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Steamer Kate Explosion: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify and Correct an Error — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by Ann Staley, CG, CGL now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Ann Staley, CG, CGL, "Steamer Kate Explosion: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify and Correct an Error” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

What happens when the indirect evidence of a death occurring and a probate record don’t agree? The research begins in earnest! That’s what happened in the case of the death of Antoine/Anthony Lallament of Mobile, Alabama. Who is Antoine and what relationship is he to me? When did he actually die? Which record is correct? What would other available records reveal? How is the explosion of the Steamer Kate involved? We have more questions than answers. This case study provides the research methodology involved in solving this problem.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Steamer Kate Explosion: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify and Correct an Error by Ann Staley, CG, CGL

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What happens when the indirect evidence of a death occurring and a probate record don’t agree? The research begins in earnest! That’s what happened in the case of the death of Antoine/Anthony Lallament of Mobile, Alabama. Who is Antoine and what relationship is he to me? When did he actually die? Which record is correct? What would other available records reveal? How is the explosion of the Steamer Kate involved? We have more questions than answers. This case study provides the research methodology involved in solving this problem.

About the presenter

C. Ann Staley, CG®, CGL(SM), is an educator, consultant, and lecturer. She is the Education Chair for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; Membership Chair for the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; a volunteer of the Florida State Genealogical Society; author of several articles for the NGS Magazine; and co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida. Her specialties are methodology, vital records and their sources, computer research resources, and conference planning.

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Blizzard! The Weather and Our Ancestors

Blizzard! The Weather and Our Ancestors

I just finished a book for my book club by Melanie Benjamin titled The Children's Blizzard. This historical fiction account of the January 12, 1888 weather event, referred to as the "children's blizzard" or the "schoolhouse blizzard," struck the Great Plains (Territories of North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho; and the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota), resulting in at least 235 deaths. What started as a warm day quickly changed as residents were caught off guard by a sudden and deadly blizzard that struck while children were in school. The sudden change of weather was especially fatal since it had seemingly come out of nowhere as communities were going about their day, trapping them unprepared and away from home in a bitterly cold and dense storm. School children were part of the casualties as they tried to make their way home only to be overcome by the cold and the inability to see through the snow.

The book focuses on school teachers and their charges. I won't go into a plot summary here, but what struck me as I read it was how the author describes that day and how it impacted her fictional characters. She brings to life the characters by describing the

  • "look" of weather
  • feel of the weather
  • what severe weather does to the human body
  • how severe weather kills

As I read the book, I was struck by how it could easily describe an ancestral experience, even though it is historical fiction. 

Have you considered how the weather impacted your ancestors? That isn't a topic we consider very often, but as I read this book, I quickly realized how the weather impacted everything from our ancestor's homes to their gardens and livestock to their family and friends. Severe, long-lasting injuries and death could have resulted from the weather.

How can you learn about severe weather where your ancestors lived? The newspaper is one place to search. Weather reports and disasters are found in the newspaper. Make sure to look at the newspaper for the days following the event for any reports of damage or death. It's also possible that nearby newspapers also carried reports, even if they weren't impacted. One website with historical weather information is the Weather Underground. Searching online for historical weather will provide other relevant websites as well.

If you're interested in reading more about the blizzard, the book The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin is a non-fiction account. The Wikipedia page about the blizzard that can serve as an introduction.

Have you written about your ancestors and the weather? I'd be interested to hear about your experience in the comments below.

 

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.

 

 


Gold! Gold! Gold! The 1897 Klondike Rush — free replay of today's webinar by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL, "Gold! Gold! Gold! The 1897 Klondike Rush” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

We often hear of the California Gold Rush but the Klondike Gold Rush pulled the US out of a deep depression yet you do not hear much about it. We will outline the importance of this very short Rush, plot the routes and identify locations where you can find the records of your ancestor in the Canadian Rockies.

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Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction? — free replay of today's webinar now available for limited time

Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction? — free replay of today's webinar now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Carol Baxter, "Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction?” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

We sit at our computer searching for information about our ancestors and … click … we find something new and intriguing. But wait: it contradicts something else we’ve found. Clearly, both pieces of information can’t be true. So which is true and which isn’t? Or are both untrue? HELP! Until recently, most researchers developed their evidence-analysis skills by a process of trial-and-error. Unfortunately, many researchers have erred more than tried and seem to be the ones most prolific in publishing the results of their “research” on the internet. Yet these errors can prove disastrous, gobbling up our precious time and money as we search in the wrong place – or worse, as we pursue the wrong ancestral line. So how do we ensure that our conclusions are accurate? This seminar will show you how to evaluate our ancestral information – that is, how to weight each piece of information to determine its accuracy – using a clear, logical, easy-to-follow system. After learning these skills you’ll easily be able to determine which information is reliable and which is like a virus that can destroy all your hard work.

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 24 minute recording of "Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction?" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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  • 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
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Register for Friday's O Canada Webinar Series webinar — Gold! Gold! Gold! The 1897 Klondike Rush by Jill Morelli, CG

Register for Friday's O Canada Webinar Series webinar — Gold! Gold! Gold! The 1897 Klondike Rush by Jill Morelli, CG

We often hear of the California Gold Rush but the Klondike Gold Rush pulled the US out of a deep depression yet you do not hear much about it. We will outline the importance of this very short Rush, plot the routes and identify locations where you can find the records of your ancestor in the Canadian Rockies.

About the presenter

Jill Morelli, CG, CGL is a “Roots” genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970’s with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected “stuff.” After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to “doing it right.” She is the founder of the Certification Discussion Group which shares tips and strategies for BCG portfolio building, and a co-founder of Applied Genealogy Institute, whose motto is “Learn by Doing”. She has been published in a variety of publications including NGSQ, Swedish American Genealogist and others. Jill is past president of Seattle GS and is co-chair of the SGS Centennial 2023.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction? by Carol Baxter

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction? by Carol Baxter

We sit at our computer searching for information about our ancestors and … click … we find something new and intriguing. But wait: it contradicts something else we’ve found. Clearly, both pieces of information can’t be true. So which is true and which isn’t? Or are both untrue? HELP! Until recently, most researchers developed their evidence-analysis skills by a process of trial-and-error. Unfortunately, many researchers have erred more than tried and seem to be the ones most prolific in publishing the results of their “research” on the internet. Yet these errors can prove disastrous, gobbling up our precious time and money as we search in the wrong place – or worse, as we pursue the wrong ancestral line. So how do we ensure that our conclusions are accurate? This seminar will show you how to evaluate our ancestral information – that is, how to weight each piece of information to determine its accuracy – using a clear, logical, easy-to-follow system. After learning these skills you’ll easily be able to determine which information is reliable and which is like a virus that can destroy all your hard work.

About the presenter

Carol Baxter is an experienced and informed historian and genealogist, an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author, and a dynamic, inspirational presenter.

Carol has been a genealogist for four decades having first become interested in family history research while still at high school. Her career as a professional genealogist began when she was appointed Project Officer of the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record (ABGR). In that role she edited six volumes of early New South Wales muster returns (similar to census returns) and later the convict indents for 1788-1812. She edited many other record series when she became General Editor of the ABGR’s new incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England.

Her career took a different turn in 2004 when she began writing “popular history”. Her first manuscript was picked up by the first publisher she approached within a few weeks of submission. She is now the author of six “historical true-crime thrillers” of which An Irresistible Temptation (2006), Breaking the Bank (2008), Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady (2011) and Black Widow (2015) were published by Allen & Unwin to critical acclaim. Both Breaking the Bank and Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady received first prize in writing competitions. Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady is also being turned into a TV series while Black Widow has been turned into a computer game. Allen & Unwin also published The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller (2017). Publishers Weekly (USA) wrote that it’s a “thrilling biography”. It’s being turned into a big budget six-part TV series by the producers of the Academy Award nominated film Lion.

In 2013, Britain’s Oneworld published The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable. The Times (London) wrote that it is “as lively and readable as a crime novel” while Britain’s Independent newspaper praised it as “totally irresistible”.

‘How to’ genealogy books are among Carol’s other works. She published Writing Interesting Family Histories in 2009 and produced a third updated edition in 2016 along with a companion volume Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories.

She is eager to help researchers ensure that their evidence is accurate (having encountered much historical research that is inaccurate) so she published Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth: How do I separate fact from fiction? in 2016.

Her passion for surnames and given names and the knowledge she has acquired by virtue of her linguistics degree and her years working as a transcriber led her to write “Help: Why can’t I find my ancestor’s surname?” (2014) and “The Madness of Mac Surnames”, published by Unlock the Past in 2018. A series of handy guides on English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh given names was been published by Unlock the Past (2019). Unlock the Past also published her lively and humorous pre-beginners guide ‘To Trace or Not to Trace: a family history overview for the curious’ (2018).

Carol is also a sought-after speaker. She has been a presenter at four Unlock the Past genealogical conferences on international cruise ships, teaching researching and writing skills to family historians. She is also an enrichment speaker telling her true tales of murder, mystery and mayhem on international cruise ships. Prior to the pandemic, she told Mrs Miller’s tale as a three-part mini-series on the Crystal Serenity from Los Angeles to Auckland and was booked to speak on more cruises.

In all of her books and talks, her aim is to educate and to entertain her readers or audiences. She took this one step further in 2021 by launching the Writing Fabulous Family Histories website, which includes online courses teaching genealogists writing skills and researching skills. For further information: see www.writingfabulousfamilyhistories.com.

Carol can be contacted at [email protected].

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Tracing West Indian Ancestors: Strategies & Resources — free replay of today's webinar by Diane Warmsley now available for limited time

Tracing West Indian Ancestors: Strategies & Resources  — free replay of today's webinar by Diane Warmsley now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Diane Warmsley, "Tracing West Indian Ancestors: Strategies & Resources ” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This session introduces a 5-Step Research Methodology to guide family history study and research in the West Indies. Resources available in the U.S. and the U.K. are identified and civil registration and church records are illustrated through exploration of a family line. Emphasis is on the British West Indian experience.

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Register for Friday's African Diaspora Series webinar: Tracing West Indian Ancestors - Strategies & Resources by Diane Warmsley

Register for Friday's African Diaspora Series webinar: Tracing West Indian Ancestors: Strategies & Resources by Diane Warmsley

This session introduces a 5-Step Research Methodology to guide family history study and research in the West Indies. Resources available in the U.S. and the U.K. are identified and civil registration and church records are illustrated through exploration of a family line. Emphasis is on the British West Indian experience.

About the presenter

Diane M. Warmsley is a genealogist and family historian with over twenty-five years of experience. She holds a certificate in Professional Genealogical Research from Boston University and an M.S. degree in Education. She enjoys researching her own southern U.S. and West Indian roots, while helping others launch family history projects through classes and lectures. Her presentations include African American genealogy, Genealogy for Beginners, Jewish genealogy, and West Indian genealogy.

Ms. Warmsley has presented at private organizations, genealogical societies and national institutes including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and the New York State Family History Conference. Warmsley also presented at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in Nassau, Bahamas.

Ms. Warmsley is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and a charter member of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage lineage society.

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Beginning with DNA Painter — free replay of today's webinar by Jonny Perl now available

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The recording of today's webinar by Jonny Perl, "Beginning with DNA Painter ” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Learn how the DNA Painter website can help decode your matches. In this introductory webinar, Jonny will explain how and why you would use the site’s main features, as well as explaining what information is needed for each.

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