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Changing Places, Changing Borders: Overcoming geographic challenges
Yes, it has been possible to be born in one country, get married in another, and die in a third — without ever leaving your home. The boundaries in Eastern Europe have been redrawn many times over the years, presenting challenges for modern-day genealogical researchers. But this phenomenon has not been confined to that area; even Canada has seen at least 50 boundary revisions between its provinces and territories. When jurisdictions have changed, it is especially important to learn how to interpret and record information.
Yes, it has been possible to be born in one country, get married in another, and die in a third — without ever leaving your home. The boundaries in Eastern Europe have been redrawn many times over the years, presenting challenges for modern-day genealogical researchers. But this phenomenon has not been confined to that area; even Canada has seen at least 50 boundary revisions between its provinces and territories. When jurisdictions have changed, it is especially important to learn how to interpret and record information.
Fri, September 2 2022: 15:30 UTC
1:29:01
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The 10 Most Useful Databases for Eastern European Research
With more information available online, it is often possible to find key records for your Eastern European ancestors in free and subscription databases. Learn about the various record sets available, how to access them, and how to overcome privacy and language issues and other research roadblocks.
With more information available online, it is often possible to find key records for your Eastern European ancestors in free and subscription databases. Learn about the various record sets available, how to access them, and how to overcome privacy and language issues and other research roadblocks.
Wed, May 15 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:31:19
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10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing
While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for…
While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for…
Wed, October 24 2018: 0:00 UTC
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Researching Eastern European Archives from Your Easy Chair
For decades accessing information about Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian or other Eastern European ethnic groups was often difficult and expensive, but digitizing efforts have changed the research landscape. Learn which Eastern European archives and other organizations have online records and how to access them from the comfort of home.
For decades accessing information about Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian or other Eastern European ethnic groups was often difficult and expensive, but digitizing efforts have changed the research landscape. Learn which Eastern European archives and other organizations have online records and how to access them from the comfort of home.
Fri, September 8 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:08:13
Locating and Accessing Eastern European Church Records
In this webinar, learn where to find parish records (including baptisms, marriages, deaths/burials, confession lists and more), how to access and interpret them, and what rich genealogical clues they contain.
In this webinar, learn where to find parish records (including baptisms, marriages, deaths/burials, confession lists and more), how to access and interpret them, and what rich genealogical clues they contain.
Fri, September 8 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:06:00
Locating and Accessing Eastern European Civil Records
In this webinar, learn where to find Eastern European civil registration records, how to access and interpret them, and what rich genealogical clues they contain.
In this webinar, learn where to find Eastern European civil registration records, how to access and interpret them, and what rich genealogical clues they contain.
Fri, September 8 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:02:43
Where is That? Using Eastern European Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers
In this webinar, you will discover genealogy research methods for finding your ancestor's point of origin. Learn how to use tools such as maps, atlases, and gazetteers to research localities through place name changes and ever-shifting political and geographical boundaries.
In this webinar, you will discover genealogy research methods for finding your ancestor's point of origin. Learn how to use tools such as maps, atlases, and gazetteers to research localities through place name changes and ever-shifting political and geographical boundaries.
Fri, September 8 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:00:04
Survival Skills for Eastern European Genealogists
Are you lost trying to find your Eastern European ancestors? Do perplexing surnames, confusing geography and records written in unfamiliar languages challenge you at every turn? Learn three key skills to overcome your research roadblocks.
Are you lost trying to find your Eastern European ancestors? Do perplexing surnames, confusing geography and records written in unfamiliar languages challenge you at every turn? Learn three key skills to overcome your research roadblocks.
Tue, April 11 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:38:29
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Tracing Your European Ancestors
A broad overview of research in Europe – a continent spanning more than thirty countries which has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. This presentation looks at…
A broad overview of research in Europe – a continent spanning more than thirty countries which has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. This presentation looks at…
Fri, December 16 2016: 0:00 UTC
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Beginning Polish Genealogy
Curious about your Polish roots but don't know where to begin? We will explore document sources in the US to help find your ancestral birthplace then we will take you across the ocean to search in the of archives of Poland, and much more.
Curious about your Polish roots but don't know where to begin? We will explore document sources in the US to help find your ancestral birthplace then we will take you across the ocean to search in the of archives of Poland, and much more.
Wed, September 28 2016: 0:00 UTC
1:31:10
Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research – Tips, Tools and Tricks
Through sample case studies, learn about lesser-utilized research tactics, key resources and repositories to find your elusive Eastern European ancestors.
Through sample case studies, learn about lesser-utilized research tactics, key resources and repositories to find your elusive Eastern European ancestors.
Wed, September 2 2015: 0:00 UTC
1:30:00
Best Internet Resources for East European Genealogy
With more information coming online and greater access to records, there's never been a better time to research your Eastern European ancestors. Learn about the best Internet resources for locating records, maps, networking with fellow researchers, and tracking down information abroad.
With more information coming online and greater access to records, there's never been a better time to research your Eastern European ancestors. Learn about the best Internet resources for locating records, maps, networking with fellow researchers, and tracking down information abroad.
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Wed, March 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
Beyond the Church Register: Finding and using religious archives in Australia
Wed, March 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
The records of churches and congregations in Australia are spread across a range of different archival repositories at local, state and national levels. Come on a journey to find what records might help develop your family history and genealogy, where those records live, and how to access them.
The records of churches and congregations in Australia are spread across a range of different archival repositories at local, state and national levels. Come on a journey to find what records might help develop your family history and genealogy, where those records live, and how to access them.
Wed, March 6 2024: 1:00 UTC
Wed, March 6 2024: 19:00 UTC
Using DNA To Identify Irish Ancestral Locations
Wed, March 6 2024: 19:00 UTC
For many of us who have Irish ancestry, the major question is ‘but where in Ireland?’ Like millions of other descendants of Irish emigrants, Michelle Leonard has Irish ancestors who left Ireland in the 1840s-60s and on nearly all documents she can find for them their birthplaces were given simply as ‘Ireland’. In many cases traditional research is not able to narrow down exactly where in Ireland our ancestors lived and trying to trace them across the seas is often a ‘needle in a haystack’ endeavour. In this personal case study, Michelle will outline how she managed to identify exact locations in Ireland for her Irish lines using the power of DNA testing and will provide strategies and top tips that could help you do the same.
For many of us who have Irish ancestry, the major question is ‘but where in Ireland?’ Like millions of other descendants of Irish emigrants, Michelle Leonard has Irish ancestors who left Ireland in the 1840s-60s and on nearly all documents she can find for them their birthplaces were given simply as ‘Ireland’. In many cases traditional research is not able to narrow down exactly where in Ireland our ancestors lived and trying to trace them across the seas is often a ‘needle in a haystack’ endeavour. In this personal case study, Michelle will outline how she managed to identify exact locations in Ireland for her Irish lines using the power of DNA testing and will provide strategies and top tips that could help you do the same.
Wed, March 6 2024: 19:00 UTC
Fri, March 8 2024: 19:00 UTC
Researching in Cumberland and Westmorland
Fri, March 8 2024: 19:00 UTC
Learn all about the key resources available for researching ancestors in the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. Discover the key archives covering these counties and how to use their catalogues and other resources. Find out where records can be found online both within the main commercial websites and other sites. Learn about key historical events that may impact your research in the ‘Lake Counties’. Investigate where else you can get help for researching here such as published resources and local and family history societies. At the end of this talk, you will be set up for starting your research on your Cumberland and Westmorland ancestors. Note that the talk assumes you have already watched ‘Introduction to County Research in England’.
Learn all about the key resources available for researching ancestors in the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. Discover the key archives covering these counties and how to use their catalogues and other resources. Find out where records can be found online both within the main commercial websites and other sites. Learn about key historical events that may impact your research in the ‘Lake Counties’. Investigate where else you can get help for researching here such as published resources and local and family history societies. At the end of this talk, you will be set up for starting your research on your Cumberland and Westmorland ancestors. Note that the talk assumes you have already watched ‘Introduction to County Research in England’.
Fri, March 8 2024: 19:00 UTC
Thu, March 14 2024: 0:00 UTC
U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource
Thu, March 14 2024: 0:00 UTC
A primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and what they look like. Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. JewishGen’s Shul Records America, a finding aid pointing to the location of American synagogue records includes more than 650 collections held at over 60 repositories or websites, with about 20% including URLS for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.
A primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and what they look like. Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. JewishGen’s Shul Records America, a finding aid pointing to the location of American synagogue records includes more than 650 collections held at over 60 repositories or websites, with about 20% including URLS for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.
Thu, March 14 2024: 0:00 UTC
Fri, March 15 2024: 18:00 UTC
Top 10 Digital Repositories for Mexican Research
Fri, March 15 2024: 18:00 UTC
Are you looking for new repositories to advance your research in México? In this presentation, we will explore the top 10 websites for researching your Mexican ancestors, including where to find digitized original records, catalogs, regional histories, and much more from national and regional repositories.
Are you looking for new repositories to advance your research in México? In this presentation, we will explore the top 10 websites for researching your Mexican ancestors, including where to find digitized original records, catalogs, regional histories, and much more from national and regional repositories.
Fri, March 15 2024: 18:00 UTC
Wed, March 20 2024: 0:00 UTC
Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden
Wed, March 20 2024: 0:00 UTC
In spite of birth entries for Margareta’s five siblings in Hishult, there was no record of her birth in the parish. Tax records quickly identified the father, and revealed multiple moves within a narrow span of time; however, identification of the mother remained elusive. No witnesses to births of the children provided clues; no household examinations existed. Coupling the understanding of broad context (naming patterns, inheritance laws, the calendar shift, etc.) with mtDNA and documentary evidence, the mother was identified and the lack of a records was explained.
In spite of birth entries for Margareta’s five siblings in Hishult, there was no record of her birth in the parish. Tax records quickly identified the father, and revealed multiple moves within a narrow span of time; however, identification of the mother remained elusive. No witnesses to births of the children provided clues; no household examinations existed. Coupling the understanding of broad context (naming patterns, inheritance laws, the calendar shift, etc.) with mtDNA and documentary evidence, the mother was identified and the lack of a records was explained.
Wed, March 20 2024: 0:00 UTC
Wed, March 27 2024: 18:00 UTC
Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research
Wed, March 27 2024: 18:00 UTC
The majority of ancestral Scandinavians shared a small number of given names and surnames. Following ancestors without becoming mixed up in the patronymic pot can be a challenge. This webinar will provide guidance for focusing on your ancestor and eliminating other possible family lines. We will answer the most common questions regarding ancestral patronymics: what are they? why are they used? and how do I follow my family and not the neighbors?
The majority of ancestral Scandinavians shared a small number of given names and surnames. Following ancestors without becoming mixed up in the patronymic pot can be a challenge. This webinar will provide guidance for focusing on your ancestor and eliminating other possible family lines. We will answer the most common questions regarding ancestral patronymics: what are they? why are they used? and how do I follow my family and not the neighbors?
Wed, March 27 2024: 18:00 UTC
Wed, April 3 2024: 1:00 UTC
Non-Conformism in England and Wales
Wed, April 3 2024: 1:00 UTC
Do you know the difference between a Peculiar Baptist and an Anabaptist? What types of records the Quakers kept? What the Puritans believed? Understanding the background to and the beliefs of the multitude of non-conformist churches can give us an insight into our ancestors’ lives. Learning what records the various groups kept can give us a new lead for our research, or prevent us looking for records that never existed in the first place. This talk will not only tackle those questions, but also give a history of many of the non-conformist churches that existed in England and Wales.
Do you know the difference between a Peculiar Baptist and an Anabaptist? What types of records the Quakers kept? What the Puritans believed? Understanding the background to and the beliefs of the multitude of non-conformist churches can give us an insight into our ancestors’ lives. Learning what records the various groups kept can give us a new lead for our research, or prevent us looking for records that never existed in the first place. This talk will not only tackle those questions, but also give a history of many of the non-conformist churches that existed in England and Wales.
Wed, April 3 2024: 1:00 UTC
Wed, April 3 2024: 18:00 UTC
Solving a Virginia Mystery Using DNA
Wed, April 3 2024: 18:00 UTC
Family lore tells a different story than the records for the paternity of a southwest Virginia great-grandfather. Learn how DNA helps solve the mystery!
Family lore tells a different story than the records for the paternity of a southwest Virginia great-grandfather. Learn how DNA helps solve the mystery!
Wed, April 3 2024: 18:00 UTC