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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar - The Paternal Ten: Searching for Missing Heirs by Claire Ammon, CG

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After 12 years in the missing heir field, Claire’s seen it all, experiencing both the high highs and the very low lows. This webinar will introduce you to the roller-coaster world of missing heir research; detailing a contentious case, the problems with making assumptions and how to get to the truth.

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ClaireAmmon-144x144Claire’s introduction to genealogy began when she started working for a missing heir company in 2008. This job took her all around Connecticut, to probate courts, town clerks offices and libraries. She became good at teasing out information from records and combined this with extensive online research to locate missing heirs and beneficiaries quickly. Soon she became the senior researcher, working on the biggest cases, writing reports for courts and coordinating genealogists nationally and internationally to assist with research. Since 2013 she has been utilizing her forensic genealogy skills through her work on U.S. Army military repatriation cases and since 2016 has been working for a Florida based missing heir company, heading their billable department.

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All Jewish genealogy research classes free in May - celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Join us at Legacy Family Tree Webinars as we honor those with Jewish American heritage.

Through the end of May, our entire library of Jewish Genealogy classes at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/Jewish is free to the public.

Watch these classes for free in May

Jewish Genealogy with JewishGen.org by Deborah J. Kroopkin. 

Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from JewishGen.org.

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Finding Jewish Records in the MyHeritage Search Engine by Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage Search technology has been thoroughly updated recently. Join MyHeritage expert genealogist Daniel Horowitz in a fast-paced session on this new technology. Learn how it works, and how it can benefit your Jewish research. Learn how to effortlessly cover thousands of important repositories in a single search.

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Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Learn about Jewish history, migration and genetics. Also hear from the first-hand experience of Maria Apodaca.

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Lessons in Jewish DNA: One Man's Successes and What He Learned On the Journey by Israel Pickholtz

The hottest topic in genealogy in recent years has been genetics and many thousands of genealogists have ordered DNA tests. Most of those haven't a clue what to do with their results. The situation is more complicated among Jews, who have married "within the tribe" for hundreds of years, thus ensuring that everyone is related to everyone else, multiple times. Marrying within a closed community - "endogamy" – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This presentation – as in the speaker's book" ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People" – does not bring a "how to" approach, as every family is different. The speaker prefers a "how I did it" approach, demonstrating the successes he has had in his own families and the general lessons which are applicable to all genetic genealogy research. His goal is to inspire his listeners and readers to say "I can do this!"

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Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Research by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Just a few short years ago, those looking for accessible Sephardic resources were simply out of luck. However, thanks to the internet, there are specialized websites, new books, online archival resources, Facebook groups, dedicated conferences and much more. We will analyze archival documents, discuss many websites, educational resources and new research.

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Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

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? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

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What's New in Austrian and Czech Jewish Genealogy by E. Randol Schoenberg

Researchers interested in the Austro-Hungarian empire will enjoy this presentation of the myriad available resources for perhaps the world's best-documented Jewish communities. Although focused on Austria and the Czech Republic (Bohemia and Moravia), anyone with roots in Slovakia, Galicia and Hungary will also find useful information, as there is hardly a family in the empire that did not send someone to the capitol city of Vienna. Learn how to access all of the amazing records for your genealogical research at this updated presentation.

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Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev

Jewish family research can be complex. Using JewishGen.org as our basis we'll have a chance to experience locating an ancestral village, searching for records in Poland, Lithuania & Galicia, finding others researching similar family names and accessing tombstone information. Additional websites with information available will be mentioned as well - JRI-Poland.org; LitvakSIG.org; GesherGalicia. org; BillionGraves.com; FindAGrave.com You'll better understand the kinds of records available, strategies to interpreting them and important clues in building a Jewish family history will be discussed.

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Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman

A person's life is lived 24 hours a day, and includes much more than BMD. A person is involved in all facets of everyday life and we just need to think where to look for the sources that will tell these stories, and in what archive they can be found. The sources can deal with the socio-economic situation, immigration, socialism, the community, politics, education, occupation, youth movements and others. The aim of the lecture is to show examples of various sources and in what archives or types of archives they were found. This will include the internet and social media. The next step will be for the audience to incorporate the ideas presented into their own family research. Most of the examples will be from the Israel Genealogy Research Association's [IGRA] All Israel Database (AID) collection. http://genealogy.org.il

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Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford

Whether you have a Jewish ancestor or are looking to assist others, this webinar will step you through the recommended research process. Jennifer will present tips on unique aspects of Jewish life and guide viewers through the discovery of the hometown of her great-grandfather.

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New TechZone Video - YouTube QuickStart: Create a Channel by Marian Pierre-Louis

New TechZone Video - YouTube QuickStart: Create a Channel 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 "YouTube QuickStart: Create a Channel" by Marian Pierre-Louis.

YouTube QuickStart: Create a Channel

Learn how to set up a YouTube channel so you can share your family history videos!

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About the Presenter

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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Let’s Hear it for the Volunteers

Let’s Hear it for the Volunteers

Last month, during April, National Volunteer Week was celebrated. National Volunteer Week first started in 1974 and “recognizes the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenge.”[1]

Thinking about a week that honors volunteers reminded me of all the ways volunteers help the genealogy community. I remember when I first started seriously tracing my family history, volunteers were the ones who helped me find records, taught me more about research, and on one out-of-state research trip, took me to the courthouse and the local archive to find records. Volunteers who have helped me include those I have never met in person and those I've served on boards and committees with.

Volunteers have always provided important services to family historians from transcribing cemeteries to teaching. Just think of all the volunteers that help the genealogy community today:

  1. Genealogy Society Board, Committee, Project, and SIG (special interest group) leaders
  2. FamilySearch Indexers 
  3. Family History Center Consultants
  4. Indexers for various society, academic, and personal projects
  5. Website hosts that provide genealogical content at no charge
  6. Presenters at Family History Center Seminars
  7. Volunteers who help provide research and content for wikis
  8. Volunteers who take photos for genealogy websites
  9. Conference Volunteers
  10. Look-up and Research Volunteers

I hesitate to even name some types of genealogy volunteer because I know I’ve forgotten at least a few more. And obviously, there are other people in the genealogy community that are making a difference like those who donate to projects, societies, and organizations so that volunteer groups can thrive and records can be made available. But I think you get my point. In the world of genealogy, it’s amazing how many people and projects rely on volunteer help. I know I have been a recipient of that generosity and my own genealogy career has included many volunteer positions at the local Family History Center, genealogy societies, and conferences.

New to genealogy? Haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer? That’s ok, there’s always some society or group that could use your expertise. Whether you help your local society, library, FamilySearch or even your fellow genealogist by providing expertise on a genealogy-related Facebook group or by uploading your books to LibraryThing and offering lookups. There’s plenty of opportunities to serve.

What have you volunteered for? How has that volunteer work helped your own personal genealogy? One benefit of volunteering is that it allows us to gain experience that enriches our own genealogical knowledge. Especially when our volunteer work encourages us to delve into unfamiliar sources. 

How have you been helped by a genealogy volunteer? What individual volunteer or volunteer organization do you want to give a shout-out to who has helped you? Maybe it’s someone who you don’t know personally but whose work has made all the difference. Now’s the time to acknowledge those that help us. Those unsung heroes of genealogy.

I’d love to hear about your volunteer experiences in the comments below. If you’re a genealogy volunteer, thank you so much for your service. We appreciate you!

 

[1] “National Volunteer Week,” Points of Light (https://www.pointsoflight.org/nvw/: accessed 22 April 2021).

 

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.

 


DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. now online

DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. now online

The recording of today's webinar by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., "DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Many genealogists have been working with their DNA results for several years, and it is natural to feel some fatigue. This is especially true since new matches are coming in at a slower rate. In this presentation we will explore some strategies to fight the fatigue and attack DNA results with renewed vigor!

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 17 minute recording of "DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,513 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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  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
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Latest updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups - free webinar by Daniel Horowitz now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Daniel Horowitz, "Latest updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Genetic Groups provide exceptional depth and resolution to MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results by pinpointing your origins across 2100+ regions. Join Daniel Horowitz as he presents the latest updates to this fascinating feature and shows you the genealogical insights you can gain from your results.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 1 minute recording of "Latest updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. 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 1,512 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,783 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
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Register for Webinar Wednesday - DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

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Many genealogists have been working with their DNA results for several years, and it is natural to feel some fatigue. This is especially true since new matches are coming in at a slower rate. In this presentation we will explore some strategies to fight the fatigue and attack DNA results with renewed vigor!

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BlaineBettinger-144x144Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at:

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: Latest updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups by Daniel Horowitz

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Genetic Groups provide exceptional depth and resolution to MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results by pinpointing your origins across 2100+ regions. Join Daniel Horowitz as he presents the latest updates to this fascinating feature and shows you the genealogical insights you can gain from your results.

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Danielhorowitz-144x144Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing key contributions liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

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The webinar will be live on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at:

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Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People - free webinar by Brian Sheffey now online for limited time

Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People - free webinar by Brian Sheffey now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Brian Sheffey, "Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

1859 bore witness to the largest single sale of human beings in the United States' history. 440 people were sold over a 3 day period by Pierce Mease Butler to settle his enormous debts. This presentation covers the process in researching the descendants of the 400 souls who were sold, as well as the descendants of the 400+ enslaved people Pierce Mease Butler did not sell. Collectively, this research project traces the ancestry of both groups of enslaved people further in time to connect them with their captured African ancestors who were brought to Charleston, South Carolina. The presentation covers creating a robust and flexible research strategy and the extensive international archives and repositories that have been used in the course of this research project.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 29 minute recording of "Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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New TechZone Video - Get it Together! 5 Tips to Make Google Calendar Work for You by Cheri Hudson Passey

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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 "Get it Together! 5 Tips to Make Google Calendar Work for You" by Cheri Hudson Passey.

Get it Together! 5 Tips to Make Google Calendar Work for You

These 5 Google Calendar tips will have your calendar organized in no time!

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About the Presenter

Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. 

See all the webinars and videos by Cheri Hudson Passey in the Legacy library.
 
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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 1,510 classes in the library 
  • 5,777 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year.