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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
1:33:27
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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
1:30:06
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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
1:16:38
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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
1:38:53
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Step-by-Step – Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records
Using a record-based approach, learn to find the basic records of your Confederate Ancestor. A review of basic military records will be presented by following a solider throughout all available records, including Pensions (online and textual) and alternates: local civil records, Fraternal Organizations, state agency records, home guard and militia…
Using a record-based approach, learn to find the basic records of your Confederate Ancestor. A review of basic military records will be presented by following a solider throughout all available records, including Pensions (online and textual) and alternates: local civil records, Fraternal Organizations, state agency records, home guard and militia…
Fri, February 6 2015: 0:00 UTC

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Fri, January 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Mexican Catholic Parish Records, Part I: Baptisms, Confirmations & Burials
Fri, January 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Spanish colonial and Mexican Catholic parish registers are rich in genealogical information. This session will discuss the laws, customs, and significance of these particular Catholic records that essentially “bookend” the life of your ancestors; as well as where to find and how to analyze them.
Spanish colonial and Mexican Catholic parish registers are rich in genealogical information. This session will discuss the laws, customs, and significance of these particular Catholic records that essentially “bookend” the life of your ancestors; as well as where to find and how to analyze them.
Fri, January 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, February 2 2022: 19:00 UTC
CensusGenie: Down to the Wire 1950 Census Prep
Wed, February 2 2022: 19:00 UTC
For over a year we’ve met monthly and are now ready to meet weekly in prep for the release of the 1950 US Federal Census. You can play catch up by joining Cousin Russ and Myrt and discover strategies for finding ancestors in an unindexed image collection.
For over a year we’ve met monthly and are now ready to meet weekly in prep for the release of the 1950 US Federal Census. You can play catch up by joining Cousin Russ and Myrt and discover strategies for finding ancestors in an unindexed image collection.
Wed, February 2 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Exploring the new 1921 UK Census
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
The 1921 UK Census was released earlier this year. Come explore what is new and different in this census. Learn how to search the indexed records, to understand the results, and how to take what you learn about your family further.
The 1921 UK Census was released earlier this year. Come explore what is new and different in this census. Learn how to search the indexed records, to understand the results, and how to take what you learn about your family further.
Wed, March 2 2022: 1:00 UTC
Wed, May 25 2022: 18:00 UTC
The Staff of the U.S. Census
Wed, May 25 2022: 18:00 UTC
Just who was creating the documents genealogists typically turn to first? What rules did they follow? How long did they have to complete their job? How big is an enumeration district? These questions, and more, probably occur to anyone doing extensive research in the U.S. Census reports. This talk reviews the staffing, training, search for accuracy, penalties for non-cooperation, and bureaucracy of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1950.
Just who was creating the documents genealogists typically turn to first? What rules did they follow? How long did they have to complete their job? How big is an enumeration district? These questions, and more, probably occur to anyone doing extensive research in the U.S. Census reports. This talk reviews the staffing, training, search for accuracy, penalties for non-cooperation, and bureaucracy of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1950.
Wed, May 25 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, June 22 2022: 18:00 UTC
Irish Emigration to North America: Before, during and after Famine
Wed, June 22 2022: 18:00 UTC
Identify push factors to emigration (internal issues influencing emigration): Identify pull factors to emigration (external forces encouraging emigration) • Discuss factors and resources for each time period • Emigration pre-1717 • Scots-Irish (1717 – 1783) • Revolutionary War to the Famine (1783-1845) • Famine years and after • How to use to find places of origin
Identify push factors to emigration (internal issues influencing emigration): Identify pull factors to emigration (external forces encouraging emigration) • Discuss factors and resources for each time period • Emigration pre-1717 • Scots-Irish (1717 – 1783) • Revolutionary War to the Famine (1783-1845) • Famine years and after • How to use to find places of origin
Wed, June 22 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, June 29 2022: 18:00 UTC
A Deep Dive into the Map Collections of the Library of Congress
Wed, June 29 2022: 18:00 UTC
The library holds the world’s largest collection of maps—over 5.2 million maps according to their website. This webinar will describe the collections most valuable for genealogical research. We are going to explore the online resources and how they can help our research. Exploring the phenomenal learning resources is also on the agenda. We will also talk about finding aids, research guides, reproduction capabilities, and alternative ways to access the map collections. Lastly, we will discuss the resources that are only available onsite, such as the cartographic library, cartographic exhibits, and other unique holdings.
The library holds the world’s largest collection of maps—over 5.2 million maps according to their website. This webinar will describe the collections most valuable for genealogical research. We are going to explore the online resources and how they can help our research. Exploring the phenomenal learning resources is also on the agenda. We will also talk about finding aids, research guides, reproduction capabilities, and alternative ways to access the map collections. Lastly, we will discuss the resources that are only available onsite, such as the cartographic library, cartographic exhibits, and other unique holdings.
Wed, June 29 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, July 20 2022: 0:00 UTC
Ancestors’ Religions in the U.S.
Wed, July 20 2022: 0:00 UTC
Religious records are essential in genealogy research. Do you know all ancestors’ religions? Review the Protestant Reformation and religions in the U.S. Find your ancestor.
Religious records are essential in genealogy research. Do you know all ancestors’ religions? Review the Protestant Reformation and religions in the U.S. Find your ancestor.
Wed, July 20 2022: 0:00 UTC
Fri, August 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
African Americans Heading West
Fri, August 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began leaving the areas where they had been enslaved. Many went to North to larger towns where work was more plentiful. But less discussed is that a number went West to farm, using the Homestead Act of 1862 to claim land of their own. Other settled in and helped develop some all-Black towns in Kansas and Oklahoma. Still others headed to the Pacific Coast for work. What can we find out about these settlers’ lives? Where can we find records?
Fri, August 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC
Direct Your Letters to San Jose: Following Ancestors’ Migration Trails
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC
U.S. Migration patterns trended from the east to west coasts as Manifest Destiny played out in our American ancestors’ lives. Did they write letters? Yes, they did. Did they keep a diary? Likely. But, have those documents survived, and if so where might they be located? Follow through historical documents the 100+year Westward Migration of one family who created, saved, and handed down pertinent historical documents pinpointing their migration from Kentucky to Illinois in the early 1830s, chronicled an overland journey to the California Gold Rush 20 years later in 1850, then later emigrated from Illinois to Kansas in the early days of the Civil War. Discover what brought one descendant to Kansas City, Missouri, after World War II. Where’s their next stop? This case study is studded with potential research avenues for any genealogist, anthropologist, archivist, cartographer, or automobile enthusiast.
U.S. Migration patterns trended from the east to west coasts as Manifest Destiny played out in our American ancestors’ lives. Did they write letters? Yes, they did. Did they keep a diary? Likely. But, have those documents survived, and if so where might they be located? Follow through historical documents the 100+year Westward Migration of one family who created, saved, and handed down pertinent historical documents pinpointing their migration from Kentucky to Illinois in the early 1830s, chronicled an overland journey to the California Gold Rush 20 years later in 1850, then later emigrated from Illinois to Kansas in the early days of the Civil War. Discover what brought one descendant to Kansas City, Missouri, after World War II. Where’s their next stop? This case study is studded with potential research avenues for any genealogist, anthropologist, archivist, cartographer, or automobile enthusiast.
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC