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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Free webinar to discuss everyday lives of our ancestors

The Minnesota Genealogy Society will present “Everyday Lives of Our Ancestors” on Wed., Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

Our ancestors led lives, just like we do — only different. Using our lives as an example, how can we parallel our lives to theirs? This webinar will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors’ lives. A case study will demonstrate how these details help us to understand better our ancestors’ everyday lives.

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Free webinar to focus on locating ancestral towns of immigrants

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Jumping the Pond: Finding the Origins of your Immigrant Ancestor” on Sat. Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.

Whatever the nationality of your immigrant ancestor, to effectively search you must begin at home. The most important piece of information is the town or parish where your ancestor was born and the information is likely in a U.S. record. This webinar focuses on the types of records available in the United States which will help you find that information.

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Free webinar to compare leading genealogy websites

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Comparing the Genealogy Giants” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

Should you use,, or Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals?

Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site’s strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

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Free webinars to discuss research checklists, WikiTree

Legacy Family Tree Webinar will present “Did I Get Everything? Creating A Checklist for Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

Are you really done with researching that ancestor? Many genealogists think they have a brick wall when, in fact, they just haven’t done a reasonably exhaustive search. Learn how to assemble a genealogy research checklist to take your genealogy to the next level.

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The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Introduction to WikiTree” on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

The webinar will discuss a variety of topics including: the similarities and differences with other online family trees, how to volunteer and collaborate, conflict resolution, GEDCOM uploads, DNA features, source citations, Help pages and ancestral trees and descendant charts.

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Free webinar on research strategy to take place on Dec. 27

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search” on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m.

Assumptions, misinterpretations, and not digging deep enough into original records will be used as examples to document pitfalls that can happen from shallow researching. These actions can mislead researchers, sometimes for years. The webinar will document the principles of a reasonably exhaustive search and encourage participants to make it a part of their usual research habits.

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