Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week on such topics as Illinois law, genetic genealogy, newspaper research and work house records.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children: Early Illinois Laws” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. The laws our ancestors lived by tell their own story of life in earlier times, and, from the very first territorial statutes, enacted in 1809, the choices made by legislators about what laws were needed give context to family history. Using early Illinois laws as genealogical resources, we are able to tell the stories of a time when the big concerns were Blue Laws, wild animals, and children needing humbling.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1580559354350300674

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. A genetic family tree is the list of genealogical ancestors from whom you inherited DNA. One of the goals of genetic genealogy is to recreate this genetic family tree through a process called “chromosome mapping.” Chromosome mapping uses cousin matches to identify which segments of DNA came from which ancestors. This webinar will look at the fundamentals of chromosome mapping and some tools you can use to begin to map your DNA.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/747919844440223564

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Newspapers for Genealogical Research” on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Discover the wide array of information about your ancestors that can be found in newspapers, and learn the best search strategies for finding and searching historic newspapers through a number of free and subscription-based websites.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2133790725348272643

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Using Work House Records for Genealogy Research” on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Learn how this little used resource can assist researchers in researching your pauper ancestors.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1143521074688684801

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

There are three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week covering the topics of Australian research, DNA and British Isles Research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Six Feet Down Under – Cemetery Records in Australia”  today at 8 p.m. There will be a discussion of the history of burial practices in the colony of New South Wales as well as current legislation regulating burials and cremation and a look at current trends, practices and statistics for burials in Australia. The focus of the webinar will be on resources available for locating details of people who were buried or cremated in Australia since European settlement in 1788.  Discussed will be free and subscription print and online resources that provide these details.

To register, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=910

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “DNA for Beginners” on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Have you taken a DNA test and wonder “now what?” Curious about using DNA for genealogy research but don’t know where to begin? We will start at the beginning…the very beginning. Learn all about genetic genealogy, but without all the science. But just enough to build your understanding of what DNA is, types of DNA, how it is used in genealogy, how the different testing companies compare, and much more. We’ll also go over common genetic genealogy terminology and basic inheritance patterns.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6095900668093205260

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “British Isles Research at the Family History Center” on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. In this webinar you will learn about the wealth of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8521246296088239874

 

 

Three free webinars to cover OneNote, Ellis Island and military research

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering the topics of OneNote, Ellis Island and military research.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Using OneNote with Your Genealogy” on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. OneNote has been one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets. It is a robust program to use in conjunction with your genealogy management software. Learn how to get the most out of this great note-taking program.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1370867093474011905

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “Beyond the Image, Part 2: Documenting the Immigration Stories Behind Augustus Sherman’s Ellis Island Portraits” on Thursday, January 24 at 1 p.m.

Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Frederick Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Today, Sherman’s portraits serve as some of the most iconic images of American immigration during the Ellis Island years. This webinar will use historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records to document the immigration stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend this webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and scroll down the page until you see the webinars dates and then click on January 24.

The Utah Genealogical Association will present “Introduction to Military Genealogy Research” on Thursday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Conducting military research can be a challenge for those not familiar with the records, repositories, and the methodology employed to bring out the details of military service. This webinar focuses on the vast number of genealogy records, strategies, and techniques on how these records from the Colonial era through the Vietnam War can be used to discover facts about your ancestor’s life while in service.

To attend this webinar, go to: https://ugagenealogy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hu_N_48mQn-grW4BSnSsxg

 

Three free webinars set for this week

There are several free webinars are scheduled for this week with topics including: the National Personnel Records Center, epidemics and preserving family heirlooms.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Military and Civilian at the National Personnel Records Center” today at 8 p.m. The National Records Personnel Center in St. Louis has many records pertinent to your soldier’s service. OMPFs, Official Military Personnel Files, monthly regimental rolls, hospital records, military court-martials and graves registration service files all offer clues into your veteran’s military experience. NPRC also houses civilian and government employment files as well. Learn about the types of information that can be found in these records and how you can access them in person.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2598641151923744771

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Pandemics and Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economy and Religion” on Wednesday, January 16 at 9 p.m. Epidemics and pandemics all affected our ancestors, either directly or indirectly. Lifestyles were altered by major illnesses. Politics, religion, and economics all played a part in eradicating these scourges from our predecessors’ lives. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will also be discussed.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1949071672772523521

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Your Family Treasures” on Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Many of us have books, photographs, Bibles, letters, and other paperbased objects relating to our families – some of which can be quite old and fragile. This webinar will present and discuss strategies and steps for preserving your individual cultural heritage, with a focus on ways to store your material to ensure long-term survival.

To register go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/342004586629417731?source=website

Free genealogy webinars to discuss FamilySearch and GEDMatch

Three free webinars will be offered this week with topics covering FamilySearch.org, organizing computer files and GEDMatch.

Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Hidden Gems in the FamilySearch Wiki” on Tuesday, January 8, at 9 p.m. What is a wiki? It’s one of the best-kept secrets of FamilySearch. Let’s learn how this powerful and robust tool can bring the world to your fingertips.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2211404150786424322

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Maintaining an Organized Computer” on Wednesday, January 9 at 8 p.m.  Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can’t find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4817653527605444353

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Find Genealogical Gems in Your Genes with GEDMatch” on Thursday, January 10 at 8 p.m. Learn how to navigate and manipulate this genetic genealogy toolbox to answer your genealogical questions. From real world cases, discover how to master GEDmatch’s utilities to find and analyze evidence in your DNA, construct and test hypotheses, demolish brick walls, and extend your family tree.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5018379272027333635

 

Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover the topics of Australian research, the ethics of DNA testing and researching the “black sheep” in your family.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching in Australian Archives” on Tuesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. There are many Australian archives for research. From local council, town, State, Commonwealth, religious, business, organizational and more. Jurisdictional responsibilities changed over time, so it is important to know when and where your ancestor was to determine which archive might contain the records you need.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2942273718618130957

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “DNA Rights and Wrongs: The Ethical Side of Testing” on Wednesday, January 2 at 2 p.m. Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? Learn the ethical rules that can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3006918405355863809

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side” on Saturday, January 5 at 1 p.m. How well do you really know your ancestors? Most of us want to believe our ancestors were hard-working, noble, or “salt-of-the-earth” types. However, if we go back far enough, we all can dig up a few proverbial “skeletons in the closet.” This webinar will show you how to research and write about the black sheep in your family tree.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8656834772554802945

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