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Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education — free replay of today's webinar by Cyndi Ingle now available

Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education — free replay of today's webinar by Cyndi Ingle now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Cyndi Ingle, "Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Are you ready to attend a genealogy institute? Do you want to expand your genealogical knowledge? Are you committed to a rewarding deep dive in a specific research topic? How do you choose the right course for you? We will talk about all of this and the benefits of a truly helpful interactive venue for learning. Continuing education is a must for everyone researching their family tree. Directed in-depth education on unique subject matter at an institute can help you do more than just locate records. Learn what you need to get the most out of the repositories and sources we use to trace our ancestors.

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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 "Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education by Cyndi Ingle

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Genealogy Institutes: A Deep Dive Into Dynamic Education by Cyndi Ingle

Are you ready to attend a genealogy institute? Do you want to expand your genealogical knowledge? Are you committed to a rewarding deep dive in a specific research topic? How do you choose the right course for you? We will talk about all of this and the benefits of a truly helpful interactive venue for learning. Continuing education is a must for everyone researching their family tree. Directed in-depth education on unique subject matter at an institute can help you do more than just locate records. Learn what you need to get the most out of the repositories and sources we use to trace our ancestors.

About the presenter

Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. In its 23 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Wired, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines.

Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 39 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in a specialty for research in the United States with particular focus on homesteaders, the Civil War, the Plains States, the Midwest, the Old Northwest, and beyond. Cyndi’s favorite topics bring together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet.

Cyndi is the recipient of the 2018 Society of Genealogists Prince Michael of Kent Award, the 2016 National Genealogical Society President’s Citation, and many other awards and honors. During the past 25 years she has served in several capacities for local, national, and professional genealogical organizations including the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally-known guest lecturer, speaking at more than 200 genealogical society meetings, conferences, seminars, and webinars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She is the coordinator for the technology course at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She has lectured for GRIP, SLIG, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the American Library Association, and numerous state and local genealogical societies and libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. She has attended dozens of conferences and institutes over the past 30 years including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), and she has completed the ProGen Study Group #24.

Cyndi is member of several genealogical organizations and she is a life member of the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the Indiana Genealogical Society. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an operations officer and an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her mother, and two Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

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Finding Fathers: Tracking Males Who “Disappeared” or “Just Showed Up” — replay of today's members-only webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL now available

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The recording of today's webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, "Finding Fathers: Tracking Males Who “Disappeared” or “Just Showed Up” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for webinar members.

Webinar Description

The legendary Choctaw Chief Pushmataha swore that he sprang full grown from Mother Earth. As genealogists, we sometimes wonder whether our ancestors did the same. Most elusive men do have traceable origins, once we learn to deal with the issues that thwart us—migration, high mortality rates, and illegitimacy being not the least of them. This hour offers practical suggestions and strategies for extending paternal lines, focusing upon the pre-1850 period when censuses don’t identify children in parental households.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 18 minute recording of Finding Fathers: Tracking Males Who “Disappeared” or “Just Showed Up” is now available to view in our webinar library.

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Register for Friday's "The Best of ESM" series members-only webinar — Finding Fathers: Tracking Males Who “Disappeared” or “Just Showed Up” by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

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The legendary Choctaw Chief Pushmataha swore that he sprang full grown from Mother Earth. As genealogists, we sometimes wonder whether our ancestors did the same. Most elusive men do have traceable origins, once we learn to deal with the issues that thwart us—migration, high mortality rates, and illegitimacy being not the least of them. This hour offers practical suggestions and strategies for extending paternal lines, focusing upon the pre-1850 period when censuses don’t identify children in parental households.

*** This class requires an active webinar membership to attend. ***

About the presenter

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught for 13 years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for 25 years, headed a university-based program for advanced researchers. A past president of both the American Society of Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth is the author, editor, and translator of 14 books and over 600 articles in the fields of genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. She has delivered over 1,000 lectures internationally, has appeared on radio and TV talk shows on three continents, and was featured in BBC’s 20th and 30th anniversary specials on the novel Roots.

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The webinar will be live on Friday, January 26, 2024 at:

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Essential Keyboard Shortcuts and other PC Tech Tools for Genealogy — free replay of today's webinar by Peggy Jude now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Peggy Jude, "Essential Keyboard Shortcuts and other PC Tech Tools for Genealogy” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

By integrating keyboard shortcuts into their routine, genealogists can enhance their research proficiency, minimize manual tasks, and dedicate more time to the core of their work: uncovering and preserving family histories.

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 22 minute recording of "Essential Keyboard Shortcuts and other PC Tech Tools for Genealogy" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Essential Keyboard Shortcuts and other PC Tech Tools for Genealogy by Peggy Jude

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Essential Keyboard Shortcuts and other PC Tech Tools for Genealogy by Peggy Jude

By integrating keyboard shortcuts into their routine, genealogists can enhance their research proficiency, minimize manual tasks, and dedicate more time to the core of their work: uncovering and preserving family histories.

About the presenter

Peggy Jude is a speaker, educator and researcher who has been conducting genealogical research for over 40 years. She specializes and teaches in five areas of genealogical interest: DNA, Genealogical Technology, Preserving Family History and Family Heirlooms, Genealogical Methods and Records, and Swedish Genealogy. Peggy serves as the VP, Projects and member of the board of the Manatee Genealogical Society (FL.) She leads both the DNA and the Technology for Genealogy Special Interest Groups for the society. She holds a BS in Zoology from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Following a successful career as a Global Human Resources Executive, she opened her genealogical business centered on the west coast of Florida. Peggy is on the faculty of the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is a graduate of ProGen, and multiple advanced genealogical institutes.

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How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources — free replay of today's webinar by Marie Cappart now available

How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources — free replay of today's webinar by Marie Cappart now available

The recording of today's webinar by Marie Cappart, "How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

How exciting it is to find French ancestors! But finding them in records can be tricky if you don’t know what archives are available nor the language. Using MyHeritage collections, tools and features, French research will have no mystery for you after this webinar.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 26 minute recording of "How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources by Marie Cappart

Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources by Marie Cappart

How exciting it is to find French ancestors! But finding them in records can be tricky if you don’t know what archives are available nor the language. Using MyHeritage collections, tools and features, French research will have no mystery for you after this webinar.

About the presenter

Hooked on genealogy when she was little, Marie Cappart is a historian (Free University of Brussels) and professional Anglo-Belgian genealogist based in Brussels. Passionate about family stories, always on the lookout, author of the Guide to Genealogy in Belgium (Jourdan 2017) and historical consultant for several Belgian and international media, she also gives courses and coaching all over the world. To stick as closely as possible to advances in genealogy, she trained in genetic genealogy in order to be able to share with you what undoubtedly constitutes the future of genealogy! Since 2021, Marie works for MyHeritage as Country Manager for France and Belgium.

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Case Studies as Genealogy Learning Tools

Case Studies as Genealogy Learning Tools

It's no wonder that when Legacy Webinars announced their most-watched webinars for 2023, Elizabeth Shown Mills featured prominently. Aside from the opportunity to learn from an expert in the field, she teaches by example. Many of the webinars she and other speakers from that list provided were based on case studies. Case studies aren't just popular as webinars; they are essential to our genealogical education and research. Why?

How do we, as researchers, learn how to do better research? Some of the ways we know might include reading or taking courses in methodology. Working on our research, learning by doing is also essential. Case studies are another way to learn as we go beyond a knowledge of common record sets and focus on problem-solving. It's through hearing the experiences of others that we can learn to do better research.

You might wonder how you could learn anything from a case study focusing on a location like New England when your research focuses on Spain. Genealogist Kimberly Powell wrote in her article on Genealogy Case Studies:

What is so eye-opening about the research of others, especially if the individuals or places in question have nothing to do with your own family? There is no better way to learn (aside from your own hands-on practice) than through the successes, mistakes, and techniques of other genealogists. A genealogical case study can be as simple as an explanation of the discovery and analysis of a particular record, to the research steps taken to trace a particular family back through several generations. Each one, however, gives us a glimpse into research problems that we ourselves may face in our own genealogy searches, approached through the eyes and experience of leaders in the genealogical field.[1]

Choosing webinars based on the speaker or how closely the topic matches what we are researching is not unusual. However, with case studies, we want to consider how the presenter solved the problem. What steps did they take? What questions did they ask? Where did they go for answers? Asking those questions means that the places and surnames may be inconsequential. Our focus is the steps the researcher took.

In a recent Legacy webinar I listened to by Gary Ball-Kilbourne PhD, CG titled The Many Wives of Howard William Lowe: Working with Social History to Glean Genealogical Insights his subject married five times. One of the marriages ended in the spouse's death but what happened in the others? Divorce is an obvious answer, but he didn't find the divorce records he expected to. So, he used social history to better understand how couples ended marriages in that time period. He understood that he needed to look beyond his understanding of modern marriage and divorce and instead look at the time period. His research into that question provided the answer. His research and handout are a must for others who exhaust traditional records sources and need to understand an era and location better.

It's easy to discount case studies, whether written or presented. They aren't necessarily "entertaining," and they may seemingly have nothing to do with your research because they are focused on a different location and surname. But that's not the point. Case studies help us better understand how to solve problems. They are the reason we read genealogy journals such as The National Genealogical Society Quarterly and listen to presenters' explain their research. As we choose what case studies to attend, consider what the presenter's research question is and how they found that answer. Use their handout to read more and possibly pick up sources to help your research.

[1] "Genealogy Case Studies," Thought Co (https://www.thoughtco.com/genealogy-case-studies-4048463: accessed 3 January 2023).

 

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.

 


Mexican American Mutual Aid Societies — free replay of today's webinar by Joy Oria now available for limited time

Mexican American Mutual Aid Societies — free replay of today's webinar by Joy Oria now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Joy Oria, "Mexican American Mutual Aid Societies” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Mutualistas, or mutual aid societies, sprang up in Mexican American communities in the early 20th century to protect and assist members facing economic hardships or discrimination. Health insurance, burial assistance, legal advocacy, cultural activities, and member participation are detailed in an extraordinary array of records.

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