Two free webinars to be offered on Wednesday

Two free webinars will take place this week on Wednesday.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Finding Jamestown Ancestors” at 2 p.m. Explore numerous sources that can further genealogical research to help you identify a qualifying ancestor in order to join the Jamestown Society. The presenter will discuss tools that can aid in finding resources and genealogical information relevant for discovering Jamestown ancestry and will provide several websites that organize information by person. In addition, there will be an overview of many published works that are helpful in Jamestown genealogical research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=711

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Using the Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence” at 8 p.m. The federal census conducted every 10 years for the purpose of allocating representatives for the House of Representatives. Non-population “schedules” were also conducted and some enumerate individuals while others provide contextual information, and some do both. Schedules covered include the agriculture, industry, mortality, community information and the DDD or Dependents, Delinquents and Defectives.

To register, for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3793371573317539331

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two free webinars will be offered this week on the topics of FamilySearch.org and newspaper research.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “FamilySearch: The Other 70%” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Did you know–if you do a surname search at FamilySearch.org you are only reaching 30% of the online documents that are available at that site? Maximize your “search power” by understanding how the image-only documents are arranged to find your ancestor’s record easier. We will cover three methods for accessing these image-only documents and describe the limitations of each. Also the organization of the image-only records will be covered and how to use that organization to your advantage. With FamilySearch digitizing their records and eliminating the film distribution in 2017, this topic is very timely.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/989876411730844418

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Read ‘Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR” on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3928250867622537473

Family History Library to offer free webinars in November

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be offering free webinars during the month of November. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Mon. Nov. 6 – 1 p.m. – Exploring Emigration Records in Norway
Mon. Nov. 6 – 3 p.m. – Beginning Swiss Research
Tues. Nov. 7 – Noon – Overview of FamilySearch.org
Thur. Nov. 9 – 11 a.m. – Immigration and Canadian Border Crossing
Thur. Nov. 9 – 1 p.m. – Swiss Census Records
Thur. Nov. 9 – 3 p.m. – Ancestors Along the Anglo-Scottish Border
Mon. Nov. 13 – Noon – Using the FamilySearch.org Catalog Effectively
Tues. Nov. 14 – 3 p.m. – England Case Study and Research Strategy
Thurs. Nov. 16 – 1 p.m. – U.S. Census Records
Thurs. Nov. 16 – 3 p.m. – Lost in London: Tracing Elusive Ancestry in London and Other Big Cities
Sat. Nov. 18 – 3 p.m. – Getting Started in Mexico? Why You Should Try Ancestry.com

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

You can also use this link to find handouts from previous webinars.

Two free webinars to discuss funeral homes, migration patterns

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering the topics of funeral homes and migration patterns.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Funeral Homes and Family History” on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. Most genealogists know to look in a cemetery to find their ancestors, but what about the funeral home? Funeral home records can provide loads of genealogically rich information. This webinar will teach participants what types of records are typically found in funeral homes, how to locate these resources online and “in the field”, as well as provide real life examples of how to search for ancillary clues in funeral home records.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8619206168660919556

Legacy Family Tree Webinar will present “Southern States Migration Patterns” on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors into and out of the Southern states.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=535

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week focusing on writing your family story and putting your family in historical context.

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Get Your Story Out There” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Have you been writing your family’s history and wanted to share it with the world? Or perhaps you just want to give it as a gift to your grandchildren? This presentation will cover the many options available for self-publishing. We’ll cover the latest online services that can get your work published electronically or in an actual book format. Whether you are publishing for yourself, your family, or ultimately for sale to the general public there are some important steps that you need to be aware of to protect your hard work. We’ll also cover the important topics of copyright, marketing, and selling your book.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7325065593968846082

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Think Like a Historian” on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. History is looking at the big picture. Genealogy is micro-history, looking at individual people during historic events to place them within the larger context. Why do people do the things they do? Use the records that do exist to make reasonable hypotheses about the life of an ancestor.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2495183688487658756

Free genealogy webinars cover research plans, DNA research

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found” on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. People sometimes disappear intentionally. Midwestern scofflaw and bigamist Robert Lee Chamberlain stole church funds and abandoned his family, then rattled around the Midwest and Pacific Northwest before dying in New Mexico. By following clues in the records it’s possible to track down even a 20th-century scofflaw.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8995103909792889602

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Tracing Your West Country Ancestors” on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. Introducing the identity of ‘The West Country’, its geography and history over the centuries, this webinar guides the family historian through the wealth of historical records available both online and in archives and libraries. Fascinating details can be uncovered about the places they lived, their occupations and the distinctive features, identity and character of the West Country. Case studies of some notable individuals are provided as well as some records of those individuals who never hit the headlines.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=551

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogy Game” on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Research is more effective and productive if we take a little time to make a plan before we dive in. Learn the steps and techniques of research planning that will save you time and frustration and can even help you break down brick walls.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3800185243776158721

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Using DNA to Verify and Expand Genealogy” on Sat. Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Understand how autosomal DNA and the X-chromosome results verify and expands your lineage by proving or disproving family lore, break adoption walls, and explore how this test can determine what DNA segments came from which ancestors.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4213374016538628356

Several free webinars set for this week

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week covering preservation, migration in the South and DNA research.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Old Letters: Tips From An Archivist” on Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. Old Family Letters. If you are fortunate enough to have some, they are a true family treasure. Writing letters is also a thing of the past, something that is not done anymore, all the more reason why we should collect, save and most importantly preserve the letters that we do have in our family records collections. This webinar will cover the ways you can preserve your family letters so that they are protected for generations to come.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2682361248631831299

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Gone to Florida! Tracking Migrants from Antebellum South Carolina” on Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Tracing ancestors who moved can be difficult, especially in southern states with burned counties. Learn methods and sources for tracking migrants from antebellum South Carolina to Florida. This webinar explores the historic context for migration in the territorial and early statehood period and describes the steps used in cluster research into ancestors who moved.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4273278709493745667

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing” on Friday, June 16 at 2 p.m. So you have had your autosomal DNA tested- now what? Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4736668983173967108

Free webinars to focus on My Maps, Minnesota research

Two free genealogy webinars will be presented on Wednesday, June 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors” at 2 p.m. The resources for tracing Minnesota ancestry are plentiful and the number of indexes, digitized records, and microform editions are growing constantly. The plentiful published indexes, guides, and histories are also important to your research. Many of these are accessible no matter where you live. There is a wealth of information accessible via many methods and this session presents an overview of what is available for your search. Learn about vital records, probate, military, naturalization, prison, state hospital, state census, and others in this webinar.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7655446843918871812

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Google’s My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool” at 8 p.m. Did you know you can create your own maps using Google’s My Maps? My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends. This webinar will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will go in-depth to demonstrate exactly how to create custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6900088954058514179

Family History Center library to present free webinars

The Family History Library will present several free webinars in January. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Tues. Jan. 10 – 3 p.m. – Turning the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestors in England/Wales Civil Registration Records

Wed. Jan. 11 – Noon – From America to Norway

Wed. Jan. 11 – 3 p.m. – New Virtual Historical Record: Introducing England’s Extensive Online Church Register Databases

Thurs. Jan. 12 – 1 p.m. – Oklahoma Research

Thurs. Jan. 12 – 3 p.m. – Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry

Thurs. Jan. 17 – 4 p.m. – Exploring the Probate Records in Norway

Wed. Jan. 18 – 3 p.m. – German Historical Geography

Tues. Jan. 31 – 1 p.m. – Mountain States Research

Tues. Jan. 31 – 3 p.m. – Marriage Laws and Customs in Germany