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From This Day Forward – Documenting Marital Unions of Enslaved and Emancipated Persons
Despite the fact that their marriages were not legally recognized before 1865, enslaved couples were uniting in “quasi-marital” relationships, and were cohabitating as husband and wife, as evidenced by many extant documents created during and after the end of America’s Civil War. In this presentation, we explore examples of documents that provide evidence of these relationships, and sources for finding them.
Despite the fact that their marriages were not legally recognized before 1865, enslaved couples were uniting in “quasi-marital” relationships, and were cohabitating as husband and wife, as evidenced by many extant documents created during and after the end of America’s Civil War. In this presentation, we explore examples of documents that provide evidence of these relationships, and sources for finding them.
Fri, April 5 2024: 18:00 UTC
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Italian Civil Marriage Supplements
This session will discuss the civil marriage process in Italy and the marriage banns and files (allegati/processetti) created to supplement the marriage of couple. These documents have the potential to sometimes extend a family 3 generations pushing back into pre-civil registration era and right into Catholic Church records.
This session will discuss the civil marriage process in Italy and the marriage banns and files (allegati/processetti) created to supplement the marriage of couple. These documents have the potential to sometimes extend a family 3 generations pushing back into pre-civil registration era and right into Catholic Church records.
Fri, September 2 2022: 6:00 UTC
56:25
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Getting the best out of the online Local BMD indexes
This webinar was presented live during the 2022 Surname Society annual conference. Ian Hartas talk will cover some of the basic techniques in how to get the best out of local BMD sites and also cover a basic walk through on them to suit newcomers.
This webinar was presented live during the 2022 Surname Society annual conference. Ian Hartas talk will cover some of the basic techniques in how to get the best out of local BMD sites and also cover a basic walk through on them to suit newcomers.
Sat, March 19 2022: 17:00 UTC
49:49
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Civil Registration in Australia
Civil (vital) registration began at different times in the Australian colonies and remains a state responsibility to the current day. The amount of information on the certificate varies among the states as does the cost and online availability.
Civil (vital) registration began at different times in the Australian colonies and remains a state responsibility to the current day. The amount of information on the certificate varies among the states as does the cost and online availability.
Fri, March 13 2020: 0:00 UTC
1:28:33
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Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders
Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting…
Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting…
Tue, December 17 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:07:22
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The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records
This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, discusses analysis of those records, and vital record alternatives.
This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, discusses analysis of those records, and vital record alternatives.
Fri, May 24 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:23:19
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50 Websites To Find Vital Records
Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn't always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.
Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn't always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.
Fri, August 10 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:29:40
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Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources
Tracking migration in the United States involves using census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each of these types of records; learn where to find them, and how to use them effectively to track migration.
Tracking migration in the United States involves using census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each of these types of records; learn where to find them, and how to use them effectively to track migration.
Wed, January 14 2015: 0:00 UTC
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1:29:28
The Ties That Bond
From marriage bonds to officials' bonds, sureties given in a wide variety of circumstances can offer clues to our family members and their friends, associates and neighbors. Learn what they are, how to find them, and how to use them in building your family's FAN club.
From marriage bonds to officials' bonds, sureties given in a wide variety of circumstances can offer clues to our family members and their friends, associates and neighbors. Learn what they are, how to find them, and how to use them in building your family's FAN club.
Wed, February 19 2014: 0:00 UTC
1:28:00
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The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources
Research in the United States depends upon census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each type of record. Learn where to find them and how to use them effectively in your research.
Research in the United States depends upon census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each type of record. Learn where to find them and how to use them effectively in your research.
Wed, November 28 2012: 0:00 UTC
1:28:00
The Three Cs of Irish Research: Civil Registration, Church Records, and Census
Three of the main Irish genealogical resources of key importance to those tracing their Irish ancestors are census returns, church records, and civil registration (vital records). Although pre-1901 census records were almost completely destroyed and church records also suffered from either a lack of record keeping or destruction, much still…
Three of the main Irish genealogical resources of key importance to those tracing their Irish ancestors are census returns, church records, and civil registration (vital records). Although pre-1901 census records were almost completely destroyed and church records also suffered from either a lack of record keeping or destruction, much still…
Wed, October 19 2011: 0:00 UTC
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1:45:00
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Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Marriage Record
In this webinar Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a marriage record as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class was presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a…
In this webinar Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a marriage record as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class was presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a…
Wed, May 25 2011: 0:00 UTC

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Wed, July 24 2024: 18:00 UTC
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
Fri, September 6 2024: 16:45 UTC
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
Wed, September 25 2024: 18:00 UTC
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
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Oops! Married twice (at the same time) Case Studies in Bigamy!
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Divorce in Queensland Australia was very difficult to obtain. Some couples then just lived together and some underwent a bigamous marriage. What were the penalties? The records? Follow these ten bigamy case studies.
Wed, October 2 2024: 2:00 UTC
Wed, December 18 2024: 19:00 UTC
Finding Uncle John’s Grist Mill, His Neighbors And That Cemetery Using Maps, Records & Stories
Wed, December 18 2024: 19:00 UTC
Topographic maps and soil maps should help us identify a community, including neighbors, ferries, mills, cemeteries, historic houses, and many other landmarks. By using a combination of resources, the picture of this community will be more visible and more clearly understood.
Topographic maps and soil maps should help us identify a community, including neighbors, ferries, mills, cemeteries, historic houses, and many other landmarks. By using a combination of resources, the picture of this community will be more visible and more clearly understood.
Wed, December 18 2024: 19:00 UTC