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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Setting Sail with Your Seafaring Ancestors by Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG

2023-09-13-register

This lecture explores a variety of tools and resources for tracking sea faring ancestors along with examples from research, including: maritime primary sources and collections, vessel types, tracing captains and crews through newspaper reports, following their journeys by plotting ships logs’ latitude and longitude records, and adding context to their lives through historic events affecting mariners. The focus is on nineteenth century records and events.

About the presenter

Denise Cross, MSLIS, CG, is a community college librarian who enjoys research, especially digging deep for an elusive answer. Researching her family since the 1990s, she began formalized education in genealogy with the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research in 2015. The course opened up the world of methodology to extract indirect evidence from records. Her focus is writing and she has published several articles since 2016. She is a winner of the 2020 AGS Scholar Award
and was granted the Certified Genealogist credential the same year.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at:

  • 8pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 7pm Central
  • 6pm Mountain
  • 5pm Pacific

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Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  6. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  7. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Power of place – using MyHeritage to tell the stories of buildings & places — free replay of today's webinar by Rhonda Lauritzen now available

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The recording of today's webinar by Rhonda Lauritzen, "Power of place – using MyHeritage to tell the stories of buildings & places” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

This workshop will guide researchers through a series of steps and stops to find the history of buildings and places. Follow some case studies and learn how to find excellent records in MyHeritage, the steps to follow followed, and the ideal interplay between primary and secondary sources. Also, learn pro-tips for writing a compelling narrative. This presentation will inspire attendees with the power that the places of our ancestors have to draw us near and to strengthen a sense of community.

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 11 minute recording of "Power of place – using MyHeritage to tell the stories of buildings & places" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,055 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 7,826 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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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Power of place – using MyHeritage to tell the stories of buildings & places by Rhonda Lauritzen

2023-09-12-register

This workshop will guide researchers through a series of steps and stops to find the history of buildings and places. Follow some case studies and learn how to find excellent records in MyHeritage, the steps to follow followed, and the ideal interplay between primary and secondary sources. Also, learn pro-tips for writing a compelling narrative. This presentation will inspire attendees with the power that the places of our ancestors have to draw us near and to strengthen a sense of community.

About the presenter

Rhonda Lauritzen is a professional biographer with multiple published books. She does client work including building nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and writing client family history stories. She believes that when you tell your story, it changes the ending. This is why her passion is teaching, coaching clients, and presenting at conferences. As an author, she specializes in writing life stories, collecting oral history, and historical storytelling. Before she started this work full-time, she served as a college Vice President and before that was a corporate CEO.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  6. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  7. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites — free replay of today's webinar by Michelle Leonard now available for limited time

Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites — free replay of today's webinar by Michelle Leonard now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Michelle Leonard, "Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites?” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

When you receive your results from any of the major testing sites you will see a relationship prediction such as 4th-6th cousin or 1st cousin twice removed-2nd cousin twice removed. What exactly do these predictions mean though? This presentation will explain all about these predictions and provide practical advice on how to interpret and make best use of them.

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 31 minute recording of "Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,049 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 7,793 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)

Print the 2023 webinar brochure here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday — Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites by Michelle Leonard

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Understanding Predicted Relationships at the DNA Testing Sites by Michelle Leonard

When you receive your results from any of the major testing sites you will see a relationship prediction such as 4th-6th cousin or 1st cousin twice removed-2nd cousin twice removed. What exactly do these predictions mean though? This presentation will explain all about these predictions and provide practical advice on how to interpret and make best use of them.

About the presenter

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 combination 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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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  6. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  7. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 


How to Catch a Criminal: Finding Records for Your Rogue Relatives Downunder — free replay of today's webinar by Kristy Love, PhD now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Kristy Love, PhD, "How to Catch a Criminal: Finding Records for Your Rogue Relatives Downunder” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Australia has a wealth of publicly available records for people who have interacted with the criminal justice system, be they criminals, suspects, victims of crime, witnesses in criminal cases, and law enforcement officials, but do you know how to find these records? This talk will do a deep dive into the available record sets, including mug shots, prison registers, criminal court records, inquests and coronial records, and Police Gazettes, among others.

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 14 minute recording of "How to Catch a Criminal: Finding Records for Your Rogue Relatives Downunder" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,048 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 7,782 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)

Print the 2023 webinar brochure here.


Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar — How to Catch a Criminal: Finding Records for Your Rogue Relatives Downunder by Kristy Love, PhD

2023-09-05-register

Australia has a wealth of publicly available records for people who have interacted with the criminal justice system, be they criminals, suspects, victims of crime, witnesses in criminal cases, and law enforcement officials, but do you know how to find these records? This talk will do a deep dive into the available record sets, including mug shots, prison registers, criminal court records, inquests and coronial records, and Police Gazettes, among others.

About the presenter

Kristy Love (formerly Davidson), Ph.D., is a professional family historian and founder of Family History Agency in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. In her former working life, she gained several decades of experience working in university research management. In 2021, Kristy completed the short course ‘Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources’ run by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), where she volunteers. Kristy was part of the award-winning CAFHOV team behind the Victorian ‘Certificate Exempting from Dictation Test’ Index project. She has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, an Honours Degree in Psychology, and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Society of Australian Genealogists. Kristy has a particular research interest in Australian women who, like her great-great-grandmother, were criminalised by poverty.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at:

  • 10pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 9pm Central
  • 8pm Mountain
  • 7pm Pacific

which, in Sydney is Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at:

  • 12pm

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  6. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  7. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Top 10 genealogy webinars PLUS the #1 rated — August 2023

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 most-watched FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for August 2023! 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-2,042 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most watched during the month of August 2023.  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 August 2023

1. Turning Witnesses into Evidence by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

2. Problem Solving in the Problem-Riddled Carolina Backcountry by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

3. What Happened to Uncle Walter? Evidence Analysis and Correlation Uncover a Man’s Dual Identities by Sharon Hoyt, CG

4. How and When Did Our European Ancestors Get to Europe? by David Dowell

5. Finding Prussian Ancestors in Online Archives by Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS

6. Born on the Fourth of July: Case Study of War of 1812 Veteran Joseph King by Michael L. Strauss, AG

7. Why We Should Look at In-Laws When Doing Genealogical Research by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA

8. Ten MORE Secrets to Using MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz

9. Six Free Websites Every Ontario Genealogist Needs by Janice Nickerson

10. Following a Quaker Family: New Jersey to Iowa the Long Way Around by Annette Burke Lyttle

The Runner-Ups

11. What’s the Evidence? How to Probe Documents Beyond the Obvious by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

12. Loyalists, Freedmen and Frauds in the Southern Claims Commission by Sharon Batiste Gillins

13. Y DNA Discover Tool – What News Can Your Haplogroup Reveal? by Roberta Estes

14. Collateral Research-The Secret Sauce to Finding Family Records by Cheri Hudson Passey

15. Celebrating 2,000 Webinars! Plus 10 tips you can use today

16. I Hate Conflict! Mediating Sources that Don’t Agree by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG

17. Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee

18. A Deep Dive into U.S. City Directories at MyHeritage by Katharine Andrew

19. World War II “Internment Camps” and Mass Incarceration in the U.S. by Linda Harms Okazaki

20. Teach MS Word to Type for You by Seema-Jayne Kenney

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. Okay, I ‘Got the Neighbors’—Now What Do I Do with Them?! by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

22. Elusive Ancestors: Never Too Poor to Trace by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

23. Writing Up Your Research by Michael J. Leclerc, CG

24. Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done by Robyn Smith

25. Six Top Sites for Queensland Research by Helen V. Smith

26. Samuel Witter vs. Samuel Witter: Separating Same Name Men, War of 1812 by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

27. Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

28. A Fresh Light on Old Newspapers by Dave Obee

29. Margaret’s Baby’s Father & The Lessons He Taught Me by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

30. Indentured Servitude in the Mid-Atlantic States by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an webinar membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.

The #1 rated webinar in August 2023

After each live webinar, viewers rate the webinar on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest). This month's #1 rated webinar is:

Loyalists, Freedmen and Frauds in the Southern Claims Commission by Sharon Batiste Gillins

Congrats to Sharon!