Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society
Upcoming Webinars
Unless otherwise stated, webinars are schedule for 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST

You must log into the FSGS website as an FSGS MEMBER in order to download the handouts.
On the left menu, click on Members Login and look for Archived Webinars at the bottom of the drop-down list.  The current handout and webinar information will be at the top of the page. Links to videos of past webinars are also available on the Archived Webinars page.

17 Jun 2021 – Jill Morelli, CG
Finding Treasures in Academic Libraries
  • Webinar Abstract: You may think that academic libraries will not hold genealogical information for you. You are in for a surprise! We will review holdings in three academic institutions, -- their general collections, special collections and archives. Topical research will be covered. Discover how to find the right institution, how to use their catalog, how to prepare for your visit and once there, how to research most efficiently. Even if your ancestor was not a student, or on faculty or staff, records pertaining to your ancestor may be there. 
  • Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others as a writer, lecturer and researcher. She specializes in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany and lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. As a writer, her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group (http://theCDGseries.wordpress.com), sharing her journey and that of others to  build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, program director of the Puget Sound-Association for Professional Genealogists and a member of many local genealogical societies.
  • Website: https://genealogicalcertification.wordpress.com 
  • FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/jill.morelli.9
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1090652174772148491

15 Jul 2021 – Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard
  • Webinar Abstract: From colonial militias to 21st century National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers have answered the call to serve and defend their communities and the nation. Discover and understand your ancestor’s militia and Guard experience. Federal, state, and local records help document your citizen soldier.
  • Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice serves as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of GenealogistsÒ. She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.
  • Website: https://www.prairierootsresearch.com
  • Email: alice@prairierootsresearch.com
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4205963340936068619

19 Aug 2021 – Debra S. Mieszala, CG
US Passport Applications

16 Sep 2021 – Paul Woodbury
Organizational Strategies for DNA Analysis
  • Webinar Abstract: DNA test results are constantly changing and can therefore be overwhelming to analyze. Organizing DNA test results is akin to aiming for a moving target. Join us in this webinar as we explore ways of designing organizational systems that help to answer genealogical questions and achieve genealogical objectives. Learn to organize, filter, cluster, isolate and analyze the most pertinent genetic cousins for any given research question and gain the confidence to begin making genealogical discoveries of your own utilizing DNA evidence.
  • Presenter: From a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a Genetic Genealogy Specialist at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas.
  • Website: www.legacytree.com
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2876251361699373326

21 Oct 2021 – Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD, CG
Migration Patterns of Germans within America
  • Webinar Abstract: We’ll explore how historical events channeled Germans into certain areas and how chain migration drew allied families together. Many migrated from NY/MD/PA down the Shenandoah Valley into VA, NC and SC.  Accessible rivers and railroads led to the establishment of the German Triangle between Cincinnati, Milwaukee and St. Louis. The National Road and German-language advertisements channeled them to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and points west. The 1848 Revolution led them to the Texas German Belt.  Knowing where your ancestors settled in the mid-1800s can often lead you backwards by considering the migration routes of other Germans, particularly allied families.
  • Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D., CG, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society.  She specializes in Pennsylvania land records, colonial research, and methodology.  Her 35-year chase over Pennsylvania for elusive ancestors revealed the importance of land to our  ancestors and led her to publish the series "Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County."   To date, she has compiled and published 8 volumes of county atlases pinpointing the original tracts and their owners. Sharon is the CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com) which is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.
  • Website: http://ancestortracks.com
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2978814905850037262

18 Nov 2021 – Judy Nimer Muhn
Native, First Nations, Indian: Researching Indigenous Peoples
  • Webinar Abstract: Researching tribal peoples can be difficult without basic history and records information.  While this session will review and provide guidance on basic methods of the rich resources of information for Native/First Nations peoples, this session will focus on the variety of records that will document Indigenous peoples as well as share content about the culture, spiritual traditions and aspects of Indigenous societies that can impact how and where records can be found.  NOTE:  This session will not discuss the tribal enrollment process.  Each tribe, as sovereign nations, create their own enrollment information.  Once you are reasonably sure of your relevant Native lineage, you should contact the tribal “Enrollment Office” or tribal council for information on enrollment requirements, procedures and necessary documents.  Most tribes have this information also on official websites.
  • Presenter: Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research.  Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS), RootsTech and other conferences in Europe and around the United States.  Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived, as well as around the United States.  With French-Canadian, Scottish, German, Polish and Native American ancestry, Judy is the owner of Lineage Journeys (www.LineageJourneys.com)  where she conducts research for clients. FOR THE Native/First Nations presentation (2021):  As Judy’s maternal grandmother was of First Nations descent and Judy is part of the Woptura lineage of the Chipps family of South Dakota, she has been researching Indigenous peoples since the 1980s and the presentation includes some of her own family research documents and photos.
  • Website: www.LineageJourneys.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/LineageJourneys
  • Blog: https://lineagejourneys.com/blog-2/
  • Twitter: @InktomiWi - Lineage Journeys
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2812389527335083022

16 Dec 2021 – Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
Organize Like an Archivist
  • Webinar Abstract: Organizing genealogy research is essential to preserve your hard work.
  • • Can’t find the records you know you have?
    • Lost in a sea of digital files, photographs & paper?
    • Need to organize new records you’re finding?
    • Searching for a better way to organize your work?
    This presentation helps you put your family history research in order. Learn simple and effective strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system. And when your records are organized, you can spend more time on research.
  • Presenter: After a long professional career in academic archives and genealogy libraries, Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is now a genealogy educator, researcher, and writer. She specializes in U.S. and European research, and provides expert guidance on information management and research skills. Her website, sassyjanegenealogy.com offers a blog, free monthly newsletter, and e-books on genealogy research. Nancy has appeared on PBS's American Experience, at NGS, RootsTech, and numerous genealogy conferences and webinars in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Recently, Nancy has been on a genealogy pilgrimage to visit the eight European villages of her great-grandparents.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sassyjane.genealogy  & https://www.facebook.com/sjgenealogy/
  • Instagram: http://instagram.com/sjgenealogy
  • Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-e-loe/
  • Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SJGenealogy/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassyjanegen  @sassyjanegen
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1567554348204381966

The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides a free Society Webinar Service for its member societies. For more information on how your local society can use this service, please go to FSGS Society Webinar Services .

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Certified Genealogist, CG, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s Associates.
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