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A Revolutionary War Case Study: Joseph L. Harper
Using case studies the lecturer builds on his previous lectures relating to the Revolutionary War tracing soldier Joseph L. Harper from before the War until his death.
Using case studies the lecturer builds on his previous lectures relating to the Revolutionary War tracing soldier Joseph L. Harper from before the War until his death.
Fri, September 29 2023: 15:30 UTC
56:18
U.S. Revolutionary War: A Case Study Approach
Using case studies the lecturer builds on his previous lectures relating to the Revolutionary War tracing soldier William Aaron from before the War until his death.
Using case studies the lecturer builds on his previous lectures relating to the Revolutionary War tracing soldier William Aaron from before the War until his death.
Sat, July 23 2022: 0:00 UTC
59:51
The Loyalists That Stayed Behind: The Reintegration
Many Loyalists stayed in the United States. This lecture focuses on how to research them.
Many Loyalists stayed in the United States. This lecture focuses on how to research them.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:18:15
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African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Fri, June 4 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:32:53
Researching a Loyalist Soldier
Approximately one-third of the people living in the Colonies at the time of the Revolution were loyal to the King. During the War some fought in Loyalist units. By the end of the war, most were forced to leave, either north to Canada or back across the ocean. Many filed…
Approximately one-third of the people living in the Colonies at the time of the Revolution were loyal to the King. During the War some fought in Loyalist units. By the end of the war, most were forced to leave, either north to Canada or back across the ocean. Many filed…
Wed, July 29 2020: 0:00 UTC
50:46
Researching a Hessian Soldier
Having an alleged German soldier during the Revolution can be an interesting conundrum. There are resources that can help in your determination, American and German.
Having an alleged German soldier during the Revolution can be an interesting conundrum. There are resources that can help in your determination, American and German.
Fri, March 13 2020: 0:00 UTC
51:06
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Researching Black Loyalist Communities in Canada
This session looks at those who fought with the British – Black Loyalists. Who were they and what happened to them after the war when they fled to Canada? Learn where to locate records to find out more about the people and their communities.
This session looks at those who fought with the British – Black Loyalists. Who were they and what happened to them after the war when they fled to Canada? Learn where to locate records to find out more about the people and their communities.
Fri, November 1 2019: 0:00 UTC
43:14
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A Genealogical Gem in DC: The DAR Library
This webinar, A Genealogical Gem in DC: the DAR Library, will introduce you to the holdings of the collections, in print and in digital form, and orient you to their use.
This webinar, A Genealogical Gem in DC: the DAR Library, will introduce you to the holdings of the collections, in print and in digital form, and orient you to their use.
Thu, May 16 2019: 0:00 UTC
1:28:53
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The Society operates a marvelous library in Washington, DC. Over the last few years they have scanned and provided public…
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The Society operates a marvelous library in Washington, DC. Over the last few years they have scanned and provided public…
Wed, October 3 2018: 0:00 UTC
52:11
Revolutionary War Series 1 of 5: The Revolution – More than just the War
Places the research in context from the period of the French and Indian War, up to the Revolutionary War. Discusses the research strategy for successful research from literature review through free and subscription websites relating to the War.
Places the research in context from the period of the French and Indian War, up to the Revolutionary War. Discusses the research strategy for successful research from literature review through free and subscription websites relating to the War.
Mon, August 28 2017: 0:00 UTC
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Revolutionary War Series 2 of 5: The Participants in the War
Places the researcher in a position to understand the various kinds of military organizations in the war and the places where records relating to these organizations can be found. Identifies the differences between Continental and militia service.
Places the researcher in a position to understand the various kinds of military organizations in the war and the places where records relating to these organizations can be found. Identifies the differences between Continental and militia service.
Mon, August 28 2017: 0:00 UTC
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Revolutionary War Series 3 of 5: Records Created by the Revolutionary War During the War
Describes the kinds of records that were created by the war and how they have been transformed into other records today. Discusses free and subscription databases, as well as the availability of textual records concerning individuals in the war.
Describes the kinds of records that were created by the war and how they have been transformed into other records today. Discusses free and subscription databases, as well as the availability of textual records concerning individuals in the war.
Mon, August 28 2017: 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