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Mining Washington-area Map Repositories
A survey of both online and physical map repositories located in the Washington, DC, area is presented in this webinar.
A survey of both online and physical map repositories located in the Washington, DC, area is presented in this webinar.
Thu, May 16 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:06:55
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50 Websites for Finding Maps
Learn more about where to find maps and the diversity of map websites found online with 50 suggestions you can start using today.
Learn more about where to find maps and the diversity of map websites found online with 50 suggestions you can start using today.
Fri, May 3 2019: 0:00 UTC
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Genealogical Applications of Historical GIS
Learn to use these new tools to expand your research tools. GIS (geographic information system) is a database of geographic information. Google Earth is an example of a large and very sophisticated GIS application.
Learn to use these new tools to expand your research tools. GIS (geographic information system) is a database of geographic information. Google Earth is an example of a large and very sophisticated GIS application.
Fri, July 20 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:32:03
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Using Maps in Genealogical Research
Every ancestor, at every moment, occupied a specific, physical location. Maps decode and amplify the significance of those locations by providing context and background information. This heavily illustrated lecture shows examples of the map types best-suited to genealogy, and the syllabus provides links to quality online sources for those maps….
Every ancestor, at every moment, occupied a specific, physical location. Maps decode and amplify the significance of those locations by providing context and background information. This heavily illustrated lecture shows examples of the map types best-suited to genealogy, and the syllabus provides links to quality online sources for those maps….
Tue, June 19 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:11:44
Using Military Maps in Genealogy
Military maps have some obvious value to the family researcher. If our person of interest was in a military unit or fought in a battle we might want to understand the battle or locate his unit, knowing he was there at that time and place.
Military maps have some obvious value to the family researcher. If our person of interest was in a military unit or fought in a battle we might want to understand the battle or locate his unit, knowing he was there at that time and place.
Fri, February 9 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:30:11
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Southern States Migration Patterns
Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors into and out of the Southern states.
Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors into and out of the Southern states.
Wed, October 11 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:02:43
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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
1:46:16
Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps
Land ownership maps in the US are generally focused on the county level. Produced largely in the nineteenth-century in single sheet or atlas format, they were sold by subscription and also developed to commemorate events such as the centennial of the American Revolution. Though advances in printing such as lithography…
Land ownership maps in the US are generally focused on the county level. Produced largely in the nineteenth-century in single sheet or atlas format, they were sold by subscription and also developed to commemorate events such as the centennial of the American Revolution. Though advances in printing such as lithography…
Wed, April 26 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:55:56
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Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records
Use USGS topographic maps, tract maps, plat maps, surveys, deeds, census records, and tax lists to reconstruct the neighborhood where your ancestor lived. Plat your ancestor’s land records and discover what unexpected clues might be discovered in the process.
Use USGS topographic maps, tract maps, plat maps, surveys, deeds, census records, and tax lists to reconstruct the neighborhood where your ancestor lived. Plat your ancestor’s land records and discover what unexpected clues might be discovered in the process.
Wed, April 19 2017: 0:00 UTC
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1:41:08
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Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map Collection for Your Research
Learn how to find free digital maps for your ancestral locations, add them as permanent overlays to Google Earth, and then organize them into your personal map reference collection. You’ll learn best practices for keeping them organized and enriching your research.
Learn how to find free digital maps for your ancestral locations, add them as permanent overlays to Google Earth, and then organize them into your personal map reference collection. You’ll learn best practices for keeping them organized and enriching your research.
Wed, January 18 2017: 0:00 UTC
1:53:39
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PedigreeMap – an Interactive Map of Your Family History
PedigreeMap™ is an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.
PedigreeMap™ is an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.
Fri, November 4 2016: 0:00 UTC
1:42:43
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Fire Insurance Maps – The Google Maps of Their Day
Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were made of communities large and small and many communities had multiple maps created between 1895 and…
Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were made of communities large and small and many communities had multiple maps created between 1895 and…
Wed, April 20 2016: 0:00 UTC

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Fri, November 12 2021: 19:00 UTC
Court Records for People of Color Family History Research
Fri, November 12 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, November 12 2021: 19:00 UTC
Wed, October 20 2021: 0:00 UTC
My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA
Wed, October 20 2021: 0:00 UTC
Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel…
Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel…
Wed, October 20 2021: 0:00 UTC
Wed, October 20 2021: 18:00 UTC
Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2021: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage
Wed, October 20 2021: 18:00 UTC
The 2021 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research–and what sites and tools they should…
The 2021 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research–and what sites and tools they should…
Wed, October 20 2021: 18:00 UTC
Tue, October 26 2021: 12:00 UTC
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L’arbre généalogique en ligne de MyHeritage : les dernières améliorations
Tue, October 26 2021: 12:00 UTC
Le nouveau design de l’arbre généalogique contribue à rendre la découverte de votre histoire familiale plus simple et plus agréable. Nous avons ajouté de nouvelles fonctionnalités utiles et quelques astuces pratiques.
Le nouveau design de l’arbre généalogique contribue à rendre la découverte de votre histoire familiale plus simple et plus agréable. Nous avons ajouté de nouvelles fonctionnalités utiles et quelques astuces pratiques.
Tue, October 26 2021: 12:00 UTC
Wed, October 27 2021: 18:00 UTC
Building Family Trees for Your DNA Matches
Wed, October 27 2021: 18:00 UTC
Oftentimes a DNA match lacks a family tree. Don’t fret. Learn how to build one for them so you can fit them into your tree. We’ll walk through steps to take to determine who your match is and possible ways they might be related. We’ll also discuss how far back…
Oftentimes a DNA match lacks a family tree. Don’t fret. Learn how to build one for them so you can fit them into your tree. We’ll walk through steps to take to determine who your match is and possible ways they might be related. We’ll also discuss how far back…
Wed, October 27 2021: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Tech with Thomas
Fri, October 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Having trouble getting SOLID and TRUSTWORTHY advice about genealogy technology? Need to purchase a new scanner, printer, or external hard-drive? Do you need more information before you move to “The Cloud” or even a VPN? Join genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee as he answers YOUR QUESTIONS in this LIVE…
Having trouble getting SOLID and TRUSTWORTHY advice about genealogy technology? Need to purchase a new scanner, printer, or external hard-drive? Do you need more information before you move to “The Cloud” or even a VPN? Join genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee as he answers YOUR QUESTIONS in this LIVE…
Fri, October 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of…
It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of…
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
Wed, November 3 2021: 18:00 UTC
Investigative Genetic Genealogy – the Use of DNA for Law Enforcement
Wed, November 3 2021: 18:00 UTC
The use of genetic genealogy for law enforcement, whether for crime scene DNA or human remains identification, is rapidly evolving. We’ll discuss the methodology employed.
The use of genetic genealogy for law enforcement, whether for crime scene DNA or human remains identification, is rapidly evolving. We’ll discuss the methodology employed.
Wed, November 3 2021: 18:00 UTC
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master –Finding the Mother Church
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC