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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
1:00:39
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
1:16:55
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5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections
Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the…
Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the…
Wed, September 30 2020: 0:00 UTC
59:12
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Using Manuscript Collections
Manuscript collections may contain original documents such as Bible records, unrecorded deeds, and correspondence with individuals who knew family information not available from any other source. Learn where to find these collections, and how to use them.
Manuscript collections may contain original documents such as Bible records, unrecorded deeds, and correspondence with individuals who knew family information not available from any other source. Learn where to find these collections, and how to use them.
Mon, July 31 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
57:02
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Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections
Learn how to locate and how to use manuscript collections. Case studies show how these underutilized collections can bring an ancestor to life.
Learn how to locate and how to use manuscript collections. Case studies show how these underutilized collections can bring an ancestor to life.
Fri, October 7 2016: 0:00 UTC
53:52
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Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips from an Archivist
Old family letters are a true treasure for any genealogist. This webinar will show you how to preserve and archive them so that they will last for generations to come. You will learn archival techniques and tips from a certified archivist to preserve your family letters.
Old family letters are a true treasure for any genealogist. This webinar will show you how to preserve and archive them so that they will last for generations to come. You will learn archival techniques and tips from a certified archivist to preserve your family letters.
Mon, July 4 2016: 0:00 UTC
52:35
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Scrapbooks: A Genealogist's Gold Mine
Scrapbooks come in different sizes, shapes and types. Researching in them is like traveling back through time or opening a time capsule. This webinar will highlight the benefits of accessing and researching in scrapbooks for your ancestors. There will also be tips about preserving scrapbooks that you own.
Scrapbooks come in different sizes, shapes and types. Researching in them is like traveling back through time or opening a time capsule. This webinar will highlight the benefits of accessing and researching in scrapbooks for your ancestors. There will also be tips about preserving scrapbooks that you own.
Mon, July 4 2016: 0:00 UTC
1:05:50
Diamonds in the Rough: Finding and Using Manuscript Collections
Unique, unpublished materials can be valuable resources for solving those pesky genealogical problems and adding insight and flavor to our family histories. Research is not complete without looking through unusual and one-of-a-kind materials that may be available for the time and place our ancestors lived. Diaries, letters, journals, scrapbooks, and…
Unique, unpublished materials can be valuable resources for solving those pesky genealogical problems and adding insight and flavor to our family histories. Research is not complete without looking through unusual and one-of-a-kind materials that may be available for the time and place our ancestors lived. Diaries, letters, journals, scrapbooks, and…
Tue, July 21 2015: 0:00 UTC
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Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts
Learn about the manuscript collection of Lyman Draper which include gleanings from the Carolinas, Virginia, portions of Georgia, Alabama, the Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi valley from about 1755 through 1870. Find out how to approach searching this vast collection and the hidden treasures that can be…
Learn about the manuscript collection of Lyman Draper which include gleanings from the Carolinas, Virginia, portions of Georgia, Alabama, the Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi valley from about 1755 through 1870. Find out how to approach searching this vast collection and the hidden treasures that can be…
Wed, October 22 2014: 0:00 UTC
1:14:52
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Success with Manuscript Sources
Genealogists love manuscript sources because they are often primary sources. Because of this interest many genealogical, historical, patriotic, and lineage societies seek out and publish manuscript sources. Typically, these sources are also found in archives, libraries, and private collections. Today's Internet makes many important finding aids for manuscript collections available…
Genealogists love manuscript sources because they are often primary sources. Because of this interest many genealogical, historical, patriotic, and lineage societies seek out and publish manuscript sources. Typically, these sources are also found in archives, libraries, and private collections. Today's Internet makes many important finding aids for manuscript collections available…
Wed, September 10 2014: 0:00 UTC

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Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner
Wed, June 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.
Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.
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Finding Your Ancestors at the National SAR Genealogical Research Library
Wed, July 17 2024: 18:00 UTC
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has been collecting research material since its beginning in 1889. Not many people know that their national headquarters and award winning genealogical research library is located in Downtown Louisville Kentucky. Join us on a tour of the research facility and take a deep dive into the rare and expansive collection that awaits national researchers of all skill levels and timeline needs.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has been collecting research material since its beginning in 1889. Not many people know that their national headquarters and award winning genealogical research library is located in Downtown Louisville Kentucky. Join us on a tour of the research facility and take a deep dive into the rare and expansive collection that awaits national researchers of all skill levels and timeline needs.
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Researching Oregon Trail Ancestors
Wed, July 24 2024: 18:00 UTC
The Oregon Trail extended approximately 2,000 miles from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon from 1840 to 1869. More than 50,000 people traveled to Oregon and a great number died on the journey. This talk will cover resources for conducting research on the people and their lives along the trail.
The Oregon Trail extended approximately 2,000 miles from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon from 1840 to 1869. More than 50,000 people traveled to Oregon and a great number died on the journey. This talk will cover resources for conducting research on the people and their lives along the trail.
Wed, July 24 2024: 18:00 UTC
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Using MyHeritage DNA to Determine Immigrant Origins
Tue, August 13 2024: 18:00 UTC
This class will briefly explain the different types of DNA (autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA) and provide helpful tips for analyzing your DNA matches to identify your strongest matches to help you go back to your immigrant ancestor. A few examples of using this approach will be shown through mini case studies.
This class will briefly explain the different types of DNA (autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA) and provide helpful tips for analyzing your DNA matches to identify your strongest matches to help you go back to your immigrant ancestor. A few examples of using this approach will be shown through mini case studies.
Tue, August 13 2024: 18:00 UTC
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Who Hid the Body? Finding Your Ancestor’s Place of Burial
Wed, August 21 2024: 18:00 UTC
It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings? Nope. It’s not over until you find where the big girl was buried. This presentation offers examples of records that can lead genealogists to an ancestor’s elusive final resting place.
It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings? Nope. It’s not over until you find where the big girl was buried. This presentation offers examples of records that can lead genealogists to an ancestor’s elusive final resting place.
Wed, August 21 2024: 18:00 UTC
Analyzing Deeds & Wills: I See What It Says—but What Does It Mean?!
Fri, August 23 2024: 18:00 UTC
Legalese. Boilerplate. Obsolete laws. Ancestral idiosyncrasies. The documents our ancestors created are full of such traps. This session uses two typical documents from different regions to illustrate, line by line, how to sort chaff from wheat, interpret deceptive language, and develop clues.
Legalese. Boilerplate. Obsolete laws. Ancestral idiosyncrasies. The documents our ancestors created are full of such traps. This session uses two typical documents from different regions to illustrate, line by line, how to sort chaff from wheat, interpret deceptive language, and develop clues.
Fri, August 23 2024: 18:00 UTC
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10 Things You Don’t Know About Cemeteries
Fri, September 6 2024: 16:45 UTC
Genealogists LOVE cemeteries but we don’t always know the history behind them. When we know the history, types, and traditions of cemeteries we can do better research that helps us understand our ancestor’s final resting place. In this presentation we will take a look at the history of US cemeteries, what you would expect to find depending on time and place, and where you can find records beyond the usual places.
Genealogists LOVE cemeteries but we don’t always know the history behind them. When we know the history, types, and traditions of cemeteries we can do better research that helps us understand our ancestor’s final resting place. In this presentation we will take a look at the history of US cemeteries, what you would expect to find depending on time and place, and where you can find records beyond the usual places.
Fri, September 6 2024: 16:45 UTC
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Buried in the Federal Records Center: Uncovering XC Pension Files
Wed, September 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
This talk will discuss how to obtain deceased 20th century veterans’ claims files, of which 1.1 million boxes are languishing in warehouses around the US.
This talk will discuss how to obtain deceased 20th century veterans’ claims files, of which 1.1 million boxes are languishing in warehouses around the US.
Wed, September 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
Fri, September 27 2024: 14:15 UTC
Church Records in Archives
Fri, September 27 2024: 14:15 UTC
Church record research is a must for any genealogist. Many of our archives have church records available to researchers. There are also independent church archives for specific religions or denominations that can help you discover your ancestor. Learn from a seasoned genealogist and archivist how to find church records in archives.
Church record research is a must for any genealogist. Many of our archives have church records available to researchers. There are also independent church archives for specific religions or denominations that can help you discover your ancestor. Learn from a seasoned genealogist and archivist how to find church records in archives.
Fri, September 27 2024: 14:15 UTC