Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe— free replay of today's webinar by Dave Obee now available for limited time

Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe— free replay of today's webinar by Dave Obee now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Dave Obee, "Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Family historians researching in Poland and Ukraine have to deal with gaps in records that could make progress next to impossible. Thanks to genetic genealogy, we can bridge those gaps. Geographic clues from your matches might get you looking in the right direction. This session includes some DNA success stories, based on geography and backed by documented research. It also offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe by Dave Obee

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe by Dave Obee

Family historians researching in Poland and Ukraine have to deal with gaps in records that could make progress next to impossible. Thanks to genetic genealogy, we can bridge those gaps. Geographic clues from your matches might get you looking in the right direction. This session includes some DNA success stories, based on geography and backed by documented research. It also offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

About the presenter

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 700 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.

He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

In 2012, Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist.

In 2017, Dave was awarded the annual Bill Good award, which recognizes a B.C. journalist, leader or educator who has made a significant impact in journalism and in the community at large. In 2014, in recognition of his work as a community volunteer, he was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, now known as the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

In 2021, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Dave a Paul Harris Fellow, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

He was a member of the services consultation committee at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa for four years. He is also a former member of the board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History, the magazine formerly known as The Beaver, and Kayak, which is a history magazine for children, as well as related websites.

Dave is a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.

In 2012, the British Columbia Historical Federation named Dave’s book, The Library Book: A History of Service to British Columbia, one of the province’s top three examples of historical writing in 2011. The book is a comprehensive look at library service and development over the past two centuries. His work on the book led to Dave receiving the B.C. Library Association’s 2010/2011 Keith Sacre Library Champion Award, the association’s top award for non-librarians.

In 2016 Dave received a Heritage Advocate award from North Vancouver District in recognition of his work on the history of the district’s library system, published in 2014 as Fifty! With a Fabulous Future.

In 2009, the British Columbia Historical Federation awarded Dave a Certificate of Appreciation “for his many contributions to British Columbia History.” The certificate says Dave “has researched, spoken, written, campaigned, lobbied and published the province’s heritage.”

Dave has also received a Certificate of Recognition from Heritage BC, for his work on the British Colonist website, which features 100 years of the leading newspaper in Victoria. The website was based on an idea hatched by Dave and university professors John Lutz and Patrick Dunae. This site makes a top resource available to researchers around the world.

In 2012, Dave published Counting Canada: A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census. Dave is also the author of Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records, published in 2010. He wrote Making the News, published by the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of the newspaper. It is a comprehensive history of Vancouver Island, drawn from old newspapers. Dave is also the co-author (with Sherry Irvine) of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, published by Ancestry in 2007.

Dave’s latest book is the second edition of Royal Oak Burial Park: A History and Guide, a 192-page look at the largest cemetery on Vancouver Island. The book includes 400 mini-biographies of people buried or cremated at Royal Oak.

Dave was one of the founders of the annual Times Colonist book drive, which has raised more than $2 million in support of school libraries and other literacy projects since 1998.

For several years, he taught family history courses for the continuing education department of Royal Roads University in Colwood, British Columbia. He has been speaking at genealogical events since 1997. A complete list of genealogy sessions is on Dave’s schedule page. This site also has more about Dave’s topics. There is also information on Dave’s books.

Dave runs CanGenealogy, a link site that is selective and sorted for ease of use. He also runs Volhynia.com, a website dedicated to the old German colonies in the northwest corner of Ukraine.

Dave has visited 17 countries in Europe, and has done genealogical research in most of them. He has a keen interest in world war battle areas in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. He served as president of the Foundation for East European Family History Studies from 2004 through 2007.

Dave was born in British Columbia, and his roots there go back to the arrival of his great-great-grandfather from Manitoba in 1890. Some of his paternal ancestors arrived in North America two centuries ago, settling in New York State and Ontario. His mother was born in a German colony in the Soviet Union, and came with her parents to Canada in 1928. Dave has lived in many areas of British Columbia (including Victoria, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Smithers and Fernie) and Alberta (including Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Falun).

He has been researching his own family history since 1978, when he took a continuing education course through Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. After puttering about for a few years, he started making real progress with the guidance of Rena Derricott at the Family History Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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New TechZone Video - Full, Half, and 3/4 Siblings by Paula Williams

New TechZone Video - Full, Half, and 3/4 Siblings by Paula Williams

We're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! Enjoy "Full, Half, and 3/4 Siblings" by Paula Williams.

Full, Half, and 3/4 Siblings

Siblings are siblings, but when working with DNA, we need to know the difference. What do these terms mean?

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About the Presenter

Paula is a professional genealogist who has been researching for more than two decades in primarily southern US states and has been using DNA to solve problems for more than a decade. She has studied at IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed). In addition, she’s a board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society and of the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) and is the facilitator for the latter’s DNA Special Interest Group. She also serves as an administrator for Blaine Bettinger’s “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques” group on Facebook, helping to answer people’s questions about DNA testing and analysis tools. She has taught at the IGHR and GRIP institutes and has lectured for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree and for the National Genealogical Society conference, among others.

 
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Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA — free replay of today's webinar by Alec Ferretti now available for limited time

Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA — free replay of today's webinar by Alec Ferretti now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Alec Ferretti, "Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time. 

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This lecture will discuss how best to weed out false-positive DNA Matches that test-takers from endogamous groups face daily. After discussing how endogamous matches differ from typical DNA matches, chromosome mapping tools such as DNA painter will be demonstrated to help identify more likely matches. The strengths and weaknesses of every testing company will be considered, when specifically considering endogamy.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA by Alec Ferretti

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA by Alec Ferretti

This lecture will discuss how best to weed out false-positive DNA Matches that test-takers from endogamous groups face daily. After discussing how endogamous matches differ from typical DNA matches, chromosome mapping tools such as DNA painter will be demonstrated to help identify more likely matches. The strengths and weaknesses of every testing company will be considered, when specifically considering endogamy.

About the presenter

Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who has worked for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net worth clients. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States. He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences. He serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group, serves actively on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies.

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Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA — free replay of today's webinar by Paula Williams now available for limited time

Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA — free replay of today's webinar by Paula Williams now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Paula Williams, "Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA"  is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Family lore tells a different story than the records for the paternity of a southwest Virginia great-grandfather. Learn how DNA helps solve the mystery!

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA by Paula Williams

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA by Paula Williams

Family lore tells a different story than the records for the paternity of a southwest Virginia great-grandfather. Learn how DNA helps solve the mystery!

About the presenter

Paula is a professional genealogist who has been researching for more than two decades in primarily southern US states and has been using DNA to solve problems for more than a decade. She has studied at IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed). In addition, she’s a board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society and of the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) and is the facilitator for the latter’s DNA Special Interest Group. She also serves as an administrator for Blaine Bettinger’s “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques” group on Facebook, helping to answer people’s questions about DNA testing and analysis tools. She has taught at the IGHR and GRIP institutes and has lectured for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree and for the National Genealogical Society conference, among others.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Using DNA To Identify Irish Ancestral Locations by Michelle Leonard

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Using DNA To Identify Irish Ancestral Locations by Michelle Leonard

For many of us who have Irish ancestry, the major question is ‘but where in Ireland?’ Like millions of other descendants of Irish emigrants, Michelle Leonard has Irish ancestors who left Ireland in the 1840s-60s and on nearly all documents she can find for them their birthplaces were given simply as ‘Ireland’. In many cases traditional research is not able to narrow down exactly where in Ireland our ancestors lived and trying to trace them across the seas is often a ‘needle in a haystack’ endeavour. In this personal case study, Michelle will outline how she managed to identify exact locations in Ireland for her Irish lines using the power of DNA testing and will provide strategies and top tips that could help you do the same.

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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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research by Paul Woodbury, MEd., AG

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research by Paul Woodbury, MEd., AG

Autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, X-DNA, and mtDNA testing and results all have their pros and cons for helping to solve a genealogy mystery. When used in tandem, the synergy of these various forms of DNA evidence aids in pinpointing (or ruling out) relationship scenarios and the source of shared DNA.

About the presenter

From a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul is an accredited genealogist in the France region through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Paul currently works as a Research Team Manager at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul enjoys French research.

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Explore Uncharted Paths in Tracing Brick Wall Ancestors Through DNA Network Graphs — free replay of today's webinar by Diana Elder, AG, AGL now available for limited time

Explore Uncharted Paths in Tracing Brick Wall Ancestors Through DNA Network Graphs — free replay of today's webinar by Diana Elder, AG, AGL now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Diana Elder, AG, AGL, "Explore Uncharted Paths in Tracing Brick Wall Ancestors Through DNA Network Graphs” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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When documentary research has been exhausted, DNA can be employed to suggest new avenues for research. Network graphs create clusters of DNA matches to research and find new possibilities for ancestral origins.

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