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

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.

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

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

April genealogy webinars presented by Family History Library

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in April.

All times are Eastern Time.

Thursday, April 5 – 3 p.m. – Matricula Online; German and Austrian Catholic Records
Thursday, April 12 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research: New England Region
Thursday, April 19 – 3 p.m. – Guided Research – New Tools to Simplify Genealogical Research
Tuesday, April 24 – noon – Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records
Thursday, April 26 – 3 p.m. – Calendars and Feast Days in Scandinavia

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

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan” on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. DNA testing can be expensive, but DNA evidence is a component of exhaustive research when it is available. Learn to identify some of the ways you can minimize costs while maximizing results by formulating a DNA testing plan early in your research.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=720

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Researching Colonial American Ancestors” on Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. Did your ancestor live in one of the Original Thirteen Colonies? Were they here before the Revolutionary War? If so you possibly have Colonial American Ancestors. Each colonist came to the “new world” for different reasons and each colony was different. They come for both religious and economic opportunities. Find out what records are available and where they are so you can learn about your Colonial American ancestors.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8451820923208014082

Family History Library to offer free webinars in March

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be presenting several free webinars in March.

Thursday, March 8 – 3 p.m. – Are You Your Own Brick Wall?

Thursday, March 22 – 3 p.m. – How to use the Danish National Archive

Thursday, March 29 – 3 p.m. – Poland Civil Registration

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/ac/3-Mar_2018.pdf and select the webinar you are interested in.

Several free webinars offered this week

Several free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Quebec research, record loss, home sources and Scots-Irish Research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss” on Wednesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. Many records have been lost due to climate, poor storage, and war. Often it is possible to find alternative records if you know where to look. Federal records such as the census, and cemetery records both local and national are just two of the many record types to check to find ancestors who lived in areas where records were destroyed or lost.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8564122843497760257

The Minnesota Genealogy Society will present “Researching Family History Records in Quebec” on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Quebec has had a unique history, which left unique records including birth, marriage, and death; census, land, and estate files. Understanding these collections is the path to finding your ancestors in Quebec. This webinar will also address linguistics and names, which are a must to navigating through the Quebec records back to the 1500-1600s.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6024774352306038274

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources” on Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Solve genealogical mysteries with clues in family sources. Photos and examples show where to find hidden details about your ancestors’ lives in the things they left behind, including old documents and letters, and unidentified photographs.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/454758395719677953

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “The Scots-Irish Migration into North America” on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. Many Americans can trace their ancestry back to the British Isles. Some have even heard that their background was “Scotch-Irish”. This webinar will focus on who these people were and where they came from in the British Isles.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3120105424173277697