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Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
Finding New South Wales birth, marriage and death records: 1788-1900
Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has made it easy for genealogists to find records relating to the births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials of those living in NSW during the colonial years. However, sometimes it’s too easy. When genealogists no longer need to undertake manual searches, they can miss entries for their ancestors’ family members or find only abbreviated entries, unaware that more information might be available elsewhere. Moreover, any index is only as good as the transcriber or indexer. Carol Baxter spent decades living and breathing New South Wales colonial records in her roles as project officer for the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record and as General Editor of its later online incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. Her duties included transcribing church records as well as processing the datasets transcribed by volunteers. As such, Carol has an in-depth knowledge of these vital colonial sources.
The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has made it easy for genealogists to find records relating to the births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials of those living in NSW during the colonial years. However, sometimes it’s too easy. When genealogists no longer need to undertake manual searches, they can miss entries for their ancestors’ family members or find only abbreviated entries, unaware that more information might be available elsewhere. Moreover, any index is only as good as the transcriber or indexer. Carol Baxter spent decades living and breathing New South Wales colonial records in her roles as project officer for the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record and as General Editor of its later online incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. Her duties included transcribing church records as well as processing the datasets transcribed by volunteers. As such, Carol has an in-depth knowledge of these vital colonial sources.
Wed, August 7 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, August 28 2024: 2:00 UTC
Using MyHeritage for Family History Research in Australia
Wed, August 28 2024: 2:00 UTC
Looking for your ancestors Down Under? Aussie genealogist Shauna Hicks will show you how to use MyHeritage to access a vast array of resources and make new discoveries about your ancestors from Australia.
Shauna Hicks
Looking for your ancestors Down Under? Aussie genealogist Shauna Hicks will show you how to use MyHeritage to access a vast array of resources and make new discoveries about your ancestors from Australia.
Wed, August 28 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Oops! Married twice (at the same time) Case Studies in Bigamy!
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
Family History Treasure in Australian Libraries
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
This presentation looks at what resources are available in Australia’s national, state and local libraries for family history research. Many state and local history and heritage resources are only available at the library. Find out what you might be missing.
Shauna Hicks
This presentation looks at what resources are available in Australia’s national, state and local libraries for family history research. Many state and local history and heritage resources are only available at the library. Find out what you might be missing.
Wed, November 6 2024: 1:00 UTC

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French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine
One of the great difficulties for people researching their French immigrant ancestors’ roots is that so little is known outside of France about when and why the French left their country. This dearth of knowledge has led many family historians of the 19th century to presume Huguenot, noble émigré or Alsace-Lorraine ancestry for any ancestor with a French name. The supposition became a family legend that then became a research frustration as more recent family historians attempt to prove what was never more than a misguided supposition. This webinar looks at the many waves of French migration, as well as the three mentioned in the title, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The historical reasons for when, why and to where they emigrated will provide the key points to bear in mind when conducting research. The bibliography, in English and French, contains not only books and articles concerning French emigration but a list of websites to aid the researcher.
One of the great difficulties for people researching their French immigrant ancestors’ roots is that so little is known outside of France about when and why the French left their country. This dearth of knowledge has led many family historians of the 19th century to presume Huguenot, noble émigré or Alsace-Lorraine ancestry for any ancestor with a French name. The supposition became a family legend that then became a research frustration as more recent family historians attempt to prove what was never more than a misguided supposition. This webinar looks at the many waves of French migration, as well as the three mentioned in the title, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The historical reasons for when, why and to where they emigrated will provide the key points to bear in mind when conducting research. The bibliography, in English and French, contains not only books and articles concerning French emigration but a list of websites to aid the researcher.
Tue, April 16 2024: 16:00 UTC
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African American Research 101 – Reconstruction Era (Part 2 of 3)
This lecture will discuss how to get started in African American research. The objective of this presentation will be to research either a free person of color or a formerly enslaved African American and identify the last enslaver. It will introduce Reconstruction Era records such as: The Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedmen’s Bank Records, Southern Claims Commission records, military records, census records, voter’s registration, newspapers, and vital records. It will also cover methodology for 1870 African American brick wall problems.
This lecture will discuss how to get started in African American research. The objective of this presentation will be to research either a free person of color or a formerly enslaved African American and identify the last enslaver. It will introduce Reconstruction Era records such as: The Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedmen’s Bank Records, Southern Claims Commission records, military records, census records, voter’s registration, newspapers, and vital records. It will also cover methodology for 1870 African American brick wall problems.
Fri, April 12 2024: 17:00 UTC
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Moving, moving, moving! Migration Patterns within Germany
Despite their reputation for being rooted to their localities, Germans do have a history of migration within their own country, especially after the onset of industrialization in the mid-19th century. In this presentation, we will explore the various patterns of internal migration, and offer guidance on how to navigate these movements to aid in your search for ancestors.
Despite their reputation for being rooted to their localities, Germans do have a history of migration within their own country, especially after the onset of industrialization in the mid-19th century. In this presentation, we will explore the various patterns of internal migration, and offer guidance on how to navigate these movements to aid in your search for ancestors.
Fri, April 12 2024: 12:00 UTC
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Scottish Genealogy – Are we a Clan or a Family? And can we have a Chief?
Not every Scottish surname is a Clan, despite what your “Clan Society” says. Are there really “Septs”? And how do we go about getting a Chief?
Not every Scottish surname is a Clan, despite what your “Clan Society” says. Are there really “Septs”? And how do we go about getting a Chief?
Fri, April 12 2024: 11:00 UTC
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How to successfully research at a German archive
Due to the constantly growing offer of online accessible sources for German genealogical research, an important cornerstone of the actual research is more and more disregarded: the classical research in an archive. A good preparation facilitates the archive visit immensely and makes the search in the historical documents an experience that will never replace a research on the screen. Particularly if you intend to add “meat to the bones” and find more valuable information about your ancestors besides dates and places of birth, marriage and/or death. There are many individual records in German archives and it would be a shame never to look at these wonderful documents. A visit to a German archive can be rather intimidating. Besides language barriers, the archival structures are initially often difficult to understand. But help is near! This presentation will cover professional tips & tricks for research in a German Archive – from preparation over execution to follow-up, if applicable. If you are unfamiliar with a specific archive, it is already difficult as a German to make the most of an archival research visit. Particularly as archives do not offer to conduct complex research projects on your behalf, you have to be prepared to do it yourself.
Due to the constantly growing offer of online accessible sources for German genealogical research, an important cornerstone of the actual research is more and more disregarded: the classical research in an archive. A good preparation facilitates the archive visit immensely and makes the search in the historical documents an experience that will never replace a research on the screen. Particularly if you intend to add “meat to the bones” and find more valuable information about your ancestors besides dates and places of birth, marriage and/or death. There are many individual records in German archives and it would be a shame never to look at these wonderful documents. A visit to a German archive can be rather intimidating. Besides language barriers, the archival structures are initially often difficult to understand. But help is near! This presentation will cover professional tips & tricks for research in a German Archive – from preparation over execution to follow-up, if applicable. If you are unfamiliar with a specific archive, it is already difficult as a German to make the most of an archival research visit. Particularly as archives do not offer to conduct complex research projects on your behalf, you have to be prepared to do it yourself.
Fri, April 12 2024: 10:00 UTC
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The Wilson Collection for New Zealand Researchers
The Wilson Collection was launched in 2021 and is one of New Zealand’s newest index sites. It contains a unique collection of contributions, including a marriage place index. Join Michelle as she takes us on a tour of this free, invaluable resource for New Zealand research. https://wilsoncollection.co.nz/
The Wilson Collection was launched in 2021 and is one of New Zealand’s newest index sites. It contains a unique collection of contributions, including a marriage place index. Join Michelle as she takes us on a tour of this free, invaluable resource for New Zealand research. https://wilsoncollection.co.nz/
Fri, April 12 2024: 9:00 UTC
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My Top 5 Websites for Victorian research in Australia
Victoria was the colony that experienced the gold rushes of the 1850s. This presentation looks at websites that assist anyone trying to find relatives in Victoria in the 19th century into the 20th century.
Shauna Hicks
Victoria was the colony that experienced the gold rushes of the 1850s. This presentation looks at websites that assist anyone trying to find relatives in Victoria in the 19th century into the 20th century.
Fri, April 12 2024: 8:00 UTC
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Common Challenges in Greek Genealogy Research
What are the most common challenges in Greek genealogy research and how to deal with them? Using real case study material, Gregory Kontos shares experience and tips to help you overcome your research brick walls!
What are the most common challenges in Greek genealogy research and how to deal with them? Using real case study material, Gregory Kontos shares experience and tips to help you overcome your research brick walls!
Fri, April 12 2024: 6:00 UTC
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Searching for Your Family in NYC? Resources and Techniques at MyHeritage and Beyond
If you have any American heritage at all, chances are, you have at least one person in your family tree who lived at some point in New York City. Join Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage, as he dives into a world of rich resources for researching ancestors who called the Big Apple home.
If you have any American heritage at all, chances are, you have at least one person in your family tree who lived at some point in New York City. Join Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage, as he dives into a world of rich resources for researching ancestors who called the Big Apple home.
Fri, April 12 2024: 3:00 UTC