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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
1:29:37
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Navigating the NARA Website
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
50:31
Finding What You Need at the National Archives, Part I: Navigating the NARA Website
This webinar demonstrates use of online NARA tools to find what is needed.
51:05
Finding What You Need at the National Archives, Part II: Using NARA Finding Aids
An introduction to such finding aids as Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States, descriptive pamphlets, inventories, preliminary inventories, the National Archives Catalog, and the online microfilm catalog.
An introduction to such finding aids as Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States, descriptive pamphlets, inventories, preliminary inventories, the National Archives Catalog, and the online microfilm catalog.
Tue, June 18 2019: 0:00 UTC
47:47
Locating National Archives Resources with NARA’s Digitization Partners
This webinar explores the wealth of available NARA records online and provides techniques for successfully finding and using them.
This webinar explores the wealth of available NARA records online and provides techniques for successfully finding and using them.
Tue, June 18 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:00:53
2.9K views
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Resources at the Library of Congress
This presentation will orient you to the Library’s unique collections, the digital offerings, and learn how to do research in the world’s largest library. We will review how to use the Library in preparation for your visit in August as well as search strategies for using the Library remotely.
This presentation will orient you to the Library’s unique collections, the digital offerings, and learn how to do research in the world’s largest library. We will review how to use the Library in preparation for your visit in August as well as search strategies for using the Library remotely.
Thu, May 16 2019: 0:00 UTC
43:14
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A Genealogical Gem in DC: The DAR Library
This webinar, A Genealogical Gem in DC: the DAR Library, will introduce you to the holdings of the collections, in print and in digital form, and orient you to their use.
This webinar, A Genealogical Gem in DC: the DAR Library, will introduce you to the holdings of the collections, in print and in digital form, and orient you to their use.
Thu, May 16 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:06:18
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Your Ancestors Didn't Leave a Paper Trail: Are You?
Using the records found in archives of your ancestors friends, associates and neighbors (F.A.N. Club) can help you find your ancestors.
Using the records found in archives of your ancestors friends, associates and neighbors (F.A.N. Club) can help you find your ancestors.
Fri, July 27 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:04:01
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Using Archives to Fill the Gaps in Your Ancestor's Timeline
Do you have gaps of missing information in your ancestor's timeline? Using archives and the records they hold can fill in those gaps. Learn about unique records that are found in archives that will help to tell your ancestor's story and add information to your ancestor's timeline.
Do you have gaps of missing information in your ancestor's timeline? Using archives and the records they hold can fill in those gaps. Learn about unique records that are found in archives that will help to tell your ancestor's story and add information to your ancestor's timeline.
Wed, July 5 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:08:37
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Scrap Paper and Orphan Documents in Archives
Many of our archives have scrap paper and orphan documents that are discovered on a daily basis that don't belong to any particular records collection. In this webinar find out what archives do with these records and how you as a genealogists can discover these pieces of scrap paper and…
Many of our archives have scrap paper and orphan documents that are discovered on a daily basis that don't belong to any particular records collection. In this webinar find out what archives do with these records and how you as a genealogists can discover these pieces of scrap paper and…
Wed, July 5 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:02:35
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Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY!
Learn from an archivist how to handle records, photographs and ephemera that have metal paper clips, rubber bands, tape and other fasteners attached to them. Get archival tips and methods on how to safely remove these destructive items from your records.
Learn from an archivist how to handle records, photographs and ephemera that have metal paper clips, rubber bands, tape and other fasteners attached to them. Get archival tips and methods on how to safely remove these destructive items from your records.
Thu, March 23 2017: 0:00 UTC
50:07
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Researching in Libraries and Archives: the Do’s and Don’ts
Researching in archives, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, courthouses and other repositories can be intimidating to the genealogist. This webinar will instruct the genealogist on how to prepare to do research in any repository. Planning ahead and knowing what the repository offers will help the genealogist be more successful in…
Researching in archives, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, courthouses and other repositories can be intimidating to the genealogist. This webinar will instruct the genealogist on how to prepare to do research in any repository. Planning ahead and knowing what the repository offers will help the genealogist be more successful in…
Mon, July 4 2016: 0:00 UTC

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Thu, February 16 2023: 1:00 UTC
When a Place is New
Thu, February 16 2023: 1:00 UTC
As our family tree branches develop, we come across locations we haven’t researched before. Michelle shares her tips for how to find the sorts of records you will need, what information they contain and where best to find them, when a place is new to you.
As our family tree branches develop, we come across locations we haven’t researched before. Michelle shares her tips for how to find the sorts of records you will need, what information they contain and where best to find them, when a place is new to you.
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Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
The Bengali and English Ancestry of Thomas Chapman: A Case Study with DNA
Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
We often talk about historical context like a side dish: it adds color and life to our narratives and deepens the analysis in our client reports. Rarely, however, do we think of historical research as a main course, a proactive strategy. This case study demonstrates not only the potential of historical research as a tool, but how that tool can be effective in the most challenging cases. Thomas Chapman wasn’t typical of New York City immigrants at the turn of the nineteenth century. His reported birthplace of Bengal prompted more questions than answers, and FAN searches in New York produced no leads. Ultimately, a combination of historical research, DNA evidence, and traditional genealogical methods across three continents revealed the identities of his parents.
We often talk about historical context like a side dish: it adds color and life to our narratives and deepens the analysis in our client reports. Rarely, however, do we think of historical research as a main course, a proactive strategy. This case study demonstrates not only the potential of historical research as a tool, but how that tool can be effective in the most challenging cases. Thomas Chapman wasn’t typical of New York City immigrants at the turn of the nineteenth century. His reported birthplace of Bengal prompted more questions than answers, and FAN searches in New York produced no leads. Ultimately, a combination of historical research, DNA evidence, and traditional genealogical methods across three continents revealed the identities of his parents.
Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.
Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Smiths & Joneses: Success with Families of Common Name
Fri, February 24 2023: 19:00 UTC
“Identity theft” happens easily with common-name families. This session uses two case studies from two different societies—a Jones family from the Northern U.S. and a Smith family from the South—to demonstrate how to work safely with common-name families. The first ten minutes ground the audience in four problem-solving models. On that foundation, Mills then walks her class through sources and strategies that are often overlooked amid today’s reliance upon database searches, provider hints, and crowd-sourcing. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
“Identity theft” happens easily with common-name families. This session uses two case studies from two different societies—a Jones family from the Northern U.S. and a Smith family from the South—to demonstrate how to work safely with common-name families. The first ten minutes ground the audience in four problem-solving models. On that foundation, Mills then walks her class through sources and strategies that are often overlooked amid today’s reliance upon database searches, provider hints, and crowd-sourcing. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
Fri, February 24 2023: 19:00 UTC
Wed, March 15 2023: 18:00 UTC
Exhausting Research to Find an Impossible Immigrant!
Wed, March 15 2023: 18:00 UTC
Wrong information, multiple dead ends, and one brick wall after another, make finding immigrant origins for one man, almost impossible.
Wrong information, multiple dead ends, and one brick wall after another, make finding immigrant origins for one man, almost impossible.
Wed, March 15 2023: 18:00 UTC
Wed, March 22 2023: 0:00 UTC
Uncovering Immigrant Origins Through Cluster Research
Wed, March 22 2023: 0:00 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 the brick wall. Discussion will include how to determine the place of origin using records found in the United States and what to do when no records exist on your direct line.
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 the brick wall. Discussion will include how to determine the place of origin using records found in the United States and what to do when no records exist on your direct line.
Wed, March 22 2023: 0:00 UTC
Using Negative Evidence: The Power of Silence in the Records
Fri, March 24 2023: 18:00 UTC
Can genealogists take a negative (the absence of something) and develop it into a positive (proof of something)? Yes! If we understand what we’re working with and how to develop it. Negative evidence is a tool used by many investigative fields; but its definition varies between disciplines. This session defines the concept used by genealogists and historians: contextually suggestive silence. In layman’s language, Mills clearly separates negative evidence from concepts that are often confused with it: negative searches, negative findings, negative arguments, and negative conclusions. Case studies using autosomal and Y-DNA, censuses, church records, death certificates, land deeds and grants, topo maps, and other source types to demonstrate how to recognize contextually suggestive silence and develop it into solutions for situations in which no document explicitly answers our research question. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
Can genealogists take a negative (the absence of something) and develop it into a positive (proof of something)? Yes! If we understand what we’re working with and how to develop it. Negative evidence is a tool used by many investigative fields; but its definition varies between disciplines. This session defines the concept used by genealogists and historians: contextually suggestive silence. In layman’s language, Mills clearly separates negative evidence from concepts that are often confused with it: negative searches, negative findings, negative arguments, and negative conclusions. Case studies using autosomal and Y-DNA, censuses, church records, death certificates, land deeds and grants, topo maps, and other source types to demonstrate how to recognize contextually suggestive silence and develop it into solutions for situations in which no document explicitly answers our research question. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
Fri, March 24 2023: 18:00 UTC
Fri, April 14 2023: 3:00 UTC
Ancestral Ink: The Social History Behind a Tattoo
Fri, April 14 2023: 3:00 UTC
Oscar Philibert’s World War II draft card included a surprise, the description of a tattoo. That knowledge posed a challenge. What could Gena learn about this tattoo that would enhance his life story? This case study includes genealogical and social history resources that provide ideas for how genealogists can incorporate social history into the facts they find on a genealogically relevant record.
Oscar Philibert’s World War II draft card included a surprise, the description of a tattoo. That knowledge posed a challenge. What could Gena learn about this tattoo that would enhance his life story? This case study includes genealogical and social history resources that provide ideas for how genealogists can incorporate social history into the facts they find on a genealogically relevant record.
Fri, April 14 2023: 3:00 UTC
Fri, April 14 2023: 5:00 UTC
Slow Down – Planning Your Research
Fri, April 14 2023: 5:00 UTC
It’s so exciting! You’ve just received a new certificate and have new family names. There’s so much new research to do and before you know it it’s 2am and somehow you missed dinner. Finding new family can be exciting, but sometimes it pays to slow down and plan your research.
It’s so exciting! You’ve just received a new certificate and have new family names. There’s so much new research to do and before you know it it’s 2am and somehow you missed dinner. Finding new family can be exciting, but sometimes it pays to slow down and plan your research.
Fri, April 14 2023: 5:00 UTC