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Elizabeth Shown Mills reveals her secret to success in genealogy
As the genealogy world anxiously awaits the January 27, 2023 return of Elizabeth Shown Mills, Geoff Rasmussen had the pleasure to interview Elizabeth about her new webinar series. She talks about why she’s returning from retirement, what the webinar series is all about, and gives advice for both beginning and experienced genealogists. She also reveals her secret to success in genealogy.
As the genealogy world anxiously awaits the January 27, 2023 return of Elizabeth Shown Mills, Geoff Rasmussen had the pleasure to interview Elizabeth about her new webinar series. She talks about why she’s returning from retirement, what the webinar series is all about, and gives advice for both beginning and experienced genealogists. She also reveals her secret to success in genealogy.
Fri, January 20 2023: 17:00 UTC
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How I survived a genealogy emergency
Don’t let this happen to you. Join Geoff Rasmussen for a quick look at how he overcame this genealogy emergency.
Don’t let this happen to you. Join Geoff Rasmussen for a quick look at how he overcame this genealogy emergency.
Thu, July 21 2022: 0:00 UTC
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How a City Directory worked for me again
Following up on his recent case study webinar, “How I Debunked an Online Tree Hint”, Geoff Rasmussen shows how a city directory put a final nail in that hint’s coffin (not sure how great that analogy is, but hopefully you get the point…) and provided new clues to continue his research.
Following up on his recent case study webinar, “How I Debunked an Online Tree Hint”, Geoff Rasmussen shows how a city directory put a final nail in that hint’s coffin (not sure how great that analogy is, but hopefully you get the point…) and provided new clues to continue his research.
Thu, June 30 2022: 0:00 UTC
6:08
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How I Debunked an Online Tree Hint
Hints in online trees can provide genealogical treasures, but if you’re not careful they can lead to genealogical regret. In this quick video, Geoff Rasmussen shows why hints should be explored, scrutinized and evaluated.
Hints in online trees can provide genealogical treasures, but if you’re not careful they can lead to genealogical regret. In this quick video, Geoff Rasmussen shows why hints should be explored, scrutinized and evaluated.
Fri, June 10 2022: 0:00 UTC
20:59
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Getting Started in Family History – 7 – Cemetery and Church Records
Learn how to make the most of church and cemetery records as you begin your genealogy search.
Learn how to make the most of church and cemetery records as you begin your genealogy search.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
15:36
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Getting Started in Family History – 8 – Online Research: Finding family on the Internet
Learn how to search digital records online to uncover your family history.
15:06
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Getting Started in Family History – 9 – Researching On Location
Not everything is found online! Learn where to look for records that are kept locally or in special collections.
Not everything is found online! Learn where to look for records that are kept locally or in special collections.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
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Getting Started in Family History – 10 – Research Plans and Logs
Learn what genealogy research plans and logs are and how they can help you keep track your research.
Learn what genealogy research plans and logs are and how they can help you keep track your research.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
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Getting Started in Family History – 11 – Staying Organized
The best way to ensure success in genealogy is to stay organized. Learn how to organize your paper files, computer files, books and much more!
The best way to ensure success in genealogy is to stay organized. Learn how to organize your paper files, computer files, books and much more!
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
16:42
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Getting Started in Family History – 12 – Avoiding Mistakes
There are some common mistakes that beginners make when starting genealogy research. This webinar lists the most commone ones and how to overcome them.
There are some common mistakes that beginners make when starting genealogy research. This webinar lists the most commone ones and how to overcome them.
Fri, July 24 2020: 0:00 UTC
20:19
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Getting Started in Family History – 5 – Vital Records
In part 5 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at vital records and how to find them.
In part 5 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at vital records and how to find them.
Fri, April 12 2019: 0:00 UTC
17:32
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Getting Started in Family History – 4 – Documents
In part 4 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at documents and how to find them.
In part 4 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at documents and how to find them.
Thu, April 11 2019: 0:00 UTC

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Thu, February 9 2023: 12:00 UTC
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Les derniers outils et ressources sur MyHeritage
Thu, February 9 2023: 12:00 UTC
Cette session offre un récapitulatif des outils et ressources généalogiques fournis par MyHeritage au cours des derniers mois. Que ce soit pour votre arbre généalogique, vos photos de famille ou vos recherches dans les documents d’archives, MyHeritage vous aide à découvrir et préserver votre histoire familiale en ajoutant constamment de nouvelles fonctionnalités et en agrandissant sa base de données.
Cette session offre un récapitulatif des outils et ressources généalogiques fournis par MyHeritage au cours des derniers mois. Que ce soit pour votre arbre généalogique, vos photos de famille ou vos recherches dans les documents d’archives, MyHeritage vous aide à découvrir et préserver votre histoire familiale en ajoutant constamment de nouvelles fonctionnalités et en agrandissant sa base de données.
Thu, February 9 2023: 12:00 UTC
Tue, February 14 2023: 19:00 UTC
Family Statistics on MyHeritage
Tue, February 14 2023: 19:00 UTC
Ever wondered which of your relatives lived the longest, the average age of your relatives at marriage, or which first names are the most common in your family? Did you know that there’s a handy section of the MyHeritage website that can tell you all of this and much more? We’re delighted to announce that our useful Family Statistics feature has just received a major upgrade! Family Statistics is a totally FREE feature that provides dozens of enlightening and fun insights about your family. If you love spotting trends and analyzing data, you won’t want to miss it.
Ever wondered which of your relatives lived the longest, the average age of your relatives at marriage, or which first names are the most common in your family? Did you know that there’s a handy section of the MyHeritage website that can tell you all of this and much more? We’re delighted to announce that our useful Family Statistics feature has just received a major upgrade! Family Statistics is a totally FREE feature that provides dozens of enlightening and fun insights about your family. If you love spotting trends and analyzing data, you won’t want to miss it.
Tue, February 14 2023: 19:00 UTC
Thu, February 16 2023: 1:00 UTC
When a Place is New
Thu, February 16 2023: 1:00 UTC
As our family tree branches develop, we come across locations we haven’t researched before. Michelle shares her tips for how to find the sorts of records you will need, what information they contain and where best to find them, when a place is new to you.
As our family tree branches develop, we come across locations we haven’t researched before. Michelle shares her tips for how to find the sorts of records you will need, what information they contain and where best to find them, when a place is new to you.
Thu, February 16 2023: 1:00 UTC
Fri, February 17 2023: 19:00 UTC
Family History on the Canadian Prairies
Fri, February 17 2023: 19:00 UTC
Most Canadians have connections to the three Prairie provinces, through cousins if not through ancestors. Researching those Prairie families can be rewarding, although it is important to note which sources are common to all three provinces, and which ones are unique to each province. Using examples from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, this session looks at a variety of resources, and offers tips to help you learn more about your families on the Prairies.
Most Canadians have connections to the three Prairie provinces, through cousins if not through ancestors. Researching those Prairie families can be rewarding, although it is important to note which sources are common to all three provinces, and which ones are unique to each province. Using examples from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, this session looks at a variety of resources, and offers tips to help you learn more about your families on the Prairies.
Fri, February 17 2023: 19:00 UTC
Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
The Bengali and English Ancestry of Thomas Chapman: A Case Study with DNA
Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
We often talk about historical context like a side dish: it adds color and life to our narratives and deepens the analysis in our client reports. Rarely, however, do we think of historical research as a main course, a proactive strategy. This case study demonstrates not only the potential of historical research as a tool, but how that tool can be effective in the most challenging cases. Thomas Chapman wasn’t typical of New York City immigrants at the turn of the nineteenth century. His reported birthplace of Bengal prompted more questions than answers, and FAN searches in New York produced no leads. Ultimately, a combination of historical research, DNA evidence, and traditional genealogical methods across three continents revealed the identities of his parents.
We often talk about historical context like a side dish: it adds color and life to our narratives and deepens the analysis in our client reports. Rarely, however, do we think of historical research as a main course, a proactive strategy. This case study demonstrates not only the potential of historical research as a tool, but how that tool can be effective in the most challenging cases. Thomas Chapman wasn’t typical of New York City immigrants at the turn of the nineteenth century. His reported birthplace of Bengal prompted more questions than answers, and FAN searches in New York produced no leads. Ultimately, a combination of historical research, DNA evidence, and traditional genealogical methods across three continents revealed the identities of his parents.
Wed, February 22 2023: 1:00 UTC
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.
Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.
Wed, February 22 2023: 19:00 UTC
Smiths & Joneses: Success with Families of Common Name
Fri, February 24 2023: 19:00 UTC
“Identity theft” happens easily with common-name families. This session uses two case studies from two different societies—a Jones family from the Northern U.S. and a Smith family from the South—to demonstrate how to work safely with common-name families. The first ten minutes ground the audience in four problem-solving models. On that foundation, Mills then walks her class through sources and strategies that are often overlooked amid today’s reliance upon database searches, provider hints, and crowd-sourcing. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
“Identity theft” happens easily with common-name families. This session uses two case studies from two different societies—a Jones family from the Northern U.S. and a Smith family from the South—to demonstrate how to work safely with common-name families. The first ten minutes ground the audience in four problem-solving models. On that foundation, Mills then walks her class through sources and strategies that are often overlooked amid today’s reliance upon database searches, provider hints, and crowd-sourcing. *** This class requires a password and an active webinar membership to attend. On the day of the webinar, obtain the password (located at the top of FamilyTreeWebinars.com when logged in as a member). Then click the Join Webinar link in your confirmation/reminder email, and enter the password when prompted. ***
Fri, February 24 2023: 19:00 UTC
Wed, March 1 2023: 1:00 UTC
Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
Wed, March 1 2023: 1:00 UTC
The probate system in England and Wales changed significantly in 1858. Learn how the English probate system worked before and after that change, see what records are available and why they are of value. Learn tips and tools for procedures which will simplify the search process, whether the ancestor’s location in England is known or unknown.
The probate system in England and Wales changed significantly in 1858. Learn how the English probate system worked before and after that change, see what records are available and why they are of value. Learn tips and tools for procedures which will simplify the search process, whether the ancestor’s location in England is known or unknown.
Wed, March 1 2023: 1:00 UTC
Thu, March 9 2023: 1:00 UTC
Written in Stone: In-Depth Study of a Gravestone
Thu, March 9 2023: 1:00 UTC
Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information, but oftentimes, a burial marker provides more than biographical information. Gravestones, like any record, should be analyzed but to do so requires one to think beyond genealogical research. In this presentation, we will explore types of cemeteries, the anatomy of a marker, and the “hidden” information the marker provides.
Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information, but oftentimes, a burial marker provides more than biographical information. Gravestones, like any record, should be analyzed but to do so requires one to think beyond genealogical research. In this presentation, we will explore types of cemeteries, the anatomy of a marker, and the “hidden” information the marker provides.
Thu, March 9 2023: 1:00 UTC