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Finding the Elusive Maiden Name
Searching for the maiden name of our ancestress can be frustrating. This webinar presents a hierarchy of search strategies for tracing the maiden name. Begin by trying to locate a marriage record, keeping in mind the record will vary by time period and geographic location. If a marriage record search proves fruitless, a second tier of sources is recommended including children’s death records, the women’s death record, census and other sources. Finally, the webinar presents strategies specific to the maiden name search such as following the husband and learning about history where the couple lived.
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Searching for the maiden name of our ancestress can be frustrating. This webinar presents a hierarchy of search strategies for tracing the maiden name. Begin by trying to locate a marriage record, keeping in mind the record will vary by time period and geographic location. If a marriage record search proves fruitless, a second tier of sources is recommended including children’s death records, the women’s death record, census and other sources. Finally, the webinar presents strategies specific to the maiden name search such as following the husband and learning about history where the couple lived.
Sat, November 27 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Planning Research
Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. The thorough research required by the Genealogical Proof Standard should not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. This webinar provides useful tips on developing an effective research plan, including the importance of crafting a focused research question and prioritizing potentially relevant…
Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. The thorough research required by the Genealogical Proof Standard should not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. This webinar provides useful tips on developing an effective research plan, including the importance of crafting a focused research question and prioritizing potentially relevant…
Wed, November 17 2021: 1:00 UTC
1:27:26
My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA
Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel…
Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel…
Wed, October 20 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Private Land Claims—Complicated? Yes, but worth it! (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
When the United States acquired land that had been under the governance of foreign nations (Great Britain, France, Spain, and Mexico), the U.S. government agreed to grant title to landowners who could prove prior legal land rights from those foreign governments. This webinar shows how to access and use records…
When the United States acquired land that had been under the governance of foreign nations (Great Britain, France, Spain, and Mexico), the U.S. government agreed to grant title to landowners who could prove prior legal land rights from those foreign governments. This webinar shows how to access and use records…
Fri, October 8 2021: 22:00 UTC
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Using Mind Mapping as a Visual Research Plan (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
Thorough analysis of each source document is how genealogists plan their next research steps. Including mind mapping as a visual method of analysis can help focus further research questions, point to missing sources, and support indirect evidence analysis.
Thorough analysis of each source document is how genealogists plan their next research steps. Including mind mapping as a visual method of analysis can help focus further research questions, point to missing sources, and support indirect evidence analysis.
Fri, October 8 2021: 20:45 UTC
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What am I missing? Recognizing Research Holes in Available Sources (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
Performing reasonably exhaustive research assumes researchers recognize the resources available to solve a research question. Genealogists must recognize pertinent resources available to solve a research question and understand the limits of each of those resources. This lecture helps to navigate the pitfalls.
Performing reasonably exhaustive research assumes researchers recognize the resources available to solve a research question. Genealogists must recognize pertinent resources available to solve a research question and understand the limits of each of those resources. This lecture helps to navigate the pitfalls.
Fri, October 8 2021: 19:30 UTC
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Investigate the Neighborhood to Advance Your Research (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
This lecture reveals the most powerful methodology available to genealogists. Family historians often begin their genealogical quest by researching only their direct ancestors. For many reasons the direct ancestor they search for may have left few records. The records that survive may not shed light on where the ancestor came…
This lecture reveals the most powerful methodology available to genealogists. Family historians often begin their genealogical quest by researching only their direct ancestors. For many reasons the direct ancestor they search for may have left few records. The records that survive may not shed light on where the ancestor came…
Fri, October 8 2021: 17:30 UTC
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Seven Immigration Methodologies, with Case Studies Across the Centuries (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
Family historians face significant challenges tracing immigrant ancestors. Changes in language, culture, family composition, given name, surname, country of residence, and occupation tend to obscure the origins of many immigrants. This presentation introduces seven methodologies to effectively trace immigrant origins, illustrated with examples from the early 1600s to the early…
Family historians face significant challenges tracing immigrant ancestors. Changes in language, culture, family composition, given name, surname, country of residence, and occupation tend to obscure the origins of many immigrants. This presentation introduces seven methodologies to effectively trace immigrant origins, illustrated with examples from the early 1600s to the early…
Fri, October 8 2021: 16:15 UTC
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Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving (a 2021 Reisinger Lecture)
Raw facts do not tell a story. They may not even tell the truth about what they do relate. As researchers, we seek original documents that offer us "the facts." But facts are impish devils, and historical records do not speak for themselves. They cannot explain themselves. They are inert…
Raw facts do not tell a story. They may not even tell the truth about what they do relate. As researchers, we seek original documents that offer us "the facts." But facts are impish devils, and historical records do not speak for themselves. They cannot explain themselves. They are inert…
Fri, October 8 2021: 14:55 UTC
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One Family, Many Connections: Using the FAN club in one Australian locality
Family historians know only too well the importance of researching the family/friends, neighbours and associates (the FAN club) of direct line ancestors. Any information we find does not become truly valuable until placed into a community or cluster or network context. Harvesting the clues in the FAN club gives us the potential to further advance our research as well as provide pointers to other records or fragments. So, what genealogical details would be found if the FAN principle was applied to one family in a locality? This presentation will show how one such network or cluster evolved in the Hunter Valley region; one which was to be hugely influential in the growth years of the New South Wales colony and in the development of Australia as a nation.
Family historians know only too well the importance of researching the family/friends, neighbours and associates (the FAN club) of direct line ancestors. Any information we find does not become truly valuable until placed into a community or cluster or network context. Harvesting the clues in the FAN club gives us the potential to further advance our research as well as provide pointers to other records or fragments. So, what genealogical details would be found if the FAN principle was applied to one family in a locality? This presentation will show how one such network or cluster evolved in the Hunter Valley region; one which was to be hugely influential in the growth years of the New South Wales colony and in the development of Australia as a nation.
Fri, September 24 2021: 0:00 UTC
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The Mysterious Death of Anna T. McPhillips
Can a mysterious family photo with a cryptic message on the back lead you to an amazing story of love and loss? Starting with a family photo, learn how you can plan your genealogy research to find out more information about the photo’s subject including vital record information, newspaper articles, and even circumstances that you might not expect! You’ll also learn how to track your research and use solid research methodology to evaluate records.
Can a mysterious family photo with a cryptic message on the back lead you to an amazing story of love and loss? Starting with a family photo, learn how you can plan your genealogy research to find out more information about the photo’s subject including vital record information, newspaper articles, and even circumstances that you might not expect! You’ll also learn how to track your research and use solid research methodology to evaluate records.
Fri, September 24 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People
Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the…
Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the…
Thu, September 23 2021: 0:00 UTC

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Wed, December 15 2021: 19:00 UTC
Navigating the NARA Website
Wed, December 15 2021: 19:00 UTC
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website has a wealth of resources that can be used for genealogical research. Information about records located at NARA in Washington, DC, and the NARA regional branches is online and waiting for you to discover them. Some of the actual records are even…
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website has a wealth of resources that can be used for genealogical research. Information about records located at NARA in Washington, DC, and the NARA regional branches is online and waiting for you to discover them. Some of the actual records are even…
Wed, December 15 2021: 19:00 UTC
Wed, December 22 2021: 1:00 UTC
Uncovering Immigrant Origins Through Cluster Research
Wed, December 22 2021: 1:00 UTC
Descendants of an early Ohio family had no idea of their origins. Following an associated family brought success, even after wading into foreign-language documents. This presentation shows what to do when traditional records fail to reveal an ancestor’s place of origin and how to use cluster research to break through…
Descendants of an early Ohio family had no idea of their origins. Following an associated family brought success, even after wading into foreign-language documents. This presentation shows what to do when traditional records fail to reveal an ancestor’s place of origin and how to use cluster research to break through…
Wed, December 22 2021: 1:00 UTC
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC
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Comment suivre un ancêtre huguenot hors de France après 1685
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC
Si vous avez des ancêtres protestants, vous devez déjà avoir eu bien des difficultés à retrouver les actes les concernant lors de la période dite du « Désert » après 1685. Mais avez-vous déjà cherché si un membre de la famille avait pris le chemin de l’exil et rejoint un…
Si vous avez des ancêtres protestants, vous devez déjà avoir eu bien des difficultés à retrouver les actes les concernant lors de la période dite du « Désert » après 1685. Mais avez-vous déjà cherché si un membre de la famille avait pris le chemin de l’exil et rejoint un…
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC
Wed, December 1 2021: 1:00 UTC
Genealogy a la carte – Using Australian historical maps in your research
Wed, December 1 2021: 1:00 UTC
There is an abundance of Australian maps available online that help depict your family's places of importance – and even more available in libraries and archives around the country.
There is an abundance of Australian maps available online that help depict your family's places of importance – and even more available in libraries and archives around the country.
Wed, December 1 2021: 1:00 UTC
Wed, December 1 2021: 19:00 UTC
The Top Ten DNA Do's and Don'ts!
Wed, December 1 2021: 19:00 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…
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…
Wed, December 1 2021: 19:00 UTC
Thu, December 9 2021: 1:00 UTC
Documenting Families or Communities Lost in the Holocaust by Bullets
Thu, December 9 2021: 1:00 UTC
English speakers can now learn details about what happened to relatives or a community in the Holocaust by Bullets. Review documentation from this important era including access to Russian Extraordinary Commission files; German Einsatzgruppen Reports; Yahad-In Unum eyewitness video; USC Shoah Foundation and other recorded survivor testimonies; Yizkor Books; Yad…
English speakers can now learn details about what happened to relatives or a community in the Holocaust by Bullets. Review documentation from this important era including access to Russian Extraordinary Commission files; German Einsatzgruppen Reports; Yahad-In Unum eyewitness video; USC Shoah Foundation and other recorded survivor testimonies; Yizkor Books; Yad…
Thu, December 9 2021: 1:00 UTC
Tue, December 14 2021: 19:00 UTC
A MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar
Tue, December 14 2021: 19:00 UTC
This class presents case studies to show the strategies to best use offline records to give a more effective balance to genealogy research. Offline records may include newspapers, books, property, church, government, and other records.
This class presents case studies to show the strategies to best use offline records to give a more effective balance to genealogy research. Offline records may include newspapers, books, property, church, government, and other records.
Tue, December 14 2021: 19:00 UTC
Fri, December 17 2021: 19:00 UTC
Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
Fri, December 17 2021: 19:00 UTC
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.
Fri, December 17 2021: 19:00 UTC
Tue, December 21 2021: 12:00 UTC
French
Les nouvelles collections françaises sur MyHeritage
Tue, December 21 2021: 12:00 UTC
MyHeritage a publié des millions de documents historiques français répartis en diverses collections, notamment des actes de naissance, mariage, et décès, des recensements, des documents militaires et d’inhumation. Ces données, renforcée par notre technologie Record Matching, offrent de nouvelles perspectives et pistes de recherche à tous ceux qui ont des racines en France.
MyHeritage a publié des millions de documents historiques français répartis en diverses collections, notamment des actes de naissance, mariage, et décès, des recensements, des documents militaires et d’inhumation. Ces données, renforcée par notre technologie Record Matching, offrent de nouvelles perspectives et pistes de recherche à tous ceux qui ont des racines en France.
Tue, December 21 2021: 12:00 UTC