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Getting Started in Family History – 7 – Cemetery and Church Records
Learn how to make the most of church and cemetery records as you begin your genealogy search.
Learn how to make the most of church and cemetery records as you begin your genealogy search.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
15:36
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Getting Started in Family History – 8 – Online Research: Finding family on the Internet
Learn how to search digital records online to uncover your family history.
Learn how to search digital records online to uncover your family history.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
15:06
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Getting Started in Family History – 9 – Researching On Location
Not everything is found online! Learn where to look for records that are kept locally or in special collections.
Not everything is found online! Learn where to look for records that are kept locally or in special collections.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
11:39
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Getting Started in Family History – 10 – Research Plans and Logs
Learn what genealogy research plans and logs are and how they can help you keep track your research.
Learn what genealogy research plans and logs are and how they can help you keep track your research.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
18:48
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Getting Started in Family History – 11 – Staying Organized
The best way to ensure success in genealogy is to stay organized. Learn how to organize your paper files, computer files, books and much more!
The best way to ensure success in genealogy is to stay organized. Learn how to organize your paper files, computer files, books and much more!
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
16:42
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Getting Started in Family History – 12 – Avoiding Mistakes
There are some common mistakes that beginners make when starting genealogy research. This webinar lists the most commone ones and how to overcome them.
There are some common mistakes that beginners make when starting genealogy research. This webinar lists the most commone ones and how to overcome them.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
20:19
3.2K views
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Getting Started in Family History – 5 – Vital Records
In part 5 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at vital records and how to find them.
In part 5 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at vital records and how to find them.
Fri, April 12 2019: 0:00 UTC
29:15
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Getting Started in Family History – 6 – Census Records
In part 6 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at census records and how to use them.
In part 6 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at census records and how to use them.
Fri, April 12 2019: 0:00 UTC
17:32
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Getting Started in Family History – 4 – Documents
In part 4 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at documents and how to find them.
In part 4 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at documents and how to find them.
Thu, April 11 2019: 0:00 UTC
18:27
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Getting Started in Family History – 3 – Family Stories
One of the greatest sources of clues when getting started in family history is to draw on the stories passed down through your family. Learn how to find these stories and what to do with them.
One of the greatest sources of clues when getting started in family history is to draw on the stories passed down through your family. Learn how to find these stories and what to do with them.
Thu, December 27 2018: 0:00 UTC
15:17
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Getting Started in Family History – 2 – Forms
Forms are one of the tools that help you keep track of your family information as your gather it. Learn what forms to use and best practices for filling them in.
Forms are one of the tools that help you keep track of your family information as your gather it. Learn what forms to use and best practices for filling them in.
Thu, December 27 2018: 0:00 UTC
20:44
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Getting Started in Family History – 1- Home Sources
The best way to get started in family history is to discover the items you already have in your house. This first class will teach you what to look for that you don't realize you already have.
The best way to get started in family history is to discover the items you already have in your house. This first class will teach you what to look for that you don't realize you already have.
Thu, December 27 2018: 0:00 UTC

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Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
The Top Ten DNA Do’s and Don’ts!
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
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
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
Separate Even in Death – Black Funerals and Cemeteries
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
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
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
Indirect Evidence, A Case Study: The Parents of Elizabeth Wingate in Maryland (1795–1860)
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
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
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out!
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
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
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Encounters – Our Immigrant Ancestors
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Learn about 19th and 20th century sources for finding your ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
Learn about 19th and 20th century sources for finding your ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
One Man, Multiple Names: A DNA-Based Case Study
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Sometimes our ancestors seem to have appeared out of nowhere. That was the case with William Emmitt Hunter whose life before his 1910 Oklahoma marriage was basically unknown. One record—his application for a Social Security account number—provided self-reported information about his birth in North Carolina and his parents’ names. But his alleged parents could not be found. Without DNA, this case would not have been solved. But DNA revealed that William was born as a Beddingfield, not a Hunter. Additional research identified his name at birth and traced him through multiple marriages, divorces, another alias, and indicated the possible reason why he changed his name and left behind his family and friends to start a new life in Oklahoma.
Sometimes our ancestors seem to have appeared out of nowhere. That was the case with William Emmitt Hunter whose life before his 1910 Oklahoma marriage was basically unknown. One record—his application for a Social Security account number—provided self-reported information about his birth in North Carolina and his parents’ names. But his alleged parents could not be found. Without DNA, this case would not have been solved. But DNA revealed that William was born as a Beddingfield, not a Hunter. Additional research identified his name at birth and traced him through multiple marriages, divorces, another alias, and indicated the possible reason why he changed his name and left behind his family and friends to start a new life in Oklahoma.
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
When Wrong is Actually Right: Constructing Proof Arguments for Counterintuitive Conflicts (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
Name changes, enumerator errors, and terrible informants can combine to create major inconsistencies in documentation. Records that, at first glance, appear to be major mismatches can later turn out to be correct. Researching non-English-speaking immigrant families requires a comfort level with these layered conflicts-upon-conflicts. This session demonstrates how to use logic to confirm that a wrong-name, wrong-age, wrong-everything record can actually be right, with an emphasis on immigrant families. Participants will learn how to transfer that logic to a written proof argument.
Name changes, enumerator errors, and terrible informants can combine to create major inconsistencies in documentation. Records that, at first glance, appear to be major mismatches can later turn out to be correct. Researching non-English-speaking immigrant families requires a comfort level with these layered conflicts-upon-conflicts. This session demonstrates how to use logic to confirm that a wrong-name, wrong-age, wrong-everything record can actually be right, with an emphasis on immigrant families. Participants will learn how to transfer that logic to a written proof argument.
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC
Peeling the Onion: Getting to the Original Sources (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC
Genealogy Standards 38 and 58 strongly express a preference for using original sources. Diligent researching and a few tricks of the trade enable genealogists to find original sources that underlie authored narratives and derivative sources.
Genealogy Standards 38 and 58 strongly express a preference for using original sources. Diligent researching and a few tricks of the trade enable genealogists to find original sources that underlie authored narratives and derivative sources.
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC
Fri, October 7 2022: 18:00 UTC
The Hub of the Wheel: How Tracing a Brother with no Children Connected Ten Siblings (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)
Fri, October 7 2022: 18:00 UTC
A family from Ireland emigrated in a chain migration scheme to western Pennsylvania between 1825 and 1845. See how using the standards for researching connected the siblings and their descendants and led to their origins in County Tyrone.
A family from Ireland emigrated in a chain migration scheme to western Pennsylvania between 1825 and 1845. See how using the standards for researching connected the siblings and their descendants and led to their origins in County Tyrone.
Fri, October 7 2022: 18:00 UTC