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Can Americans get a legal Coat of Arms from Scotland?
Can an American get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland? It is possible, and many have, but it’s not necessarily straightforward or simple. Dr Bruce Durie addresses the How and the Why of Scottish Heraldry.
Can an American get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland? It is possible, and many have, but it’s not necessarily straightforward or simple. Dr Bruce Durie addresses the How and the Why of Scottish Heraldry.
Fri, September 16 2022: 10:00 UTC
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Understanding and Using Scottish Kirk Session Records
Scottish Kirk Session records have recently come online at ScotlandsPeople. Learn what they represent within the Scottish court process, how they operated and what you will find in the records. Understand how to identify the records needed, how to search and where to go next.
Scottish Kirk Session records have recently come online at ScotlandsPeople. Learn what they represent within the Scottish court process, how they operated and what you will find in the records. Understand how to identify the records needed, how to search and where to go next.
Fri, September 9 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Who were the Scots-Irish?
Known in their homeland as Ulster-Scots, these mainly Lowland Scots left their homeland and settled in Ulster during the Plantation, sometimes staying only for a few generations and then many made their way to the New World. Why did these Scots come to Ulster and why did they then subsequently leave? What were the push and pull factors? Why did Presbyterian ministers have such sway over these people? We will look at the perils they faced on their transatlantic journey and what they found when they arrived in the new world. We will examine the range of records and sources where you may find your Ulster-Scots ancestors and that can tell you more about this pioneering ethnic group that produced a number of US Presidents and millions of descendants worldwide today.
Known in their homeland as Ulster-Scots, these mainly Lowland Scots left their homeland and settled in Ulster during the Plantation, sometimes staying only for a few generations and then many made their way to the New World. Why did these Scots come to Ulster and why did they then subsequently leave? What were the push and pull factors? Why did Presbyterian ministers have such sway over these people? We will look at the perils they faced on their transatlantic journey and what they found when they arrived in the new world. We will examine the range of records and sources where you may find your Ulster-Scots ancestors and that can tell you more about this pioneering ethnic group that produced a number of US Presidents and millions of descendants worldwide today.
Fri, April 8 2022: 9:00 UTC
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Clans and Families in Scotland
Everyone from Scotland is in a Clan, right? Wrong. The Clan was a phenomenon of only certain parts of Scotland, and not the majority. Is your surname associated with a Highland or Borders Clan or a Lowlands Family? If so, what can you do about it?
Everyone from Scotland is in a Clan, right? Wrong. The Clan was a phenomenon of only certain parts of Scotland, and not the majority. Is your surname associated with a Highland or Borders Clan or a Lowlands Family? If so, what can you do about it?
Fri, April 8 2022: 8:00 UTC
1:22:47
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Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Fri, November 19 2021: 19:00 UTC
1:06:29
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British and Irish Given Names – Part 2
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
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How Can I Get a Legal Coat of Arms in Scotland?
There is no such thing as a “Family Coat of Arms” and a Crest is not the same as Arms. Then there are Laws… Then there’s Procedure… But it IS possible!
There is no such thing as a “Family Coat of Arms” and a Crest is not the same as Arms. Then there are Laws… Then there’s Procedure… But it IS possible!
Fri, September 3 2021: 7:00 UTC
1:21:37
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Online Sources for Scottish Genealogy Research
There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well known but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls.
There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well known but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls.
Fri, June 18 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:22:25
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The Future is Still in the Past: An Introduction to Online Parish Clerks in the United Kingdom
England is divided into 40 administrative counties which traditionally were each comprised of various numbers of ecclesiastical parishes. Each parish had its own church that administered to both the spiritual and the secular needs of the community. In 1538, Thomas Cromwell, chief minister of Henry VIII, issued The Second Henrician…
England is divided into 40 administrative counties which traditionally were each comprised of various numbers of ecclesiastical parishes. Each parish had its own church that administered to both the spiritual and the secular needs of the community. In 1538, Thomas Cromwell, chief minister of Henry VIII, issued The Second Henrician…
Fri, May 1 2020: 0:00 UTC
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“My Ancestors were Normans” – Oh really? Prove it!
Join Dr Bruce Durie on a canter through the genealogy of Norman ancestors.
Join Dr Bruce Durie on a canter through the genealogy of Norman ancestors.
Fri, March 13 2020: 0:00 UTC
1:21:36
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How to trace your UK ancestry
From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other…
From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other…
Wed, December 18 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:11:36
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The Fromelles Genealogy Project: Reuniting WW1 Soldiers with their Families
This presentation will tell the story of the Fromelles Project with a specific focus on how genealogical detective work has so far helped to identify 166 of the Fromelles soldiers and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France since WWII.
This presentation will tell the story of the Fromelles Project with a specific focus on how genealogical detective work has so far helped to identify 166 of the Fromelles soldiers and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France since WWII.
Fri, November 22 2019: 0:00 UTC

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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
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
Tue, October 11 2022: 18:00 UTC
Norway Research with Online Records at MyHeritage and Beyond
Tue, October 11 2022: 18:00 UTC
Looking for your Norwegian ancestors? Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Production at MyHeritage, will show you how to find them on MyHeritage. He’ll explore the unique and valuable Norwegian collections MyHeritage has to offer and give you tips and advice on using them to research your Norwegian heritage.
Looking for your Norwegian ancestors? Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Production at MyHeritage, will show you how to find them on MyHeritage. He’ll explore the unique and valuable Norwegian collections MyHeritage has to offer and give you tips and advice on using them to research your Norwegian heritage.
Tue, October 11 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, October 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Colonial Migrations to 1770
Wed, October 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Before the Revolutionary War, geography, topography and a strong indigenous people presence shaped migration patterns. This webinar covers the dominant push-pull forces and challenges for colonial migration. Using maps and other graphics, the major migration routes by region will be described: New England, mid-Atlantic and southward from Virginia. Famous paths such as the Kings Highway, the Great Valley Road, and the Fall Line Road as well as less well-known paths such as the Greenwood Path and the Forbidden Path will be covered. Using a set of case studies, the process of locating clues in local histories, land records, and vital records is unfolded.
Ann Lawthers
Before the Revolutionary War, geography, topography and a strong indigenous people presence shaped migration patterns. This webinar covers the dominant push-pull forces and challenges for colonial migration. Using maps and other graphics, the major migration routes by region will be described: New England, mid-Atlantic and southward from Virginia. Famous paths such as the Kings Highway, the Great Valley Road, and the Fall Line Road as well as less well-known paths such as the Greenwood Path and the Forbidden Path will be covered. Using a set of case studies, the process of locating clues in local histories, land records, and vital records is unfolded.
Wed, October 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
Researching at the Archives of Ontario
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
The Archives of Ontario (AO) is the foremost repository for Ontario records. It houses all non-active provincial-level government records, many municipal-level government records, and reams of corporate, organizational and private papers. If you haven’t spent many hours at the AO, you haven’t thoroughly researched your Ontario ancestor. This class will introduce you to the AO’s MVRs (most valuable records), and show you how to use the website of the AO to identify relevant records, research historical background and find maps and images for your family history.
The Archives of Ontario (AO) is the foremost repository for Ontario records. It houses all non-active provincial-level government records, many municipal-level government records, and reams of corporate, organizational and private papers. If you haven’t spent many hours at the AO, you haven’t thoroughly researched your Ontario ancestor. This class will introduce you to the AO’s MVRs (most valuable records), and show you how to use the website of the AO to identify relevant records, research historical background and find maps and images for your family history.
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
Older Than Us: The Elders of the Trask 250
Fri, October 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
From Sago and Fatima, Randall and Esther, to Moosa and Katy, learn the ancestral story of the Trask 250 from the vantage point of their oldest traceable ancestors. These incredible individuals were born before the founding of the United States, survived the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and count more than 6,000 descendants between them.
From Sago and Fatima, Randall and Esther, to Moosa and Katy, learn the ancestral story of the Trask 250 from the vantage point of their oldest traceable ancestors. These incredible individuals were born before the founding of the United States, survived the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and count more than 6,000 descendants between them.
Fri, October 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, November 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Tips & Tricks for Researching in Australian Archives
Wed, November 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
This presentation explains how to search online archive catalogues for maximum results. Just one letter can mean that researchers will not find what they are looking for. Searching variant names and places is critical and numerous examples will allow researchers to search more effectively in Australian online archive catalogues.
Shauna Hicks
This presentation explains how to search online archive catalogues for maximum results. Just one letter can mean that researchers will not find what they are looking for. Searching variant names and places is critical and numerous examples will allow researchers to search more effectively in Australian online archive catalogues.
Wed, November 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Fri, November 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Freedom Bound: Escaping Bondage for Life in the North
Fri, November 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Before 1865, free blacks, as well as runaway and emancipated slaves, migrated or escaped to northern states (and Canada), hoping for a “better life” with more opportunities. In this presentation, we explore some of the reasons for this movement and review some of the many helpful records left by these antebellum northern migrants.
Before 1865, free blacks, as well as runaway and emancipated slaves, migrated or escaped to northern states (and Canada), hoping for a “better life” with more opportunities. In this presentation, we explore some of the reasons for this movement and review some of the many helpful records left by these antebellum northern migrants.
Fri, November 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, November 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
Newspapers in Mexico
Fri, November 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
Did you know that there are hundreds of Mexican newspapers available in an online searchable database dating back to the 18th century? Learn tips and tricks for adding the Hemeroteca Nacional Digital de México (HNDM) to your list of sources for Mexican research, as well as a few other online collections of newspapers from México.
Did you know that there are hundreds of Mexican newspapers available in an online searchable database dating back to the 18th century? Learn tips and tricks for adding the Hemeroteca Nacional Digital de México (HNDM) to your list of sources for Mexican research, as well as a few other online collections of newspapers from México.
Fri, November 18 2022: 19:00 UTC