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Wed, Jan 7 2015

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Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets
Technology has brought much more than the convenience of digitized genealogical records to our home computers. It has also delivered an incredible level of portability to family history research! iPads and tablets are built for hitting the road and are ideally suited for genealogy due to the sleek lightweight size…

Lisa Louise Cooke

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Wed, Jan 14 2015

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Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources
Tracking migration in the United States involves using census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each of these types of records; learn where to find them, and how to use them effectively to track migration.

Mary Hill
Fri, Jan 16 2015

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Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact
We all have some ancestors for whom we have very little information. Perhaps we have a death date or a marriage date and nothing else. In this webinar Marian Pierre-Louis shows you how to expand your research from as little as one single fact. She will use multiple examples to…

Marian Pierre-Louis
Wed, Jan 21 2015

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My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes
It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope…

Thomas MacEntee
Wed, Jan 28 2015

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Getting Started in Scrapbooking
Learn how to scrap your past and present quickly and easily. Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve your heritage and those precious family memories, and in this Introduction to Scrapbooking webinar, we will show you how to use designer templates from Kiwi Lane Designs to create beautiful layouts that…

Susan Budge
Wed, Feb 4 2015

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One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community
The people, the streets, the churches, the workplaces, the shops and the public buildings – there are so many aspects to explore in a village to uncover its fascinating history. The village detective, Kirsty Gray, documents the sources available to trace the history of villages, with particular reference to her...

Kirsty Gray
Fri, Feb 6 2015

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Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records
Using a record-based approach, learn to find the basic records of your Confederate Ancestor. A review of basic military records will be presented by following a solider throughout all available records, including Pensions (online and textual) and alternates: local civil records, Fraternal Organizations, state agency records, home guard and militia...

J. Mark Lowe
Wed, Feb 11 2015

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Zigzagging through German Church Records
You will learn about the methodology of using the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and burial records from German church registers most effectively. By utilizing the different bits of information found in each, researchers can zigzag their way to adding centuries to a pedigree.

James M. Beidler
Wed, Feb 18 2015

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Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors
You may not have a family member (sibling of your ancestor) who was born, married and died in New Zealand, but if you do - lots of footprints for you to find. If they had just one of these events in New Zealand -there is a gold mine waiting for…

Jan Gow
Wed, Feb 25 2015

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Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives
Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing people. These strategies will help you find those elusive living relatives who just may hold the key to your brick wall or possess that treasured photo you’ve been looking for.

Lisa Louise Cooke
Wed, Mar 4 2015

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Researching with Karen!
Feeling stuck? Have a difficult genealogy research problem? It may be time for a professional to assist. Join educator, author, and researcher, Karen Clifford, as she answers your questions and demonstrates how she solves genealogy cases. Seeing how someone else approaches a genealogy mystery can give you new ideas to…

Karen Clifford
Fri, Mar 6 2015

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Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name
Learn techniques for recording and organizing your research when you're not sure if you've got the right ancestor, or when you find several people with the same name. Get ideas for easily picking up old research and sharing your findings.

Geoff Rasmussen
Wed, Mar 11 2015

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Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish
Starting one ancestor at a time is often the best way to get going with writing your family history. Learn how to craft compelling ancestor profiles from start to finish and how to effectively weave them into a larger narrative. Attendees are invited to submit a draft of a 500…

Lisa Alzo
Wed, Mar 18 2015

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Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries
Ireland research expert, Judy Wight, will teach about 17th-19th century genealogy records using different case studies in this day-after-St. Patrick's Day webinar.

Judith Eccles Wight
Wed, Mar 25 2015

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Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence
Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By…

Chris Staats
Wed, Apr 1 2015

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Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1
Session 1 - Getting Started on the Right Foot. All of us know at least a bit of information about our family. It may be something we have heard, or something we have and don't know how it can help us. We will start out learning about information from an…

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Wed, Apr 8 2015

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American Revolution Genealogy
The War of Independence changed history; our history; our families’ history. It’s a story about which we want to know more. Did my ancestor help? …even a little? There’s much to be learned about our ancestors’ roles in this moment in history. In this class, we’ll discover where to start…

Beth Foulk
Fri, Apr 10 2015

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Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House
Each of us wants to ignore that scalawag, that counterfeiter, or that madam in our family, but the black sheep may prove the most interesting of all. Learn to examine clues in unusual and also common sources. Learn how they lead to locating more records.

Jana Sloan Broglin
Wed, Apr 15 2015

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Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
This light-hearted excursion into the mistakes of a novice researcher will entertain audiences of all levels of experience.

Warren Bittner
Wed, Apr 22 2015

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D-I-V-O-R-C-E!
Our ancestors' marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Wed, Apr 29 2015

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Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history
Specialized studies take many forms – whether it is a one-name (surname) study, a one-place (location) study, or a cemetery, church or school survey. These projects often have us “reinventing the wheel” as we try to come up with a method for entering and using our data. Why reinvent the...

Tessa Keough
Wed, May 6 2015

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Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2
Session 2 - Using Compiled Sources. There are many opportunities to view what has been researched before. Some of those collections include compiled genealogies and heritage books, and online compilations. We will look at some ways to discover if the previous research is credible and can aid in our own…

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Fri, May 8 2015

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After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.

Thomas MacEntee
Wed, May 13 2015

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GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories
Families often have one or two family traditions passed down over centuries – but how do we document them? Do we have old family letters or journals? If not – we need to focus on newspapers to discover and document our stories.

Tom Kemp
Wed, May 20 2015

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Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien
Not all our ancestors were naturalized. The ones who didn't become citizens suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new residences, creating the kinds of records genealogists love.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Wed, May 27 2015

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Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860
Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors.

Mary Hill
Wed, Jun 3 2015

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Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3
Session 3 - Learning how to obtain and read a record. After learning of the many ways to search for and obtain a record, we will analyze the information it may contain. We will examine some of the documents that produce the best evidence of family relationships. A small exercise…

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Wed, Jun 10 2015

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Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar
Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following a guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”

Jana Sloan Broglin
Fri, Jun 12 2015

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10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies
Last time we scratched the surface in learning how to use Legacy with specialized studies. Now that you have had a chance to think about that special project, join us as we put theory into practice with 10 tips for using Legacy with specialized studies. Join Tessa Keough, Geoff Rasmussen…
Legacy Family Tree Panel , Tessa Keough
Wed, Jul 1 2015

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The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind
How do you research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture we look at the specific trail women left including signature quilts, community cookbooks…

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Wed, Jul 8 2015

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Pinning Your Family History
Have you considered using a variety of social media “pinning” sites like Pinterest to share your family history photos and stories? You might be surprised at the connection you can make with other genealogists as well as far-flung family members! One of the challenges in for the family historian is…

Thomas MacEntee
Fri, Jul 10 2015

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Making a Federal Case Out of It
Federal courts cases cover a wide range of matters, from bankruptcy to piracy on the high seas. These courts and the records they created can often give genealogists many details to flesh our their family's stories.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Wed, Jul 15 2015

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Researching with Karen!
Feeling stuck? Have a difficult genealogy research problem? It may be time for a professional to assist. Join educator, author, and researcher, Karen Clifford, as she answers your questions and demonstrates how she solves genealogy cases. Seeing how someone else approaches a genealogy mystery can give you new ideas to…

Karen Clifford
Wed, Jul 22 2015

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Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started?
Learn how to trace your Swedish roots. The presentation will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The presentation will provide an overview of emigration records, passenger lists, census records, and church records--and how to locate and use these valuable resources.

Kathy Meade
Wed, Jul 29 2015

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Storyboard Your Family History
Learn how the Scrivener software, a multifaceted word processor and project management tool, can help you plot, organize, and write your family history narrative, prepare research reports, and much more. (Attendees are encouraged to download the free trial (PC or Mac) prior to webinar to maximize the learning experience).

Lisa Alzo
Wed, Aug 5 2015

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What's in a Name? Trouble!
Ron presents how to put the Genealogical Proof Standard into action with a very complex example of identity merging and separation. Ron will discuss problems with changing names and how to deal with them. Ron will will discuss mind maps, a powerful technology for clearer thinking and extraordinary data...

Ron Arons
Wed, Aug 12 2015

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Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions
Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. Looking at the property descriptions in some deeds, that word count seems accurate! Certainly, a compass and graph paper still work fine. However, software tools add power and flexibility in the platting of property and creation of maps to aid in your…

Chris Staats
Wed, Aug 19 2015

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Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors
Learn about the records that transcend the development of Kentucky county, Virginia to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792. Learn about the earliest counties, what to use and how to find the right records for your Kentucky ancestors.

J. Mark Lowe
Fri, Aug 21 2015

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Digital Family Reunions
Want to get together with your friends and family but can’t do it in person? There are many tools that will allow you to get together online and interact together. Come learn about how tools like webinars, Skype, Google+, etc. enable anyone to share and record your conversations.

Devin Ashby
Wed, Aug 26 2015

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German Names and Naming Patterns
The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to "look in the middle" for first names ... as well as dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. This presentation demystifies these and other potential problems.

James M. Beidler
Wed, Sep 2 2015

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Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks
Through sample case studies, learn about lesser-utilized research tactics, key resources and repositories to find your elusive Eastern European ancestors.

Lisa Alzo
Wed, Sep 9 2015

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Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online
Learn how to research your Swedish Heritage using ArkivDigital Online, an online service that provides access to newly photographed color images of Swedish historical records. This product demo will familiarize you with the types of records that you will find on ArkivDigital including: the Swedish church books, estate inventories, military…

Kathy Meade
Fri, Sep 11 2015

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Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors
Join Geoff Rasmussen as he recounts personal experiences of genealogy serendipity in cemeteries, libraries, mailboxes and elsewhere.

Geoff Rasmussen
Wed, Sep 16 2015

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Researching Your Dutch Ancestors
Do you have ancestors from the Netherlands? This webinar introduces you to the most important records and shows you what you can find online, even if you don't know any Dutch. Learn how naming traditions and emigration patterns can help you find your Dutch ancestors.

Yvette Hoitink
Wed, Sep 23 2015

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Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales
With increased digitization of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to your ancestors are far more readily available but how are the records structured? Where are they located? And what information can be gleaned from these primary sources? Taking you through the basics by examining record groups including…

Kirsty Gray
Wed, Sep 30 2015

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Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors
Periodicals can fill in the pieces between the birth and death of your ancestor. Whether the information is biographical, a transcription, or reporting on an event, periodicals provide rich detail about your ancestor’s life. In this lecture we will discuss the types of periodicals that exist and what indexes (JSTOR…

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Wed, Oct 7 2015

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Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait
What if you could wear a device that would tell you all about a person as you stood in front of their gravestone? What about a device that told you that a DNA match was attending the same genealogy conference? These ideas may seem too futuristic, but they are...

Thomas MacEntee
Wed, Oct 14 2015

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Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America
Imagine leaving everything you and your family has known for generations for an unexplored, unfamiliar, possibly hostile “New World.” Who were these people of unbounded courage, faith, and resiliency who ultimately laid the foundation for the America as we know it? What stories they must tell! What do the records…

Beth Foulk
Fri, Oct 16 2015

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Billions of Records, Billions of Stories
Volunteers around the world have now indexed and arbitrated over 1 billion records. This class will discuss the current initiatives of the FamilySearch Indexing community and provide an in-depth look at some of the stories being told.

Devin Ashby
Wed, Oct 21 2015

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What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records
Learn about the records (North Carolina & Tennessee) that exist for genealogists researching pre-statehood Tennessee (before 1796). Record types, finding aids, locations, and examples will be discussed and presented.

J. Mark Lowe
Wed, Oct 28 2015

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Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter?
A genealogist’s goal is to establish identity and prove relationships; complex evidence is the ONLY way to do this. Follow a case study of clues from multiple sources to solve a problem.

Warren Bittner
Wed, Nov 4 2015

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Researching with Karen!
Feeling stuck? Have a difficult genealogy research problem? It may be time for a professional to assist. Join educator, author, and researcher, Karen Clifford, as she answers your questions and demonstrates how she solves genealogy cases. Seeing how someone else approaches a genealogy mystery can give you new ideas to…

Karen Clifford
Wed, Nov 11 2015

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Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
In this one-of-a-kind lecture we will discuss various methods for keeping track of your DNA matches- especially your autosomal DNA matches. We will first discuss what kind of information you need to keep track of, and why. We will cover the basics of Excel, Word, email folders and correspondence. We…

Diahan Southard
Fri, Nov 13 2015

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Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record
Perhaps you’ve been researching for 5 years – 15 years – or even 50 years. Your skills improve with each year. Learn how to review and prepare your data – so that you can leave it – permanently – on multiple sites. Make your data is available for your...

Tom Kemp
Wed, Nov 18 2015

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Mapping Madness
Learn where to find historical maps online and off. Discover mapping tools that help us understand our ancestors' migration patterns and how they lived. Learn about Google Maps, Bing Maps, MapCruncher, AniMap, and more.

Ron Arons
Wed, Dec 2 2015

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Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research
Ever wonder what various gravestone symbols mean? Is everything “set in stone” completely accurate? Gail will walk you through cemeteries all over the country with tips on how to use cemetery and associated records in your genealogy quest.

Gail Blankenau
Wed, Dec 9 2015

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Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist?
ICAPGenSM is a professional credentialing organization dedicated to testing an individual’s competence in genealogical research. The co-chairs of the ICAPGenSM Testing Committee will discuss the organization, the benefits of achieving an AG® credential, and the accreditation process.
Apryl Cox , Kelly Summers
Wed, Dec 16 2015

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Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research
Your brick wall is giving you countless headaches and troubles. Perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at different people in your family tree. In this webinar we will talk about doing in-depth research on cousins and siblings in order to remove genealogy obstacles.

Marian Pierre-Louis
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