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Out of the Ballot Box: Voter Registrations & Records
This lecture introduces a little-used record group that will open new research avenues into ancestors’ lives. Find how to use early voter registration records and where to find them. These records may make or break your family puzzle. Did your ancestor naturalize in the United States before 1906, but you can’t find the court his papers were filed at? Voter registrations are sometimes a valuable clue, they often ask about the court of naturalization.
This lecture introduces a little-used record group that will open new research avenues into ancestors’ lives. Find how to use early voter registration records and where to find them. These records may make or break your family puzzle. Did your ancestor naturalize in the United States before 1906, but you can’t find the court his papers were filed at? Voter registrations are sometimes a valuable clue, they often ask about the court of naturalization.
Fri, September 17 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:00:52
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Diaries, Journals and Calendars: Preserving and Document Your Ancestor’s Day-to-Day Life
Many of our ancestors recorded their day-to-day lives in diaries, journals and calendars. Learn how to extract all the wonderful genealogical and historical information contained these sources and also how to physically preserve them for the next generation.
Many of our ancestors recorded their day-to-day lives in diaries, journals and calendars. Learn how to extract all the wonderful genealogical and historical information contained these sources and also how to physically preserve them for the next generation.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
59:51
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The Loyalists That Stayed Behind: The Reintegration
Many Loyalists stayed in the United States. This lecture focuses on how to research them.
Many Loyalists stayed in the United States. This lecture focuses on how to research them.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:03:11
215 views
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of German Military Records
Military records for Germany are an underutilized resource. Because there was no unified Germany prior to 1871, one must search for records under prior jurisdictions. Many records have not survived. This talk will walk through the steps of finding the records that do exist. It will highlight military records available for the former Kingdom of Hanover, which claims a rich collection.
Military records for Germany are an underutilized resource. Because there was no unified Germany prior to 1871, one must search for records under prior jurisdictions. Many records have not survived. This talk will walk through the steps of finding the records that do exist. It will highlight military records available for the former Kingdom of Hanover, which claims a rich collection.
Fri, September 3 2021: 9:00 UTC
56:00
Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold
Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to research around the loss of that precious record.
Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to research around the loss of that precious record.
Wed, August 25 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:23:00
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Using Irish newspapers and other printed material
Newspapers are a great source of information about our ancestors, but how do we know what Irish newspapers are available and how can we access them? This webinar will include finding aids for newspapers to track down our Irish ancestors including the major repositories where they may be found. We'll…
Newspapers are a great source of information about our ancestors, but how do we know what Irish newspapers are available and how can we access them? This webinar will include finding aids for newspapers to track down our Irish ancestors including the major repositories where they may be found. We'll…
Fri, July 16 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:11:00
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Angel Island’s Immigrants from 80 Countries: Stories from the West Coast Counterpart to Ellis Island
While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers. There were generally…
While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers. There were generally…
Wed, June 23 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:25:00
They Had Names: Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses
Early nineteenth century censuses represented children in a household with nameless tick marks in gender and age categories. Their identities can be discovered despite the absence of birth records by using the tick marks to determine an approximate birth year then build an exhaustively researched FAN for the head of…
Early nineteenth century censuses represented children in a household with nameless tick marks in gender and age categories. Their identities can be discovered despite the absence of birth records by using the tick marks to determine an approximate birth year then build an exhaustively researched FAN for the head of…
Tue, June 15 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:18:00
1.2K views
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African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Fri, June 4 2021: 18:00 UTC
60:00
Superb Seven: Fabulous Avenues for Finding Family in Manuscript Collections
We have at least seven easily accessible finding aids to locate old family letters, photos, business records, church records, diaries, and other records the we don’t know still exist. These items could be in a repository anywhere and luckily we have this Superb Seven that will help us locate them.
We have at least seven easily accessible finding aids to locate old family letters, photos, business records, church records, diaries, and other records the we don’t know still exist. These items could be in a repository anywhere and luckily we have this Superb Seven that will help us locate them.
Fri, April 9 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:16:00
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20th Century Immigrants to the West Coast
20th-century immigrants to the west arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, and overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted those immigrants.
20th-century immigrants to the west arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, and overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted those immigrants.
Wed, March 24 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:26:00
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La Madre Chiesa – Italian Catholic Parish Records
The presentation will discuss researching in baptismal, marriage and burial records of the Catholic Church in Italy. Tips for reading Latin and a brief case study will also be presented. Understanding these principals for Italy can also help with Catholic Church research worldwide.
The presentation will discuss researching in baptismal, marriage and burial records of the Catholic Church in Italy. Tips for reading Latin and a brief case study will also be presented. Understanding these principals for Italy can also help with Catholic Church research worldwide.
Wed, March 3 2021: 19:00 UTC

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Fri, October 8 2021: 16:15 UTC
Seven Immigration Methodologies, with Case Studies Across the Centuries
Fri, October 8 2021: 16:15 UTC
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
Fri, October 8 2021: 22:00 UTC
Private Land Claims—Complicated? Yes, but worth it!
Fri, October 8 2021: 22:00 UTC
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
Fri, December 3 2021: 19:00 UTC
Court Records for People of Color Family History Research
Fri, December 3 2021: 19:00 UTC
What’s the difference between circuit and chancery court? Are probate and succession the same thing? Why bother looking at court records when it’s not involving slavery? Get the answers to these questions and more during this session, where we’ll cover court records from top to bottom, from the perspective of…
What’s the difference between circuit and chancery court? Are probate and succession the same thing? Why bother looking at court records when it’s not involving slavery? Get the answers to these questions and more during this session, where we’ll cover court records from top to bottom, from the perspective of…
Fri, December 3 2021: 19:00 UTC
Wed, September 22 2021: 0:00 UTC
Federal Records Relating to Rivers and Canals
Wed, September 22 2021: 0:00 UTC
Many federal records pertain to the development and use of waterways in the United States. This lecture shows examples and explains the relevance of some of the applicable records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in its online holdings, and at its regional facilities like Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas…
Many federal records pertain to the development and use of waterways in the United States. This lecture shows examples and explains the relevance of some of the applicable records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in its online holdings, and at its regional facilities like Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas…
Wed, September 22 2021: 0:00 UTC
Thu, September 23 2021: 0:00 UTC
Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People
Thu, September 23 2021: 0:00 UTC
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
Fri, September 24 2021: 12:00 UTC
Webtember: All Genealogy. All September Long.
Fri, September 24 2021: 12:00 UTC
Take your genealogy skills to the next level with this FREE online genealogy conference, held each Friday in September: 30 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. Join live for all four Fridays or just one, and if you can't, we've got you covered! Enjoy the recordings at your convenience…
Take your genealogy skills to the next level with this FREE online genealogy conference, held each Friday in September: 30 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. Join live for all four Fridays or just one, and if you can't, we've got you covered! Enjoy the recordings at your convenience…
Fri, September 24 2021: 12:00 UTC
Tue, September 28 2021: 18:00 UTC
The new and improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars website
Tue, September 28 2021: 18:00 UTC
The genealogy webinar experience just got a whole lot better! Join Geoff Rasmussen as he guides you through the new look and layout of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. You'll enjoy the same exceptional content with a friendly new interface that's super easy to use.
The genealogy webinar experience just got a whole lot better! Join Geoff Rasmussen as he guides you through the new look and layout of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. You'll enjoy the same exceptional content with a friendly new interface that's super easy to use.
Tue, September 28 2021: 18:00 UTC
Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Beginning Ukrainian Genealogy
Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Learn which records are available to assist you in determining your Eastern European ancestor's home village and their emigration to the United States. Discover the resources for Ukrainian genealogy using regional resources and online tools. Examples of many different types of records and their importance, both from North American and…
Learn which records are available to assist you in determining your Eastern European ancestor's home village and their emigration to the United States. Discover the resources for Ukrainian genealogy using regional resources and online tools. Examples of many different types of records and their importance, both from North American and…
Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC