African Americans Heading West - free replay of today's webinar now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "African Americans Heading West" by Janice Lovelace, PhD is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?

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Genealogy Takes a Neighborhood

Genealogy Takes a Neighborhood

Where do you spend the majority of your time researching your genealogy? Most likely you are home alone searching on your computer for names.

Genealogy is often a solitary activity but it doesn’t have to be. To do your best research you should surround yourself with a virtual neighborhood. What does a genealogy neighborhood consist of? It might differ according to the location you research, the research questions you have, or the help you need to be successful.

Think of the neighborhood you live in. Your physical neighborhood has not only your neighbors but also businesses, services, and helping professions. In my personal neighborhood are my neighbors and a few blocks from my home are my eye doctor, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and the public library. I don’t need all of these services every day but I know where to go when I do need them. Your genealogy neighborhood should be very similar.

What do you need for your genealogy neighborhood? Consider:

Support

We all need a support system that will listen to our successes, help us brainstorm, and be there when things don’t go as expected. In our genealogy neighborhood, this might be family, friends, or other genealogists.

Experts

What questions do you have? What is your brick wall? Genealogy societies near you and in the location where your ancestor’s lived, professional genealogists, researchers, and librarians are some examples of experts you may want to seek out.

Fellow Researchers

There’s a real benefit to joining a community of genealogists whether it’s a society, an online group, or even networking at a conference. Hearing about other people's experiences can benefit your own research. When I started I began by researching with a cousin, then I joined a few societies, from there I became a regular at my local Family History Center where I began volunteering. Little by little I gathered a group of genealogical friends who shared their experiences and benefitted my research.

Tech Help

I remember when it was unique for a society to have a “computer users” group. But today, all genealogists are computer users and most likely spend the majority of their time on the computer. Technology is great until it doesn’t work or you aren’t sure how to use it. Tech help may encompass everything from fixing a computer to better understanding how to use your Legacy software. 

Aside from identifying people or businesses that can help, make sure to take advantage of Legacy webinars that explain how to use technology, websites, and software. Take a look at the Webinar Library for webinars that might help you with your tech questions.

Genealogy is a Neighborhood

Your genealogy can benefit from a virtual neighborhood of people, repositories, webinars, and businesses that can help you do better research. Think about what you could use and start looking for “neighbors” who can help. 

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


African Diaspora Series webinar this Friday: African Americans Heading West by Janice Lovelace, PhD

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After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?
 
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JaniceLovelace-144x144Janice Lovelace is a genealogical researcher, educator, author, and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. She completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate at the University of Washington in 2012, the certificate program in genealogy at Boston University in 2013, and ProGen in 2014. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at international, national, and regional genealogy conferences as well as local societies on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective. A freelance writer and photographer, she has a number of genealogy articles among her publications. A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for many years, she has served in several board positions. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Ohio Genealogical Society, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

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The Staff of the U.S. Census - free replay of today's webinar now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "The Staff of the U.S. Census" by Seema Kenney is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Just who was creating the documents genealogists typically turn to first? What rules did they follow? How long did they have to complete their job? How big is an enumeration district? These questions, and more, probably occur to anyone doing extensive research in the U.S. Census reports. This talk reviews the staffing, training, search for accuracy, penalties for non-cooperation, and bureaucracy of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1950.

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Finding Mob: Researching Indigenous Australian Family History - free webinar replay by Benjamin Hollister now available to view for limited time

Finding Mob: Researching Indigenous Australian Family History - free webinar replay by Benjamin Hollister now available to view for limited time

The recording of today's webinar, "Finding Mob: Researching Indigenous Australian Family History" by Benjamin Hollister is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Government Policy in Australia, particularly from Federation until the 1980s, meant that many Australians with indigenous roots have lost connection with family and community. Between adoption, state foster care, missions, hiding ethnicity, and relocation, it is often difficult to know where to start and haw to analyse records. This webinar will present how to start your research, looking at repositories, institutions, and community records that will assist, both indigenous specific and general, in compiling a genealogy or family history.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: The Staff of the U.S. Census by Seema Kenney

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Just who was creating the documents genealogists typically turn to first? What rules did they follow? How long did they have to complete their job? How big is an enumeration district? These questions, and more, probably occur to anyone doing extensive research in the U.S. Census reports. This talk reviews the staffing, training, search for accuracy, penalties for non-cooperation, and bureaucracy of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1950.
 
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SeemaKenney-144x144A wife, mother of 3, and entrepreneur, Seema is an active member of several societies and part of the NERGC planning committee. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. DNA research has now added The Netherlands to that list.

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Register for this week's Down Under webinar — Finding Mob: Researching Indigenous Australian Family History by Benjamin Hollister

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Government Policy in Australia, particularly from Federation until the 1980s, meant that many Australians with indigenous roots have lost connection with family and community. Between adoption, state foster care, missions, hiding ethnicity, and relocation, it is often difficult to know where to start and haw to analyse records. This webinar will present how to start your research, looking at repositories, institutions, and community records that will assist, both indigenous specific and general, in compiling a genealogy or family history.
 
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Ben Hollister has been a professional genealogist since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He currently owns and operates History Helper, a historical research business focussing on German-Australian and Australian indigenous research, and as well as offering a variety of support services to historical researchers.

Ben was the co-convenor of the Germanic & Continental European SIG of Genealogy SA from 2014 – 2019, founded the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers, and served as Executive Officer, and was a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists from 2016-2020.

Ben is a Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association and holds tertiary qualifications in information management, educational management, and applied history and speaks and teaches regularly about history and genealogy at a state, national and international level.

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Top 10 genealogy webinars — July 2022

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for July 2022! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-1,810 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of July 2022.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for July 2022

1. What's New at DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

2. Irish Emigration to North America: Before during and after Famine by Paul Milner FUGA, MDiv

3. Documents + DNA + Method + a little bit of Luck: Combining Tools to Find Biological Family by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG

4. The Madness of 'Mc' Surnames by Carol Baxter

5. U.S. Revolutionary War: A Case Study Approach by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

6. Negative Evidence: Making Something Out of Nothing by Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG

7. Using DNA To Solve Interlinked Mysteries by Michelle Leonard

8. The Draft and the Selective Service System by Michael L. Strauss, AG

9. Ancestor's Religions in the U.S. by Carolyn L. Whitton, CG

10. Top 10 Secrets to Using MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz

The Runner-Ups

11. One hour to master your camera settings by Jared Hodges

12. Exploring Your Ethnicities and Genetic Groups on MyHeritage by Gal Zrihen

13. Ole Master Record All Us In The Good Book – Using the Slave Owner's Bible Records by Char McCargo Bah

14. Civil War Series: Pension Files and Beyond by Michael L. Strauss, AG

15. Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method by Dana Leeds

16. Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

17. Identifying Common Ancestors with DNA by Shahar Tenenbaum

18. Five Wives & A Feather Bed: Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Resolve Conflicting Claims by Mark A. Wentling, MLS, CG

19. Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith

20. Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840 by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. The Voyages of Our German Immigrants by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

22. Born to be Filed: Delayed Birth Records in the U.S. by Sunny Morton

23. How a City Directory worked for me again by Geoff Rasmussen

24. Montana Genealogy Treasures by Janet Thomson, Ed.D.

25. Researching a Loyalist Soldier by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

26. A 19th Century Ontario Enigma – A Case Study by Janice Nickerson

27. Proving Parentage Two Centuries Later Using DNA Evidence by David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL

28. An Introduction to DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

29. Emigration via Hamburg by Andrea Bentschneider

30. Supercharge your Research Spreadsheets with Airtable by Francine Crowley Griffis, CG

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What's in Your Genealogy Research Bag?

What's in Your Genealogy Research Bag?

As I write this I’m finishing up my research trip to the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). Last year I wrote about the Genealogy Center at ACPL and everything it has to offer researchers. This year I returned to continue my research.

For some of the researchers here, this is the first time they have used a library for genealogy research. I imagine that can be intimidating. A new researcher has to consider what their research question is, what they want to find, and what to bring. When I research away from home, I have a bag that has, what are for me, “research essentials.”

What’s In My Research Bag?

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Everyone is different, that’s a given. So it makes sense that some research “essentials” will be the same for most genealogists and others are more personal preferences. One thing to consider about your research bag is weight. What I take is influenced by what I can comfortably carry, especially if I have to walk a few blocks to the library. You may have some mobility issues that make a roller bag a better option.

What are My Research Essentials?

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For me they include:

Office-type Supplies

  • Computer
  • Cell phone
  • Flash drive
  • Blank notebook (or two)
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Post-it notes or post-it tabs

Personal Needs

  • Water
  • Snack (remember you can’t eat in the library)
  • Cough drop
  • Aspirin
  • Eye-drops
  • Face mask (some libraries or repositories may require it)

What you want to pack may differ. To me, these are all essentials. Notice I didn’t discuss your genealogy research materials like charts or reports. It’s easier if you have your research in a software program on your computer or an online tree so that you can refer to it. A mobile app with an online tree makes it easier to take your research wherever you go. 

You need to think not just about research but also about what you need to be comfortable. And speaking of comfort, I always bring a sweater with me because it’s not uncommon for the library to be a little colder than you want. And nothing makes a research trip more miserable than being cold. 

So once you consider what to take, make sure that you also consider what NOT to take. My suggestions include:

  • Any drink that is not water
  • Your original documents/records
  • Valuables
  • Anything you absolutely don’t need

Once again, that list will be different for you and your research needs.

Ready to Research?

Researching away from home requires being prepared. Part of that preparation is your research question and plan but you also need to prepare for your time in the library. Start putting together a research bag now so that you’re ready to research when given the opportunity.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


Organizing and Tagging Photos with the MyHeritage Mobile App - free webinar replay by Uri Gonen now online to view

Organizing and tagging photos with the MyHeritage mobile App - free webinar replay by Uri Gonen now online to view

The recording of today's webinar, "Organizing and Tagging Photos with the MyHeritage Mobile App" by Uri Gonen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage has become the #1 destination for working with old family photos, but if you’re going to be uploading photos by the dozen to improve with the photo tools, it’s important to keep them organized! Learn all about how to organize your photos on MyHeritage.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar: Organizing My Photos at MyHeritage by Uri Gonen

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MyHeritage has become the #1 destination for working with old family photos, but if you’re going to be uploading photos by the dozen to improve with the photo tools, it’s important to keep them organized! Learn all about how to organize your photos on MyHeritage.
 
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Urigonen-144x144Uri Gonen has been working at MyHeritage since 2005 where he took on different challenges and roles in product development and product management. He has been part of the wild journey of MyHeritage from a small startup to a dominant company in the genealogy space. Among his involvement in key projects of the company, Uri was the original developer behind Family Tree Builder, and the product manager of MyHeritage’s genealogy search engine. Recently, Uri was involved in several genealogical projects such as PedigreeMap, Pedigree View, Tree Consistency Checker and several integrations with FamilySearch. Before joining MyHeritage, Uri has worked in other software startups in Israel, the United States and Canada. He now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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It’s HOT! Our Ancestors and the Weather

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A frequent topic of conversation this summer is the weather. England is experiencing record-breaking temperatures. Heat-related fires are active in Europe. The temperature is in the three digits where I live, and you can believe me when I say I'm extremely thankful to live in a home with air conditioning.

The summer heat has me thinking about our ancestors who didn't have modern-day comforts. My paternal grandparents moved from Los Angeles County, California to a desert city near Palm Springs in the 1950s and didn't have air conditioning. My grandfather worked for the railroad. The railroad company, realizing the difficulty their employees would have getting any sleep in the heat, made available special sleeping containers dubbed "submarines." These were "a one-room dwelling made for sleeping. Wooden frame structures were covered with sheets of galvanized iron and then overlaid with burlap. Water was piped to the roof where it trickled onto the burlap and flowed down the sides, cooling the metal and cooling the interior by 15 to 20 degrees." [1]

How did the weather affect your ancestor? Did they work in extreme weather? Did they move because of their health and the impact of the weather?

Weather, hot or cold, in some cases, led to tragedies for our ancestors. Illness such as frostbite or heat stroke. Hurricanes or tornadoes could destroy your ancestor's homes or precipitate a move. 

Have you considered how the weather impacted your ancestral family? Historical weather information might be found in:

  • Local Histories
  • General Histories
  • Weather websites
  • Newspapers

Searching for information about the United States, the National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration hosts historical weather maps on their Central Library website that dates back to 1871. Maps may be downloaded as PDFs. The website says:

The U.S. Signal Office began publishing weather maps as the War Department Maps on 1 January 1871. When the meteorological activities of the Signal Corps were transferred to the newly-created Weather Bureau in 1891, the title of the weather map changed to the Department of Agriculture Weather Map. In 1913, the title became simply Daily Weather Map. In 1969, the Weather Bureau began publishing a weekly compilation of daily maps with the title Daily Weather Maps (Weekly series).

The earliest weather maps featured only a map of the continental U.S. with the day's air temperature, barometric pressure, wind velocity, and direction, and a general indication of the weather for various cities around the country plotted directly on the map.[2]

If you are researching a county outside of the United States, search the Internet for the name of the country and the phrase "weather map."

Googling the name of the state, province, or country you're researching with the word "weather" or "historical weather" may help you find websites and books. For example, the book The Pennsylvania Weather Book by Ben Gelber (Rutgers University Press, 2002) includes historical information on great storms and weather extremes for the state and individual cities. A more familiar book, The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin (Harper Perennial, 2005) traces five families who experienced a blizzard that killed 500 hundred people along the prairie.

Consult digitized books websites and periodical indexes for books and articles. Consider:

Everyday life and all that it brings negatively or positively impacted our ancestors' lives. The weather affected where they lived, worked, and their health. Look for weather data and reports in online resources and books to get an idea about your ancestor's everyday life.

[1] "History of the Coachella Valley," California State University, San Bernardino (https://www.csusb.edu/sites/default/files/Unit_3.3_History_of_CV_Curriculum_Guide.pdf: accessed 19 July 2022). Pg 80.

[2] "U.S. Daily Weather Maps," NOAA (https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps: accessed 19 July 2022).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


One hour to master your camera settings - replay of today's webinar now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Jared Hodges, "One hour to master your camera settings" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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This webinar will cover the absolutes of shooting good pictures with any camera. It covers shutter speed, aperture and ISO at the intermediate and advanced levels.

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Ancestor’s Religions in the U.S. - free webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Carolyn L. Whitton, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Carolyn L. Whitton, CG, "Ancestor’s Religions in the U.S." by Carolyn L. Whitton, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg for free for a limited time.

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Religious records are essential in genealogy research. Do you know all ancestor’s religions? Review the Protestant Reformation and religions in the U.S. Find your ancestor.

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