McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free - free webinar by Calvin Dark now online for limited time

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The recording of today's African Diaspora Webinar Series webinar by Calvin Dark, "McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Calvin Dark presents the story of his Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron McMasters, born enslaved around 1814 in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he convinced his master and biological father, Simeon McMasters, to free him but North Carolina law wouldn’t allow it. This presentation will shed light on aspects of slavery (including manumission, emancipation, anti-slavery vs. abolitionist groups, Underground Railroad, Quakers, and Black Codes), Reconstruction, and African American history in North Carolina that are lesser-known and largely omitted from mainstream teaching and discourse about the period. The presentation will also provide tips and lessons learned for using genetic genealogy to uncover and discover valuable family history.

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How to decide what heirlooms to pass down

How to decide what heirlooms to pass down

Recently I was giving a presentation about social history and telling the stories of our ancestors. Those stories can/should include the heirlooms we inherit. One of the participants asked, "how do I ensure my grandma's china remains in our family?"

Good question. We all have that question. The automatic answer is probably, "you can't." No matter how much you love a treasured family heirloom you can't control what happens to it once you shake off this mortal coil. That's just reality. We all treasure different material objects and assign meaning to some while viewing other things as disposable. However, this is a subject that weighs on us, especially for the family historian who has seen countless articles and books in the last five years about downsizing your life and what your kids want and don't want to inherit.

My take on this subject is simple. No one wants to inherit something they need to store long-term. Your children or other family members have their stuff; they don't have endless storage space for your stuff. So what does that mean for your treasured items, and how you decide what to do with them?

I think people are more likely to keep and treasure something that has meaning for them, no matter the inherent or perceived value. What does this mean for grandma's china (or apron, jewelry, furniture, etc...…)?

If it's not fragile and falling apart, use it. People will treasure what they see. That means they need to know the item, so display it, use it, tell stories about it, so they can build memories to it. When I consider my "treasures," it doesn't matter that an inherited item means a lot to me. It needs to mean a lot to my kids who didn't know my grandparents or have any memories of them.

I use my grandma's china. I need to use it more, but I use and display it. Could I accidentally break a piece? Absolutely. I'm surprised I haven't. But it's there for my family and me to enjoy. It does us no good hidden in a cabinet. Despite using it, my kids may not want it when I pass. That's ok. I won't be around to give them my opinion. I’ll write down what my wishes are and approach the person I think would want those pieces. I would love for my kids to want the china, but in the end, I need to enjoy using something that brings back memories of my grandmother, who I dearly loved.

Is there any guarantee that a treasured heirloom will remain in the family? No, nothing is guaranteed, and as life changes, so do people's attachments to specific items. People have circumstances that dictate what they keep, like, etc. Taste changes (if it didn't, there wouldn't be antique or thrift stores). But when something is meaningful, it is more likely to be kept and treasured. Telling the stories of our ancestors should include the treasures that remind us of their lives.

 

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.

 


Register for Friday's African Diaspora webinar series: McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free by Calvin Dark

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Calvin Dark presents the story of his Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron McMasters, born enslaved around 1814 in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he convinced his master and biological father, Simeon McMasters, to free him but North Carolina law wouldn’t allow it. This presentation will shed light on aspects of slavery (including manumission, emancipation, anti-slavery vs. abolitionist groups, Underground Railroad, Quakers, and Black Codes), Reconstruction, and African American history in North Carolina that are lesser-known and largely omitted from mainstream teaching and discourse about the period. The presentation will also provide tips and lessons learned for using genetic genealogy to uncover and discover valuable family history.
 
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CalvinDark-144x144Calvin Dark is a writer and historian who regularly gives presentations and leads discussion groups on genealogy, African American folklore, and history. He is the author of the forthcoming book, McMasters’ Will: The Scheme that Almost Freed Us, detailing the life and freedom fight of his enslaved Great-Great Grandfather Amos McMasters. Calvin is a proud native of Siler City, North Carolina, a graduate of Duke University, and a former Fulbright Scholar to Morocco. He currently resides in Washington, DC where he is principal and co-founder of RC Communications, a public relations and marketing firm.

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Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method - free webinar by Dana Leeds now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Dana Leeds, "Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

When you take an autosomal DNA test, you get a list of people who share DNA with you because you share common ancestors. The Leeds Method uses Shared Matching to create colorful groups of these matches. Each group is likely related to you through one part of your family, and many people get four groups based on their four grandparent lines. This method is based on DNA, not trees, so it is also often effective in cases of unknown parentage. This presentation will help you create a Leeds Method chart, understand your results, and use that chart to learn more about your family tree.

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Three Jewish genealogy research classes free in May - celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

Three Jewish genealogy research classes free in May - celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Join us at Legacy Family Tree Webinars as we honor those with Jewish American heritage.

Through the end of May, three of our Jewish Genealogy classes at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/Jewish are free to the public.

Watch these three classes for free in May (unlocked from our member library)

Jewish Genealogy with JewishGen.org by Deborah J. Kroopkin. 

Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from JewishGen.org.

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Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Research by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Just a few short years ago, those looking for accessible Sephardic resources were simply out of luck. However, thanks to the internet, there are specialized websites, new books, online archival resources, Facebook groups, dedicated conferences and much more. We will analyze archival documents, discuss many websites, educational resources and new research.

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Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giants by Ellen Kowitt and Sunny Morton

Learn about Jewish record collections across Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage–and JewishGen! This comparative analysis tells you not only what records are where, but recommends best versions of similar record collections and additional tools on each site that are especially relevant to researching Jewish ancestors. Sunny Morton, expert on the “giant” genealogy websites, teams up with Ellen Kowitt, Jewish records expert, to bring two knowledgeable voices to this important topic.

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Also, check out these two additional webinars that are always free in our library.

Finding Jewish Records in the MyHeritage Search Engine by Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage Search technology has been thoroughly updated recently. Join MyHeritage expert genealogist Daniel Horowitz in a fast-paced session on this new technology. Learn how it works, and how it can benefit your Jewish research. Learn how to effortlessly cover thousands of important repositories in a single search.

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Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Learn about Jewish history, migration and genetics. Also hear from the first-hand experience of Maria Apodaca.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method by Dana Leeds

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When you take an autosomal DNA test, you get a list of people who share DNA with you because you share common ancestors. The Leeds Method uses Shared Matching to create colorful groups of these matches. Each group is likely related to you through one part of your family, and many people get four groups based on their four grandparent lines. This method is based on DNA, not trees, so it is also often effective in cases of unknown parentage. This presentation will help you create a Leeds Method chart, understand your results, and use that chart to learn more about your family tree.
 
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DanaLeeds-144x144Dana Leeds started researching her family tree in 1998. She bought her first DNA kit in 2016 and solved her first unknown parentage case in early 2018. While working on another case that year, she created the innovative genetic genealogy tool known as the Leeds Method. This method quickly sorts DNA matches into clusters allowing the user to see which matches belong together. Dana quickly became a nationally known genetic genealogy speaker, and she enjoys helping others to easily understand and work with their DNA results.

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Top 10 genealogy webinars — April 2022

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for April 2022! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-1,765 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of April 2022.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for April 2022

1. Proving Parentage Two Centuries Later Using DNA Evidence by David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL

2. Simply using timelines will make a difference in your research! by Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy

3. Family Stories in 30 Minutes or Less by Brenda Hudson, Ph.D.

4. Wringing Every Drop out of Mitochondrial DNA by Roberta Estes

5. 'What are the Odds?' An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles by Jonny Perl

6. Where Did That Come From?! Tracing the Origins of Unique Ethnicity Admixture by Paul Woodbury

7. Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation by Michelle Leonard

8. The Beginner's Guide To DNA Testing For Genealogy by Michelle Leonard

9. From Piles to Files: Organize Your Genealogy by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

10. 'We Were Supposed To Be Neals:' Reconstructing an Enslaved Family Using DNA by Renate Yarborough Sanders

The Runner-Ups

11. Spinsters and Widows: Using Women to Reconstruct Families by Shannon Green, CG

12. Writing as You Go is the WAY to Go! by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

13. Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians–Oh, My! by Sunny Morton

14. 3 Clues Found in Every Land Record by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA

15. Who were the Scots-Irish? by Natalie Bodle

16. The Lady of the Scrapbook: A Newspaper Case Study by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

17. Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research by Jonny Perl

18. Doing Time – Prison Records as Genealogy Resources by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

19. Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists by Cyndi Ingle

20. Using WikiTree's DNA Features in Your Family History Research by Mags Gaulden

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. Family Discoveries in Minutes by Devin Ashby

22. Supercharge your Research Spreadsheets with Airtable by Francine Crowley Griffis, CG

23. Expelled from Nova Scotia: Researching the Acadian Diaspora to the Colonies by Ann G. Lawthers, Sc.D.

24. Everything You Need to Know About the 1950 Census by Lisa Louise Cooke

25. Hard drive and SSD drive failure rates and what to do by Andy Klein

26. Stump Craig! by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

27. My Top 20 Free Australian Genealogy Websites by Shauna Hicks

28. Identifying Unnamed Free Born African Americans - A DNA Case Study by David Rencher, CG, AG, FUGA, FIGRS

29. Finding your ancestors in Irish land valuation records by Natalie Bodle

30. The Geography of Genealogy in Europe by Dave Obee

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Add Library Digital Collections to Your Genealogy Search List

There is little doubt that a library is essential for genealogists. Still, with the emphasis on researching at a library, we may be forgetting about an essential part of its online presence, digital collections.

I realize not every library website includes digital collections, but enough do to include them when considering the public library located where your ancestors lived.

A digital collection is an online collection of digitized material that range from newspapers to historical photographs, books, and documents. While these collections aren't typically described as "genealogical," they have genealogical value. These collections will be found on the library website under a research or collections heading (for example). They may also be referred to as a digital archive or digital collection.

Add Library Digital Collections to Your Genealogy Search List

 

Let's look at an example from the Evansville, Indiana Public Library. While it's probably more apparent that a large public or academic library hosts digital collections, don't assume a local public library would not. In this example, their digital collections are found by clicking on the word Collections at the top toolbar, and then under Special Collections, choose Digital Archive.

Evansville Library Archive

"The Digital Archive collection created by the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library contains images of photographs, postcards, cartoons, and documents representing people, places, and things in and around Evansville, Indiana.

Original images in this collection are from the Indiana Collection, located at Central Library in downtown Evansville, or from local residents."

So, what has genealogical value here? Almost everything, but pay special attention to the directories and yearbooks. Once you find the collection you're interested in, you can browse it to find the exact item like any digitized book collection you are familiar with. Once you select a singular directory, you can search within that book.

Once you're done exploring those, the homepage for the Digital Archive includes links to other collections, including genealogical.

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Although I chose to start with a US example, any online library may include digital collections. Consider this example from the Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada public library. In this case, the digital collections are part of a more extensive offering the library has, combining free and paid subscription databases. Not clearly labeled, this one took a little more effort to find, but it was under Books & More at the top toolbar and then All Online Resources.

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Like most libraries, this one includes their subscription-based offerings, accessible with a library card, but they also have links to free collections, including the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project which is "free online access to cultural and heritage materials. Browse newspapers from 1885, read entire books about local communities, research legal documents, view historic photographs, and explore much more!" Yearbooks are just one of the genealogical finds you'll see in this collection.

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Libraries are vital for genealogists but don't forget what they can offer your research virtually. An online search of your ancestor's local public library (or even another one nearby) might reveal historical photographs, newspapers, directories, or digitized books that can help your genealogical search. Don't stop at the library homepage or even the catalog. Explore the entire website to see what genealogical items might exist.

 

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.

 


Wringing Every Drop out of Mitochondrial DNA - free webinar by Roberta Estes now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Roberta Estes, "Wringing Every Drop out of Mitochondrial DNA" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

We will learn step by step, how to utilize mitochondrial DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. We’ll look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn’t have a tree. We’ll talk about using resources such as Geni, WikiTree and others to break down mitochondrial brick walls. Lastly, we’ll discuss projects and using mitochondrial DNA in conjunction with autosomal for a slam-dunk.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 14 minute recording of "Wringing Every Drop out of Mitochondrial DNA" 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 1,765 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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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Wringing Every Drop out of Mitochondrial DNA by Roberta Estes

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We will learn step by step, how to utilize mitochondrial DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. We’ll look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn’t have a tree. We’ll talk about using resources such as Geni, WikiTree and others to break down mitochondrial brick walls. Lastly, we’ll discuss projects and using mitochondrial DNA in conjunction with autosomal for a slam-dunk.
 
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RobertaEstes-144x144Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner for over 25 years, as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978. In 2005, reflecting her interest and expertise in genetics for genealogy, she formed DNAeXplain, a company providing individual analysis of DNA results and genealogical assistance.

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