How Old Did He Have To Be…? Free webinar by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL now online for limited time

How Old Did He Have To Be…? Free webinar by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, "How Old Did He Have To Be…?" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birthdate, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.

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She Was Just a Housewife…Except When She Wasn’t

She Was Just a Housewife…Except When She Wasn’t

Housewife…you see that word, or its related term "keeping house," describing women in the census and other records. But were women always housewives?

You may think that having two working parents is a modern-day necessity, but for most families, that necessity is historical. Women have always had to work to provide for their families. Only families who were well off financially could afford to have wives not engage in paid employment.

Virginia Penny (1826-1913) set out to do something no one had done before. She documented 19th century American women’s work. Her 1863 book, The Employments of Women: A Cyclopedia of Women’s Work (available on Google Books). This work follows her 1862 book, How women can make money married or single, in all branches of the arts and sciences, professions, trades, agricultural and mechanical pursuits. “Penny interviewed thousands of employers and workers in person and by mail-in survey questionnaires. From 1859 to 1861 in New York, she studied various occupations in which "women are, or may be engaged," ending up with 533 listings.”[1]

Virginia Penny documented women’s work for a time period that we incorrectly assume women didn’t work. However, the reality was that women needed to work. She writes in her preface,

I strongly advocate the plan of every female having a practical knowledge of some occupation by which to earn a livelihood. How do men fare that are raised without being fitted for any trade or profession, particularly those in the humbler walks of life? They become our most common and ill-paid laborers. So it is with women's work. If a female is not taught some regular occupation by which to earn a living, what can she do, when friends die, and she is without means? Even the labor that offers to men, situated as she is, is not at her disposal.

In the pages of her Cyclopedia are jobs and descriptions. These entries can help you better understand the time period and the jobs women held. Take, for example, this entry for coverlets where women employed by the interviewee appear to have some real advantages.

Coverlet

Some of the occupations described are all but unknown to us today, take for example, "bone collectors."

Bone collectors

The entry “Postmistresses” provides a look at why women worked. 

I called on Mrs. W., who was for nearly two years at the ladies' window in the general post office, New York. Very few approved of a lady being there. She found some advantages, but many disadvantages arising from her position. In the first place, it yielded her and her child support, the salary being $600.

Penny writes that in 1854 there were 128 postmistresses, and they received the same pay as the postmasters. Her descriptions of jobs include duties and salary and explore the treatment of women in that job.

Postmistress

What's the benefit of looking at an older book such as Virginia Penny's Cyclopedia? Contemporary information. We can better understand our ancestors when we look at materials written at the time they were alive. This work offers us a sense of what it was like to be a working woman in the mid to later part of the 19th century. And it gives us a sense of what was available to our female ancestors working and living in the United States. Using this, along with census data, newspapers, and archival records provide us with information that we can use to write a historical narrative.

In her dedication, Virginia Penny writes, “To Worthy and Industrious Women in the United States, Striving to Earn a Livelihood, this Book is Respectively Dedicated By The Author.” Virginia Penny was one of those women. Having worked as an economist conducting groundbreaking work in women's occupations, she later worked for the census bureau and was involved in the suffrage movement. Unfortunately, in her later years, she would be institutionalized by her brother and would die destitute in 1913. Virginia Penny knew the importance of women's work, and because of her, we can better understand what types of work 19th-century women, our female ancestors, engaged in.

 

[1] “Virginia Penny, economist and suffragist,” HNet (https://networks.h-net.org/node/2289/discussions/158064/virginia-penny-economist-and-suffragist: accessed 13 October 2020).

 

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.

 


New TechZone Video - 7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design by Diane Boumenot

New TechZone Video - 7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design by Diane Boumenot

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design" by Diane Boumenot.

7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design

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Diane BoumenotDiane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website, One Rhode Island Family. In 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society's NGS Research in the States volume, Research in Rhode Island. Additionally, Diane has a long career in association management and believes strongly in the powerful combination of organizations and members pursuing their passion. She holds a B.A. in American History and English from Wesleyan University. Diane is also a graduate of ProGen 28.

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Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Sunny Morton, "Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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The 2020 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research--and what sites and tools they should keep in mind for the future. This lecture has a global focus.

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Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree - free webinar by Angela Packer McGhie, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Angela Packer McGhie, CG, "Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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This webinar will feature a demonstration of using DNA test results to confirm a documented ancestral line. We will walk step-by-step through the process using both traditional research and DNA evidence to meet standards.

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Success in Finding More About Nell

In the last two weeks, I’ve written about research that left me with more questions than answers. One of my goals in doing so was to illustrate some steps and questions you could ask when you have a research project that begins with very little information. 

As you may remember from last week, I discovered through FamilySearch that Nell Howard Enloe was married to William Stewart Smith in 1926. That's why I couldn't find her in the 1940 U.S. Census; I was searching with the wrong surname (Enloe instead of Smith).

Now that we know that she was married in 1926 let's take a look at the 1930 U.S. Census. With the correct surname, I should be able to find her.

In 1930 Nell H. Smith was listed with her husband Stuart W. Smith, Jr living in Manhattan, New York. The census shows that she was born in Georgia and worked as an editorial reporter for a magazine.[1]

1930 census myheritage

You might recall that one of the documents I posted last week was dated 29 April 1930 that Angie Rodesky provided me listed Nell as the Household Editor of Pictorial Review, so it makes sense that her occupation in the census would be an editorial reporter at a magazine.

If we continue on with our census search, Stewart and Nell are also in the 1940 U.S. census. However, Stewart is listed as William, and Nell is listed without an occupation.[2]

1940 census myheritage

Newspaper research provides more clues to her job as a magazine editor/writer. Nell’s appearances on the radio focused on food and homemaking topics. This 1932 Boston Post article mentions such an appearance.[3] 

1932 Boston Post cropped

Nell was well-known in her day and even appeared in advertisements like this 1936 one for Jewel shortening.[4]

Jewel advertisments

The advertisement reads:

Nell Howard, Enloe, noted New York Cooking Authority. As a well-known radio Home Economics expert, former Food Editor of a leading women's magazine-The Pictorial Review, Miss Enloe is one of a group of Northern authorities whom Swift has asked to try Jewel, the Southern Special Blend Shortening. Miss Enloe tried if in some of her most famous recipes (yes, those at the right) and is much impressed with the results. Her report is summarized on this page: Jewel definitely improved her dishes in several specific ways.

How wonderful is that to find a photo of her?!

I could go on and on with information about Nell. Continued research in the census and vital records revealed that she was the daughter of Hoyt and Ellen Mooty Enloe. Though Nell was born in Georgia, her family had lived in Wedowee, Randolph, Alabama (remember that Wedowee was mentioned in the letter?).

So why did the letter to her mother and some occupational ephemera end up for sale? I'm not sure. Nell died in 1976, and her mother died in 1963. She had two sisters, one died more recently, in 2008, so maybe it was part of her sister's estate and was sold.

I have many more places to look to learn more about Nell, including additional newspaper and digitized book searches. Crowdsourcing this research by posting about it on the Legacy blog was possibly one of the best things that happened. And it's perhaps one of the most important lessons I want to leave you with.

Though we conduct most of our family history research alone in our homes, don't forget what other people can offer your research. I so appreciate those readers who provided additional research help like Mike Saunders, who found Nell and her parents in the 1900 U.S. Census and pointed out that she's also listed on FindAGrave.

Another reader, Hartford let me know that Nell is actually on his Legacy family tree and is his 5th cousin once removed! He writes:

Turns out I actually have Nellie in my Legacy tree! I hadn't recalled her name, but she is my 5th cousin once removed. I do not have her husband or any of her descendants in my tree (though thanks to you, this blog post, and the additional research I've now done on her, I will now add them), but I do have all her direct ancestors leading back to that first immigrant...as well as many other cousins, aunts, uncles, etc). Count me amazed and impressed!!

I don't know that I can be any specific assistance, but the "Enloe" surname is one I am very familiar with. My surname is "Inlow" and all variant spellings of that name (i.e. Enloe, Enlow, Inloe, Inlow, etc. etc...one researcher believes he identified over 25 variations!) trace ourselves back to the same common Dutch immigrant, Hendricks Enloos (also variously spelled!). Many branches of the line are fairly well researched and documented. I'll see if I can find anything about Nell Howard Enloe in any of the materials I've accumulated.

Yes, Hartford! I definitely want to connect with you and trade information.

 

[1] 1930 U.S. census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Enumeration District 1203, Township Manhattan (Districts 1001-1249) sheet 3-B, page 79, Nell H Smith in household of Stuart W Smith, Jr.; digital image by subscription MyHeritage, (https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10134-215841309/nell-h-smith-in-1930-united-states-federal-census: accessed 8 October 2020); from National Archive microfilm T626, roll: 1548.

[2] 1940 U.S. census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Enumeration District 60-39, Township Eastchester Town, page: 5A, Nell Smith in household of William Smith; digital image by subscription MyHeritage (https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10053-76912157/nell-smith-in-1940-united-states-federal-census: accessed 8 October 2020); from National Archives microfilm T0627, Roll: 2803.

 

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.

 

 

[3] The Boston Post. Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. 7 February 1932, page 61. https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10704-2391764/the-boston-post

[4] The Boston American. Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. 7 June 1936, page 28. https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10704-4954434/the-boston-american


New TechZone Video - How to Convert % to cMs on 23andMe by Michelle Leonard

New TechZone Video - How to Convert % to cMs on 23andMe by Michelle Leonard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "How to Convert % to cMs on 23andMe" by Michelle Leonard.

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The 23andMe website displays percentages rather centiMorgans unlike the other DNA websites. Learn how to easily convert the percentage number into centiMorgans.

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Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a Michelle Leonardcombination of DNA expertise and conventional research methods.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, media consultation, the creation of bespoke family history books, podcasts, article, blog and book writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars and speaking engagements. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events such as Rootstech, The Genealogy Show, Family Tree Live, Back To Our Past and Who Do You Think You Are? Live as well as a co-author of "Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians" which was published in June 2019.

Additionally Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of ancestryhour.co.uk and is one of the hosts of the hour itself: #AncestryHour takes place on Twitter each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm GMT and Michelle is usually on hand to answer any #DNA queries that arise. She also spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She regularly works on new historic soldier cases when battlefield remains are found and DNA testing is conducted.

Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN), the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). You can find out more about Michelle on her Genes & Genealogy Facebook page and you can follow her on Twitter.

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Dealing with Endogamy - free webinar by Paul Woodbury now online for limited time

Dealing with Endogamy - free webinar by Paul Woodbury now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Paul Woodbury, "Dealing with Endogamy" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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General rules of DNA inheritance assume independent genealogical lines. However, cases of endogamy, pedigree collapse and multiple levels of relationship to any given genetic match merit additional considerations for analysis and interpretation. Explore strategies such as segment analysis, targeted testing, anchoring, and variable segment thresholds for overcoming the challenges of endogamy, pedigree collapse or multiple relationships in your DNA test results. Note: this is an advanced level webinar.

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Use MyHeritage Records to Quickly Discover and Write the Story of Your Ancestors - free webinar by Devon Noel Lee now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Devon Noel Lee, "Use MyHeritage Records to Quickly Discover and Write the Story of Your Ancestors" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

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By finding a wide range of genealogy records, you can discover the story that fills in the dash between birth and death dates. Then you can transform that information into an enjoyable story for your relatives to read.

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General rules of DNA inheritance assume independent genealogical lines. However, cases of endogamy, pedigree collapse and multiple levels of relationship to any given genetic match merit additional considerations for analysis and interpretation. Explore strategies such as segment analysis, targeted testing, anchoring, and variable segment thresholds for overcoming the challenges of endogamy, pedigree collapse or multiple relationships in your DNA test results.

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New TechZone Video - Web Surfing? Turn on Incognito Mode for Privacy by Marian Pierre-Louis

New TechZone Video - Web Surfing? Turn on Incognito Mode for Privacy by Marian Pierre-Louis

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Web Surfing? Turn on Incognito Mode for Privacy" by Marian Pierre-Louis.

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Marian Pierre-LouisMarian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Marian is the host of the Genealogy Profoessional Podcast. She has also produced and hosted 100 episodes of Fieldstone Common, a history podcast. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

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From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship Determination byJudy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL   

Proving relationships between generations is an essential skill for genealogists, and one that has to be demonstrated for certification in the Kinship Determination Project. Get an updated review of this three-generation narrative linking family members from generation to generation. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG 

Evidence for the home-country origins of 19th-century immigrants can be hard to find. This lecture illustrates how 3-D genealogy (associations, geography, and time), including an expansive geographical search in American records can produce a tight geographical focus in home-county records, leading to the birth family of a single, teenage girl who landed at New Orleans in 1845. Enjoy a research cruise up and down the Mississippi to gather clues leading to Dena’s German birthplace. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden by Jill Morelli, CG  

Swedish records are rarely lost to fire. Churches built of brick and a lack of conflict within the country have made most records available and continuous back to the late 1600s. Elna Johansdotter married Troed Pehrsson, but not in the parish where she raised her children and died. Swedish women usually marry in their home parish, but live in the parish of their husband. Where was Elna born and who were her parents? Available record sets consisted of 1 book of parish records which ended in 1716; the gap-ridden mantals tax records, an annual recording of the heads of household and their taxable obligations; and the probate documents, the latter available only if the court ordered an inventory to occur. Squeezing all information out of the limited record sets available resulted in a successful identification of the parents of Elna. The records sets available may differ but the methodologies used to identify the parents of Elna are transferable, whether in Sweden, the United States or elsewhere. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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Starting Your Cuban Family History

Starting Your Cuban Family History

Researching Cuban family history can be challenging at best. Access to records is the biggest hurdle. So what can you do to start learning more about your family history?

Start at Home

I know you know this, but it's good advice to remember. Start your research at home by interviewing family members and gathering what documents your family or cousins already have. Don’t neglect anything that might seem initially inconsequential, like photographs. Ask questions of family members - start with the oldest generation but then move down to the next generations. Don’t forget that sometimes a son or daughter was told information not shared with others or a favorite grandchild was gifted the family heirlooms.

Use Social Media

Social media allows us to contact and learn about family in ways that was impossible in decades past. The importance of social media in family history research is finding other new-to-you cousins and like-minded researchers. Do not assume that your immediate family has all the family information, photos, or heirlooms.

Use social media websites to get the word out about your research. Katherine R. Willson’s Genealogy on Facebook List has links to Cuban related Facebook groups that you can join and ask questions.

Don’t forget that your membership on some genealogy websites includes online trees, member profiles, and DNA results. Those membership benefits are also ways to attract possible family. Ensure that your member profiles are updated and include your research interests, surnames, and an updated email address. The importance of having an online tree and/or DNA results online is to connect with relatives who just might have more information that can help you.

Read and Watch

The first place you’ll want to start your genealogy education is the FamilySearch Research Wiki's Cuba Quick Start Guide . This brief guide provides information about requesting Cuban Catholic Church Records (a reply could take months) and is valuable for finding a locality in Cuba and other resources available through FamilySearch. After reading this information, I suggest searching the FamilySearch Catalog holdings for Cuba (conduct a Place search for Cuba). 

Legacy has webinars that researchers in Spanish records or Latin American research might find helpful. These include:

Brian Tosko Bello's Cuban Genealogy Podcast seeks to "collaborate with other Cuban genealogists seeking to discover and preserve their Cuban heritage." Check out the Digital Cuban website for links to the podcast and a printable checklist for Cuban genealogy research.

Peruse What’s Online

Some records and resources can be found on FamilySearch, but unfortunately, unlike their holdings for other countries, there's not much available. What other online databases are available to the Cuban family historian?

The free website CubaGenWeb provides resources, databases, and links to records such as cemeteries, military records, telephone books, and reference information. This bilingual resource has a lot to explore, so make sure you take the time to click on all the links.

The Florida International University’s Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy has a collection that most Cuban family history researchers will find beneficial. “The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection includes rare 17th and 18th-century books, long out-of-print publications and periodicals that few, if any, U.S. libraries hold in their catalogs. Additionally, thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts make this collection particularly significant.” Information found here is searchable and browseable by name. Materials found for a search of the surname “Hurtado” included archival resources, birth records, church records and registers, correspondence, marriage records, obituaries, and passenger lists. One news article called this collection the “Cuban equivalent of Ancestry.com.” Search on a name, and you'll quickly see the importance of this collection.

The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami “ is the result of a shared desire for family historians, with a particular interest in Cuba, to convene regularly in order to further their knowledge and share information. We strive for the preservation of our shared memories and experiences. The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami Florida, Inc. seeks to foster an interest in the preservation of records and testimonies that document Cuban family history.” The website has a lot of information for researchers, including browseable indexes of Cuban records and 2,000 PDFs of information that are not to be missed. Finally, check out the resources and research guides. 

Start Your Research Today

Some genealogy research is made more difficult because of the lack of records or access to records. Don't give up before you have accessed what is available online, exhausted your home sources, and networked with others so you may find the resources you need.

 

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.

 


Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA - free webinar by Roberta Estes now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Roberta Estes, "Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Step by step, how to utilize Y DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. We'll look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn't have a tree. Wonder about the Big Y test? We'll talk about why that's important and how to benefit from those results. Lastly, we'll discuss projects and using Y DNA in conjunction with autosomal for a slam-dunk.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,366 classes of genealogy education)
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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
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Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., "Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Chromosome mapping is typically achieved by mapping the segments of DNA we share with an identified match. In this lecture, learn how to map segments of DNA that you DO NOT share with a match! Using close relatives such as parents or siblings we can figure out where pieces of DNA came from based on lack of sharing.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 11 minute recording of "Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,365 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,306 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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