Top 10 genealogy webinars — November 2020

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for November 2020! 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-1,401 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of November 2020.  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 November 2020

1. Les principales sources d'archives généalogiques (French) by Mickaël Mange

2. Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensions (TechZone) by Cheri Hudson Passey

3. An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages (TechZone) by Thomas MacEntee

4. Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage by Sunny Morton

5. Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men by Shannon Green, CG

6. An Introduction to DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

7. In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World by Gena Philibert-Ortega

8. How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society by Kate Eakman

9. Surname Projects and DNA Projects by Mags Gaulden

10. 50 Records that Document Female Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega

The Runner-Ups

11. Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

12. How Old Did He Have To Be…? by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

13. Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

14. Australian Census Substitutes by Helen V. Smith

15. Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage by Sunny Morton

16. The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

17. Dealing with Endogamy by Paul Woodbury

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

19. The 1939 Register - Why is it invaluable? by Penny Walters

20. Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. Five Windows 10 Productivity Tips (TechZone) by Marian Pierre-Louis

22. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

23. 7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design (TechZone) by Diane Boumenot

24. From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship Determination by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

25. Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries by James Tanner

26. Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com (TechZone) by Diane Boumenot

27. Keep Track of Every Note with Evernote by Lianne Kruger

28. Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA by Roberta Estes

29. Use MyHeritage Records to Quickly Discover and Write the Story of Your Ancestors by Devon Noel Lee

30. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an webinar membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Surname Projects and DNA Projects - free webinar by Mags Gaulden now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Mags Gaulden, "Surname Projects and DNA Projects" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls.

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 28 minute recording of "Surname Projects and DNA Projects" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,395 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,389 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men - free webinar by Shannon Green, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Shannon Green, CG, "Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Can the same man die twice? Two different probates years apart appear to be for different men, but they are not. Research into probate records revealed more men by the same name. Each man’s identity needed to be developed to distinguish them from each other. This case study uses probate records, deeds, census records, newspapers, tax rolls, town records, newspapers, neighborhoods, and handwriting analysis to distinguish these men. Learn ways to distinguish same-named men as well as warnings of how identities can be incorrectly conflated.

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 19 minute recording of "Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,394 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,389 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Surname Projects and DNA Projects by Mags Gaulden

Register
 
Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls.

Registerbut 

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About the presenter

MagsGaulden-144x144Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a "hobby". This 30-year "hobby" eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. 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.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors - free webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG now online for limited time

Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors - free webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG, "Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors.

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 42 minute recording of "Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,392 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,381 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Sunny Morton, "Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage is home to millions of digitized newspaper pages. Learn how the site's Record Matches technology helps you identify, review and extract information from obituaries, news articles and more right into your family tree. Learn tips to optimize newspaper discoveries, including a little-known trick for searching within specific newspaper titles.

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 9 minute recording of "Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,390 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,381 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG

Register
 
The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors.

Registerbut 

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

MichaelStrauss-2018-144x144Michael L. Strauss, AG, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at:

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

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. 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.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society - free webinar by Kate Eakman now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Kate Eakman, "How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

If you know or suspect you are descended from one of the original Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts on 9 November 1620 there is still time to join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (more commonly known as the Mayflower Society) before the November 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society.

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 9 minute recording of "How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,386 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,374 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Australian Census Substitutes - free webinar by Helen V. Smith now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Helen V. Smith, "Australian Census Substitutes" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Sadly, in Australia while censuses were taken, once the statistical data was extracted, most were destroyed. Apart from some early musters, researchers have to use other resources to try and fill in the gaps. These include electoral rolls, directories, gazettes, council rates, land records, civil registration and more. While not a perfect substitute these resources do help us put people in time and place.

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 9 minute recording of "Australian Census Substitutes" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,385 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,374 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
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society by Kate Eakman

Register
 
If you know or suspect you are descended from one of the original Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts on 9 November 1620 there is still time to join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (more commonly known as the Mayflower Society) before the November 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society.

Registerbut 

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

KateEakman-144x144Kate Eakman holds an M.A in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 20 years of genealogical experience as well as traditional historical research and writing. Today, Kate is a Senior Researcher and General Research Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Her genealogical specialties include Civil War era, African-American, Native American, and general U.S. genealogy as well as Irish, Scottish, English, Canadian, and Italian genealogy. Kate loves the challenge of brick walls and excels at outside-the-box thinking for breaking them down. Kate lives with her husband and his horse in Portland, Oregon.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. 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.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!