpose and requirements of the act, the registration process, information collected on the forms, how the forms were indexed, where to find the forms today and how to request them.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To listen to the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars#Webinars%20Schedule and click on the link for January 23.

Two free webinars to focus on Chancery records, developing research plan

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “100 Days to a Better Family History” on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. Attend this class for one hour and leave with a plan for your next 100 days of family history activities. Starting with a self-assessment of research progress to date, this webinar will help attendees prioritize research activities, pace work, and set deadlines.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5400328705125009412

The Florida State Genealogy Society will present “Chancery Records” on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. This webinar will focus on how to locate and work with Chancery records, which often include evidence of migration, descriptions of multiple generations of family members, details of family life.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7645376418278716931

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Several free webinars will take place covering topics such as federal records, Midwest research and probate records.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Midwest Historical Genealogy for Genealogists” on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. An understanding of how geography and technology drove a region’s history creates context for your ancestors’ migrations. Cincinnati was Porkopolis. Chicago out-dueled St. Louis. Minneapolis milled grain from the Dakota bonanza farms. The Upper Midwest farmlands, forests and mines fed the cities’ hunger for food and lumber and steel. Copper and iron ore drew immigrants to the lands around Lake Superior. Learn about how the development of the Midwest created opportunity and hardship for your ancestors.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1084030882920407553

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Research in Federal Records” on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Federal records offer genealogical gold with both direct references to our ancestors and rich contextual background information. But it can be daunting to explore record groups that are not readily available online. The wide array of tools includes paper finding aids, preliminary inventories, online indexes, web guides, and published articles, as well as the National Archives Catalog. The speaker will offer several case studies that highlight the integration of multiple research tools.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1534213824243400961

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Where There Is or Isn’t a Will” on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. Where there’s a will, there’s a probate. And often when there isn’t a will, there’s still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/907439424275633154