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Giving Them Their Glory: First Kansas/US Colored Troops 79th Regiment
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
1:31:20
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Dissecting a Civil War Pension Packet–Union and Confederate
Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you. These records are the most accessible of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Civil War Pension records contain a…
Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you. These records are the most accessible of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Civil War Pension records contain a…
Wed, August 12 2020: 0:00 UTC
1:30:06
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Civil War Series: Pension Files and Beyond
This second session will be broken into two groups of records that relate to your ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
This second session will be broken into two groups of records that relate to your ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
Fri, November 23 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:33:27
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Civil War Series: House Divided – Prelude to War
This opening session brings into the lecture some of the causes and effect of why the Civil War was fought. As
This opening session brings into the lecture some of the causes and effect of why the Civil War was fought. As
Fri, November 23 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:16:38
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Civil War Series: Researching Beyond the Army
This third session will cover genealogical and historical material that relates to organizations outside of the United States and Confederate Armies.
This third session will cover genealogical and historical material that relates to organizations outside of the United States and Confederate Armies.
Fri, November 23 2018: 0:00 UTC
1:12:16
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Civil War Series: Reconstruction Era and Post War Society
This final session begins with the end of the Civil War and the start of Reconstruction in 1865.
This final session begins with the end of the Civil War and the start of Reconstruction in 1865.
Fri, November 23 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
52:35
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Grand Records of the Grand Army of the Republic (BONUS webinar for subscribers)
Add more information to your Civil War research by locating Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records. If your ancestor joined the organization, the post records contain information that may lead you to names of wife, children, parents, dates of birth and death, as well as military information. The webinar…
Add more information to your Civil War research by locating Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records. If your ancestor joined the organization, the post records contain information that may lead you to names of wife, children, parents, dates of birth and death, as well as military information. The webinar…
Tue, October 20 2015: 0:00 UTC
1:37:36
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Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist
This session will illustrate how geography can tell you things unknown about your ancestral community and help provide a critical background for the family narrative.
This session will illustrate how geography can tell you things unknown about your ancestral community and help provide a critical background for the family narrative.
Fri, September 25 2015: 0:00 UTC
1:34:18
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Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery
All slaves had family members who were sold away or transferred to the slave-owners' heirs, never to be seen again. Many even took different surnames. It was not uncommon for two displaced brothers to retain different surnames after Emancipation. Collier will present cases of how displaced family members were found.
All slaves had family members who were sold away or transferred to the slave-owners' heirs, never to be seen again. Many even took different surnames. It was not uncommon for two displaced brothers to retain different surnames after Emancipation. Collier will present cases of how displaced family members were found.
Fri, July 31 2015: 0:00 UTC
1:14:52
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United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story
Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops Widows' Pension Applications.
Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops Widows' Pension Applications.
Fri, April 24 2015: 0:00 UTC
1:28:29
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Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom
The years right after the Civil War were critical years for all southerners white and black. Amazing records reflect that incredible time during those years. This session will explore several amazing record sets and will point to where they can be found.
The years right after the Civil War were critical years for all southerners white and black. Amazing records reflect that incredible time during those years. This session will explore several amazing record sets and will point to where they can be found.
Fri, February 20 2015: 0:00 UTC

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Tue, March 12 2024: 18:00 UTC
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers
Tue, March 12 2024: 18:00 UTC
Newspapers are treasure troves of historical and genealogical information. Moshe Etlis, Senior Product Manager at MyHeritage, will show you how MyHeritage’s technology has made it easier than ever to discover fascinating information and stories about your ancestors in old newspapers.
Newspapers are treasure troves of historical and genealogical information. Moshe Etlis, Senior Product Manager at MyHeritage, will show you how MyHeritage’s technology has made it easier than ever to discover fascinating information and stories about your ancestors in old newspapers.
Tue, March 12 2024: 18:00 UTC
Census Clues: Sweet Potato Simon, White Potato Willie, & Cows that Grow Wool
Fri, March 22 2024: 18:00 UTC
Census records are the most used—and yet the most underused—of all genealogical resources. Every major provider offers them, along with an index so we can easily find our people. Aside from a year here or there, when a pesky ancestor seems to have eluded the census taker, the use of censuses seems fairly straightforward: We use a search engine to find our person and we copy down the data. There, done! No. Not at all! Censuses provide “facts,” but in between those “facts” there are a wealth of clues we can mine to solve our worst problems with identity, origin, and parentage. This session is for advanced researchers who think they “already know all about census records” and for newer researchers who want to avoid the mistakes most researchers make.
Census records are the most used—and yet the most underused—of all genealogical resources. Every major provider offers them, along with an index so we can easily find our people. Aside from a year here or there, when a pesky ancestor seems to have eluded the census taker, the use of censuses seems fairly straightforward: We use a search engine to find our person and we copy down the data. There, done! No. Not at all! Censuses provide “facts,” but in between those “facts” there are a wealth of clues we can mine to solve our worst problems with identity, origin, and parentage. This session is for advanced researchers who think they “already know all about census records” and for newer researchers who want to avoid the mistakes most researchers make.
Fri, March 22 2024: 18:00 UTC
Tue, March 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Government Money: MyHeritage’s U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007
Tue, March 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Following the money isn’t just for crimes — it solves genealogical research questions, too! The U.S. Social Security Claims and Applications Collection contains names of applicants, birth dates and places, and names of parents that include the mother’s maiden name. Need information? Find it here!
Following the money isn’t just for crimes — it solves genealogical research questions, too! The U.S. Social Security Claims and Applications Collection contains names of applicants, birth dates and places, and names of parents that include the mother’s maiden name. Need information? Find it here!
Tue, March 26 2024: 18:00 UTC
Fri, April 5 2024: 18:00 UTC
From This Day Forward – Documenting Marital Unions of Enslaved and Emancipated Persons
Fri, April 5 2024: 18:00 UTC
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
Thu, April 11 2024: 21:00 UTC
Silent Storytellers: A Genealogist’s Guide to Cemetery Photography
Thu, April 11 2024: 21:00 UTC
They stand there behind those gates: marble and granite memorials to those who went before. The stones in those cemeteries and the stories they tell for our families are of crucial importance to genealogists. How can we best get access to the land where they stand, and photograph them to capture the stories they tell?
They stand there behind those gates: marble and granite memorials to those who went before. The stones in those cemeteries and the stories they tell for our families are of crucial importance to genealogists. How can we best get access to the land where they stand, and photograph them to capture the stories they tell?
Thu, April 11 2024: 21:00 UTC
Fri, April 12 2024: 13:00 UTC
Can’t Find the Family Bible? 10 Places You May Not Have Looked
Fri, April 12 2024: 13:00 UTC
The Family Bible is one record source genealogy researchers long to find. Yet, it can also be one of the most difficult of all genealogy records to find. The loss of the Family Bible in a family line does not mean a genealogy researcher is out of options. Explore 10 places outside of the family to seek out Family Bibles.
The Family Bible is one record source genealogy researchers long to find. Yet, it can also be one of the most difficult of all genealogy records to find. The loss of the Family Bible in a family line does not mean a genealogy researcher is out of options. Explore 10 places outside of the family to seek out Family Bibles.
Fri, April 12 2024: 13:00 UTC
Fri, April 12 2024: 15:00 UTC
Unlocking Birth Records: Exploring Birth Dates and Alternate Sources
Fri, April 12 2024: 15:00 UTC
Birth records are more than just dates — they hold the beginnings of your ancestors’ stories, revealing a wealth of information beyond the moment they entered the world. Are you mining these records for all they’re worth? Join Lisa Lisson for a deep dive into birth records, from discovering MyHeritage’s extensive collection to uncovering the rich details within. This session will equip you with practical techniques for unearthing accurate birth dates and enhancing your family history research. Plus, we’ll explore alternate sources that can shed even more light on your ancestors’ beginnings. Walk away with a newfound ability to breathe life into your ancestors’ stories.
Birth records are more than just dates — they hold the beginnings of your ancestors’ stories, revealing a wealth of information beyond the moment they entered the world. Are you mining these records for all they’re worth? Join Lisa Lisson for a deep dive into birth records, from discovering MyHeritage’s extensive collection to uncovering the rich details within. This session will equip you with practical techniques for unearthing accurate birth dates and enhancing your family history research. Plus, we’ll explore alternate sources that can shed even more light on your ancestors’ beginnings. Walk away with a newfound ability to breathe life into your ancestors’ stories.
Fri, April 12 2024: 15:00 UTC
Fri, April 12 2024: 19:00 UTC
Using U.S. Church Records as a Brick Wall Strategy: Case Studies
Fri, April 12 2024: 19:00 UTC
Finding an overseas ancestral hometown. Tracking a family from one place to another. Researching in a place with record loss. Identifying all the children of an ancestral couple. Finding (or verifying) a birth, marriage or death. Researching extended families. Searching for ancestors who were poor, non-English speaking, ethnic minorities or enslaved. Got any of these brick-wall situations? Learn how church records may be your saving grace.
Finding an overseas ancestral hometown. Tracking a family from one place to another. Researching in a place with record loss. Identifying all the children of an ancestral couple. Finding (or verifying) a birth, marriage or death. Researching extended families. Searching for ancestors who were poor, non-English speaking, ethnic minorities or enslaved. Got any of these brick-wall situations? Learn how church records may be your saving grace.
Fri, April 12 2024: 19:00 UTC
Wed, April 17 2024: 18:00 UTC
Comparing Plats of Land With Deeds and Grants
Wed, April 17 2024: 18:00 UTC
Land Plats of an ancestor’s land will likely include his surrounding neighbors. With a closer examination, we might gain an understanding of their lives and place them with their community and local events.
Land Plats of an ancestor’s land will likely include his surrounding neighbors. With a closer examination, we might gain an understanding of their lives and place them with their community and local events.
Wed, April 17 2024: 18:00 UTC