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.

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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.

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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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What Happened to Uncle Walter? Evidence Analysis and Correlation Uncover a Man’s Dual Identities — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by Sharon Hoyt, CG now available for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Sharon Hoyt, CG, "What Happened to Uncle Walter? Evidence Analysis and Correlation Uncover a Man’s Dual Identities” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

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Walter’s family lost touch with him after his 1920 arrest. Learn how collaboration, evidence correlation, and predictive research solved the mystery of Walter’s fate more than a century later.

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Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done- free replay of today's webinar by Robyn Smith now available for limited time

Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done- free replay of today's webinar by Robyn Smith now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Robyn Smith "Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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If you are like most genealogists, over the years you’ve amassed a mountain of documents, binders and files. You want to tell the story of your family, but don’t know where or how to begin. This lecture is for you. Robyn will share examples of the kinds of tables and tools she uses to organize, analyze and properly cite all those records you have collected. Get better organized. Understand what records you already have. Get rid of all those papers. Cite your sources with ease. Finally– put it all together!

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done by Robyn Smith

Putting it All Together: Making Sense of All the Research You’ve Done

If you are like most genealogists, over the years you’ve amassed a mountain of documents, binders and files. You want to tell the story of your family, but don’t know where or how to begin. This lecture is for you. Robyn will share examples of the kinds of tables and tools she uses to organize, analyze and properly cite all those records you have collected. Get better organized. Understand what records you already have. Get rid of all those papers. Cite your sources with ease. Finally– put it all together!
 
About the presenter

Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for over 25 years. An engineer by day, Robyn applies those research and problem-solving skills to the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland, Court Records, African American and Slavery research. From 2008-2012, Robyn taught an Advanced African American Genealogy class at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.

Robyn has lectured widely at regional and national conferences, and has taught at the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Maryland State Archives, and the Reginald Lewis Museum.

Robyn writes extensively and for more than ten years has authored a popular genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin (www.reclaimingkin.com).

In 2015, Ms. Smith published the book version of her blog, The Best of Reclaiming Kin, which was recommended in the syllabus at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She recently published part 2 of that volume in PDF format.

In addition to writing and teaching, Robyn also has a special passion for documenting the histories of communities and promoting adherence to genealogical standards.

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New Webinar Short: Tips for Finding Nicknames, Spelling Variants and Mangled Surnames by Janice Nickerson

New Webinar Short - What’s That Name? Tips for Finding Nicknames, Spelling Variants and Mangled Surnames by Janice Nickerson

Webinar Shorts are a new bonus feature for members at Legacy Family Tree Webinars that provide you with genealogy classes in 20 minutes or less.  Enjoy this new Webinar Short "What’s That Name? Tips for Finding Nicknames, Spelling Variants and Mangled Surnames" by Janice Nickerson.

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Names are a genealogist’s bread and butter. But how do you find your ancestors when they didn’t “go by” their proper names, or clerks mangled their names in the records or the transcriber couldn’t read the enumerator’s handwriting? These tips might help!

About the Presenter

Janice NickersonProfessional genealogist Janice Nickerson loves a good challenge whether it’s identifying elusive ancestors, tracking disappearing descendants or telling richer family stories. In addition to helping her private clients discover the richness of their ancestral heritage, Janice does heir searching, writes and lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Her specialties include early Ontario research, criminal justice records and using genealogy gifts and games to create a legacy. Her books, Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Researcher’s Guide (2010), and York’s Sacrifice: Militia Casualties of the War of 1812 (2012) were both published by the joint imprint of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press. Janice is a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English, German, Irish, Welsh and First Nations ancestry. Her company website is UpperCanadaGenealogy.com

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Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias - free replay of today's webinar by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG now available for limited time

Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias - free replay of today's webinar by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, "Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.

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Mary Kircher RoddyMary Kircher Roddy, CG became interested in family history in 2000 in anticipation of her husband’s sabbatical at the University of Limerick in Ireland. While she didn’t learn everything about her ancestors while they lived there, she was hooked! Since then she earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History from the University of Washington and her Certified Genealogist credential in 2019. She is a co-founder of the Applied Genealogy Institute, whose motto is “Learn by Doing.” She served as treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists from 2018-2021. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Mary is also co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

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Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-Solving with “Trivial Details” - replay of today's webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills now online for webinar members

Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-Solving with “Trivial Details” - replay of today's webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills now online for webinar members

The recording of today's members-only webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, "Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-Solving with “Trivial Details” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for those with a webinar membership.

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The records we use are filled with “trivia,” bits and pieces of information that seem to have no “genealogical” value—at least not until we become more innovative in our research and analysis. Each piece of trivia in every document is an opportunity waiting to be connected to something else. Our ability to resolve problems depends upon our ability to make those connections. This class explores eighteen types of records and the kind of hidden clues each offers to help us resolve problems of identity, kinship, and origin.

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Proving Identity: Not Matching Names - free replay of today's webinar by Robyn Smith now available for limited time

Proving Identity: Not Matching Names - free replay of today's webinar by Robyn Smith now available for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Robyn Smith, "Proving Identity: Not Matching Names" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Genealogy records are full of people living in the same place with the same name. How can you discern which one refers to your ancestor? We can’t rely on just names; we’ve got to prove identity. In this lecture, Robyn explains the concept and provides guidelines to ensure that we don’t confuse our ancestor with others in the community.

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