Free webinars cover voting records, online mapping tools

Two free genealogy webinars are scheduled for this Wednesday, November 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor” at 2 p.m. Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor’s signature.

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Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Free Online Services to Map Your Ancestors” at 8 p.m. See how to build interactive and attractive-looking maps of places our ancestors lived, which can provide additional insights about their lives. The webinar will introduce free, mostly online mapping services and show how to combine old maps from various timeframes, current maps, and location information (from gedcom files, grave databases, land owners registers, etc.).

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Several free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover the topics of privacy issues, Franco-Ontario records, and using Facebook for genealogy.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.

Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees each offer different levels of privacy protections. The webinar will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations. How should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? The webinar will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.

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The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Franco-Ontarians: History and Genealogy” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This webinar will cover the history of Francophones in Ontario, as well as what records are available to conduct genealogical research. Whether you can speak French or not, once you learn the basics of French records it can be an enjoyable journey researching the Francophone past.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Facebook for Genealogy” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Learn how to use Facebook to maximize its utility as a powerful tool for genealogy help and research while minimizing the social annoyances. Covers how to tweak your settings to maintain privacy and control over what you see from whom, how and where to post a message to get maximum results, the downloadable PDF of more than 10,000 FaceBook pages for genealogy, and the speaker’s own FaceBook success stories.

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Free webinar on vital records research to take place Friday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “50 Websites to Find Vital Records” on Friday, August 10 at 2 p.m.

Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn’t always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.

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Free genealogy webinar to focus on museum records

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Museums Have Records, Too” on Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

Genealogists are always looking for places where records are located. More and more these records are being found in places that are not your typical archives, library or genealogical society. One of these places is a museum. Many museums have back rooms filled with genealogical and historical records just waiting for the genealogist to discover them!

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Free webinar to focus on neighborhood research

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors” on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m.

Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help you fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.

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Two free genealogy webinars to take place this week

Two free webinars will take place this week covering the topics of Ohio research and handwriting analysis.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church” on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. Ohio was the first gathering place of the LDS Church. Eventually, those who joined with the its membership eventually found themselves displaced into Missouri and Illinois before their trek to Utah. Note: This is not geared toward LDS members. The story of the LDS Church is a story of persecution. This lecture will focus on the members from both the United Kingdom and New England who were disowned from their families, and finished their lives in the western United States.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting” on Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. Genealogical researchers love old records – family bibles, baptismal certificates, and census pages. Transcribing a will or a deed can be a daunting task, especially when the writing instruments are pre-1800. Cursive handwriting from the 1600’s up to the 1900’s is often a challenge. Knowing a few tips to decipher names, a word that doesn’t make sense, or a troublesome abbreviation makes reading old documents a lot easier.

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Free webinars offered by the Family History Library in May

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in May. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Thursday, May 10 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research – Mid-South Region

Saturday, May 19 – noon – England Church records: how to quick-find your ancestors online

Thursday, May 24 – 3 p.m. – Figure Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy

Thursday, May 31 – 3 p.m. – website – Indexed Records for the Netherlands

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Free webinar to focus on researching land records

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Land Records: Using Indexes and Deeds to Move Your Research Forward” on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents.

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Free genealogy webinar to discuss Jewish research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.

Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. 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? This webinar will cover history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

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Free webinar to cover use of church records in African American research

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Enslaved Blacks in White Church Records” on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.

Slaves often attended their owners’ churches. Learn to use records of those churches for details about a slave’s parents, owners, attendance, dismissal, sale and more.

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