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 genealogy webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Two free webinars will be offer this Wednesday, October 24. Topics willbe 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, 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, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5991906651909042691

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