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50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out!
Based on resources collected for the Net Notes Column of Internet Genealogy which I have authored since 2006. These will be not-yet-published resources from the US, Canada, UK, and from countries around the world. A real smorgasbord of topics, time periods, etc. A little bit of something for everyone.
Based on resources collected for the Net Notes Column of Internet Genealogy which I have authored since 2006. These will be not-yet-published resources from the US, Canada, UK, and from countries around the world. A real smorgasbord of topics, time periods, etc. A little bit of something for everyone.
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
59:38
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Documenting Cemeteries with BillionGraves
If headstones could talk, they would have a lot of stories to tell. But they can’t, so BillionGraves is the next best thing. BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery data resource. As you take photos with the BillionGraves app on your phone, each gravestone is automatically marked with a GPS location. The data is then transcribed by volunteers, plotted on cemetery maps, and preserved on BillionGraves, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage websites for millions of families around the globe for generations to come.
If headstones could talk, they would have a lot of stories to tell. But they can’t, so BillionGraves is the next best thing. BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery data resource. As you take photos with the BillionGraves app on your phone, each gravestone is automatically marked with a GPS location. The data is then transcribed by volunteers, plotted on cemetery maps, and preserved on BillionGraves, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage websites for millions of families around the globe for generations to come.
Fri, September 23 2022: 16:45 UTC
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Ransomware and your computer
Ransomware is a form of malware (malicious software) that encrypts a victim’s files so they cannot be accessed. The attacker then demands that the victim pay a ransom in order to have access to their files restored. Maybe, you’ve heard about ransomware in the news and thought it was a business problem, but in truth over 75% of ransomware attacks are aimed at individuals and small businesses. Why, because you are easy targets. Learn more about ransomware and what you can do about before it strikes, and if you are attacked how you can recover.
Ransomware is a form of malware (malicious software) that encrypts a victim’s files so they cannot be accessed. The attacker then demands that the victim pay a ransom in order to have access to their files restored. Maybe, you’ve heard about ransomware in the news and thought it was a business problem, but in truth over 75% of ransomware attacks are aimed at individuals and small businesses. Why, because you are easy targets. Learn more about ransomware and what you can do about before it strikes, and if you are attacked how you can recover.
Wed, September 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:00:37
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The Pros and Cons of Collaboration on Geni.com
Geni volunteer curator, E. Randol Schoenberg, describes the advantages of building your family tree collaboratively on Geni.com. Topics discussed include the Geni relationship finder, dna integration, finding correcting mistakes, using different languages, ancestor and descendant reports, merging duplicates, getting help with public discussions, using the Actions menu and projects.
Geni volunteer curator, E. Randol Schoenberg, describes the advantages of building your family tree collaboratively on Geni.com. Topics discussed include the Geni relationship finder, dna integration, finding correcting mistakes, using different languages, ancestor and descendant reports, merging duplicates, getting help with public discussions, using the Actions menu and projects.
Fri, September 16 2022: 16:45 UTC
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Using Google Books to Find the Law
Time and time again, we’re told to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need? One answer is Google Books—if we use it to full advantage.
Time and time again, we’re told to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need? One answer is Google Books—if we use it to full advantage.
Fri, September 16 2022: 15:30 UTC
1:09:41
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Need help with grammar and punctuation? There’s a tool for that!
We all want our writing to be clear and concise and agonise over getting it just right. Is that the correct word? Have I put the comma in the right place? Should that be an em-dash or an en-dash? Sometimes we just need a tool to help us identify the typos and grammatical inconsistencies or highlight the punctuation errors. This session will demonstrate free tools to improve our writing and help us become better writers.
We all want our writing to be clear and concise and agonise over getting it just right. Is that the correct word? Have I put the comma in the right place? Should that be an em-dash or an en-dash? Sometimes we just need a tool to help us identify the typos and grammatical inconsistencies or highlight the punctuation errors. This session will demonstrate free tools to improve our writing and help us become better writers.
Thu, August 11 2022: 0:00 UTC
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What’s New at DNA Painter
DNA Painter is a popular website for genealogists who want to explore their autosomal DNA test results. Join site creator Jonny Perl for this update on new features for tree visualizations and chromosome mapping, as well as other recent releases and tools.
DNA Painter is a popular website for genealogists who want to explore their autosomal DNA test results. Join site creator Jonny Perl for this update on new features for tree visualizations and chromosome mapping, as well as other recent releases and tools.
Wed, July 6 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Hard drive and SSD drive failure rates and what to do
Over the last 8 years, Backblaze has collected, analyzed, and reported on hard drive and SSD failure. Andy Klein has waded through 166 million records to learn all he can about drive failure and he’d like to share that with you. For example, do different drive models fail at different rates, do bigger drives fail more often, does temperature impact drive failure, and maybe most important – can you predict drive failure. We’ll also compare consumer versus enterprise drives and wrap up by comparing hard drives to SSDs. Join us for a class of what you can really learn from failure – drive failure that is.
Over the last 8 years, Backblaze has collected, analyzed, and reported on hard drive and SSD failure. Andy Klein has waded through 166 million records to learn all he can about drive failure and he’d like to share that with you. For example, do different drive models fail at different rates, do bigger drives fail more often, does temperature impact drive failure, and maybe most important – can you predict drive failure. We’ll also compare consumer versus enterprise drives and wrap up by comparing hard drives to SSDs. Join us for a class of what you can really learn from failure – drive failure that is.
Fri, April 8 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy
This webinar is filled with links, screenshots, and tips that will help you make the most of your Apple devices. Discover family tree, research, and productivity apps for iPads, plus photo-editing, backups, and how to share family tree information with Windows users. Mastering these great features translates to less time wrangling with your computer(s) and more time for researching your ancestors.
This webinar is filled with links, screenshots, and tips that will help you make the most of your Apple devices. Discover family tree, research, and productivity apps for iPads, plus photo-editing, backups, and how to share family tree information with Windows users. Mastering these great features translates to less time wrangling with your computer(s) and more time for researching your ancestors.
Fri, April 8 2022: 2:00 UTC
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Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists
Are you still using only the basic search options available on your favorite genealogical research sites? Do you get a lot of less-than-helpful search results? We will explore features and strategies you can use to tighten up the searches and make your online research more productive.
Are you still using only the basic search options available on your favorite genealogical research sites? Do you get a lot of less-than-helpful search results? We will explore features and strategies you can use to tighten up the searches and make your online research more productive.
Fri, April 8 2022: 0:00 UTC
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Get ‘Grammin’! How to Instagram Your Family History
Instagram is a visual social media tool that allows users to share photos, videos, gifs, inspirational quotes, and more. Instagram is also a favorite platform among the younger generation, making it a vital tool for genealogists of all ages, as well as genealogical societies, to learn and embrace. As you get ‘grammin’ with Instagram, you will quickly see the benefits of sharing your family photos, your genealogy research, and your passion for family history with others. Plus, Instagram is fun to use! Learn how to get up and running with Instagram, and “Insta” your family history.
Instagram is a visual social media tool that allows users to share photos, videos, gifs, inspirational quotes, and more. Instagram is also a favorite platform among the younger generation, making it a vital tool for genealogists of all ages, as well as genealogical societies, to learn and embrace. As you get ‘grammin’ with Instagram, you will quickly see the benefits of sharing your family photos, your genealogy research, and your passion for family history with others. Plus, Instagram is fun to use! Learn how to get up and running with Instagram, and “Insta” your family history.
Wed, March 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Using WikiTree’s DNA Features in Your Family History Research
WikiTree is one of the Global family Trees available online that works collaboratively to have an accurate, single family tree. You may have heard of WikiTree, but did you also know that WikiTree does DNA as well? WikiTree has very robust DNA features which can identify testers who may match you in the DNA connections section of an ancestor’s profile. We will work the features and show you how to further your family history research using WikiTree and its DNA features.
WikiTree is one of the Global family Trees available online that works collaboratively to have an accurate, single family tree. You may have heard of WikiTree, but did you also know that WikiTree does DNA as well? WikiTree has very robust DNA features which can identify testers who may match you in the DNA connections section of an ancestor’s profile. We will work the features and show you how to further your family history research using WikiTree and its DNA features.
Wed, March 2 2022: 19:00 UTC

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Fri, December 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
Trendy Tech Tools for Your Research: Yay or Nay?
Fri, December 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
Everywhere we turn we hear from someone recommending the latest and greatest apps and tools to use in our research. But should we try to use all of them? Some of them? None of them? How do you choose what is best for you? We will go over the research process and help you decide which of your own activities need special tools and which work well with the standard tools we all should use.
Everywhere we turn we hear from someone recommending the latest and greatest apps and tools to use in our research. But should we try to use all of them? Some of them? None of them? How do you choose what is best for you? We will go over the research process and help you decide which of your own activities need special tools and which work well with the standard tools we all should use.
Fri, December 9 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, December 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Designing with Canva for Your Genealogy, Society, or Business
Wed, December 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Canva is a freemium model cloud-based graphic design app that allows even the most design-challenged genealogist to create attractive digital and print products. Colleen uses it frequently to create visuals for my blogs, social media posts, videos and reports, and for family celebrations. We will walk through navigating around the browser interface and features, review the various design libraries, and demonstrate some of her regular design use cases. We will also discuss free personal Canva, premium Canva Pro, and Canva’s Nonprofits program for your society.
Canva is a freemium model cloud-based graphic design app that allows even the most design-challenged genealogist to create attractive digital and print products. Colleen uses it frequently to create visuals for my blogs, social media posts, videos and reports, and for family celebrations. We will walk through navigating around the browser interface and features, review the various design libraries, and demonstrate some of her regular design use cases. We will also discuss free personal Canva, premium Canva Pro, and Canva’s Nonprofits program for your society.
Wed, December 21 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, December 7 2022: 1:00 UTC
Lloyd’s of London: its history and its records for shipping
Wed, December 7 2022: 1:00 UTC
Lloyd’s Shipping Lists, and the allied publications are the go-to resources for information about merchant shipping over 100 tons worldwide since 1696. Lloyd’s of London created its first news sheet in 1696. Its successor Lloyd’s List issued in 1734 was a weekly journal of news about ships arriving in English and Irish ports. The New Lloyd’s List ran as a rival beginning in 1769, and replaced it 1773, dropping New after 1788. The frequency of publication changed to daily with annual indexes, advertisements were introduced in 1854. Lloyd’s Weekly Shipping Index began publication in 1880. Further changes were made especially during WWI and WWI with additional records being created. Shipping records are still being produced. The Lists created by Lloyd’s are the go-to place for shipping over 100 tons worldwide to get information on the vessels, their masters, and their owners. The presentation will show examples of the different records and how to interpret and understand the information contained. We will look at what is online, and where to look when not online. Plus, once identified where can one look for more information about the ships and the people involved.
Lloyd’s Shipping Lists, and the allied publications are the go-to resources for information about merchant shipping over 100 tons worldwide since 1696. Lloyd’s of London created its first news sheet in 1696. Its successor Lloyd’s List issued in 1734 was a weekly journal of news about ships arriving in English and Irish ports. The New Lloyd’s List ran as a rival beginning in 1769, and replaced it 1773, dropping New after 1788. The frequency of publication changed to daily with annual indexes, advertisements were introduced in 1854. Lloyd’s Weekly Shipping Index began publication in 1880. Further changes were made especially during WWI and WWI with additional records being created. Shipping records are still being produced. The Lists created by Lloyd’s are the go-to place for shipping over 100 tons worldwide to get information on the vessels, their masters, and their owners. The presentation will show examples of the different records and how to interpret and understand the information contained. We will look at what is online, and where to look when not online. Plus, once identified where can one look for more information about the ships and the people involved.
Wed, December 7 2022: 1:00 UTC
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Creating a DNA plan for Geoff’s brick wall
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Despite his best efforts, Geoff Rasmussen’s long standing brick wall hasn’t come down yet. John Williams, born in New York City between 1840-1854, was the son of John Williams. Family tradition says that “he was orphaned at the age of 10 and shifted around until he was 16”. Geoff thinks it’s time to add a little genetic genealogy to his plan. On hand to help him develop this DNA plan is DNA expert Diahan Southard. Join us and learn techniques that you can apply to your own family tree.
Despite his best efforts, Geoff Rasmussen’s long standing brick wall hasn’t come down yet. John Williams, born in New York City between 1840-1854, was the son of John Williams. Family tradition says that “he was orphaned at the age of 10 and shifted around until he was 16”. Geoff thinks it’s time to add a little genetic genealogy to his plan. On hand to help him develop this DNA plan is DNA expert Diahan Southard. Join us and learn techniques that you can apply to your own family tree.
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Tue, December 13 2022: 12:00 UTC
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Comment retrouver ses cousins d’Amérique du Nord grâce aux collections MyHeritage
Tue, December 13 2022: 12:00 UTC
Ils habitaient Lille, Bordeaux ou encore Nice ou Anvers. Les circonstances de la vie, la guerre, le besoin de trouver une terre nouvelle ou même parfois l’amour les ont fait partir de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, au Canada ou aux Etats-Unis. A partir d’exemples concrets, ce webinaire passera en revue les différentes sources sur MyHeritage (recensements, états-civils, archives militaires ou cadastrales…) qui vous permettront de partir à la recherche de vos cousins d’Amérique du Nord et qui sait, de faire plus ample connaissance avec eux !
Ils habitaient Lille, Bordeaux ou encore Nice ou Anvers. Les circonstances de la vie, la guerre, le besoin de trouver une terre nouvelle ou même parfois l’amour les ont fait partir de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, au Canada ou aux Etats-Unis. A partir d’exemples concrets, ce webinaire passera en revue les différentes sources sur MyHeritage (recensements, états-civils, archives militaires ou cadastrales…) qui vous permettront de partir à la recherche de vos cousins d’Amérique du Nord et qui sait, de faire plus ample connaissance avec eux !
Tue, December 13 2022: 12:00 UTC
Tue, December 13 2022: 19:00 UTC
Looking Back & Peeking Ahead: 2022 at MyHeritage
Tue, December 13 2022: 19:00 UTC
A MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar – topic to be announced.
A MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar – topic to be announced.
Tue, December 13 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, December 14 2022: 19:00 UTC
Japanese American Research
Wed, December 14 2022: 19:00 UTC
Japanese began immigrating to the U.S. in large numbers after the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Explore both conventional and ethnic specific U.S. records as they pertain to those of Japanese ancestry. The time frame ranges from the late 19th century through post-World War II.
Japanese began immigrating to the U.S. in large numbers after the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Explore both conventional and ethnic specific U.S. records as they pertain to those of Japanese ancestry. The time frame ranges from the late 19th century through post-World War II.
Wed, December 14 2022: 19:00 UTC
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
How the West Was Won in Canada
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
The Canadian west was not won by cowboys and guns. The west was won by homesteaders, NWMP (RCMP), and railways. For a $10 registration fee and a lot of hard work a male farmer could have 160 acres of land. Farmers or want-to-be-farmers came from all over. We will use a couple of case studies, search for homestead records, review all the components to understand what the records indicate, convert the data to enter and locate it on Google Maps, and view what the area looks like today. Other records such as Hudson’s Bay Company and RCMP records will be shown.
The Canadian west was not won by cowboys and guns. The west was won by homesteaders, NWMP (RCMP), and railways. For a $10 registration fee and a lot of hard work a male farmer could have 160 acres of land. Farmers or want-to-be-farmers came from all over. We will use a couple of case studies, search for homestead records, review all the components to understand what the records indicate, convert the data to enter and locate it on Google Maps, and view what the area looks like today. Other records such as Hudson’s Bay Company and RCMP records will be shown.
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, December 21 2022: 1:00 UTC
Wayward Girls: A Context Case Study
Wed, December 21 2022: 1:00 UTC
Young women who rebelled against nineteenth-century moral conventions were deemed delinquent. For some seeking social independence resulted in a reformatory sentence. This case study highlights strategies used to overcome missing records and the importance of historical context.
Young women who rebelled against nineteenth-century moral conventions were deemed delinquent. For some seeking social independence resulted in a reformatory sentence. This case study highlights strategies used to overcome missing records and the importance of historical context.
Wed, December 21 2022: 1:00 UTC