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Start with You: Writing About Yourself
Genealogy best practice is to start with you, and who better to introduce yourself to future generations than YOU? In this webinar, we will go beyond factual information typically found in family trees to include the essence of who you are. Using easy and fun writing prompts, you will learn to create a unique and revealing written portrait of yourself. You can also share these prompts with other family members, adding their written portraits to your family tree. Your future generations will get to know you, and thank you!
Genealogy best practice is to start with you, and who better to introduce yourself to future generations than YOU? In this webinar, we will go beyond factual information typically found in family trees to include the essence of who you are. Using easy and fun writing prompts, you will learn to create a unique and revealing written portrait of yourself. You can also share these prompts with other family members, adding their written portraits to your family tree. Your future generations will get to know you, and thank you!
Wed, September 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
57:24
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10 Best Self-Publishing Tips for Family Historians
Online services such as Amazon, Lulu, offer a variety of options for self-publishing a family history book. But before you press “publish” there are some important things to know about the process. Learn the 10 best tips to optimize your self-publishing strategy.
Online services such as Amazon, Lulu, offer a variety of options for self-publishing a family history book. But before you press “publish” there are some important things to know about the process. Learn the 10 best tips to optimize your self-publishing strategy.
Fri, September 2 2022: 14:15 UTC
51:50
Writing as You Go is the WAY to Go!
Being the recognized originator of the term “Writing as You Go” since 2009, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL finds that people who adopt and adapt the process report that it really an efficient way to plan, record, and analyze research findings. Although the static concepts are standard, her recommendations on the placement and process order in which to work needs to be demonstrated and is often a “light bulb” moment for researchers.
Being the recognized originator of the term “Writing as You Go” since 2009, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL finds that people who adopt and adapt the process report that it really an efficient way to plan, record, and analyze research findings. Although the static concepts are standard, her recommendations on the placement and process order in which to work needs to be demonstrated and is often a “light bulb” moment for researchers.
Fri, April 8 2022: 4:00 UTC
1:27:33
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Family Stories in 30 Minutes or Less
Have you always wanted to write your family stories but have never gotten around to it or known where to begin? Perhaps you’ve started but are stuck or overwhelmed. Good news! Capturing your family stories can be easy and fun with Brenda Hudson’s “story project” technique. In this webinar, you will learn three different story projects, each resulting in a different kind of family story that takes less than 30 minutes. Use this technique to build your family legacy one story at a time, capturing as many stories as you like, knowing your stories will help your family connect with each other, now and in the future, by spurring conversations and strengthening family bonds across generations.
Have you always wanted to write your family stories but have never gotten around to it or known where to begin? Perhaps you’ve started but are stuck or overwhelmed. Good news! Capturing your family stories can be easy and fun with Brenda Hudson’s “story project” technique. In this webinar, you will learn three different story projects, each resulting in a different kind of family story that takes less than 30 minutes. Use this technique to build your family legacy one story at a time, capturing as many stories as you like, knowing your stories will help your family connect with each other, now and in the future, by spurring conversations and strengthening family bonds across generations.
Wed, March 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:05:42
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Printing Charts and Books on MyHeritage
You’ve invested so much effort in building and documenting your family tree — now it’s time to display the fruits of your labor! Learn how to create beautiful customized charts or a summary book of your family tree on MyHeritage that you can print at home, have professionally printed, or share digitally.
You’ve invested so much effort in building and documenting your family tree — now it’s time to display the fruits of your labor! Learn how to create beautiful customized charts or a summary book of your family tree on MyHeritage that you can print at home, have professionally printed, or share digitally.
Tue, February 22 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:33:09
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Standards for Genealogical Documentation
Genealogy Standards spells out eight documentation standards, which give genealogists guidance for documenting genealogical writing. They also provide guidance for citation content, while allowing flexibility in the sequencing and structuring of citations supporting genealogical statements. This presentation will review the standards and provide examples of applying their principles.
Genealogy Standards spells out eight documentation standards, which give genealogists guidance for documenting genealogical writing. They also provide guidance for citation content, while allowing flexibility in the sequencing and structuring of citations supporting genealogical statements. This presentation will review the standards and provide examples of applying their principles.
Tue, August 17 2021: 0:00 UTC
52:51
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Write As You Go! A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing
Puzzled by your brick wall? Do your client reports take more time to write than research? Are you working on a Research Report or Case Study for your portfolio? Using the "Write As You Go" methodology can assist in arriving at a solution to these issues. This brief overview of…
Puzzled by your brick wall? Do your client reports take more time to write than research? Are you working on a Research Report or Case Study for your portfolio? Using the "Write As You Go" methodology can assist in arriving at a solution to these issues. This brief overview of…
Thu, April 8 2021: 0:00 UTC
51:39
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Record As You Go, Cite As You Go, & File As You Go
Genealogists tend to get very excited about new records and sources they come across in their research. So much so that they grab a quick copy, download it to default folders, and move on to the next item without thoroughly exploring the source first. All too often they don't take…
Genealogists tend to get very excited about new records and sources they come across in their research. So much so that they grab a quick copy, download it to default folders, and move on to the next item without thoroughly exploring the source first. All too often they don't take…
Thu, April 8 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:28:37
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Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication
Documenting and sharing are fundamental to a genealogist’s work. Learn guidelines for preparing more informative, accurate, and useful research reports for yourself and others. The webinar shows how observing genealogical standards can improve written communication of research notes and findings. Topics include ten essential characteristics of quality reports, optional report…
Documenting and sharing are fundamental to a genealogist’s work. Learn guidelines for preparing more informative, accurate, and useful research reports for yourself and others. The webinar shows how observing genealogical standards can improve written communication of research notes and findings. Topics include ten essential characteristics of quality reports, optional report…
Tue, March 16 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:32:16
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Once upon a time: It’s all about the story
‘Facts’ send people to sleep; ‘stories’ keep them awake and alert and eager to learn what happens next. In this seminar, Carol shows you how to tell a gripping story within a family history, and by extension, how to write a gripping a family history.
‘Facts’ send people to sleep; ‘stories’ keep them awake and alert and eager to learn what happens next. In this seminar, Carol shows you how to tell a gripping story within a family history, and by extension, how to write a gripping a family history.
Tue, December 1 2020: 0:00 UTC
7:53
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Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com
Have you written a book and saved it as a pdf document? Now it's time to get that book printed. This video will show you how to print your book on the print-on-demand website lulu.com.
Have you written a book and saved it as a pdf document? Now it's time to get that book printed. This video will show you how to print your book on the print-on-demand website lulu.com.
Fri, November 13 2020: 18:00 UTC
1:31:20
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Turning dry facts into exciting narrative
The literary world condemns most family histories as ‘fact-driven and tedious’ because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase ‘family history’ communicates the three ingredients needed to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read: ‘family’ (the facts about the family), ‘history’ (the…
The literary world condemns most family histories as ‘fact-driven and tedious’ because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase ‘family history’ communicates the three ingredients needed to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read: ‘family’ (the facts about the family), ‘history’ (the…
Wed, July 8 2020: 0:00 UTC

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Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC
Structuring a Family History – class 1 of 4
Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC
To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure? We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a history that focuses on a surname line? Or one that covers all of our ancestors, or all of our descendants, or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person? And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow? These and other subjects are discussed in this simple guide to structuring a family history.
To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure? We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a history that focuses on a surname line? Or one that covers all of our ancestors, or all of our descendants, or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person? And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow? These and other subjects are discussed in this simple guide to structuring a family history.
Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
The Top Ten DNA Do’s and Don’ts!
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
Separate Even in Death – Black Funerals and Cemeteries
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
Segregation extended into death for African Americans, especially for those in the Southern United States. What led to the development of separate funeral homes and burial grounds? This presentation looks at burial practices for African-Americans from the 16th to the 20th century.
Segregation extended into death for African Americans, especially for those in the Southern United States. What led to the development of separate funeral homes and burial grounds? This presentation looks at burial practices for African-Americans from the 16th to the 20th century.
Fri, September 30 2022: 15:30 UTC
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
Indirect Evidence, A Case Study: The Parents of Elizabeth Wingate in Maryland (1795–1860)
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
We all have lost Elizabeths in our tree. This lecture will discuss how the understanding and application of indirect evidence is such a valuable instrument in your methodology tool-kit. This case study will examine methods and sources that contributed to finding the parents of Elizabeth Wingate (1795-1860) of Baltimore, Maryland.
We all have lost Elizabeths in our tree. This lecture will discuss how the understanding and application of indirect evidence is such a valuable instrument in your methodology tool-kit. This case study will examine methods and sources that contributed to finding the parents of Elizabeth Wingate (1795-1860) of Baltimore, Maryland.
Fri, September 30 2022: 16:45 UTC
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out!
Fri, September 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
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
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Encounters – Our Immigrant Ancestors
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Learn about 19th and 20th century sources for finding your ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
Learn about 19th and 20th century sources for finding your ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
Wed, October 5 2022: 1:00 UTC
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
One Man, Multiple Names: A DNA-Based Case Study
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Sometimes our ancestors seem to have appeared out of nowhere. That was the case with William Emmitt Hunter whose life before his 1910 Oklahoma marriage was basically unknown. One record—his application for a Social Security account number—provided self-reported information about his birth in North Carolina and his parents’ names. But his alleged parents could not be found. Without DNA, this case would not have been solved. But DNA revealed that William was born as a Beddingfield, not a Hunter. Additional research identified his name at birth and traced him through multiple marriages, divorces, another alias, and indicated the possible reason why he changed his name and left behind his family and friends to start a new life in Oklahoma.
Sometimes our ancestors seem to have appeared out of nowhere. That was the case with William Emmitt Hunter whose life before his 1910 Oklahoma marriage was basically unknown. One record—his application for a Social Security account number—provided self-reported information about his birth in North Carolina and his parents’ names. But his alleged parents could not be found. Without DNA, this case would not have been solved. But DNA revealed that William was born as a Beddingfield, not a Hunter. Additional research identified his name at birth and traced him through multiple marriages, divorces, another alias, and indicated the possible reason why he changed his name and left behind his family and friends to start a new life in Oklahoma.
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
When Wrong is Actually Right: Constructing Proof Arguments for Counterintuitive Conflicts (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
Name changes, enumerator errors, and terrible informants can combine to create major inconsistencies in documentation. Records that, at first glance, appear to be major mismatches can later turn out to be correct. Researching non-English-speaking immigrant families requires a comfort level with these layered conflicts-upon-conflicts. This session demonstrates how to use logic to confirm that a wrong-name, wrong-age, wrong-everything record can actually be right, with an emphasis on immigrant families. Participants will learn how to transfer that logic to a written proof argument.
Name changes, enumerator errors, and terrible informants can combine to create major inconsistencies in documentation. Records that, at first glance, appear to be major mismatches can later turn out to be correct. Researching non-English-speaking immigrant families requires a comfort level with these layered conflicts-upon-conflicts. This session demonstrates how to use logic to confirm that a wrong-name, wrong-age, wrong-everything record can actually be right, with an emphasis on immigrant families. Participants will learn how to transfer that logic to a written proof argument.
Fri, October 7 2022: 15:30 UTC
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC
Peeling the Onion: Getting to the Original Sources (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC
Genealogy Standards 38 and 58 strongly express a preference for using original sources. Diligent researching and a few tricks of the trade enable genealogists to find original sources that underlie authored narratives and derivative sources.
Genealogy Standards 38 and 58 strongly express a preference for using original sources. Diligent researching and a few tricks of the trade enable genealogists to find original sources that underlie authored narratives and derivative sources.
Fri, October 7 2022: 16:45 UTC