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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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PERSI 2.0: The New PERSI for Everyone
Wed, March 22 2023: 18:00 UTC
You may be missing 30% of genealogy discoveries if you’re not digging into issues of old periodicals for biographical profiles, stories about ancestral churches or schools, how-to tips for researching a locale, indexes and transcripts of local records. Learn to find and access this content using PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE on the Allen County Public Library website, and hear success stories that can inspire your own searches.
You may be missing 30% of genealogy discoveries if you’re not digging into issues of old periodicals for biographical profiles, stories about ancestral churches or schools, how-to tips for researching a locale, indexes and transcripts of local records. Learn to find and access this content using PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE on the Allen County Public Library website, and hear success stories that can inspire your own searches.
Wed, March 22 2023: 18:00 UTC
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Tick Marks and Number Counts: Understanding and Using the Slave Schedules
Fri, April 7 2023: 18:00 UTC
What exactly are the 1850 and 1860 United States Slave Schedules and what is their value to researchers? A closer look at this enumeration of “slave inhabitants” will streamline interpretation of these records and will help define the do’s and don’ts of working with them.
What exactly are the 1850 and 1860 United States Slave Schedules and what is their value to researchers? A closer look at this enumeration of “slave inhabitants” will streamline interpretation of these records and will help define the do’s and don’ts of working with them.
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Liverpool: The Central Hub for Northern Europe’s 19th and 20th Century Emigration
Thu, April 13 2023: 23:00 UTC
Regular sailing schedules between Liverpool and North America began in 1818, and during the 19th century Liverpool became the primary port for emigrants from the British Isles, northern Europe and Russia to North America, Australia, and the rest of the British Empire. Learn how and why this came about, understand what the experience was like going to, in, and leaving from Liverpool. Learn how to identify, access, and use the records of the port and shipping that are available.
Regular sailing schedules between Liverpool and North America began in 1818, and during the 19th century Liverpool became the primary port for emigrants from the British Isles, northern Europe and Russia to North America, Australia, and the rest of the British Empire. Learn how and why this came about, understand what the experience was like going to, in, and leaving from Liverpool. Learn how to identify, access, and use the records of the port and shipping that are available.
Thu, April 13 2023: 23:00 UTC
Fri, April 14 2023: 14:00 UTC
Giving Them Their Glory: First Kansas/US Colored Troops 79th Regiment
Fri, April 14 2023: 14:00 UTC
Organized in August 1862, the First Kansas Colored Infantry was the first Black unit recruited in the North, the first to see and die in battle in the Civil War. Made up of both free and enslaved men, including those from the Five Tribes, its exploits were legendary. Yet, the lives of its rank and file outside of their service were prolific and unsung.
Organized in August 1862, the First Kansas Colored Infantry was the first Black unit recruited in the North, the first to see and die in battle in the Civil War. Made up of both free and enslaved men, including those from the Five Tribes, its exploits were legendary. Yet, the lives of its rank and file outside of their service were prolific and unsung.
Fri, April 14 2023: 14:00 UTC
Wed, April 19 2023: 0:00 UTC
Urban Mapping Tools
Wed, April 19 2023: 0:00 UTC
This presentation will suggest strategies to correlate large amounts of information often developed in urban research, with a significant emphasis on the use of cartographic resources. Generally, researchers of urban settings have an abundance of sources to consider. Many times, the challenge is to connect and analyze multiple, even overwhelming, amounts of information. A variety of resources will be discussed, especially, cadastral maps (land ownership), Sanborn fire insurance maps and city directories.
This presentation will suggest strategies to correlate large amounts of information often developed in urban research, with a significant emphasis on the use of cartographic resources. Generally, researchers of urban settings have an abundance of sources to consider. Many times, the challenge is to connect and analyze multiple, even overwhelming, amounts of information. A variety of resources will be discussed, especially, cadastral maps (land ownership), Sanborn fire insurance maps and city directories.
Wed, April 19 2023: 0:00 UTC
Fri, May 5 2023: 18:00 UTC
Working on the Railroad: Pullman Porters and Maids
Fri, May 5 2023: 18:00 UTC
The Pullman Company was one of the leading employers of African Americans, primarily male Porters, who worked on the railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century. This presentation will look briefly at the general growth of the railroad as well as the Pullman Company which built rail cars and rented them to rail companies. Pullman hired primarily African American men and women to staff the dining and sleeping cars. What was the job like and what were lives like for the Porters and Maids? How do we find records of ancestors who were Pullman Porters or Maids?
The Pullman Company was one of the leading employers of African Americans, primarily male Porters, who worked on the railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century. This presentation will look briefly at the general growth of the railroad as well as the Pullman Company which built rail cars and rented them to rail companies. Pullman hired primarily African American men and women to staff the dining and sleeping cars. What was the job like and what were lives like for the Porters and Maids? How do we find records of ancestors who were Pullman Porters or Maids?
Fri, May 5 2023: 18:00 UTC
Fri, May 12 2023: 18:00 UTC
Spies, Slackers, and Aliens: Records of the American Protective League
Fri, May 12 2023: 18:00 UTC
Organized in Chicago, IL in 1917 by citizens who believed the United States Department of Justice was understaffed and not up to the task of fighting against espionage. They grew to a volunteer force of more than 250,000 members. The APL was given absolute power to stop ordinary citizens in the streets by checking whether men were legally registered for draft, or were sympathetic to the Germans, or those unregistered aliens living in the United States. Long believed to be a pseudo-patriotic organization. The APL documented both members and their activities in rich genealogical and historical details at the time the United States entered World War I.
Organized in Chicago, IL in 1917 by citizens who believed the United States Department of Justice was understaffed and not up to the task of fighting against espionage. They grew to a volunteer force of more than 250,000 members. The APL was given absolute power to stop ordinary citizens in the streets by checking whether men were legally registered for draft, or were sympathetic to the Germans, or those unregistered aliens living in the United States. Long believed to be a pseudo-patriotic organization. The APL documented both members and their activities in rich genealogical and historical details at the time the United States entered World War I.
Fri, May 12 2023: 18:00 UTC
Wed, May 31 2023: 18:00 UTC
Finding Chinese Railroad Worker Files in the U.S.
Wed, May 31 2023: 18:00 UTC
There is little documentation about Chinese railroad workers who built the Transcontinental and many other railroads in the U.S. starting in the 1860s. This webinar will describe some of the materials that do exist and other sources to use to learn more.
There is little documentation about Chinese railroad workers who built the Transcontinental and many other railroads in the U.S. starting in the 1860s. This webinar will describe some of the materials that do exist and other sources to use to learn more.
Wed, May 31 2023: 18:00 UTC
Wed, June 28 2023: 18:00 UTC
A Fresh Light on Old Newspapers
Wed, June 28 2023: 18:00 UTC
Researching in old newspapers no longer means sitting at a microfilm reader for hours on end, winding through a seemingly endless string of news stories and advertisements. Today, the results we seek could be a matter of minutes away, thanks to the many digitization projects that have placed millions of newspaper pages on the Internet. But what are the pitfalls? This presentation takes you through the digitization process, from hard copy to your computer screen. It is designed to help you achieve the best results from your work. (Note: Dave Obee has worked in newspapers for 50 years, has researched with them for 50 years, and has been behind a major digitization project. This talk draws from real experience.)
Researching in old newspapers no longer means sitting at a microfilm reader for hours on end, winding through a seemingly endless string of news stories and advertisements. Today, the results we seek could be a matter of minutes away, thanks to the many digitization projects that have placed millions of newspaper pages on the Internet. But what are the pitfalls? This presentation takes you through the digitization process, from hard copy to your computer screen. It is designed to help you achieve the best results from your work. (Note: Dave Obee has worked in newspapers for 50 years, has researched with them for 50 years, and has been behind a major digitization project. This talk draws from real experience.)
Wed, June 28 2023: 18:00 UTC