Three free webinars to be offered this week

Three free genealogy webinars will kick off the month of September.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Sept 5 at 2 p.m. Whether you are new to genealogy or you’ve been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here’s how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.

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The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action. The webinar will cover wills and the information they can contain, and also examine records generated by disposing of an estate without a will, as well as guardianships and competency determination.

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The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Navigating Online Sources for Irish Research” on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating but many of the surviving records are now available online. The number of major records that have become available online in the past few years is amazing. Images of civil registration records now online as well as images of Roman Catholic records have revolutionized the way we research in Ireland. In addition, new records are becoming available almost weekly from multiple sources. When researching our Irish ancestors, since there are no complete record sets in Ireland prior to civil registration in 1864, it’s important to search any source that becomes available that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bronx probate estate files available has recently added a database for Bronx Probate Estate Files, 1914-1931.

However, after reading the notes for the database, it is noted that the file only contains probate records up to 1929 and administration files only for 1914-1916.

There are over 770,000 images in the collection. You can search the records by surname.

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Orange County, NY probate records available has recently added a new collection entited, “Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938.”

There is no name index to this collection, you can only browse the images by year.

Included in the collection are: Estate Files 1834 – 1938; Original Wills, 1847 – 1914; Petitions for Administration, 1844 – 1938 and Probate of Wills, 1836 – 1933. More images will be added as they become available.

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