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Upcoming 2019 Webinars
25 Apr 2019 – Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad
- Webinar Abstract: The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, certain sources to others. That sounds right, but just how do we do that? What are the rules we follow, what do we need to know to do this right, and what tools are available to help us? Those are the focus of this presentation.
- Presenter: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4645435925461923340
16 May 2019 – Diana Crisman Smith
Abstracts, Extracts and Transcriptions – What’s the Difference?
- Webinar Abstract: Documents often can, should, or might be included in your documentation. However, the reality is that photocopies (or digital copies) may be unavailable due to a number of factors. The other reality, however, is that part of the document can, should, or might be included in your documentation. There are essentially three ways to convert an original document by note-taking without photocopying: transcribing, abstracting or extracting. Learn when and how to use each method.
- Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith began researching her ancestry at age eleven. She has been working with clients for nearly twenty years, as well as teaching and presenting to a variety of organizations across the US (and at sea). She has written for print and online publications, presented to groups large and small in person and via webinars. Her perspective is flavored by her background as a trained and licensed teacher, a professional secretary, her involvement over the years with the development of computer and Internet technology, and (of course) her interest in history.
20 Jun 2019 – Nancy A Peters, CG, CGL
Evidence Correlation: Making the Most of Your Research
- Webinar Abstract: Evidence correlation—an essential element of the Genealogical Proof Standard—lets you see patterns, connections, and inconsistencies in your research. Through case examples, this lecture teaches strategies for correlating evidence that will help you maximize the value of information collected during your research and lead to sound genealogical conclusions.
- Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGLSM works as a full-time researcher, editor, author, and lecturer specializing in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Nancy is incoming coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2019. She lectures at local and national conferences and was an instructor for SLIG’s Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, the BCG Education Fund’s Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation, and GRIP’s course on tackling tough research problems. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and other genealogical publications. Nancy’s client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3955398919019622403
18 Jul 2019 – Julie Potter Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS
Anatomy of a Civil War Pension File
- Webinar Abstract: Civil War Pension Files are filled with genealogical information but are often large and intimidating. This lecture will discuss methods used to organize, extract, and analyze the documents and data in a Civil War Pension File.
- Presenter: Julie Miller, CG®, CGLSM, FNGS is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Colorado. She speaks on a wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie is a member of the NGS conference committee, served as conference chair of the 2010 and 2012 NGS conferences, and served on the NGS board from 2006-2014. She is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Julie has been a volunteer at NARA-Denver for over twenty years.
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8206603453210942723
15 Aug 2019 – Victor Dunn, CG
Analyze This! Scrutinizing Evidence for Problem Solving
- Webinar Abstract: Learn the methodology astute genealogist use to break-down brick walls. Focus on the tools that successful researchers use to analyze evidence such as document abstraction, timelines, and spreadsheet filters. Discusses the use of the law, geography and migration patterns as aids in problem solving as well as the importance of reasonable exhaustive research by incorporating collateral relative and associates. Resolution of conflicting data is also discussed.
- Presenter: Victor S. “Vic” Dunn, CG, is a full-time professional researcher. The coordinator for the Virginia track at the IGHR and an instructor for SLIG, he is a frequent contributor to major genealogical publications including feature articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Genealogist, NEHG Register, BCG OnBoard, and Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. In 2014 he received the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research and was named as the official genealogist of the Order of First Families of Virginia. He is a past trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past treasurer of the National Genealogical Society and past governor of the Virginia Genealogical Society.
- Website: www.virginiaancestry.com
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8449617513182076931
19 Sep 2019 – J Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Making Those Early Census Records Talk
- Webinar Abstract: Federal census records are one set of the most widely used genealogical resources. Many researchers do not take full advantage of the information contained within their statistical framework. In fact, census records before 1850 are often ignored. These population schedules are especially helpful to genealogists because of their availability, genealogical value and data consistency. Although they require more analysis on our part, the pre-1850 census records can answer a large number of our genealogical questions and provide additional clues. Perhaps, the key to using these records is the development of an adequate plan of action on our part. The proper use of census records require consistent handling, analysis and documentation. Case studies will show how they may be used effectively.
- Presenter: J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia Genealogical Society), Webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and also directs Southern courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed. Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other society publications. He formerly was President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.
- Website: www.kytnresearch.com
- Blog: Keeping the Story Alive: http://keepingthestoryalive.blogspot.com/
- Kentucky/Tennessee Stories: http://kytnstories.blogspot.com/
- Twitter: @JLowe615
- Instagram: @kytnresearch
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JLoweGenealogy/
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4960225003458285827
17 Oct 2019 – Angela Packer McGhie, CG
History, Records, and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived
- Webinar Abstract: Learning about the places where our ancestors lived helps us put them in social and historical context, as well as locate relevant records. For each location our ancestors lived we need to learn about the history, geography, customs, laws, and records. This session will demonstrate the process and provide resources on where to locate this type of information so that we can better understand our ancestors and interpret the records they left behind.
- Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG, is the Education Director for the National Genealogical Society. She teaches at the four major genealogical institutes, and at national conferences. Angela enjoys serving as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the BCG Education Fund, and the ProGen Study Program
21 Nov 2019 – Annette Burke Lyttle
What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Women in the Army in World War II
- Webinar Abstract: Over 150,000 women served in or with the Army in four organizations during World War II: the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). They performed critical functions, endured hardship, and many lost their lives in the service of their country. Women's military service in this time period helped change expectations and perceptions about women's role outside the home. Learn about the pioneering wartime service of these remarkable women and how to find records for those in your family who served.
- Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Her genealogical education includes classes at SLIG, GRIP, and the British Institute, as well as the ProGen Study Group.
- Website: http://heritagedetective.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annettelyttle
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7244573659860772099
19 Dec 2019 – Bob Inhoff
Organizing Your Genealogy Using Microsoft’s OneNote
- Webinar Abstract: Most of us face the continuing challenge of organizing the massive amounts of information we collect in our ongoing genealogical research. Many have found Evernote to be a helpful tool. In this lecture Bob will describe another resource, Microsoft OneNote, and demonstrate how it has been immensely helpful in collecting, analyzing and organizing his research. OneNote is a free digital organizing application from Microsoft. Notes, photos, clippings and more can be organized in digital "3 ring binders" with dividers between topics. OneNote offers powerful search, linking and sharing features which enhance productive research. Notes are available on your desktop (both Windows and Mac), tablet, phone and on-line.
- Presenter: Bob Inhoff is has served as Chair of the Technology Committee for the Indian River Genealogical Society in Vero Beach, Florida where he has lived for more than twelve years. Bob also serves as the Webmaster for the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Goff-Gough Family Association. He is a member of the Florida State Genealogical Society and NGS.
- Blog: http://bobsgenealogyquest.com/
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6484767144602484995
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