Webtember

Take your genealogy skills to the next level with this online genealogy conference, held each Friday in September: 30 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. Join live for all four Fridays or just one, and if you can’t, we’ve got you covered! Enjoy the recordings at your convenience below.

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Fri, September 1 2023: 14:15 UTC
Connecting Generations through Probate and Property
Fri, September 1 2023: 14:15 UTC
Genealogical research involves identifying ancestors, linking them to family members, and then connecting them to the previous generation: sons and daughters to fathers and mothers. As our research moves back in time, particularly once we’ve gotten to the 19th century, connecting one generation to the previous generation becomes more difficult. Vital records expressly stating a parent-child relationship are rare. Consequently, to establish kinship we must broaden our research approach. Using case studies, Teri will demonstrate how to use probate and property records to identify family members and connect them to their ancestors.
Genealogical research involves identifying ancestors, linking them to family members, and then connecting them to the previous generation: sons and daughters to fathers and mothers. As our research moves back in time, particularly once we’ve gotten to the 19th century, connecting one generation to the previous generation becomes more difficult. Vital records expressly stating a parent-child relationship are rare. Consequently, to establish kinship we must broaden our research approach. Using case studies, Teri will demonstrate how to use probate and property records to identify family members and connect them to their ancestors.
Fri, September 1 2023: 14:15 UTC
Fri, September 1 2023: 15:30 UTC
Capturing their Stories: Best Practices for Recording Family History Interviews
Fri, September 1 2023: 15:30 UTC
Family history interviews are invaluable sources for our genealogy research that can also be converted into meaningful keepsake gifts for family. Explore tips and free or inexpensive tools to use with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to capture family interviews in-person or from afar via Zoom. Learn best practices for planning and directing your interviews.
Family history interviews are invaluable sources for our genealogy research that can also be converted into meaningful keepsake gifts for family. Explore tips and free or inexpensive tools to use with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to capture family interviews in-person or from afar via Zoom. Learn best practices for planning and directing your interviews.
Fri, September 1 2023: 15:30 UTC
Fri, September 1 2023: 16:45 UTC
Case Study: Finding My 3rd Great Grandfather: How X-DNA Led the Way
Fri, September 1 2023: 16:45 UTC
We never knew the birth parents of my 2nd great grandmother, Sena. Her mother died during childbirth on the ship coming from Norway. Baby Sena was raised by another Norwegian family. This case study details how an X-DNA match led me to Baby Sena’s father—my 3rd great grandfather. This talk covers X-DNA inheritance patterns and how they can help you determine how you’re related to a match.
We never knew the birth parents of my 2nd great grandmother, Sena. Her mother died during childbirth on the ship coming from Norway. Baby Sena was raised by another Norwegian family. This case study details how an X-DNA match led me to Baby Sena’s father—my 3rd great grandfather. This talk covers X-DNA inheritance patterns and how they can help you determine how you’re related to a match.
Fri, September 1 2023: 16:45 UTC
Fri, September 1 2023: 18:00 UTC
Following Oral History in search of William Davis but finding Mildred Brand: A Case Study
Fri, September 1 2023: 18:00 UTC
A researcher’s number one goal is to find ancestors for their client or their own family and share their story. Within the story oral history is followed, critical records and resources will be discovered which helped guide the research. This session will take attendees through the challenges, successes, and the continued unanswered questions of researching an African American family from enslavement to freedom through the states of VA, PA, OH, and MI.
A researcher’s number one goal is to find ancestors for their client or their own family and share their story. Within the story oral history is followed, critical records and resources will be discovered which helped guide the research. This session will take attendees through the challenges, successes, and the continued unanswered questions of researching an African American family from enslavement to freedom through the states of VA, PA, OH, and MI.
Fri, September 1 2023: 18:00 UTC
Fri, September 1 2023: 19:30 UTC
DNA Matchmaking Made Easy on MyHeritage
Fri, September 1 2023: 19:30 UTC
An overview of using DNA matches to solve genealogical mysteries. This webinar will cover a basic review of atDNA testing (what it is and how it can be used), what information is provided on a match page, how that information can be analyzed to assist paper genealogical research, and examples from Shannon’s own DNA results.
An overview of using DNA matches to solve genealogical mysteries. This webinar will cover a basic review of atDNA testing (what it is and how it can be used), what information is provided on a match page, how that information can be analyzed to assist paper genealogical research, and examples from Shannon’s own DNA results.
Fri, September 1 2023: 19:30 UTC
Fri, September 8 2023: 14:15 UTC
Top 10 tips for genealogists on social media
Fri, September 8 2023: 14:15 UTC
Oh yes sure, you use social medias, don’t we all? But have you considered how social media – whether Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok – could help you? Find out in this fun and enhancing presentation of the top 10 tips for successful use of social media use for genealogy!
Oh yes sure, you use social medias, don’t we all? But have you considered how social media – whether Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok – could help you? Find out in this fun and enhancing presentation of the top 10 tips for successful use of social media use for genealogy!
Fri, September 8 2023: 14:15 UTC
Fri, September 8 2023: 15:30 UTC
Italian Local and Parish Censuses
Fri, September 8 2023: 15:30 UTC
A look at Italian censuses across time and how to use them– from parish censuses to tax censuses and finally to municipal censuses. This is an in-depth look at how to navigate and utilize a variety of censuses for Italian research.
A look at Italian censuses across time and how to use them– from parish censuses to tax censuses and finally to municipal censuses. This is an in-depth look at how to navigate and utilize a variety of censuses for Italian research.
Fri, September 8 2023: 15:30 UTC
Fri, September 8 2023: 16:45 UTC
10 Places to Search for An Ancestor’s Death Date… Without a Death Certificate
Fri, September 8 2023: 16:45 UTC
Not every ancestor left a death certificate, even after death registrations were required by the states. But don’t give up hope! You may still be able to find an ancestor’s death date using these 10 resources.
Not every ancestor left a death certificate, even after death registrations were required by the states. But don’t give up hope! You may still be able to find an ancestor’s death date using these 10 resources.
Fri, September 8 2023: 16:45 UTC
Fri, September 8 2023: 18:00 UTC
Welsh Emigration to North America
Fri, September 8 2023: 18:00 UTC
Examine migration patterns from Wales to the US and Canada, looking at the push and pull factors. An understanding of the group migration and historical processes can help in determining the place of origin. We will examine all the Welsh settlements in the US and Canada.
Examine migration patterns from Wales to the US and Canada, looking at the push and pull factors. An understanding of the group migration and historical processes can help in determining the place of origin. We will examine all the Welsh settlements in the US and Canada.
Fri, September 8 2023: 18:00 UTC
Fri, September 8 2023: 19:30 UTC
Explore Your Ancestors’ Names in the ‘Newspaper Name Index’
Fri, September 8 2023: 19:30 UTC
What has almost a billion names from a couple of centuries, therefore putting the odds in your favor of finding relatives? Well, it’s the MyHeritage “Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada” database! Learn more about newspaper research as well as some tips and tricks to work with this massive database!
What has almost a billion names from a couple of centuries, therefore putting the odds in your favor of finding relatives? Well, it’s the MyHeritage “Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada” database! Learn more about newspaper research as well as some tips and tricks to work with this massive database!
Fri, September 8 2023: 19:30 UTC
Fri, September 15 2023: 14:15 UTC
Hidden Roots in Your DNA: Adoptee Success & Surprise Discoveries
Fri, September 15 2023: 14:15 UTC
Learn how adoptees and others find biological parents and siblings through DNA testing. Review the case that started it all and see today’s recommended strategies. View examples of surprise discoveries and see the tools used to identify relationships.
Richard Hill
Learn how adoptees and others find biological parents and siblings through DNA testing. Review the case that started it all and see today’s recommended strategies. View examples of surprise discoveries and see the tools used to identify relationships.
Fri, September 15 2023: 14:15 UTC
Fri, September 15 2023: 15:30 UTC
So, You Think You Know All About City Directories?
Fri, September 15 2023: 15:30 UTC
Most are thick books listing the heads of household with address and occupation; later the spouse and adult children appear. Add business listings and ads plus government agencies, relief agencies, civic and religious organizations, and other listings and you have a goldmine of information. Do you know how and when the material was collected? The differences in the early ones? How to use them for the history of businesses, owners, and other entities. What about the unique directories that serve as a census, tell of military service, where someone moved to, include fake names, and provide clues to vital records. The problems with some digitized directories, issues with the canvassing for listings, and the sales pushed that occurred will be covered. I’ll share the rewards of in-depth sleuthing about the directories, their compilation, some surprises, and obvious and hidden places to find them today.
Most are thick books listing the heads of household with address and occupation; later the spouse and adult children appear. Add business listings and ads plus government agencies, relief agencies, civic and religious organizations, and other listings and you have a goldmine of information. Do you know how and when the material was collected? The differences in the early ones? How to use them for the history of businesses, owners, and other entities. What about the unique directories that serve as a census, tell of military service, where someone moved to, include fake names, and provide clues to vital records. The problems with some digitized directories, issues with the canvassing for listings, and the sales pushed that occurred will be covered. I’ll share the rewards of in-depth sleuthing about the directories, their compilation, some surprises, and obvious and hidden places to find them today.
Fri, September 15 2023: 15:30 UTC

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50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out!
Based on resources collected for the Net Notes Column of Internet Genealogy which I have authored since 2006. These will be not-yet-published resources from the US, Canada, UK, and from countries around the world. A real smorgasbord of topics, time periods, etc. A little bit of something for everyone.
Based on resources collected for the Net Notes Column of Internet Genealogy which I have authored since 2006. These will be not-yet-published resources from the US, Canada, UK, and from countries around the world. A real smorgasbord of topics, time periods, etc. A little bit of something for everyone.
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Indirect Evidence, A Case Study: The Parents of Elizabeth Wingate in Maryland (1795–1860)
We all have lost Elizabeths in our tree. This lecture will discuss how the understanding and application of indirect evidence is such a valuable instrument in your methodology tool-kit. This case study will examine methods and sources that contributed to finding the parents of Elizabeth Wingate (1795-1860) of Baltimore, Maryland.
We all have lost Elizabeths in our tree. This lecture will discuss how the understanding and application of indirect evidence is such a valuable instrument in your methodology tool-kit. This case study will examine methods and sources that contributed to finding the parents of Elizabeth Wingate (1795-1860) of Baltimore, Maryland.
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
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Separate Even in Death – Black Funerals and Cemeteries
Segregation extended into death for African Americans, especially for those in the Southern United States. What led to the development of separate funeral homes and burial grounds? This presentation looks at burial practices for African-Americans from the 16th to the 20th century.
Segregation extended into death for African Americans, especially for those in the Southern United States. What led to the development of separate funeral homes and burial grounds? This presentation looks at burial practices for African-Americans from the 16th to the 20th century.
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
1:01:45
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The Top Ten DNA Do’s and Don’ts!
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
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Mastering Digital Filing for Genealogists
Every genealogist feels that digital filing is out of their control. It can be an overwhelming process to keep track of all of the documents, images, and files that end up on our computers and devices. How do we even start to tackle this virtual pile of filing? What tools and processes will work best for you? We will discuss all of this and how to maintain digital filing as we research.
Every genealogist feels that digital filing is out of their control. It can be an overwhelming process to keep track of all of the documents, images, and files that end up on our computers and devices. How do we even start to tackle this virtual pile of filing? What tools and processes will work best for you? We will discuss all of this and how to maintain digital filing as we research.
Fri, September 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Documenting Cemeteries with BillionGraves
If headstones could talk, they would have a lot of stories to tell. But they can’t, so BillionGraves is the next best thing. BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery data resource. As you take photos with the BillionGraves app on your phone, each gravestone is automatically marked with a GPS location. The data is then transcribed by volunteers, plotted on cemetery maps, and preserved on BillionGraves, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage websites for millions of families around the globe for generations to come.
If headstones could talk, they would have a lot of stories to tell. But they can’t, so BillionGraves is the next best thing. BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery data resource. As you take photos with the BillionGraves app on your phone, each gravestone is automatically marked with a GPS location. The data is then transcribed by volunteers, plotted on cemetery maps, and preserved on BillionGraves, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage websites for millions of families around the globe for generations to come.
Fri, September 23 2022: 16:45 UTC
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A Deep Dive into the Map Collections of the Library of Congress
The library holds the world’s largest collection of maps—over 5.2 million maps according to their website. This webinar will describe the collections most valuable for genealogical research. We are going to explore the online resources and how they can help our research. Exploring the phenomenal learning resources is also on the agenda. We will also talk about finding aids, research guides, reproduction capabilities, and alternative ways to access the map collections. Lastly, we will discuss the resources that are only available onsite, such as the cartographic library, cartographic exhibits, and other unique holdings.
The library holds the world’s largest collection of maps—over 5.2 million maps according to their website. This webinar will describe the collections most valuable for genealogical research. We are going to explore the online resources and how they can help our research. Exploring the phenomenal learning resources is also on the agenda. We will also talk about finding aids, research guides, reproduction capabilities, and alternative ways to access the map collections. Lastly, we will discuss the resources that are only available onsite, such as the cartographic library, cartographic exhibits, and other unique holdings.
Fri, September 23 2022: 15:30 UTC
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Strategies to Jumpstart Your Research
Have you been researching for years and reached a brick wall? Have you just started and gathered all the easy information but aren’t sure where to go next? Discover new techniques and re-discover tried and true methods. Teri’s presentation takes a fresh look at research strategies that will get your research moving, whether you’ve been researching your family history for 30 years or 30 weeks.
Have you been researching for years and reached a brick wall? Have you just started and gathered all the easy information but aren’t sure where to go next? Discover new techniques and re-discover tried and true methods. Teri’s presentation takes a fresh look at research strategies that will get your research moving, whether you’ve been researching your family history for 30 years or 30 weeks.
Fri, September 23 2022: 14:15 UTC
1:33:55
Essential Immigration Records for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
Did your Mexican ancestors immigrate to the United States in the 20th century? This period of history witnessed significant waves of Mexican immigration to the U.S., both permanent and temporary. The types of immigration records introduced or refined during this era, provide a wealth of information.
Did your Mexican ancestors immigrate to the United States in the 20th century? This period of history witnessed significant waves of Mexican immigration to the U.S., both permanent and temporary. The types of immigration records introduced or refined during this era, provide a wealth of information.
Fri, September 16 2022: 18:00 UTC