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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Where Did Your U.S. Ancestors Go to Church? 5 Ways to Find Out by Sunny Morton

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Where Did Your U.S. Ancestors Go to Church? 5 Ways to Find Out by Sunny Morton

Finding a U.S. ancestor’s church affiliation is the first key step to discovering their stories in related records, but it isn’t usually easy. Learn 5 essential strategies, illustrated by inspiring examples. Viewers will come away with sensible, actionable steps they can apply to their own research.

About the presenter

Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. She's a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts, as well as the brand new book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, co-authored with Harold Henderson; Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, and the quick reference guide, "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," She is an official FamilySearch blogger and past Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast.

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

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


The Latest Developments in Searching Historical Records on MyHeritage — free replay of today's webinar by Maya Geier now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Maya Geier, "The Latest Developments in Searching Historical Records on MyHeritage” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage is home to billions of historical records containing countless discoveries for family historians everywhere; but what good is all that information if it’s hard to find? In this session, Maya Geier, Product Manager at MyHeritage, responsible for publication of historical records at MyHeritage, will show you all the latest cutting-edge developments in the search experience at MyHeritage that make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 54 minute recording of "The Latest Developments in Searching Historical Records on MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,107 classes of genealogy education)
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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 Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — The Latest Developments in Searching Historical Records on MyHeritage by Maya Geier

Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — The Latest Developments in Searching Historical Records on MyHeritage by Maya Geier

MyHeritage is home to billions of historical records containing countless discoveries for family historians everywhere; but what good is all that information if it’s hard to find? In this session, Maya Geier, Product Manager at MyHeritage, responsible for publication of historical records at MyHeritage, will show you all the latest cutting-edge developments in the search experience at MyHeritage that make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for.

About the presenter

Maya Geier, product manager, is responsible for the publication of historical records at MyHeritage. She joined MyHeritage as a student project manager, focusing on publishing acquired content as historical record collections. Once completing her BSc in Computer Science and Art, she commenced her role as product manager in the content publication team, leading a team of software developers, and in charge of complex technical projects that deliver rich content with great genealogical value.

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

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  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
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  7. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


From Mystery to History: The Power of Adding Details to Your Photo Collection

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When was the last time you poured over your family pictures? Have you stopped to consider how they will look to future generations? Obviously, you want them stored so they last until at least the next generation. But have you also considered what the next generation needs to inherit and caretaker them?

I've spent some time this year scanning and sharing printed photos online via family tree and cloud storage websites. But there's one other step we need to consider as we protect and share those images. Who is in that picture?

Who is that?

I've been labeling a lot of family photos lately. As a family historian, some images are easy for me to label. I know who those family members are and I easily recognize them. But I've also run into some problems. There are photos of family members that I know are family members, I know what side of the family they are from, and I even know they are siblings of a direct ancestor, but for the life of me, I can't remember their names. In some cases I have problems identifying people in images if they look "different" from what I remember.

As family historians, we know the difficulty in identifying inherited photos. But have you considered the photos of your immediate family? Now is the time to label those photos your family has posed for or had taken. Sure, you know that photo is of you and your mother, but as you consider a child, grandchild, or other family member inheriting those photos, they won't have the same frame of reference that you do. Those photos may be in danger of being discarded if no one can identify the people in the picture.

Start today. Identify those printed photos. Write what you know on the back of the photo. Use a soft lead pencil on older photos like cabinet cards that are mounted on cardboard. Don't use a hard lead pencil, which can indent. For newer photos, use a waterproof, photo-safe archival pen or marker. Don't use ballpoint pens because they will cause you to create indentations in your photo. They can also smudge.

What information should you label your photographs with? At the very least, identify the people in the picture. Make sure to use their names and not something like "grandma" or "dad." That won't help family members in the future since they don't know who labeled the photograph. Depending on what the image is of, consider information such as:

  • Date: To help place the photograph in a year range or specific date. It can also help to understand who is in the photograph
  • Location: Even if it's in front of someone's house, identify who's house and the address
  • Event: Why was the photo taken? Was it for Thanksgiving or other holiday celebration? Was it at a funeral or a wedding? Was it just an annual school photo (what grade/what year/what school?) Providing a little context will help descendants understand the image better.

Depending on the size of the printed picture, you might be limited to what can be included. Include what you can, the most important being identifying people.

To learn more about preserving and sharing family photographs, visit the Legacy Webinar Library category Photos and Digital Images.

 

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.

 


5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents — free replay of today's webinar by Bryna O’Sullivan now available for limited time

5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents — free replay of today's webinar by Bryna O’Sullivan now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Bryna O’Sullivan, "5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Reading handwritten documents can be one of the most challenging aspects of genealogical research. This webinar will offer five tips from a genealogical translator to help you make those hard to read words understandable.

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 "5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents" 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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Register for Webinar Wednesday — 5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents by Bryna O’Sullivan

Register for Webinar Wednesday — 5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents by Bryna O’Sullivan

Reading handwritten documents can be one of the most challenging aspects of genealogical research. This webinar will offer five tips from a genealogical translator to help you make those hard to read words understandable.

About the presenter

Bryna O’Sullivan is a Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. As proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications. O’Sullivan holds a B.A. in History and French Literature from Tufts University, an M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in Theology (Church History focus) from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She has completed the ProGen and GenProof Study Groups and received the Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Boston University Center for Professional Education and the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (Canadian Records) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Her research interests include the American Revolution, the history of Connecticut, French language records and more.

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

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia — free replay of today's Down Under webinar by Cathie Sherwood now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Cathie Sherwood, "Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Knowing what we can freely use, without permission, in our family histories ensures that we are not infringing on the rights of others. For example, did you know that if you watch your grandmother make her secret pasta sauce, writing down the ingredients and methods she used, you have created your own ‘literary work’ which is now protected by copyright? (Just don’t tell Granny!) How then does copyright law apply to published and unpublished works? What is fair use and moral rights? Can a distant cousin use information in her family book that I have researched? This presentation will examine those aspects of Australia’s copyright law which apply to family historians and discusses ways we can comply with the law.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 56 minute recording of "Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,105 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,027 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
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Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar: Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia by Cathie Sherwood

Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar: Can You Write a Wrong? Copyright in Australia by Cathie Sherwood

Knowing what we can freely use, without permission, in our family histories ensures that we are not infringing on the rights of others. For example, did you know that if you watch your grandmother make her secret pasta sauce, writing down the ingredients and methods she used, you have created your own ‘literary work’ which is now protected by copyright? (Just don’t tell Granny!) How then does copyright law apply to published and unpublished works? What is fair use and moral rights? Can a distant cousin use information in her family book that I have researched? This presentation will examine those aspects of Australia’s copyright law which apply to family historians and discusses ways we can comply with the law.

About the presenter

Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty years. She was a university lecturer in digital technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor. Cathie holds a Master’s degree in education, university qualifications in history and computer education, and has completed the Society of Australian Genealogist’s Diploma in Family Historical Studies and Certificate in Genealogical Research. Since her retirement, Cathie now utilises her computer and education knowledge and skills as a professional genealogist, educator and speaker.

As the principal and founder of Family History Academy, Cathie combines her love of family history with her technology skills. She coordinates innovative and interactive genealogy education opportunities in partnership with experienced and highly-respected lecturers.

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Webinar time

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

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

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

  • 12pm AEDT

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Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
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  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!

 


Who Were “Felix Richards’ Slaves”?: Identifying Enslaved People Photographed During the Civil War — free replay of today's webinar by Amy Bertsch now available for limited time

Who Were “Felix Richards’ Slaves”?: Identifying Enslaved People Photographed During the Civil War — free replay of today's webinar by Amy Bertsch now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Amy Bertsch, "Who Were “Felix Richards’ Slaves”?: Identifying Enslaved People Photographed During the Civil War” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Nine African Americans — two women and seven children — were posed amid a laundry day setting in a rare Civil War-era photograph. The handwritten caption identified them only as “Felix Richards Slaves” and the location as Volusia, near Alexandria, Va. Could their true identities be established? In this case study, historian and genealogist Amy Bertsch discusses a variety of sources, including probate records, a chancery suit, Civil War pension applications, and the former enslaver’s federal compensation claim, she used to identify the individuals in the photo, which is now at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She explores how these records can yield new discoveries for family historians and she also demonstrates the importance of researching the enslaver’s family when conducting African American family research.

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 "Who Were “Felix Richards’ Slaves”?: Identifying Enslaved People Photographed During the Civil War" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,104 classes of genealogy education)
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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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

 


3 Things to Know About Using Hathi Trust for Genealogy Research

3 Things to Know About Using Hathi Trust for Genealogy Research

Are you using the website Hathi Trust for your research? Hathi Trust's mission is "…to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge." They do this by providing digitized books and periodicals scanned from partner institutions. Like any website, diving in and exploring is a great way to learn more, but here are three things you need to know as an introduction.

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#1 Hathi Trust is a collaborative website

Two hundred member libraries worldwide help Hathi Trust users access 18 million digital items. Member libraries include "research libraries, community colleges, liberal arts schools, government agencies, and more." If you want to see if one of your local libraries is a member, visit their Member List web page.

#2 Membership has its privileges

Hathi Trust is not a subscription website. Individuals cannot pay for a subscription. Users accessing Hathi Trust from a member library or with a library card from one of those libraries benefit by being able to download digital items and having access to the entire collection. Don't worry if you do not have institutional access. 40% of Hathi Trust is available to anyone. You do not need to sign in to the website. This chart on the How to Search & Access web page breaks down what public users can and cannot access.

Hathi Trust chart

One tip I have is that because Google digitized 95% of the collection if you come across an item you cannot access, go to Google Books and see if you can find it there.

To learn more about accessing the collection, see the web page How to Search & Access: https://www.hathitrust.org/the-collection/search-access/

#3 Hathi Trust is more than books, but it's not Internet Archive

Unlike Internet Archive, Hathi Trust does have limits in regards to what materials are available. Hathi Trust includes "Books and book-like items. This includes books, magazines, newspapers, sheet music, journals, and government documents. (There are no audio/visual files.)" Internet Archive is a collaborative website, but anyone, libraries, museums, and even individuals, can contribute. Internet Archive also includes video and audio files.

Hathi trust search

To start searching Hathi Trust, consider a keyword you want to use. This could be an ancestor's name, a location, or any keyword that describes them or their life. Search using the top search toolbar. Once you have your results list, use the left-side menu to narrow or focus your search. You can also access an Advanced Search tool at the top of your results page.

Access to multiple digital collection websites can help you find the needed resources. If you haven't used Hathi Trust before, try it and see what books you can find that can help with your research.

 

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.